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Supertramp: Crime Of The Century Deluxe Edition

Album Review

A prog masterpiece – now with added live CD.

If ever a rock band made the right record at the right time, it was Supertramp with Crime Of The Century in 1974. Just a year earlier, they had seemed a lost cause. Their first two albums had flopped, and as various members quit, the two remaining co-founders, Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, were staring down the barrel.

What kept them going was the new songs they had written. One by Davies had a heavy rock edge and a quintessentially British sensibility in its theme of class struggle and sardonic title, Bloody Well Right. And in two songs by Hodgson, School and Dreamer, there was melodic sophistication and powerful expression of existential angst.

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