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  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000068FY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

Steering their art-rock origins into new pop territory, Supertramp made their first strike with this 1974 Top 40 LP. This is the one with their all-time classic Bloody Well Right ; the prog-pop gem Dreamer ; the dreamy title song, and more!

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So many US fans of Supertramp still believe to this day that 1974's "Crime Of The Century" was the band's very first album.
Alan Caylow
When I first heard this album back in the early eighties, it was preceeded with a reputation of being one of the best rock recordings ever.
Bill Camarata
It's a thread running through ALL of an album's songs - they're linked by a story, a recurring idea, or at the very least similar themes.
Steve Wyzard

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wyzard on May 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Many of the reviews so far have indulged in reminiscencing about the 1970s, discussed the clarity of the sound, or compared the band to Pink Floyd, the Beatles, or other musical influences. Very few have mentioned anything regarding the subject matter of the songs, as if there's nothing more to them than catchy tunes and a singalong chorus. I'd like to encourage future listeners to dig deeper into the words, because this is one of the best actual "concept albums" (an overused term) ever released. A concept album is more than just an album cover, a marketing campaign, or the band deciding, "Let's try something different this time." It's a thread running through ALL of an album's songs - they're linked by a story, a recurring idea, or at the very least similar themes.

Crime of the Century's "concept" is the HUBRIS, or fatal flaws, of mankind. There are 8 total songs, 2 each of 4 different themes. For each of the 4 themes, Roger Hodgson offers the viewpoint of the introvert, followed by Rick Davies "answering" with the viewpoint of the extrovert on the same theme. The 4 themes are as follows:

1. PARANOIA: "School" and "Bloody Well Right" deal directly with the pressure exerted on individuals by academia, media, the political world, and even one's peers to conform to an idealized standard.

2. MENTAL ILLNESS: "Hide in your shell" and "Asylum" illustrate individuals who, having been failed by the aforementioned institutions, begin to lose their grip on reality when they have been denied love, trust, and respect.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Barry C. Chow on September 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
A variant of progressive rock that some have called sophisto-rock, Supertramp never really broke any new ground - beginning with Century, they just produced a consummate trio of albums confirming that meaningful music doesn't have to be obscure and that listen-ability is preferable to the pursuit of originality for the mere sake of originality.
Century wasn't their first album. I still have the vinyl versions of their eponymous debut and their follow-up "Indelibly Stamped". However, Century was the first album to bridge prog for the masses, mixing the layered instrumental harmonics of the prog genre with the hooks and melodies of mainstream rock. The result is an album that progerati will often denigrate as a "sellout", "prog lite" or "dumbed down". Ignore such arrogant snobbery. Century is an inspired album with some truly captivating songs. It starts with one of the most sublime of album intros: "School" is not only a brooding musical statement with a memorable instrumental midsection, but provides an intelligent counterpoint to that other prog anthem, Floyd's "The Wall", making a more thoughtful protest than the trite, "...We don't need no education". Throughout their careers, Supertramp railed against the creativity-stifling straightjacket of rote schooling, but there is a stark clarity and clean simplicity to "School" that sets it above their later efforts in tracks like the "Logical Song".
The remaining songs are just as well crafted. Hide In Your Shell, Dreamer and Rudy decry the isolation that pervades modern culture. Bloody Well Right attacks bloody mindedness. Crime of the Century, the titled album track, rounds things off with a biting indictment: "Who are these men of lust, greed and glory?/Rip off the masks and let's see./But that's not right - oh no, what's the story?
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65 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Richard Thompson on September 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you are in your late 30's or 40 something, then you grew up in the 70's, when people actually bought 12' round vinyl discs and played them on a turntable! If, by chance, you were really into high quality audio sound (refered to as an audiophile), then you should be well acquainted with this musical offering.

A company known as Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL), out of California, pioneered the "Original Master Recording" album. Also referred to as a "half-speed master". This company would seek out and only accept a first generation master tape to re-issue a popular music album. They made the choices based on popularity and sonic quality. The first few offerings were records of recorded "nature sounds" such as lightening, wind, streams, birds, etc. I think one was called The Power and the Majesty. The very first musical selection (catalog #1-005) was Supertramp's Crime of the Century. That's one of the reason's I bought this album. As a young music buyer of the day (late '78) I had not heard of Supertramp. I did know who Pink Floyd was and of course, the Beatles. I was surprised that Crime of the Century kept showing up in the MFSL offerings along with Dark Side of the Moon, Steely Dan's Aja, Fleetwood Mac I, and The Beatles Abbey Road. MFSL's Original Master Recordings were limited editions of 25,000 pressings.

In the early '80's, they began offering Ultra High Quality Records. Limited to only 5,000 pressings. These were the most incredibly high-quality analog phonograph records ever produced by anyone. Heavy, 200 gram records, pressed on virgin vinyl, so clean you could see light through it.

Again, Supertramp's Crime of the Century was one of the first five offerings, along with Floyd's Dark Side. I'm talking about a record that cost $50!
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