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Breakfast In America (Remastered)

Breakfast In America (Remastered)

1 Jan 1979
4.7 out of 5 stars 207 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1979
  • Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 1979 A&M Records
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  • Total Length: 46:14
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  • ASIN: B004357970
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 207 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,335 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Poor Supertramp: Musical outcasts for 30 years, their blend of catchy, inoffensive, radio-friendly, melody and hook-driven tunes are about as fondly remembered as the Austin Allegro and Three Day Week. Their crime was to reach their creative zenith at the very epicentre of naffness - the mid-70s. Breakfast in America was their commercial peak and allowed them to grace the world's stages, straggly hair, white floaty-shirts, tank-tops, wispy beards and flares intact, long after changing tastes made such things punishable by lifelong ridicule.

None of this would matter if the music was as cheesy, mawkish and bland as is often assumed. But 'classic' era Supertramp had two golden nuggets - an outstanding feel for melody and good old fashioned creative tension between the Lennon and McCartney of the attractively challenged, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.

Breakfast in America perfectly balances Davies's catchy introspection (Just Another Nervous Wreck, Oh Darling, Goodbye Stranger) with Hodgson's perfect pop (the title track, Take the Long Way Home and the awesome Logical Song). If this collection is singles-heavy, lacking some of the proggier ambition of Even In The Quietest Moments or Crime Of The Century, it is still one hell of a satisfying album.

This remaster sounds gorgeous - a real improvement over the previous 2003 issue. Rich, broad, clean and vibrant - exactly fitting the music. The bonus disc features tracks from the 1979 tour, although we're given no further sourcing details.
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Supertramp emerged from the ranks of mainstream 70's rock bands to superstardom in one fell swoop with the release and subsequent massive success (and critical acclaim) of this seminal album.
The stand-out tracks on this album are the famous title track 'Breakfast In America' and the Ivor Novello Award winning track 'The Logical Song', but even they do not do justice to the quality that is evident throughout the rest of the album. From a musical point of view, this album is truly flawless. With near Swiss precision, Supertramp demonstrate the sort of skill that previous albums could only hint at. But it's in the song-writing that the real revelations become apparent. It's no secret that this album represents the high water mark of Supertramp's achievements, and as such, the tensions within the band were at their most strained, and (ironically) their most productive and fruitful.
One listen to the lyrics of 'Child Of Vision' ("There's no reason to fight, because we both know that we're right") or 'Casual Conversations' ("It doesn't matter what I say, you never listen anyway") illustrates perfectly how the song-writing partnership of Hodgson and Davies was disintegrating. How ironic that their best work is on this album... 'Gone Hollywood' summarises the experience of a British band relocating to the mad world of L.A. succinctly and perfectly, whereas Supertramp are in unusually casual and nearly optimistic mood in 'Goodbye Stranger' and the brilliant 'Take The Long Way Home', a track that is as life-affirming as it is enjoyable to listen to..
But, being a purist, it is hard to detract from the sheer song-writing brilliance that is 'The Logical Song'.
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I am old enough to have bought the original Vinyl version of Breakfast in America, and for me it's still a fantastic album with no dud tracks. although this was the sixth Supertramp album, this one ended up being the biggest seller, Although anyone new to the group should also check out Crime of the Century.
I have bought many deluxe versions of my favourite albums and on the whole they have been pretty good, some containing not only a extra CD but a DVD as well. For me things have started to go down, since my purchase of Tears for Fears songs from the Big Chair. The packaging is nothing but awful, Universal have decided to get rid of the plastic slip case and replace it with a piece of tape wrapped around the box, which you have to cut to get into the set, and if you try and remove it(as it looks tacky now) it takes of the plastic cover of the picture!.
As for sound of disc one it appears to be re- mastered by Greg Calibi and is fantastic, however while searching on Amazon I found it has been issued as a stand alone so you do not need to purchase this deluxe version to enjoy the fantastic re-master. The second disc is live tracks of most of the album, however, they are technically inferior to the Paris live album, which is fine, but to be fair there is not much to interest a hard core fan here. If you wish to spend your money wisely my advise would by the single disc and then buy Paris live, you can not go wrong at all.
So to sum up although Breakfast in America is and Outstanding five star album, the deluxe is not an improvement on the original, and the packaging at full price is very bad, shame on you Universal, and bring back the plastic slip case!
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