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"Supertramp, Breakfast In America - Japanese OBI MINI REPLICA LP TITLES making a 10 CD Box Set"

SUPERTRAMP - BREAKFAST IN AMERICA - Japanese OBI MINI REPLICA LP TITLES making a 10 CD Box Set- ALL TITLES Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing packaged in a paper sleeve. Japanese OBI MINI REPLICA BOX SET Japanese re-mastered Mini LP replica Limited Edition Collection Recorded from the finest Original Masters available. Each title Comes with anti-static sleeves similar to Vinyl LPs, Cardboard packaging exact to the original LP, Re-sealable plastic wrap cases for protection of each collectible Actual miniaturized version of the 12" JACKET LP in 4" REPLICA JACKET CD version Special VERY RARE LIMITED EDITION BOX SET ONLY PRODUCED ON FUTURES FOR THIS ONE TIME PRESSING -- were only available in Japan. THE BOX SET - INCLUDES INDELIBLY STAMPED - Like their 1970 self-titled debut, Supertramp's second album, 1971's "Indelibly Stamped," was critically-acclaimed but didn't exactly set the cash registers ablaze. Still, the band continued to evolve, as they stepped away from the psychedelic rock of the first album and honed their trademark jazz/pop/rock hybrid sound that would eventually sell millions, starting with "Crime Of The Century." "Indelibly Stamped" is a marvelous Supertramp album, and a definite sign of things to come. For the second 'Tramp album, singer/guitarist Roger Hodgson and keyboardist Rick Davies got themselves a new line-up: bassist Frank Farrell, drummer Kevin Currie, and Dave Winthrop on flute & sax. Also, Rick Davies finally stepped up to the microphone for the first time with his first batch of lead vocals. Every single song on "Indelibly Stamped" is an excellent one. "Your Poppa Don't Mind" is a fun keyboard-thumper. "Travelled" is a lovely acoustic number that reminds me of vintage Crosby, Stills & Nash, and "Rosie Had Everything Planned" is a fine, light & breezy tune about a woman who gets into trouble with the law. "Remember" is pure arena rock all the way (complete with cheering audience), and "Forever" is, in my estimation, one of the greatest love songs ever written, as it says everything you could ever want to say to your sweetheart in a song, and you can slowdance to it. I'm definitely playing it at my wedding, that's for sure! "Potter" is a brief but excellent blast of guitar rock. "Coming Home To See You" is a pure gem, the lyrics in the style of a phonecall from a rude boyfriend to his girl, with the band kicking into a delightful, chugging choo-choo train jam at the end, featuring some outstanding organ & harmonica from Davies. "Times Have Changed" is a classic Davies ballad, signaling his other great, piano-based compositions that would follow. "Friend In Need" is a short but appealingly playful number, featuring some nice 20's-style piano & sax. And finally, Hodgson leads the band in the tremendous "Aries," a breathtaking 7 1/2 minute acoustic whirlwind. It's a phenomenal piece, another unsung 'Tramp classic. Once again, Hodgson & Davies' singing, songwriting & playing are superb, and their musical chemistry with the rest of the band simply cooks.This second version of Supertramp quickly folded after the commercial disappointment of "Indelibly Stamped," but, without question, they undeniably laid down the blueprint for the third and most-famous version of the band that would follow with "Crime Of The Century," with the band's signature jazz/pop/rock sound now firmly in place. "Indelibly Stamped," like Supertramp's self-titled debut from 1970, is a wonderful buried treasure that no 'Tramp fan should do without. 1. Your Poppa Don't Mind 2. Travelled 3. Rosie Had Everything Planned 4. Remember 5. Forever 6. Potter 7. Coming Home to See You 8. Times Have Changed 9. Friend in Need 10. Aries SUPERTRAMP - SELF TITLES - Many people like Supertramp up to Breakfast in America before they became 'too commercialised', and others like the Breakfast sound and not the earlier albums. Personally I would like to scrap both of those opinions, and say that I think ALL of their albums range from extremely good to sublime. But this first one stands out in my record collection of them. Surely, Maybe I'm A Beggar, Aubade and Other Birds of Prey bring tears to my eyes; and Nothing to Show and It's A Long Road are excellent rockers. As always, the falsetto of Roger Hodgson is hauntingly