I should get into more Supertramp. I love Breakfast in America, have it framed on vinyl. Supertramp Paris 4. Review Summary: Paris is an ode to the vast talent of Supertramp, and a final performance of excellence before they would break apart.
Supertramp's live record Paris is a moving production, and was recorded on the worldwide tour supporting Breakfast in America.
The success of the that latter album had an enormous pressure for the band, and during the tour, there began to develop some internal friction in the group. The fun of playing together started to diminish. Supertramp were part of the 70's progressive movement, but had, unlike their contemporaries, a sense of pop in their sound from the beginning, and also flirted with jazz and blues.
Their compositions have many flowing and captivating shifting moods, featuring great piano play, strong vocals, sensitive electric guitar and seductive saxophone. The instrumentation and arrangements were highly diverse and inventive. Supertramp have always managed Supertramp - Paris (Vinyl create addictive timeless music.
There were two leaders in the band that take almost all the credits on Supertramp material, being Rodger Hodgson and Rick Davies. The person who sang the song was the one who wrote and composed it lyrics included. This formula was another feature that makes Supertramp stand out as a band, and was a fruitful way to do things during their golden era. Afterwards, the band continued without Hodgson, Supertramp - Paris (Vinyl.
The latter left the band after the Famous Last Word tour, in LP remaining members have known a little success, but the absence of Hodgson made its impact, and Supertramp would never be the same. Breakfast in America is Supertramp's most commercially successful release, and the last album in their golden era, which includes Crime of the CenturyCrisis, What Crisis?
The band's music is easy to listen to, and often simple and efficient, contrary to the complicated nature of other progressive bands. There was a great enough mixture of genres in their sound for them to satisfy a large mix of admirers. The usage of piano, acoustic and electric guitars, seductive saxophone, soaring vocals, and all-around outstanding musicianship is brilliant on all four of their golden era albums, which still sounds fresh today.
Supertramp's members are very, very creative musicians, and they play with confidence, although the two masterminds behind the band will always remain Davies and Hodgson. Paris was put on the map at exactly the right time, namely after the group released their streak of four best albums. There were so many great songs on these four records that it is hard to keep track of them all. When Breakfast In America was released, Supertramp became a full-blown art-rock-pop sensation, leaving almost all of their progressive influences behind.
Keyboards became more dominant, and the soaring and catchy piano melodies were the highlight of the music. Roger Hodgson's and Rick Davies' voices played off each other beautifully, creating perfect harmonies. This double live album contains almost every song off Crime of the Centuryshowing how significant that album was for the band. On the other hand, only three songs were taken from Breakfast in Americawhich is odd considering it was their most recent album at the time.
Possibly, this could be related to the struggle between Hodgson and Davies. Overall though, the setlist contains almost all essential Supertramp tunes. Talented as they are, the band could have improvised a lot of their original studio tunes.
But if they would have, it would have taken off the pleasure of the audience to sing-along and toe-tapping their catchy music. As such, their live performances were as close as possible to the original versions. While the performances are almost flawless, it does take away a bit from the possible improvisation that could make a live release extra special.
There are enough exceptions to keep things interesting, however, such as the altered essential piano part in Schoolthe extended version of Bloody Well Rightand an excellent added saxophone solo in From Now On. Although the performances may generally be close to the original studio songs, Paris still sounds very much live.
The rhythm section is more audible than on their studio work, and the guitar is overpowering. The disadvantage to this is however that some of the piano and sax work are swamped by guitar and bass.
In the end, this is the group's quintessential live release. Paris contains the most memorable Supertramp songs, features their classic line-up, and the performances are LP flawless. On top of that, this was recorded shortly before the departure of Roger Hodgson, making it the final statement of classic Supertramp. If ever you might want to find out what is so great about this band, this isn't a half-bad starting point.
If you know their work already, it's the live album to get. Tweet Recent reviews by this author. I have an original crime of the century and it sounds real good. Location: Kokomo Indiana. Location: Three Rivers, CA. I'm sure they have others that are good, but I am not as familiar with those. Try to find the"Monarch" pressings, they sound awesome. Sax-sonSep 23, Location: Milwaukee WI.
HAmmerSep 23, Supertramp - Paris (Vinyl and Johnny Vinyl like this. Location: Norway. Sounds great, IMO. Capt FongsbySep 23, Location: DC area. They don't sound the same, but both are very good. The Speakers Corners has a bit more of a modern audiophile sound to it, whereas the UK pressing rocks a little more. The UK pressing has a reputation for the vinyl being a little noisy. Location: San Diego, CA.
Excellent bass from Roger on that. US is ok too. Indelibly Stamped- Only have the late 70s US issue. Sounds ok. I wonder if the UK is better??? Not a great album.
Crime- First UK is wonderful. Crisis- I only have US issues with a bit of noise but they are very nice sounding otherwise. BoA- Only have US pressings- they are excellent. Paris- My US press sounds great.
The 80s releases sound good on US vinyl too. Music not as essential, obviously. With this music the trick is finding clean noise free copies, of course. Good luck! Location: East TN. Many are not. US excellent but many noisier than I like. McLoverSep 24, Location: Analogue Dr. Calgary, AB, Canada. Johnny VinylSep 24, HAmmer likes this. If the former, how did you acquire them? They seem incredibly hard to come by. And I want them! Location: Syracuse NY. No not the same.
Different good mastering, pressing can be a crapshoot. Many had pops and ticks when new. UK was superior on pressing and plating.
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