Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Crisis? What Crisis? – Supertramp [#323]

Supertramp_-_CrisisWhen Stegzy ‘encouraged’ me to write this for him I had a look at the track listing to see what songs I already knew from it. I didn’t really recognise any of them, but when I listened I realised that I did know a few of them after all, especially ‘Another man’s woman’ which I enjoyed most of all on the whole album.
A few years ago they showed a recording of Supertramp live (possibly live in Paris ’79 or in Hammersmith in ’75) on telly and maybe I knew them from that?  Apart from the one song I didn’t really enjoy this as much as other albums.  I didn’t feel I was on an interesting musical journey, I wasn’t held on the path even after listening to it three times on the trot.  Maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind? I wanted to like it, but I couldn’t. Even the album art work didn’t grip me. Disappointing.

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Crime of the Century – Supertramp [#321]

Supertramp_-_Crime_of_the_CenturyI find it a little amusing that I was introduced to this album by a criminal, who at this very moment is in the process of repaying his debt to society.   Or, as he puts it, sitting on the naughty step.
I’d never listened to this album before we got a copy at work, although I knew Dreamer (big UK hit) and Bloody well right (big hit in the U.S., apparently) the rest were a mystery to me.  After visiting it a few times I know I will listen to this again and again.  This is the classic Supertramp sound I love, and whilst it could never topple my all time favourite  ‘Even in the quietest moments’ from its top spot I can imagine growing very fond of it.

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Breakfast in America – Supertramp (#220)

Breakfast in America - SupertrampBreakfast in America – Supertramp

 This album takes me back to my father’s office, filled with his diving treasures, a fascinating roll- top desk my mother later worked at (with an old cheque book in pounds shillings and pence in the drawer) and his drawing table where he would draft out plans.  Oh, and the hi-fi, a futuristic silver thing that played my favourites on a Saturday morning when I wasn’t listening to Junior Choice with Tony Blackburn and Arnold the dog (woof woof) on the radio.

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