beautiful, leaving a soaring feeling long after you've turned off your hi-fi. Rick Davies does magic on the keyboards, Bob Miller's Led Zeppelin drumming is fantastic, and Richard Palmer's bass adds perfectly tuned low notes to the ensemble. All in all this is Supertramp at its finest - at times a Floyd/Zeppelin sound, mixed with their later sound: a FANTASTIC album. Another few albums I would recommend for the melodious sound are Even In The Quietest Moments, Crime of the Century and Famous Last Words, as well as Breakfast in America of course. Long live Supertramp 1. Surely 2. It's a Long Road 3. Aubade and I Am Not Like Other Birds of Prey 4. Words Unspoken 5. Maybe I'm a Beggar 6. Home Again 7. Nothing to Show 8. Shadow Song 9. Try Again 10. Surely FREE AS A BIRD - It's back in print! Hooray! After being MIA from record shops for several years, Supertramp's 1987 album, "Free As A Bird," has been re-issued & re-mastered, for which Tramp fans, especially those who missed the album the first time around, can be grateful. "Free As A Bird" barely made a dent on the album charts 15 years ago, and the band couldn't even tour for it in North America, but it's a great album all the same. After the serious tone of 1985's "Brother Where You Bound," Rick Davies & company decided for the follow-up album to lighten things up and have fun. "Free As A Bird" is a very catchy, upbeat, sometimes dance-oriented Tramp album that's perfect to play at a party, or cruise down the highway to. Songs like "It's Alright" & "I'm Beggin' You" will get you on the dancefloor in no time. The title song, a minor hit, is a Supertramp concert staple, with a great sing-along chorus. And there's more great jazz/pop from the band in tracks like "Not The Moment," "Thing For You," and the calypso-influenced finale, "An Awful Thing To Waste."After "Free As A Bird," Supertramp took a whole decade off before resuming work with 1997's "Some Things Never Change," and the "Free As A Bird" album itself went out of print for several years. But now that it's back, DON'T miss out. "Free As A Bird" is Supertramp at their most fun, and a great buried treasure from this great band. 1. It's Alright 2. Not the Moment 3. It Doesn't Matter 4. Where I Stand 5. Free as a Bird 6. I'm Beggin' You 7. You Never Can Tell With Friends 8. Thing for You 9. An Awful Thing to Waste BROTHER WHERE YOU BOUND - This album, the first to be recorded without guitarist/vocalist Roger Hodgson stands out for a couple reasons: 1. It was a massive improvement on their previous album, "Famous Last Words" 2. It has a darker, jazzier sound than any of their other work. Granted that most of their previous material had been largely upbeat, majoy key compositions, many die hard Supertramp fans simply don't know what to think of this, hence the bad reviews. But this is a brilliant album. Possibly one of the best released in the horrendous decade for music, the 80's. 4 of the six songs are dark, minor key and somewhat slow in tempo, except for the danceable, infectious "Cannonball." The remaining two songs have a happier feel. The title track is very different for Supertramp, and the most progressive work they've done to date, alongside "Fool's Overture." In terms of structure is it somewhat incohesive, but overall it has brilliant music moments in it that make it a true masterpiece, a standout in the bands repertoire. The melancholy "No Inbetween," is quite slow moving, but still holds your interest. "Better Days" is somewaht dramatic and emotional and has a cool jam thing in the end. "Still in Love" is more traditional Supertramp fare, with it's catchy sax lines and jumpy piano. "Ever Open Door" is sort of a slow, tender kind of song, and a nice warm way to close an album. For people who aren't fans of change, skip this. For those who are, buy it for sure. The darker, piano-dominated sound is certainly a change, and definetly a welcome one. True, the loss of Hodgson is lamentable, but don't worry about it too much, because without him, Supertramp is alive and well. 1. Cannonball 2. Still in Love 3. No Inbetween 4. Better Days 5. Brother Where You Bound 6. Ever Open Door FAMOUS LAST WORDS - Famous Last Words" was just that for Roger Hodgson, co-songwriter, whose departure is synonymous with the album. But not letting disputes or history ruin the music, Supertramp offers yet another superb album, still keeping their catchy mock-pop