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Crime Of The Century
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”Crime of the Century,” the third studio album by English progressive rock band Supertramp, marked a pivotal commercial breakthrough upon its release in October 1974 under A&M Records. It achieved notable success in the UK, Canada, and Germany, peaking in the Top 5 and making the Top 20 in Australia and France. While it represented an improvement in the band’s US sales, it reached No. 38 on the charts, featuring the hit single “Bloody Well Right” and the popular track “School.”
The album received critical acclaim and was dedicated to Stanley August Miesegaes, a Dutch millionaire who financially supported the band from 1969 to 1972. Following setbacks with their initial albums and a tour, band members Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson revitalised Supertramp by recruiting new talents, including drummer Bob C. Benberg, woodwinds player John Helliwell, and bassist Dougie Thomson.
Recorded across various studios, including Trident Studios and Ramport Studios, the album’s production involved sifting through approximately 42 demo songs, from which only 8 made the final cut. The collaborative songwriting efforts of Davies and Hodgson resulted in an eclectic mix, with tracks like “Asylum,” “Rudy,” and “Bloody Well Right” credited to Davies, and “Dreamer,” “If Everyone Was Listening,” and “Hide in Your Shell” credited to Hodgson. “School” and “Crime of the Century” stand out as Davies/Hodgson collaborations.
Hodgson’s introspective piece, “Hide in Your Shell,” reflected a period of personal confusion and loneliness. The track “Dreamer” originated from Hodgson’s early demo recorded on a Wurlitzer piano, and “If Everyone Was Listening” drew inspiration from Shakespeare’s adage “All the world’s a stage.”
The album’s title track, “Crime of the Century,” became a standout piece, deeply resonating with listeners. Hodgson recounted that the song evolved during an intense period of collaborative creativity while the band lived together at Southcombe Farm.
“School,” described by Hodgson as “my song basically,” incorporated Davies’ contributions to the piano solo and lyrics. Ultimate Classic Rock later lauded it as Supertramp’s third-greatest song, emphasising its jazz fusion influences and musical creativity.
The album’s cover, conceptualised by Paul Wakefield, depicted a poignant scene with hands clutching prison bars. The back cover, featuring band members in underwear holding dress suits and top hats, was originally designed for a gatefold.
“Crime of the Century” achieved commercial milestones, becoming Supertramp’s first U.S. Top 40 album and reaching Gold status in the U.S. in 1977. In the UK, the album peaked at number four, and the single “Dreamer” reached number thirteen. In Canada, it achieved Diamond certification.
The album’s enduring legacy is evident in its inclusion in various rankings, including Rolling Stone’s “50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time.” It continues to resonate with audiences, with many of its tracks remaining staples in the band’s performances well into the 21st century.
A2 Bloody Well Right
A3 Hide In Your Shell
B3 If Everyone Was Listening
B4 Crime Of The Century
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