SP-5014 Brother Where You Bound
Produced by David Kershenbaum and Supertramp
Released on May 1985
UK CHART POSITION #20 . . . US CHART POSITION #21
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K RONOMYTH 9.0: BROTHER, WHERE’S YOUR BAND? So this is how it would end, with Rick Davies and Supertramp making the other half of Roger Hodgson’s Orwellian album. If you tallied up the best of Storm and Brother, you’d have a pretty good album on your hands. Brother got the better production and promotion, with David Kershenbaum (Joe Jackson’s producer) punching things up nicely. I’d say it’s oversaxed, but given Davies’ sometimes lackluster solos at least John Helliwell injects personality into the proceedings. The material, all of it written by Davies, is in line with what you’d find on Eye of the Storm: six songs, one of which is kinda catchy (“Still In Love”), the dark shadow of a theme (love lost in an Orwellian world) and Pink Floyd’s dyspeptic distrust of power. David Gilmour even plays lead guitar on the 16-minute title track. Using excerpts from 1984 (the book) and the 1984 American presidential campaign, Rick Davies tries to show that the world is headed down the wrong path. Given that Hodgson arrived at the same place on Eye, you wonder why the pair had to part only to reconvene ideologically on different albums. As for the favorable reviews of Brother from the usual suspect sources (Amazon, ProgArchives), salt ‘em accordingly. I’ll concede that the production is outstanding, and the epic “Brother Where You Bound,” which I was kind of dreading, turned out to be one of the best ideas they’ve had in a while. But the opening “Cannonball” is a dud and the whole thing equals about half a good album. Good thing I filled up at Breakfast, because they haven’t served anything as appetizing since.

TRACK LISTING

  1. CANNONBALL    7:42
  2. STILL IN LOVE    4:18
  3. NO INBETWEEN    4:26
  4. BETTER DAYS    6:02
  5. BROTHER WHERE YOU BOUND    16:27
  6. EVER OPEN DOOR    3:05

    Music and lyrics by Rick Davies

CREDITS

RICK DAVIES -- vocals and keyboards
JOHN A. HELLIWELL -- saxophones
BOB SIEDENBERG -- drums
DOUGIE THOMSON -- bass
Cha Cha -- background vocals (2)
David Gilmour -- guitar solos (5)
Scott Gorham -- guitar (5)
Scott Page -- flute (4,5)
Marty Walsh -- guitar
Doug Wintz -- trombone (1)
Gary Change -- Fairlight and PPG programming
Brian Banks and Anthony Marinelli -- Synclavier programming
Normal Hall -- engineer
Allan Sides -- backing track engineer
Mark Ettel -- mixing engineer
Norman Moore -- art direction and design
Tom Gibson -- inner sleeve photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK May 1985 A&M LP/CD AMA/AMCD-5014 lyric sleeve
US/CAN May 1985 A&M LP/CD/CS SP/CD/CS-5014 embossed cover, lyric sleeve
ARG 1985 A&M LP 20631 lyric sleeve
BRA 1985 A&M LP 170092 lyric sleeve
FRA/GER/SPA 1985 A&M LP 395014-1 embossed cover, lyric sleeve
JPN 1985 A&M LP C28Y-3123  
NZ 1985 A&M LP RML-53115  
YUG 1985 RTB LP ST-222914  
US July 30, 2002 A&M CD 493354 digital remaster
JPN 2008 Universal CD UICY-93616 SHMCD remaster

 

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