flavor, but trading in their stark cynicism for a well balanced and finely produced element of R&B, with that classic arrogant touch. Though FAMOUS LAST WORDS was one of the last in a string of successful albums for Supertramp, it nonetheless shows a wonderful progression from their tight musical style of the 70's to an even more harmonic, traditional--yet inventive--fashion. The tracks here may be the most quintessential Supertramp tracks of the 80's, setting the stage for those contained on 1985's Brother Where You Bound? (which Hodgson was not a part of). Crazy has a catchy yet uniquely creative beat and tune (like all tracks on FAMOUS LAST WORDS) My Kind of Lady is a simple love song that compliments Bonnie, which could have easily been a staple of soft rock radio, while the vocally organized Put On Your Old Brown Shoes and C'est Le Bon are probably Supertramp's most obviously R&B-influenced songs to date; the excellent Know Who You Ar' holds a mood of near-melancholia; It's Raining Again is one of their most curious songs (since'Give a Little Bit from"Even in the Quietest Moment"), this one being a highly upbeat, traditionally quirky ditty for the brokenhearted, complete with a chorus of kids singing It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring..." Then again, Waiting So Long boasts heavier guitar riffs and haunting vocal sounds, an exemplary Supertramp performance, as Don't Leave Me Now is one of the more musically imaginative ballads of the 80s. PARIS - GATEFOLD JACKET REPLICA - If you are a fan of the 70's, you need this album. If you don't own any Supertramp, this is the one to get. From the opening harmonica in 'School' to the closing harmonica in 'Crime of The Century', this 16-track set is just mind-blowing. Why? So many textures working magically together to create rich musical patterns. Even if this was a studio album, the production/arrangements would be classed as awesome. Consider that it is live, and that there are only 5 musicians (not 30 as it sometimes sounds), it has got to be just bloody brilliant! "Do yourself a favour!" Close the blinds - dim the lights - sit in your comfy chair - setup your multidisc player for uninterrupted play, and transport yourself to 1980, Paris. Oh, and by the way - standout track is the climactic "Crime of the century". The guitar part is verging out-of-control, and the sax part will rip your heart out! DISC ONE - 1. School 2. Ain't Nobody But Me 3. The Logical Song 4. Bloody Well Right 5. Breakfast in America 6. You Started Laughing 7. Hide in Your Shell 8. From Now On DISC TWO - 1. Dreamer 2. Rudy 3. A Soapbox Opera 4. Asylum 5. Take the Long Way Home 6. Fool's Overture 7. Two of Us 8. Crime of the Century BREAKFAST IN AMERICA - After a shaky start followed by several critically acclaimed releases, the English group Supertramp hit the commercial jackpot in 1979 with Breakfast in America. The album combined the band's FM radio, AOR-rock style with an almost carnival-like nature. Breakfast gave the band major hits with "The Logical Song," "Goodbye Stranger," and "Take the Long Way Home." The plinking piano and dramatic clarinet runs of "The Logical Song" imparted a comic, yet bittersweet tone to the release as a whole. In another example of the band's devotion to alternative ways to carry their melody lines, "Goodbye Stranger" rings with some of the purest whistling ever recorded. There's also a healthy dose of cynicism running through the 10 tracks with "Just Another Nervous Wreck." 1. Gone Hollywood 2. The Logical Song 3. Goodbye Stranger 4. Breakfast in America 5. Oh Darling 6. Take the Long Way Home 7. Lord Is It Mine 8. Just Another Nervous Wreck 9. Casual Conversations 10. Child of Vision EVEN IN THE QUESTEST MONENTS - In Supertramp's heyday back in the 1970's and early 1980's, there was nobody else quite like them. Their music was, and still is, unique. On Even in the Quietest Moments, this band has done what they always did best: they play intelligent music with complex musical compositions, variable textures, and thoughtful lyrics. This album is a masterpiece. "Fool's Overture" is an unforgettable epic song, taking eleven minutes to wind through a masterfully crafted musical landscape until reaching an intense crescendo led by Roger Hodgson's soaring vocals. The title track is of similar magnanimity; it's just as enthralling, but it's only six minutes long. "Give A Little Bit" proved