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
Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing packaged in a paper sleeve. Universal. 2008.
Digitally Remastered Edition of their Biggest Selling Album Ever and their Most Creative as Well. Includes the Top Ten Singles 'take the Long Way Home', 'the Logical Song', and 'goodbye Stranger'.
Still has the power to seep in... Some songs just seep into consciousness. They get blared over the radio constantly and millions suck them in without even knowing what hit them. The vast majority of such songs exemplify insipid lyrics and melodies (i.e., the kind of songs you hate but can't stop singing). This complaint does not apply to Supertramp's "The Logical Song." If you were alive in 1979 you heard this song. I remember hearing it as a kid and liking it tremendously. The lyrics seemed to hit on something that other pop songs at the time recoiled from. It's philosophical. It's intelligent. It talks about lost youth and the bizareness of growing up in the modern world. Hearing it again as a "grown-up" brings out some of the more "grown-up" themes that flew over me as a kid. Especially: "Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, liberal, fanactical, criminal; Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!" Only years later did I find out the song's title and that Supertramp, a British group, included it on their album "Breakfast in America". Of couse I went out and picked up the album and was hit with a few more surprises: I had also osmosed "Goodbye Stranger", "Take the Long Way Home" and "Breakfast in America". I should've realized earlier that these were all the same band because the production of the album is very consistent throughout. Listening to the album today reveals it as one of the late 1970s pop masterpieces. It's not trite, it's not melodramatically feel good. It's filled to the hilt with great sounds, instrumentation, and songs. Not only, it also has enough "seen-it-all" lyrics to keep the most fervent cynic entranced.
It is disappointing to find out that the band started to fracture irreversibly with this album. Songs like "Casual Conversation" and "Child of Vision" mirror John Lennon and Paul McCartney's vitriolic rants from album to album after the Beatles' demise or Fleetwood Mac's not so subtle brickbat throwing on 1977's "Rumours". Why does success spoil so many great bands? And why do so many successful band members feel the need to make personal rants on mass produced albums? It's a strange, often repeated phenomenon in rock music. But, those who aren't aware of the strife, or choose to ignore it, won't be bothered by it when listening to "Breakfast in America". The music speaks for itself....more info
Quite a delicious "breakfast!" Even though, in 1979, I was a sort of full-time musician; and I guess I believed my guitar player when he told me that the Who had had to change their name to "Supertramp" after that disasterous concert. Thankfully, "Goodbye Stranger" and "The Logical Song" surpassed most of everything else that was released in 1979 (yeah..."Bad Girls"..."The Wall"..."The Long Run"...even Mick Taylor's long-awaited solo album...you know, YOU were there...) And to a you-know-what-besotted 25 y/o musician, I learned of the veracity of the old adage, "You can always tell a good album by its cover" after gazing at the "Breakfast" album cover with an..."enhanced" set of eyes. It HAD to be good, and I wasn't wrong. Between gigs in Atlanta and Mississippi, my band spent the rest of that summer giggling at the cover and trying to learn "Goodbye Stranger." Great music here, folks, and this is probably where Supertramp peaked. They'd shortly lose guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist-extraordinare Roger Hodgson to general ennui and "bad vibes." And after seeing that gent with Ringo in 2001, I realized how important he'd been to the Supertramp sound. Be that as it may, "Breakfast" was where Hodgson and other keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Rick Davies were in perfect synchronization. And that factor, along with the beneficial contributions of reeds player John Halliwell, bassist Dougie Thompson, and drummer Bob Seibenberg, made "Breakast In America" THE album of 1979. Oh and BTW, be sure to read reviewer Alan Caylow's appraisal of "Breakfast" (above) - and if you can ever access the story where Supertramp and Procol Harum shared a gig, and only Procol's Chris Copping and Supertramp's Seibenberg actually showed up, and the two of them actually almost pulled the gig off, playing all the instruments - read it: it's hilarious, and it shows why Rock and Roll was so much more..."prolific" then as compared to anything post-1980. Enjoy yourself!...more info
Supertramp's Masterpiece Breakfast In America is one of my all time favourite albums.I've had it on record ever since I was nine years old,back when the album first came out in 1979.I believe this to be their best album ever.I know all the songs off by heart.One thing that fascinates me about this group,is how Roger Hodgeson and Rick Davies have always alternated in lead vocals.You can tell their voices apart,but they both do equally great songs.You'll notice how side 1 begins with a song where Rick sings lead,then followed by a Roger song,then the next song we're back to Rick,and so on.Side 2 begins with two Roger songs,the first one being his ever popular Take The Long Way Home,the next two songs are from Rick,the last song titled Child Of Vision,Rick and Roger sing together.Interesting track pattern.No Supertramp collection would be complete without Breakfast In America....more info
out in the sun too long too much California sun had fried their creativity while they recorded this!
