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Breakfast in America

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Editorial Reviews

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." --Steve Gdula
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on June 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Supertramp practically *owned* 1979 with their mega-smash album from that year, "Breakfast In America." The British band had been making creative, irresistible pop/jazz/rock for nine years & five albums by this time, but "Breakfast," the sixth album, was The Big One for the group, a #1 smash on the album charts all over the world. Though certainly not a "concept" album, the theme for "Breakfast In America" came from bandleaders Roger Hodgson & Rick Davies, who, for this album, wanted to write songs about what it was like to be a British person living in the USA, which is what the whole band were doing by this time. Credit Hodgson & Davies for writing such wonderful songs, such as the hits "The Logical Song," "Goodbye Stranger," and "Take The Long Way Home." But even the non-hits are shimmering beauties, such as "Gone Hollywood," "Oh Darling" (not to be confused with the Beatles tune), "Lord Is It Mine," and the exuberant finale, "Child Of Vision," all played to perfection by Hodgson, Davies (who both do great vocal work as well), sax player John Halliwell, bassist Dougie Thomson, and drummer Bob Siebenberg. This new remastered edition of "Breakfast In America" sounds sensational, with greater boom & clarity than any CD version of "Breakfast" that I'd ever heard before (including the now-defunct gold disc version from Mobile Fidelity). Now you can enjoy Supertramp's all-time classic the way it was meant to be heard. Pick it up, and enjoy this delicious breakfast as only Supertramp can serve it. :-)
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on August 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Soldiers get the latest in music almost as fast as teenagers, and they are the first to get state-of-the art stereo systems through the PX that would make a discount wholesaler wince. That was my introduction to "Breakfast in America." Sitting in my platoon's storage room one afternoon in 1979, I heard the sound of "Breakfast..." coming from the arms room. Normally, any music would have made me go to the offender and ask him to turn it down. This was different. It wasn't the cacaphony of noise I was unfortunately accustomed to hearing. I listened more intently to each selection, liking one as much as the other. I closed the field manual. It was no use. The music had taken over. I asked the armorer what he was playing, and he showed me the cassette. He added, with more pride in his taste for music rather than as an attempt to convince me: "Great tunes, h'uh, sir?"

After almost thirty years, it still has as much appeal as when I purchased it. Now on DVD, there are some weekend afternoons that I program my favorites, recall a time and place long ago, and the roads I travelled where the language and customs were different, always playing "Breakfast in America" in my head, where I would "take the long way home." (My favorite.)
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If I could give this album a "10", I would! Last year's Gap ad "Give A Little Bit" renewed my love of this extraordinary group. Starting life as a British progressive rock band, Supertramp shifted gears and became a real pop band. Supertramp was formed in England in 1969 by keyboardist/vocalist Roger Davies. 1974's "Crime Of The Century" became the band's first big smash, followed by "Crisis! What Crisis?" and "Even In The Quietest Moments". 1979's "Breakfast In America" was a huge success on both sides of the Atlantic, and is considered by most people to be the band's best album.
Why does "Breakfast In America" entrance me? Is it the lyrics, the melody, the moving background, yes, but most of all the voices that rise and fill the room with joy and the resounding emphasis on the music. "Take the Long Way Home" strikes a chord in my heart. I have sung the lyrics with my son while driving in the car, and it brings back the memories of our togetherness. I have told my family that at my funeral "Take the Long Way Home" will be one of the songs to send me on my way.
"Lord Is It Mine" has the old time feeling of longing and wanting. "Gone Hollywood" reveals what happens when a band makes it big, and "The Logical Song" tells us just that-the entire album has the feel sublime entertainment. The band has that certain "joie de vie" that we revere in a truly outstanding work of art.
My favorite band and album- you bet! Supertramp and "Breakfast In America" bring it all together- the feel of the 70's. The times they are a changing, and that was the period in my life that reflects what I think life is all about. Bring It On, Supertramp! prisrob
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By TheSynapse on February 3, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
There are mad fluctuations in ratings on this product. First, giving this product a low rating because of a lack of 5.1 surround sound is ridiculous. A 5.1 surround option should be considered a bonus feature of any SACD or Blu-ray disc. The point of purchasing a music format other than an mp3 or redbook cd in this digital age is to obtain a sound quality closer to the original master tapes of the studio recordings - period.

That being said, ratings that give this product high praise for sound quality are undeserving. Is the quality better than the redbook cd? Yes, BUT - and this is a big but; It is nowhere the quality it should be. The complex mid-range instrumentation Supertramp is known for is muddy, lacking presence and instrument definition. At times the music even seems compressed although the packaging insists that it is not.

What it does say is this:

"Audio is sourced from 24bit/96kHz master sources and full technical specifications are given on the rear of the box."

If you turn to the rear of the box, the only mention of quality is in the lower right corner which states:

"Minimum 24bit/96kHz audio material"

Sounds good doesn't it. Let's think about this for a minute. If I have a grungy, un-cared for original album (now about 35yrs old) and play it through one of the cheap mass-marketed "retro style" usb record players at best buy into a 24bit/96kHz A2D dac, I could stake the same claim on my recording - do you want to buy it?
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