Supertramp’s landmark third album, Crime of the Century is set for reissue on translucent grey with black and white splatter vinyl on 11 October.
First released in September 1974 on A&M Records Crime of the Century brokered the band’s commercial breakthrough in both the US and UK, aided by the UK hit ‘Dreamer’ and the US hit ‘Bloody Well Right’ It cracked the Top 10 in the UK album and the Top 40 of the Billboard 200, going Gold in the US in 1977 after the release of Even In The Quietest Moments… The album also enjoyed significant success in Canada, staying on the country’s album chart for over two years and selling over one million copies.
Crime Of The Century was also Supertramp’s first long player to feature drummer Bob Siebenberg (at the time credited as Bob C. Benberg), brass and woodwind player John Helliwell, bassist Dougie Thomson, and co-producer Ken Scott. The album was recorded at several London studios, including Trident and The Who’s Ramport Studios. While recording the album, the band’s prime movers Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson recorded approximately 42 demo songs, from which only 8 were chosen to appear on the album. Several other tracks appeared on later Supertramp albums, Crisis? What Crisis? and Famous Last Words…
The album attracted significant critical acclaim on release and its reputation has continued to grow in recent years. In 2015, Crime Of The Century featured in Rolling Stone’s Top 30 progressive rock albums of all time, while journalist Paul Elliott of Classic Rock magazine called it “a progressive rock masterpiece.”
Many of Crime Of The Century’s songs have remained staples of Supertramp’s live set well into the 21st century (not least ‘School’, ‘Bloody Well Right’, ‘Rudy’, and the title song), while almost all of the album’s tracklist appears on the band’s 1980 live album Paris.
Crime Of The Century is out on 11 October and can be bought here.