It is shallow, weak, derivitive and a long way below the creative genius they displayed on Crime of the Century (their only album worth having)
The irony is their commercial success was inversely related to their musical peak....more info
Get out of my head, Supertramp I've had "Goodbye Stranger" in my head for three days. Why? They don't play Supertramp on the radio (at least no station I'd listen to), they're safely forgotten, I haven't actually heard this song in at least 10 years, but they haunt me, haunt me. Get out of my head! Leave me alone with your peppy pop melodies and English perkiness. GOOOOO AWAAAAAY!...more info
Taking the Long Road Home 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...more info
The Beginning of the End It's too bad the album that launched them into superstar status was one of their weakest efforts. Tramp deserved to be recognized much earlier than they were. Their three previous albums had already served to define the epitome of their creative achievement. But in Breakfast, they largely abandoned their progressive rock roots to completely embrace pop culture.
I'm not trying to be snooty here. I realize that rock music, in all of its forms, is by definition "popular" culture. But, nonetheless, it spans a continuum with art rock at the one end and bubblegum pop at the other. The one seeks to expand understanding, while the other only worships superficiality. When Tramp moved into the mainstream, they lost much of the edge that made them worth listening to.
They certainly showed that they had the talent to produce hit tunes. The catchy melodies, hooks and polish of the various tracks produced three certified chart toppers. They were all standard radio fare and made Tramp big on both sides of the ocean. But, to my ear, they were also all forced, literal and unimaginative.
I had started listening to them when they were unknowns, producing their first self-titled debut album in 1970. The first two albums were somewhat self-conscious prog rock affairs, but despite the rough edges, one could tell that they had talent. It wasn't until their third album that they made their big breakthrough. Crime of the Century was a landmark prog album that made them a favourite of the college crowd. Their next two albums continued to enhance their reputation. They produced some exceptionally introspective music with often obscure and confusing lyrics. They were sometimes accused of pomposity and bombast, but they were never slick: that is, until Breakfast.
This album may be easy on the ears, but it has neither the introspective melancholy nor the soaring ethereal quality that made their earlier work so singular and intriguing. In Breakfast, Tramp trades sincerity for fame, depth for clich¨¦, and the slow patient build-up for the quick fix. It was a Faustian bargain that started them on their slide to oblivion. Shortly afterward, their creativity would go stale, Hodgson would leave the group, and Tramp would become a shadow of their former selves, coasting along on past glory.
Had this album been turned out by another group, it would qualify as a worthy effort. But Tramp had soared with the angels; and having shown what heights they could attain, this album is too slick, contrived and lacking in subtlety to be numbered among their best....more info
Supertramp FOREVER This was one of my favorite LP's when it came out years ago. THen came along CD's, and over the years I somewhat forgot about the group. A few years back, tho, I purchased a "Best Of" CD, only to be disappointed in the way the long instrumentals at either the front or the end of the song had been snipped. So, I was very happy to see this CD released, and I now enjoy hearing Goodbye Stanger in its entirety (the instrumental at the end is worth the wait!!) and I get to hear Long Way Home with it's fantastic strings building and the strong piano presence before the harmonica comes in. This is a great CD. Highly recommend!!!...more info
Best since Abbey Road? This album, back in 1978, seemed like it had fallen from heaven. The production values are gorgeous, resembling the WIlsons' studio work in finesse and brilliance. The songs themselves, from "Gone Hollywood" and "Goodbye Stranger" to "Take the Long Way home" could be baby-boomers-hipster's national anthems. Use of sounds like harmonica, whistling, clarinet and sax, and Hodgson's very searing guitar work, at select times (as in Goodbye Stranger) are reminiscent of the Beach Boys and Beatles as well. This is really glorious pop rock, informed by classical, jazz, and hard rock influences. The beats of the songs measure, very carefully, a kind of hammering, clattering dance beat--this is, as another said, very fun music. Biting social commentary, as well, on the star machine, and consumerist society. These guys had it all, and here they were meshed together tighter than a Toyota six-speed. Rev this thing up and let 'er fly....more info
Great album but this remaster is an insult! To make a long story short, if you want a great sounding version of this, seek out the Mofi Gold version. That version sounds absolutely incredible with a super-smooth high-end, punchy bass, and incredible dynamics. This version has a very harsh high-end, muddy bass, and is compressed beyond belief. Use the title track and compare both versions above; you will not believe how lame this remaster is. The EITQM remaster is even worse! (Strangely, the "Crisis? What Crisis?" remaster was acutally very well done!) If you like recordings whose dynamics have been chopped off at the knees or will solely be playing it through a boom box, by all means order this CD. Audiophiles need not apply......more info
What's for supper? This album takes me back to the beach in the long, hot summer of 1979. Wouldn't that be reason enough to own it and play it frequently? But I don't.
Here's why. It's the title track. 'Breakfast' contains some good songs with reasonable lyrics (Take the long way home, Lord is it mine, Casual conversations) but it's the title track that stinks. And not just a little bit, but with such force that owning this CD is an embarrasment. Let me be a little more specific.
