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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

14 Ratings

Just enjoy the show


I fly between Europe, The Gulf and Africa, two to three times a month. The most joyous part of the journey is looking out of the window at the sun is rising over the Mozambique mountains, the headphones are readjusted and you press 'play' on Classics Live …. You are initially transported back to the heady days of your youth only then to be transfixed by the beauty of the music.

Classic songs performed live by the voice and heart of Supertramp.

Tramp fan from London,

These wonderful songs, for so long in our consciousness, are revisited by their composer and vocalist in a stripped down performance that takes us closer to the soul of the original composition. For many, Roger Hodgson is the voice of Supertramp having sung and composed most of the well known hits. For the past few years Hodgson has been playing his music to an appreciative audience in many venues across the globe. This album is a collection of the most well known and loved songs that he performs on his own or with his cohort, Aaron MacDonald, a Canadian multi-instrumentalist.

Without the lush Supertramp production, but enhanced by a simpler arrangement, these songs come to life and sounds as fresh as they did thirty or so years ago. It is hard to imagine an enhancement on the original recordings, and while these don’t necessarily improve on those fantastic records, these recordings, taken as they were from various shows on a recent tour, give an excellent representation of the live performance you will experience at a Roger Hodgson show.

There are some stunning songs on this album and I particularly loved the version of ‘Only Because of You’ and ‘Lord is it Mine?’ I can’t commend this superb collection highly enough. Sometimes less is more, and this enables you to get closer to the heart of these beautiful compositions.

About Roger Hodgson

Best known for his stint fronting art pop hitmakers Supertramp, Roger Hodgson was born in Portsmouth, England, on March 21, 1950. While growing up in Oxford, Hodgson started playing guitar before he was a teenager, and was soon writing songs while at boarding school. He began recording during the late '60s, issuing a single in 1969 as part of the session band Argosy with Elton John (then known as Reg Dwight).

Also in 1969, he co-founded Supertramp, serving with Rick Davies as songwriter and vocalist for 14 years. Originally funded by Dutch millionaire Stanley August Mieseages, the group lost his patronage after their first two albums failed to generate much interest. However, 1974's Crime of the Century was a major hit, launching the radio favorites "Dreamer" and "Bloody Well Right." After scoring an international hit in 1977 with "Give a Little Bit" from the album Even in the Quietest Moments..., Supertramp reached their commercial peak with 1979's chart-topping Breakfast in America, which yielded the smashes "Take the Long Way Home," "The Logical Song," and "Goodbye, Stranger" on its way to selling 20 million copies.

In the wake of 1982's ...Famous Last Words..., Hodgson left Supertramp and relocated to Northern California to focus on his family, eventually issuing his solo debut, In the Eye of the Storm, in 1984. Within days of issuing the follow-up, 1987's Hai Hai, Hodgson fell and broke both of his wrists; the accident kept him out of action for several years, and he did not resurface until he co-wrote several songs on Yes' 1994 album, Talk. A live solo album, Rites of Passage, followed three years later and featured Hodgson collaborating with son Andrew.

Open the Door, his first new studio effort in 13 years, appeared in the spring of 2000. The album received positive responses from critics and fans alike, and Hodgson was subsequently recruited to tour with Ringo Starr as a member of the All-Starr Band. He continued to play solo shows as well, releasing a DVD of one such performance, Take the Long Way Home: Live in Montreal, in summer 2006. (The DVD would go multi-platinum in Canada and gold in France and Germany.) Classics Live, a collection of tracks from a solo tour of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe, and Canada, arrived in 2010. Hodgson continued to tour worldwide in many formats including in a duo, with a band, and with a symphony orchestra. In 2012, he received a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andrew Leahey

    Portsmouth, England
  • BORN
    21 Mar 1950

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