to be a hit single and is Supertramp's most widely known song on the album. "Lover Boy" is a lighthearted affair, and "Downstream" is a quaint voyage on the water with nothing more than Rick Davies and his piano. "Babaji" is another intense and entertaining ride, and "From Now On" has an almost jazz-like sound to it highlighted by John Anthony Helliwell's saxophone. That covers the album... Seven outstanding songs from a talented group of seven musicians. It's a shame Roger Hodgson left Supertramp, as he was half of the band's creative genius (the other half being Rick Davies, of course). But Even in the Quietest Moments captures Supertramp's majestic sound, and I highly recommend the album to you! 1. Give a Little Bit 2. Lover Boy 3. Even in the Quietest Moments 4. Downstream 5. Babaji 6. From Now On 7. Fool's Overture CRISIS WHAT CRISIS? - Ex-`Tramp Roger Hodgson calls "Crisis? What Crisis?" the Supertramp album he listens to most often, because of it's "rawness," at Hodgson puts it. The album was indeed devised while the band was under pressure to put forth another album and tour in the wake of their breakthrough third album "Crime of the Century," which may be why the ex-vocalist finds the finished product more raw when compared to other Supertramp albums. But for an album that was planned and recorded while the band was under stress to keep the momentum going, "Crisis? What Crisis?" is an elaborate suite of songs, making it a crushing shame that the album will almost never appear on any big-time 100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll lists. The dignified pop of Supertramp always sounded clinical and studio-polished, but not because of any Steely Dan-like studio isolation. That's just the way it was (ironically it translated well onto stage, as captured on the 1980 live album "Paris"). This album isn't exactly "raw" but it is certainly a bit more freewheeling and often less tightly wound as Supertramp's other albums. The album also allows a bit more space for Hodgson's guitars, which he often replaced with keyboards. Even though the quintet was under pressure to release another album, many spots on the album suggest that the band was having some fun, shown in the positive opener `Easy Does It,' `Lady,' and `Another Man's Woman.' There is however at least one genuinely raw song, the heavy schizophrenic `Ain't Nobody But Me.' But there are also plenty of tracks to confirm Supertramp's ability to create pure, flawless, and sophisticated pop songs like `Sister Moonshine' and `A Soapbox Opera.'. The world-weary `Just A Normal Day' is balanced by the more optimistic and catchy `The Meaning.' The innocent `Poor Boy' is a delight, and speaking of innocent, the closing `Two Of Us' is as elegant a three-and-a-half-minutes as any `Tramp fan could ask for. "Crisis? What Crisis?" connected perfectly with "Crime of the Century," and though its chart peak in the US was just a few spots below its predecessor, many of its songs were becoming staples of FM radio, establishing Supertramp as a serious, dignified attraction. And there was more where this came from; maybe it wasn't such a "Crisis" after all. 1. Easy Does It 2. Sister Moonshine 3. Ain't Nobody But Me 4. A Soapbox Opera 5. Another Man's Woman 6. Lady 7. Poor Boy 8. Just a Normal Day 9. The Meaning 10. Two of Us CRIME OF THE CENTURY - After releasing two albums to less than positive critique, Crime of the Century, with the classic track "Dreamer," set Supertramp truly on the map. It also marked the beginning of a long and illustrious career for a band that originally came together through the "Musicians Wanted" section of a British paper. Combining the best of a myriad of musical styles, Supertramp, with its heavily keyboard-powered and sax-colored progressive pop sound, forged a sound that few have ever come close to emulating 1. School 2. Bloody Well Right 3. Hide in Your Shell 4. Asylum 5. Dreamer 6. Rudy 7. If Everyone Was Listening 8. Crime of the Century These are Japanese digitally re-mastered Mini LP replica CDs (the OBI Edition). This Limited Edition Collection has only VERY FEW made world-wide and are immediately Out of Print. Recorded from the finest Original Masters available. Comes with anti-static sleeves similar to Vinyl LPs, Cardboard packaging like an LP. Actual miniaturized version of the 12inch LP in 4inch CD version.
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