The song itself is a filler. Anybody could have written this dumb, nondescript little melody. The arrangement is not worth mentioning. And now for the words:
'Take a look at my girlfriend, she's the only one I've got'. Are we supposed to praise him for his fidelity, or mourn the lack of other girlfriends?
'Not much of a grilfriend, I never seem to get a lot'. Therapy might help.
'Take a Jumbo cross the water, like to see America.' Is that escapism, or just a holiday?
'See the girls in California' ... Good idea.
'Hoping it's going to come true, 'cause there's not a lot I can do.' What must come true? And why is it that there's not a lot you can do?
'Lalalala, lalala lalalaladida.' Gimme a break ...
I simply don't understand why anybody in his right mind would allow this childish scribble to be published all over the world.
I think I'll skip breakfast. What's for supper?
One of the best CD i ever have. 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. ...more info
Closing the 70's Mainstream With Dignity Throughout the '70's, it was inevitable that Supertramp would gradually get more and more popular until they were fully embraced by the mainstream. And now it was 1979, an era of disco and burgeoning punk. But leave it to Supertramp, one of the most innovative pop bands of all time, to close the '70's by bursting into the mainstream with "Breakfast in America," their best selling album to date, yielding four hit singles and going platinum. The record contains all of Supertramp's trademark musical features--studio-perfected rock, rhythm and blues grace, symphonic stylings, and a faceless magic all their own. However, "Breakfast in America" is also touched up with a surprisingly high quality of mock-pop, taking a hint of disco (in the keyboard tune of the catchy high schooler's ballad 'The Logical Song'), funky tunes ('Take the Long Way Home'), inspired creoles ('Lord is it Mine') and playful yet serious songs like 'Gone Hollywood,' while the title track is naively poignant song. "Breakfast in America" is a classy and flawless album that confirmed Supertramp's popularity was based not only on word of mouth, but also by musical merit. By avoiding gimmicks, self-indulgence, and arrogance of their critical acclaim, Supertramp remains one of the most uncompromising bands of the era, and if you doubt this, just listen to one of their many masterpieces, "Breakfast in America."...more info
First album ever bought is also a fave at age 42? Odd but true. So, I dug this outta my mp3 collection and it's grown on me so much I've been obsessively listening to it for weeks. Then I realized this mp3 "album" is actually the first real record album I ever bought, way back in 1979 when I was 13. I played it to death back then. And with everything changed in my life, so much in between, it's still really enjoyable. That's pretty cool so thought I'd toss up a review. Give it a try, apparently it's never too late for this one. ...more info
FM Meets AM Several decades ago FM was where all the good music was played. AM was all pop, hype and commercials. However, occasionally powerful FM groups crossed from the relative obscurity of FM rock to AM rock, and when they were able to do so while retaining a measure of their artistic values the end result was usually either a killer song or a killer album; "Breakfast in America" is just such an album.
How often do you see reviews raving about how great a song or album is? Very frequently. How often does the hype meet reality? Occasionally. In the case of this album the creativity and originality are incredibly high. A harmonica, clarinet, saxophone, piano and a score of other instruments are combined in a completely unique way with the vocals of two strong lead singers and creative lyrics and music to yield a work of musical art that became Supertramp's biggest seller and among their most readily accessible music.
The vocal duties throughout the album are shared by Roger Hodgson and Richard Davies. The voice differences between the two singers provide a unique vocal contrast well-exploited on songs such as "Gone Hollywood." The music is frequently pop, but the lyrics are highly poetic and complex, and rarely evoke throw away pop lyrics.
The album spawned four hit singles, "The Logical Song," "Goodbye Stranger," "Breakfast in America," and "Take the Long Way Home." While the songs came across as pop, consider "The Logical Song." The complexity of the music shows its progressive rock influence. In one place the lyrics are:
There are times when all the world's asleep,
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man.
won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.
Lyrics such as these are far from throw away pop lyrics and remind us of the progressive roots of Supertramp.
While every song on this CD is a gem, there are a number of unique moments. During "Goodbye Stranger" there is a whistling accompaniment, and the whistling is incredibly pure and beautiful. The harmonica introduction to "Take the Long Way Home" is excellent and well-performed. Very few people would consider the harmonica to be an instrument for a rock song. There are also several places where Supertramp effectively reminds listeners that the piano is a percussion instrument.
As powerful as much of the music is on this CD there are quite a few moments where the instruments are all acoustic and the song is quite mellow. The introduction to "Lord Is It Mine" with quiet singing and piano is one excellent example. Yet the song is decidedly rock.
Given that Supertramp started as a progressive rock group, it would have been unusual to create an album without at least one strongly progressive song; "Child of Vision" is that song. There is an excellent extended bridge in this seven plus minute song where the background music and piano are in counterpoint, and where the piano is once again effectively used as a percussion instrument. This song is my favorite from the CD. However, I enjoy progressive rock and this song is the most clearly progressive song on the CD.
