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Songs Of The Century - An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp feat. Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Steve Morse, Robby Krieger, et al.
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1. Breakfast In America
2. Take The Long Way Home
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6. Crime Of The Century
8. Goodbye Stranger
10. Bloody Well Right
12. Let The World Revolve
From Billy Sherwood, the producer of the groundbreaking Pink Floyd tribute albums Back Against The Wall and Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon comes this musical celebration to one of the most important bands of Progressive, Art Rock music - Supertramp!
Includes exclusive new covers of the band s biggest hit singles The Logical Song, Take The Long Way Home, and Give A Little Bit PLUS fan favorites Breakfast In America, Crime Of The Century, Bloody Well Right and more!
Featuring members of Asia, Yes, King Crimson, The Doors, Deep Purple, XTC, Toto, Mr. Mister, Dream Theater, Nektar, Porcupine Tree, Gentle Giant, Renaissance, Rainbow & more!
Performed by John Wetton, Tony Levin, Rick Wakeman, Robby Krieger, Colin Moulding, Steve Morse, Chris Squire, Steve Porcaro, Roye Albrighton, Annie Haslam, Richard Page, Peter Banks, David Sancious, Gary Green, John Wesley, Geoff Downes, Joe Lynn Turner, Jordan Rudess, Rod Argent, Tony Kaye, Mickey Thomas and more! --Official Press Release
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1) I am a huge Rodger Hodson and Supertramp fan.
2) I am not a huge Billy Sherwood fan, although he is a good musician and singer.
So, it was with some trepidation that I decided to take a chance on his tribute offering of Supertramp songs. He definitely got an all-star cast of Progressive Music stars to work on this with him. That is apparently one of Billy's greatest virtues, his ability to pull from a long list of prog musicians who are happy to work with him on a project like this!
I'll also admit that I was afraid that the different musician's approaches to each song would be so different, or misguided, that they would ruin them. Well, I was wrong on almost all accounts. The only one I don't care for is the opening track with John Wetton and Larry Fast (Breakfast in America). Their version just didn't convince me they were really into it. Other than this one cut, the others are stellar.
I am a HUGE John Wesley fan (he is such an incredible musician and singer!!) and he gives a wonderful version of Take the Long Way Home. Mickey Thomas and Steve Morse sound VERY much like Hodson and company on The Logical Song (this is a good thing!) and it is really nice to Peter Banks on guitar in Give a Little Bit. Wakeman is so restrained on Crime of the Century, but it's unmistakable Rick Wakeman keyboards. And Sherwood really does a nice job on the guitars on this cut. Their version sent chills up and down my spine the way they treated this iconic song.
It really is wonderful to hear Annie Haslam on Dreamer, another iconic Supertramp song. She has such a beautiful voice! The rest of the cuts are very strong recordings. The list, while missing several songs that I personally would have liked to have heard included in this collection, are all very enjoyable and very listenable.
I'm not really clear what the Chris Squire and Tony Kaye track is. I don't know if it's a Hodson song that he wrote for this effort, or if it's a Sherwood piece that was written in a "Supertramp" style. Whatever it is, it is a REAL treat to hear Squire on lead vocals and bass. I love Squire...period....the end. It really is a great tune.
The only voices missing on this collection, whom I would have loved to have heard, are Jon Anderson and Steve Hogarth. Adding these guys voices would have made the whole effort complete, like having two extra cherries on top.
If you are a Supertramp fan and can handle someone else touching your band's songs, I think you will really enjoy this. It's gotten some pretty serious rotation on my iPOD and my computer! That's the strongest recommendation I can offer. If I really like something, I'll listen to it...several times!!If you are one who can only handle the original band performing their songs, I would still recommend your proceed, as I think it's that good an offering. I don't think you will be disappointed.
That's my $.02 worth!! Enjoy!!