Not a group that I am an expert on…I do not own any dedicated titles by ‘em. I started working in a hippie record store in the summer ’76, so…I have heard all the Supertramp that I will ever need to hear. In fact, as I type this – “Give A Little Bit” is playing in my office. I may have a track or two on a sampler LP or CD, but…couldn’t tell you which ones.
I did once own a Supertramp 45 called “Land Ho”, which wasn’t on any LP. I believe it comes after “Indelibly Stamped” and before “Crime Of The Century”. Charly P., their one-time manager (he also used to manage Dread Zeppelin, which is how I met him) told me that this 45 was the ‘missing link’ for fans of “Crime of the Century”, as it was the first thing performed / recorded by that exact incarnation of the band. I believe I found the 45 at the Capitol Records swap meet in
You heard ‘em on the radio – they got played in the hippie record store…I really got a snoot full of Supertramp – or Stupidtramp, as their derogatory name was, as I recall. When Mobile Fidelity schedules an audiophile LP release of “Crime of the Century” (“1/2 Speed Mastering”) for about four times the cost of a ‘normal’ copy…ho hum…
After “Breakfast In America”, they just seemed to peter out. The double live album didn’t go nuts, and the next studio album didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Then there were the solo albums, none of which I can actually remember. I remember a wise-arse in the music business always saying aloud (to whoever would listen): “If they’d only make a “Best of Supertramp” LP, that would give us something we could actually sell!” – which, of course, never happened in LP days.
Back when A&M Records existed, they eventually gave Supertramp a volume in their “Classics, Vol. xx” series – most of which did nicely for a late 80’s label ‘best of’. However, it did not contain “Land Ho”, so I never gave it a second thought.
Flash forward to the modern age – Universal now controls (most of) A&M’s catalogue, and there is a 2CD set – “Best Of”? “Millennium….something” – I don’t know! But the darned thing actually has “Land Ho” on it! Where’s my inexpensive copy of it? Oh, but then that’s still about 1 ¾+ worth of a CD of Stupidtramp material that I am not interested in. Maybe I know somebody who bought it (for “Land Ho”?) who would dub “Land Ho” for me?
It’s not very often that I ever write about artists about whom I am totally non-committal. I do not wish to offend fans of this band, or the folks who plunked out big time to own a ½-Speed mastered LP copy of “Crime Of The Century”. There is a funny Supertramp parody on a Barron-Knights LP, and a French band (“Les Satellites”) that does a funny instrumental dub reggae cover of “Breakfast In America” ( = “Break Dub in Amerika”).