There are moments in musical time where a group passes through a creative point where the music matches the sentiment of a broad range of listeners. Often those moments are when multiple musical styles are combined to create a fresh sound. "Breakfast in America" was one of those moments.
Why were whiny, nasally male vocals so popular in the 1970's? As a child of the 1980's & 1990's and someone who first fell in love with punk, I just can't understand why the whiny, high pitched, nasal vocals of the 1970's were so popular. That's the biggest detraction for me in listening to this otherwise enjoyable pop record. Upon listening to this album, I realized that I'd heard most of these songs before, but I didn't know who Supertramp was and I'd just assumed that they were by the Bee Gees because of the awful vocals....more info
Sonic perfection Few albums have ever sounded better sonically than this one, a perfect mix that, despite it's silky smooth texture, also packs an emotional wallop thanks to a healthy dollop of soul. Great vocals and keyboard-driven instrumental textures drive this prog-jazz-pop masterpiece that not only succeeded artistically, but also dominated the pop charts in 1979. Lyrically, it's an interesting blend of cynicism and hope...a tension that pervades the entire disc. There are no weak songs here and there are some bona-fide classics that have endured on radio for 25 years. "The Logical Song" (with it's memorable sax solo), "Goodbye Stranger" (with its biting guitar solo), and especially "Take the Long Way Home" (with its plaintive harmonica solo) still sound fresh and relevant. But there's a lot more to this CD than those three singles. The title track is a biting bit of whimsy that scored on the pop charts when it was included on the live PARIS set, and the swirling "Gone Hollywood" was a longtime FM staple. "Lord is It Mine" mines a Gospel vibe and "Child of Vision" is a complex, melodic, bracing, mind-blowing duel. Without question, this was one of the great LP's of the 1970s and it still holds up very well today. This one plays like Roxy Music's AVALON, but with a bit of venom. ...more info
A Phenomenal Success It's interesting. If you played Crime of the Century, Crisis What Crisis, Even In The Quietest Moments and Breakfast in America for someone who had been in a coma for 40 years, and had never heard of Supertramp; and then asked them which of the 4 would make them superstars, I don't think they would pick Breakfast in America. It must have just been Supertramp's time for a break, because, musically, Breakfast is the weakest of the 4.
Having said that, Supertamp must have made a conscious effort to make more commercial music here, because the only song from the earlier 3 that would fit on Breakfast is "Give a Little Bit."
I still love this album, and remember being very happy for Supertramp that this album got them so many new fans. I also remember being pretty smug because I was already a fan long before Breakfast in America....more info
Remember them this way Supertramp were a 70s progressive rock group that enjoyed a huge worldwide following (the French in particular, loved them). With Breakfast in America they managed to bridge the gap between rock credibility and commercial success. They wrote shorter, poppier songs for this album while still retaining their smooth, luxurious sound. It worked. The album was a massive critical and commercial success. The single, Logical Song was a huge hit, but the album also boasted classic songs like Lord Is It Mine, Breakfast in America, Goodbye Stranger, Casual Conversation and the amazing Take The Long Way Home. Breakfast in America, made in 1978, is Supertrampa??s last truly great album. It is slightly poppier than their previous stuff (it is the Supertramp album your little sister would like), and some cynics would say, more shallow. Shallow? Just listen to songs! If anything Supertramp are lyrically more focussed on this album than ever before. And dona??t be fooled - t he sound is great (just listen to the clips!) and like all truly great albums can be appreciated by all ages and tastes. Supertramp went on to make a number of albums after this, but they were pale compared to Breakfast. Remember them this way. a?o?*...more info
Still holds up I bought this because I found myself really enjoying any Supertramp that I picked up on the satellite radio. I realized I didn't have this CD -- or the record -- remember them? This music still holds up. There is only one song that I forward through, still. Everything else is fun to listen to, brings back interesting memories, and plays very well on a powerful stereo. It should be a part of every forty-ishes arsenal of tunes....more info
Blast from the Past This album originally came out in 1979 when I graduated from college. It's wonderful to hear these songs again! Of course, "the Logical Song" was a big hit and brings back lots of memories. Highly recommended....more info
