Tullio Fontana | CA, USA | 10/29/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big Supertramp fan and I have been for years. I have just about every album from Crime of the Century onward (well, I drew the line after Free as a Bird). However, for some reason, I did not have this particular album so I went ahead I bought it. Well, now I know why I did not have it. It's because this album has nothing to do with the Supertramp band we know (and love). Honestly? If you want Supertramp-like albums, I recommend Roger Hodgson's solo efforts. If you think you'll have another Supertramp album, you will be disappointed big time. The sound is as far as it can be from the "classic" Supertramp sound. The songs are melodically weak and boring (although they were written by Hodgson). No catchy tunes here. So, unless you are dying to spend some money and don't know where to, I'd not get close to this album."
An long forgotten gem!
Benjamin Foti | 03/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first started to like Supertramp when i used to listen to my father's copy of their compilation "Classics Vol. 9", and started building my collection starting from "Crime of the Century". I discovered this album for the first time from a Supertramp website and bought an original British copy of the LP from ebay. I never even realized there were albums before "Crime", and that there were guys named Richard Palmer and Bob Millar!
The songs on the album have an overall sad feeling to them and I was also surprised to find all lead vocals by Roger Hodgson and none by Rick Davies. The songs I tended to enjoy the most were the two versions of "Surely", "It's a Long Road", "Aubade and I am Not Like Other Birds of Prey", Nothing to Show" and "Shadow Song" all stood out to me. I think this album shows a young band trying to find a good sound that would capture an audience.
However this would not be. Unfortunately, the album failed to impress the public when released, and resulted in the departure of Palmer and Millar.
If you're expecting to hear the classic, poppy "Breakfast in America", you're not gonna find it here! Its something dratically different.
Overall, I highly reccommend this album to all the Supertramp fans out there. Its too bad this album is overlooked so often, and really deserves positive recognition!"