SP-4634 Even In The Quietest Moments
Produced by Supertramp
Released on April 1977
UK CHART POSITION #12 . . . US CHART POSITION #16 . . . GOLD RECORD
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SP-4634 cover
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A n ambitious record. An indulgent one too, and I’m not so likely to indulge Supertramp their symphonic fantasies as some. Even in the Quietest Moments does have a few great moments: the first three tracks, for example. However, it starts to fall apart soon after. “Downstream” is just Davies singing and playing piano, and you begin to notice how he and Hodgson have retreated to their own creative corners and failed to fully engage the rest of the band. A handful of complex numbers (“Lover Boy,” “Babaji,” “Fool’s Overture”) inflate the record, but the fact is that prog’s cupboards are chocked full of tastier treats, from King Crimson to Kayak. Supertramp is super when they stick to simpler, short-form structures: “Give A Little Bit,” “From Now On.” I think that’s because the band’s strength lie in its two songwriters, Hodgson and Davies, not any keen interplay between the individual band members. On further examination, Even in the Quietest Moments isn’t baffling (see my review of Crisis), just poorly balanced. By album-ending opus (“Fool’s Overture”), the whole thing has toppled over like an ill-conceived wedding cake. Then again, I’m not wedded to the idea of Supertramp as a progressive rock band. Certainly what separates Supertramp from 10cc isn’t more than a cubic centimeter of conceptualizing. In fact, it’s when Supertramp is least like a progressive rock band that I like them most. Fans have rallied around this record anyway, the ambitious engineering and symphonic touches proving nigh irresistible. Beginners and the Supertramp skeptics among us would be better served by Crime, Crisis and the hearty Breakfast first.

TRACK LISTING

  1. GIVE A LITTLE BIT    4:07
  2. LOVER BOY    6:49
  3. EVEN IN THE QUIETEST MOMENTS    6:39
  4. DOWNSTREAM    4:00
  5. BABAJI    4:49
  6. FROM NOW ON    6:10
  7. FOOL'S OVERTURE    10:51

    All songs written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson

CREDITS

BOB C. BENBERG -- drums and percussion
RICK DAVIES -- vocals and keyboards
JOHN ANTHONY HELLIWELL -- wind instruments and vocals
ROGER HODGSON -- vocals, keyboards and guitars
DOUGIE THOMSON -- bass
Michel Colombier and Supertramp -- orchestral arrangements
Garey Mielke -- Oberheim programming
Tom Anderson -- remix engineer
Geoff Emerick -- mixing engineer
Pete Henderson -- recording engineer
Russel Pope -- concert sound engineer
Mike Doud -- art direction
Bob Seidemann -- photography
Kenneth McGowan -- inner sleeve photography
Doud/Hagiwara -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1977 A&M LP/CS AMLK/CAM-64634 lyric sleeve
US/CAN April 1977 A&M LP/CS SP/CS-4634 lyric sleeve
AUSL/NZ 1977 A&M LP L-36068  
CAN 1977 A&M LP SPJ-4634 gatefold cover, audiophile version
GER/NET 1977 A&M LP 28 600 XOT  
JPN 1977 A&M LP GP-2044  
JPN   A&M LP AMP-7043  
US   A&M CD CD-3297  
EEC   A&M LP/CD 394 634  
EEC 2002 A&M CD 493 348  

 

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