a great carnival-like album although being supertramp's most commercially successful album (#1 in uk & US), breakfast in america is also very intellectual & musically aggressive. By the time they recorded this album, hogdson & davies were at odds about the material & album name. As each of them shared arranging, writing, & lead vocal duties, they were beginning to want more control. Davies did not like the song breakfast in america or the name of the album. Davies liked working title or hello stranger as album title & wanted to leave BIA off the album. Obviously there was a consensus & hodgson won the battle. That's music... it not only challenges the listener but the artists as well. as they look for their role in the band with ideas & control, a great piece of art is produced through argument & consensus. The album is much more pop oriented with 4/4 patterns than previous albums but still retains aspects of their symphonic/progressive rock roots. The album opens with gone hollywood & reveals strong high-octave backing vocals by hodgson which remains the trend throughout. The song contains the tempo changing & heavy piano playing characteristic of the previous tramp efforts. The logical song follows & uses a rock/jazz electric organ/piano which would remain a staple in the album as well. Hodgson's vocals are incredible here showing an edgier & more aggressive singing style. Goodbye stranger is my favorite davies song besides school & has a great organic groove accompanied by more hodgson vocals. Breakfast in america follows & has unique carnival-like sound that has great vocals as well. Then the epic take the long way home starts with its eerie synth srings & more carnival-like stuff. 2 overlooked songs are nervous wreck & child of vision as they possess the same power-charged vocals & heavy keyboards. Although less progressive the album is quite consistent & almost conceptual with pessimistic social undertones which was a common theme in the late 70s in music (rush/genesis/elp/queen). Supertramp also mimics pink floyd in a way with their alternating vocals within songs. It is also very ahead of its time from a production standpoint. Also clarinet became a rock 'n roll instrument after this thanx to helliwell. Sibenberg's drumming is also quite aggressive & inventive. The drumming, though, is partially harmed by the low tuned toms which produces a muffled sound. All in all a great album that closes the seventies & welcomes the 80s. ...more info
The 70's Theme Songs in One Package Music has always represented time travel to me in a way. When I hear certain songs from my past now, the song will turn on the projector inside my head and visions will appear. When I hear this CD, I get so many flashes of the 70's. The great part of this experience is good songs always bring back good memories. Breakfast In America plays one great memory after another for me and I hope you can tap into some wonderful memories listening to some of Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson's best work. this very well could be this duo's best collaberation. ...more info
Logical CD This CD from Supertramp is very logical as the song states in "The Logical Song". "Gone Hollywood" starts the CD out with a piano crescendo and goes right into the song. What a great song to start off with. Next is "The Logical Song". This song tells everything about Breakfast In America for Supertramp. Goodbye Stranger is next and it is a fast paced song with a lot of guitar lyrics at the end of the song. Another good song on the CD is "Oh Darling" a very good love song. My personal favorite song on this CD is "Take The Long Way Home". I love to sing this song whenever it comes on the radio and it is easy to sing. My favorite line in the song is So you think your a romeo playing a part in a picture show. "Child Of Vision" ends the CD and is very different from any other song on the CD. It has a lot of guitar riffs in it and it seems to go on forever. This is one of Supertramp's best CD's that they have ever had out and it is a true asset to my CD collection....more info
Why Should You Care If You're Feeling Good? Personally, I would characterize (i.e. oversimplify) Supertramp as a late-70s hybrid of Steely Dan and the Beatles. They resemble Steely Dan in their spotless production and tight, finely-honed pop arrangements; the Beatles in their English wit and effortlessly melodic songcraft; and both their core of a formidable songwriting duo, in this case Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies. For their earlier work I might throw in a dash of Pink Floyd to account for the proggy atmospherics, but on BREAKFAST IN AMERICA the band is mostly concerned with making a great pop album
And regardless of how accurate or effectual all these comparisons are, BREAKFAST IN AMERICA is indeed a great pop album, a ship of gooey vocal harmonies afloat on a sea of cascading electric piano, buoyed onward by howling harp nor'easters and waves of screaming sax. (And yes, laboured as it is, I'm proud of that metaphor.) You've probably heard the hits: the delightful "The Logical Song", the propulsive "Goodbye Stranger", the airy "Take the Long Way Home", and the bouncy, vaguely Klezmer-ish title cut. But you probably haven't heard great album cuts like "Just Another Nervous Wreck", which is as anxious as its title would suggest, or the closing epic "Child of Vision". And if you like catchy, well-constructed pop music, you really should, because it doesn't get much better than this....more info
Supertramp - Breakfast in America This is an excellent CD. Through the music is aged, it still has a place in this world and time. The songs move smoothly from track to track. I have had this album several times and have just worn it out. If you like music from the 80's this is one that is a must for your list.
