SP-4311 Indelibly Stamped
Produced by Supertramp
Released on June 1971
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SP-4311 cover
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F irst of all, let’s get this out of the way early, this is not a progressive rock album. I haven’t heard a Supertramp album that is, though presumably their middle-period work sought to cultivate more of a thoughtful atmosphere. Secondly, that cover is just awful. (Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.) With two strikes against it and no hits, you can opt out of this if you want. Indelibly Stamped isn’t a particularly strong record, eccentric in spots but no match for The Kinks or 10cc. Part of the problem likely stems from the self production, noting that it’s never a good idea to give a young band free reign in the studio. It’s as though the band felt the pressure of being on the hook for ten songs, recycled some leftovers and rolled the dice with the rest. They got lucky with “Rosie Had Everything Planned” and “Forever” is unsinkably pretty, but the bulk of Indelibly Stamped doesn’t leave much of an impression. Tellingly, the band didn’t release another record for several years, reinventing themselves in the bargain as purveyors of precious pop in the Ray Davies mold. Here the band is still a bit green and greasy, as evidenced on cuts like “Potter” and “Your Poppa Don’t Mind,” the sort of generic crotch rock that cries out “We’re a working-class band.” Other ideas, like “Friend In Need,” simply aren’t worth the effort. To its credit, Supertramp closes the album with the seven-plus minute “Aries,” which raises the ghost of Traffic through Dave Winthrop’s soulful flute work. Looking back over the record, you wish the band hadn’t waited until the end to cultivate a little chemistry. And so I seem to shoot far and wide of the band’s best work, having found this album and Famous Last Words less than satisfying. A handful of tracks here will interest fans, but like ELO’s second album this is mostly a misstep.

SP-4311 inner gatefold SP-4311 back cover
SP-4311 inner gatefold SP-4311 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. YOUR POPPA DON'T MIND    2:58
  2. TRAVELLED    4:15
  3. ROSIE HAD EVERYTHING PLANNED    (Roger Hodgson/Frank Farrell)    2:58
  4. REMEMBER    4:00
  5. FOREVER    5:05
  6. POTTER    2:23
  7. COMING HOME TO SEE YOU    4:39
  8. TIMES HAVE CHANGED    3:42
  9. FRIEND IN NEED    3:08
  10. ARIES    7:25

    All songs written by Rick Davies/Roger Hodgson unless noted

CREDITS

KEVIN CURRIE -- percussion
RICK DAVIES -- keyboards, harmonica, vocals
FRANK FARRELL -- bass guitar, piano, accordion, harmony vocals
ROGER HODGSON - acoustic, lead, bass guitars, vocals
DAVE WINTHROP -- flutes, saxophones, vocals
Bob Hall -- engineer
Rufus Cartwright -- tape operator
Bob Hook -- art direction and sleeve design
Keith Morris -- outside cover photography
Mike Coles -- inside photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/NET June 1971 A&M LP AMLH 64306 gatefold cover
US June 1971 A&M LP SP-4311 gatefold cover, brown label
AUS'L 1971 A&M LP L35700 gatefold cover
US/CAN   A&M LP SP-4311 gatefold cover, silver/white label
US   A&M LP SP-3129  
GER   A&M LP 393 129 gatefold cover
GER   A&M LP AMP-7070 gatefold cover, lyric insert
GER/NET August 26, 1997 A&M CD 393129 digital remaster

The Last Word

"There was confused testosterone going off in all directions. There is no theme or continuity to the album or its artwork, but there is some interesting stuff on it." -- Roger Hodgson, talking about Indelibly Stamped in a Goldmine interview (March 17, 2006).

 

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