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Album Review

Considering their career spanned close to 30 years, it's amazing how condensed most people's vision of Supertramp has become. Or maybe not. Few listeners, after all, would disagree that their prime period encompassed the mere six or so years that divided Crime of the Century (their third album) from Breakfast in America (their sixth), and that the pile of vinyl on either side of that is more or less padding. Certainly Retrospectacle has no problem with that scenario. A completist's eye for affairs does permit the first two albums to enjoy a quick look-in, with one song apiece; and similar treatment is meted out to the seven albums that took the band through the '80s and beyond. The meat of the moment, however, arrives with "Land Ho," the first vinyl manifestation of the so-called "classic" 'tramp lineup, and a lost 45 from early 1974. And, from thereon in, it's all plain sailing — five songs from Crime of the Century, four apiece from Crisis? What Crisis and Even in the Quietest Moments. . ., and a whopping six from Breakfast in America, all selected to depict the band at the peak of its creative and musical powers — the haunted harp that opens "School," the staccato percussion that powers "Lady," the lurid harmonies of "From Now On," and on to the sheer illogical madness of "The Logical Song" — in fact, the only weakness here is the substitution of a live "You Started Laughing" for the vastly superior studio B-side. That aside, though, Retrospectacle tells its story with as much panache as the best of Supertramp could ever demand.

Customer Reviews


For those who don't want to break the bank and own at least some of the 20+ most important songs of Supertramp it is a good choice. I relatively pleased with the selection.

The very best of Supertramp

Best of . What a great trip back to the 70's and 80's

Good History Overall - Still Missing a Few

Overall Good History including four songs from their earliest records.

However, one must ask what is missing from the albums "CRIME OF THE CENTURY", "EVEN IN THE QUEITEST MOMENTS", "CRISIS WHAT CRISES?, and of course "BREAKFAST IN AMERICA".

I had to have all the songs from these.
The song "FOOLS OVERATURE" is only available when purchasing the album of "EVEN IN THE QUEITEST MOMENTS".
This is due to its extra length.
Try this song out first before making a decision here.
Die hard supertramp fans will need it. Casual fans may not.

The following songs are missing from the named albums:
CRIME (3): “Hide in Your Shell”; “Asylum”; “If Everyone was Listening”
CRISIS (6): “Easy Does It”; “A Soapbox Opera”; “Another Mans Woman”; “Poor Boy”; “Just a Normal Day”: “The Meaning”
QUIETEST MOMENTS (3): “Lover Boy”; “Babaji”; “Fools Overture”
BREAKFAST (4): “Lord Is It Mine”; “Just Another Nervous Wreck”; “Casual Conversations”; “Child of Vision”.
FAMOUS (6): “Crazy”; “Put on Your Old Brown Shoes”; “Bonnie”; “Know Who You Are”; “Cest Le Bon”; “Waiting So Long”.

You will probably want the missing BREAKFAST and CRIME songs. These can be separately downloaded.
However, "Fool's Overture" is unfortunately an "Album Only" song on QUIETEST MOMENTS, PARIS (live), and VERY BEST OF Vol. 2.
They should have left out the earliest songs or the latest songs instead in my opinion.


Formed: 1969 in England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Supertramp followed an unusual path to commercial success in the 1970s, fusing the stylistic ambition and instrumental dexterity of progressive rock with the wit and tuneful melodies of British pop, and the results made them one of the most popular British acts of the '70s and ‘80s, topping the charts and filling arenas around the world at a time when their style of music was supposed to have fallen out of fashion. Supertramp was formed in 1969 by pianist and vocalist Rick Davies. Davies had been...
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