A sure hit that will bring back a lot of memories. ...more info
not a yoke. a contender for the best collection of recorded sounds in the history of the universe....more info
breakfast in america sent empty CD case first time around. very courteous and reliable in sending entire CD and case in a quite timely fashion. would buy here again....more info
Boring Oh how dissapointing that Supertramp went down the road of bubblegum, seeking middle of the road AM play. They used to be so good, but followed up their excellent albums (Crime of the Century and Crisis, What Crisis?) with the boring, flat Event in the Quietest Moments and the even worse Breakfast Over America. This is a totally forgettable album....more info
awsum this album is sweet, and you should buy it. there's lots of good songs....more info
finally a remastered version! I had this on vinyl back in the late 70's and rate it as on of my favorite albums of all time, i like it just as much now as i did then...you never get tired of good music. The sound quality is much improved over the original cd release....next i'm adding crime of the century to my collection....more info
Excellent Album, but Poor Re-Master Quality The content of Breakfast in America is excellent. This is one of only a few albums I enjoy listening to all the way through. I remember The Logical Song, Goodbye Stranger, and Take the Long Way Home from when I was a kid, and I much prefer this music to much of what's out today. I would give this album a rating of 5 except that I'm disappointed with the sound quality of the re-mastered CD. As one other reviewer notes, if you play the re-master on a decent system and crank up the volume, you'll notice distortion. I own both the re-mastered CD and the "original" CD, and although I prefer the packaging of the remastered version, the sound quality of the "orginal" CD is better....more info
A Delicious Breakfast 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. :-)...more info
heard it first many years ago, still love it! So glad I got this album on CD. I enjoyed it on 33 1/3 when it 1st came out. This is classic rock!...more info
One great cd! This is a great cd. I especially like it because it is before they got all mushy and sang It's raining again. ...more info
A commercial breakthrough which was not a sell-out This is one of those rarities, a megahit album that really deserved to be. Supertramp had been writing great songs for years, but this is the only one where they were able to put their sophisticated and cynical songs into a pop form which would click with the average listener. While their earlier albums were more intellectual, this one is more emotional, while packed with pop hooks and maintaining a high quality of songwriting. Actually, it was their best album in several years, almost as good as "Crime of the Century". The only thing it suffers from is that there were so many hits that were overplayed so badly on the radio. Some of the lesser-known tracks are also outstanding, particularly "Gone Hollywood", which contains one of the best expressions of depression I've ever heard in a song ("ain't nothing new in my life today"), and "Child of Vision", the most prog-ish track here. Supertramp were definitely an acquired taste, but this album was a lot easier to absorb than their others, and there's really not a single dog out of all the tracks here....more info
Botched Remaster I have over 2000 CDs in my collection, and I'm always thrilled to discover remastered versions of CDs that I dearly love. I've generally found remastered versions to at least offer a slight improvement to the sound, but this release is different. It is the first remaster I've purchased to make the sound worse - much worse. The sound is harsh, brittle, and very compressed. Fortunately I also have a Mobile Fidelity copy, but I was hoping for an improvement over that with all of the major advances in mastering technology that have occurred over the last several years. If you have a typical audio system, and are just interested in casual listening, it won't be a problem - just turn down the treble. But if you have spent a considerable amount of money on your system, and you seek out improved versions of CDs you already own, this isn't your bus....more info
And Now I Can't Afford The Pen To Sign Her Checks... You should know that it is nearly impossible for me to review this album. So great is my love for this classic that I can only find good things to say about it, and 'review' implies that one is at least partially impartial. How's that for a contradiction in terms? Well, let's get crackin', shall we?
This album has been a part of my life since the first time I switched on the radio in 1979 and heard 'Goodbye Stranger' pouring forth from the tinny speakers of my sisters' transistor. (If I ever started a band I believe I would call it Sisters' Transistor. 'S got a ring to it, don't you agree?) I have owned this in every format it was made available in, with the exception of 8 track, as I was too young to own an 8 track player before they were discredited and laughed off the face of the earth. These tunes have permeated my subconsciousness to such an extent that when I pop this disc in and hit Play I am instantly transported to the late 70s, just as if no time had passed at all. Just as if I could simply call up my buddies and we'd trudge down to Kovac's for a Marathon bar once again. This isn't so much music as it is nostalgia, but I confessed from the outset that I'm not an impartial judge of this recording!
'Gone Hollywood' makes it clear that Supertamp viewed American culture with wry and witty bemusement at best. The previously mentioned 'Goodbye Stranger' features the finest example of whistling to ever appear in pop music coupled with an unforgettable hook, and 'Just Another Nervous Wreck' should have served as an anthem for Underdogs everywhere. If only music this intelligent and durable were still in high demand now! 'Breakfast In America' stands as a snapshot of a vanished musical milieu, but like all genuine classics it transcends it's time and place in order to delight the ears of music lovers of all places and all centuries.
Listed as #8 on Crutchead's Top Albums ever Being a major fan of SUPERTRAMP myself- I don't understand why many other Supertramp-fans consider it silly or even redundantly preposterous to say that this is the best Supertramp LP, and IS the album that makes it proper for one to start and be introduced with for the music of Supertramp! I got introduced to this album myself, and have become a big fan of SUPERTRAMP and Roger Hodgson ever since. Among the ten tracks in the album- 4 have become top ten hits: "Goodbye Stranger", "The Logical Song", the title track, and "Take The Long Way Home". However, contrary to what's being popularly claimed about the album that it is a commercial one, the album is not as that commercial at all, but perhaps the reason for it being reputed as to be so is maybe only because of its commercial success. The lyrics in the songs dabble mainly about getting burned out, social alienation, and longing for things that aren't really easily accessible in one's humdrum living . The other non-commercial songs in the album that are remarkable are: "Lord Is It Mine", "Just Another Nervous Wreck", and "Oh Darling" (not the Beatle-title). "BREAKFAST IN AMERICA" appropriately opens with the track "Gone Hollywood" which properly introduces the listener for what's in store thematically on the entire album sorta. The other couple of tracks-- "Casual Conversations" and "Child Of Vision" may be passe quite a bit, but still they held some lyrical lot of sence that may impress an attitude of half-seriousness like throwing-away-the-towel.. but is still quite substancial.
