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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 30, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000069HJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Front man Roger Hodson left for a solo career after this LP reached #5 in '82. He helped give the band two more Top 40 hits full of melodic hooks and soaring harmonies: It's Raining Again and My Kind of Lady .

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Quality of sound is excellent.
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Crazy is a great pop opener I will never get tired of.
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One of my favorites from the band.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on August 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
How does a band follow up a mega-smash album? Simple: they just follow it up. 1979's "Breakfast In America" was such a gargantuan success all over the place for Supertramp, that, after the world tour in support of the album, the band took some well-deserved rest for a couple of years before re-grouping for their next disc. However, one of the band's key members, singer/songwriter Roger Hodgson, wasn't so sure about his future with the group, and the next album, 1982's "Famous Last Words," would be his last album with the band (hence the title?). As Hodgson's swan song with the group, "Famous Last Words" certainly has an element of sadness attached to it, and although the album did not signal the end of Supertramp, it did signal the end of an era. It was nowhere near as commercially successful as "Breakfast In America" (how could it have been?), but "Famous Last Words" is still an excellent, heartfelt album filled with the high quality mix of pop, jazz, & rock that this great band are famous for. Hodgson's opener, "Crazy," is a great piano-thumper, while co-leader Rick Davies' "Put On Your Old Brown Shoes" is an excellent shuffler to clap along to. Hodgson's "It's Raining Again" is a very nice, uplifting song (and a Top 20 hit single), and "Bonnie" is a great showcase number for Davies. Next up is Hodgson's haunting, achingly beautiful "Know Who You Are," one of the very best songs he has ever written.Read more ›
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Armstrong on April 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I remember first playing ...Famous Last Words..., around the pool table one cold, dark night at boarding school as a teenager. I clearly recall my initial thoughts, that Put on your old brown shoes was the only Supertramp track that I didn't like, out of every track of every album to date. A good few listens later, it became one of my favourite tracks of one of my all time favourite albums. This album is simply brilliant, with the last two songs, Waiting so long, and the prophetic Don't leave me now finishing off a complete masterpiece with total awe. I literally come out in goose bumps as I turn up the volume to appreciate, particularly these last two tracks, it to their full glory.

If Roger Hodgson had to leave Supertramp, as he unfortunately did, he could not have left on a higher note.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter E Meade on August 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
After this album, co-lead vocalist & songwriter Roger Hodgson left the band and Supertramp went on for at least 3 more albums without him, though they'd lost the magic Roger brought to the mix. The songwriting and the vocals are split almost equally between Hodgson and Rick Davies on this one and they play off each other well. Beautifully produced, with some masterful 12 and 16 string guitar playing by Hodgson that simply shimmers.
A must for Supertramp fans and not a bad introduction for anyone not familiar with their tuneful, often miscategorized sound.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kid A on August 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Breakfast In America" is without a doubt one of the all-time classic albums. Beyond that and "Crime Of The Century", it's easy to let the rest of Supertramp's work go unnoticed. That's what happened with me. I've been listening to Crime and Breakfast for years while neglecting the rest of their catalog. My bad! I've recently picked up several other Supertramp albums, including "Famous Last Words".

Clearly, Supertramp were trying to distinguish FLW as something other than simply a follow-up to the blockbuster Breakfast. Although the sound is unmistakably Supertramp, it's obvious there was an effort to strike out in different directions to accomplish something that could build upon their previous success.

Check out "Waiting So Long" for some foreshadowing of the following Supertramp album, "Brother Where You Bound" with it's rich orchestration and trademark build-ups and the '50s doo-wop influenced "My Kind of Lady" for an indication of these changes. Of course, there is still the classic Supertramp with songs like "It's Raining Again" and "Crazy" (which could easily have ended up on Breakfast In America based on its sound).

Despite hiding in the shadow of Breakfast In America, Famous Last Words is still a great album in the Supertramp tradition. Consider it essential for the Supertramp fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James E. Hartman on November 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
As with the rest of the Supertramp remasters - long overdue, even in 2002 - the sound quality here is fantastic. Supertramp always took care in the studio to record and construct their albums with fantastic sound and lots of dynamic range. Given this was Hodgson's last album (and subsequent tour), the lyrics become tinged with sadness and meta-meaning beyond their context in the songs.

However... I don't know the specifics of the how or why, but the beginning of "Bonnie" is glitched up. To my ear, it sounds as if someone with a razor blade or some digital editing software tried to recreate the beginning of the track, but used the later repetition when the xylophone came in over the piano to replay the opening phrase. Anyway, the result is just wrong, and bugged me until I pulled out my old copy of the CD and (there's that digital editing software again) took the beinning of the track from the old CD and 'pasted' it over the offending phrase. I felt better after that. ;)
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