Ranks number 8 on my all-time personnal list of favourite albums: #10= AD (KANSAS' Kerry Livgren's band project) Art Of The State #9= F O G H A T Live #8= SUPERTRAMP Breakfast In America #7= KEITH GREEN For Him Who Has Ears To Hear #6= Antonio Vivaldi's 5th Concierto performed by the Monte Verde Orchestra #5= QUEEN A Night At The Opera #4= L E D Z E P P E L I N (1971) #3= BEATLES Srg. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band #2= U 2 The Joshua Tree # 1 = JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (original motion picture soundtrack)
--furthermore, the good SUPERTRAMP album to follow "Breakfast In America" in your collection would be the double-live album "PARIS" (w/c's next To "Breakfast..." would be the LP that is good for one to be introduced to the band); "Even In The Quitest Momment"; "Crime of the Century" (beats PINK FLOYD's humongously over-rated "Dark Side of the Moon" any day), and "Crisis What Crisis" down to "Famous Last Words" respectively - before you hit out to score the rest of their other albums.
Say, could anyone re-issue these albums on CD with bonus tracks?Got 'em on Vinyl - tee-hee....more info
There's More To The Story _Breakfast In America_ is a progressive pop/rock album, featuring many catchy tunes, in a seemingly "light-hearted" manner. However, many listeners miss out on one key factor about this disc: It's very depressed and cynical in content.
There seems to be a constant-running theme about Fame (the troubles of getting on top, loss of it) throughout the album. Some of the lyrical content is not unlike Pink Floyd's _The Wall_. This album covers loneliness, depression, frustration, self-pity, loss and more. However, unlike most of the music found on _The Wall_, the music here cleverly conceals these dark themes in a light, elegant, fancy, quirky and playful way.
The combination of Roger Hodgson's light, fancy, sexy and playful voice, works well against the quirky jazz-pop found on this album. _Gone Hollywood_ is a great hard-driving track, featuring some elegant piano playing. _The Logical Song_ is the radio tune of the album. Clever, catchy lyrics (and music) that are both fun and educational. _Goodbye Stranger_ is mostly sung by keyboardist Rick Davies. Those that are used to Roger Hodgson's vocals may be disappointed by the sudden vocal changes (which happen on a few more tracks as well). The title track is a short, playful tune. However, once again--those little devils known as cynicism and self-pity appear in this track. _Oh Darling_, musically, is more slow and wallowing. _Take The Long Way Home_ seems more reflective and dreamy musically. _Lord Is It Mine_ features Roger Hodgson's most moving vocal delivery. _Just Another Nervous Wreck_ is arguably the strongest track on here. Rocking song with loads of drama. _Casual Conversations_ is the weakest on here, but it's still good. Mostly a slow track. _Child Of Vision_ is the 7-minute closer, which features a long instrumental ending.
The best way to sum up this review goes like this: If you like Queen, particularly albums like _Sheer Heart Attack_, _A Night At The Opera_ and/or _A Day At The Races_, you should love this. The quirky, elegant and fancy art rock/pop, combined with the drama and fancy pouting of Roger Hodgson should please many fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury (Roger sounds like a combination of Yes' Jon Anderson and Freddie Mercury). Highly recommended...more info
This album deserves 80 stars at least Get this album no matter what. I have to laugh at Rolling Stone or anyone else who doesn't have this album on their list of the 10 best albums of all time. There are 10 songs on the album. At least 8 of them are masterpieces. The Logical Song and Goodbye Stranger are perhaps the most famous but Take The Long Way Home, Breakfast In America, Oh Darling, Lord Is It Mine, Child of Vision and Gone Hollywood are all also outstanding. The other two are also great just a bit more dark. ... Get it. You will love it. I guarantee it....more info
unknown I never received the CD as it was sent to the wrong addy. I'm sure it is spectacular though. I did get my $$ refunded after I e-mailed Amazon to tell them that I didn't get what I ordered, and I have ordered other items which have come to me in a timely manner. Thanks Amazon!! Love ya, T-...more info
I received the cd quik and
the cd is in excellent condition
A Supertramp classic breakfast in america is one of the best aor albums ever made along with 4 from foreigner.this is one of my favourites and gets my highest possible recommendation.this album has great vocals,superb songwriting and great songs.anyone who hates this does not know anything about good music....more info
Almost any song is a Hit... Excellent album! As it happens with Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Grand Funk's "We're An American Band", this Supertramp creature is a no-loss selection of tunes.
Almost any song in this album is a FM Hit! But please, don't be limited by the command of the musical charts: give an extra chance to "Casual Conversation", "Just Another Nervous Wreck" and even "Child Of Vision".
From "Gone Hollywood" to the last song, you'll certainly enjoy this breakfast anytime! And the remastered edition has a very good sound quality! ...more info
Arguably the classic Supertramp lineup's best album Supertramp's sixth album entitled Breakfast in America was a perfect example of the classic Dickens quote "it was the best of times and it was the worst of times" end quote.
When it was released in March of 1979, the album was embraced heavily in the United States as the group had just come off the heels of their first Gold selling album with Even in the Quietest Moments, which was released in April, 1977 (Crime of the Century went Gold shortly after Even in the Quietest Monents went Gold).
Breakfast in America had three Top 20 hits guitarist/singer/keyboard player Roger Hodgson's "The Logical Song" (a Top 10 hit hitting #6 in the spring of 1979) and "Take the Long Way Home" (peaked at #10 that December).
Plus, keyboard player and singer Rick Davies' "Goodbye Stranger" (#19 that summer).
Other standouts on this classic are Davies' haunting opener "Gone Hollywood", which was a third person's view on the negativity of living in L.A., "Just Another Nervous Wreck" and "Oh Darling" (both also written by Davies). I also loved Hodgson's "Lord is it Mine".
Despite the fact that it's musically and lyrically a fun, warm and happy album, tensions between Hodgson and Davies were increasing during the recording sessions of this album.
The title track to Breakfast in America Roger had written when he was 19 but Rick despised it and didn't want the song on the album. He also didn't want the album titled Breakfast in America neither, Roger won out on both counts.
"Casual Conversations" was seen as Rick's stab at Roger and the closing "Child of Vision" was Roger's equivalent to Gone Hollywood and attack to Rick with Rick surprisingly adding in his responses to Roger's accusations and featured a burning sax solo at the end of the track by saxophonist John Helliwell whom is arguably the best sax player in rock.
Despite all the turmoil, Breakfast in America hit #1 in the US (as well as Europe, Canada, Norway and Australia) and sold over 4 million copies in America (15 million worldwide).
Hodgson felt that Supertramp should have ended with Breakfast in America instead of 1982's follow-up Famous Last Words although some fans disagree(like me) with his sentiments.
Over 28 years on, Breakfast still holds up musically today.
The remastered version of Breakfast which was released in June of 2002 has better sound quality that buries either the original CD or the Mobile Fidelity version.
Highly recommended! ...more info
Take the Long Way Home 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.)
Excellent Audio Quality If you like "Breakfast In America", this 2002 version labeled "Newly Digitally Remastered from the Original Master Tales" is the best digital version available. Better than the MFSL UD1 Made In Japan, catalog UDCD 534 or any other version. This is a wonderful flat transfer.
This recording was remastered by Greg Calbi and Jay Messina at Sterling Sound, New York. The two gentlemen achieved results similar to the Car Stevens Limited Editions Digi-Pak series also remastered at Sterling Sound (Ted Jensen performed that remarkable transfer).
If you take the time and effort to properly EAC this disc and then burn the results onto the best possible media (Green Tunes mastering CD), the playback on a high end audio system is truly amazing....more info
Most popular, and understandably so Supertramp's sixth album is easily their most popular, and each song is a classic. From the opening keyboards of 'Gone Hollywood' to the closing instrumental of 'Child of Vision', Supertramp never sounded so good. Each song is just as good as the last, and my favorites are 'Take The Long Way Home' and 'Lord Is It Mine', which are perfect lyrically and even better musically. 'The Logical Song' is the song that got me into Supertramp, and I love it for that, and 'Goodbye Stranger' is one of Davies' best. Not a single song on here is weak; the album starts and finishes stronger than any other 'Tramp album. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this great CD; you won't be sorry!...more info
Supertramp's Biggest Album And Second Musical Peak BREAKFAST IN AMERICA was Supertramp's biggest-selling album ever, and it was also their fourth great album in a row, as well as the second artistic peak of their musical career. "The Logical Song" gently mocks the educational system in a way that inspires me to put my weight-loss goals above my desire to go back to food-related functions at my old school, but there are other great songs here, too, including "Gone Hollywood", "Goodbye Stranger", the title track, "Take The Long Way Home", and "Just Another Nervous Wreck." The only drawback is that the hard rock edge present on their breakthrough record, CRIME OF THE CENTURY, is somewhat absent here. It would have been acting a bit like the stepmother in A CINDERELLA STORY to expect the group to sustain this winning streak given the tensions within the band, and in fact, they never again equalled this album, with Roger Hodgson departing after two more releases....more info