Supertramp – Crisis? What Crisis? (1975) – Lp
Supertramp are an English rock band formed in London in 1969. Though their music was initially categorised as progressive rock, they later incorporated a combination of traditional rock, pop and art rock into their music. The band’s work is marked by the songwriting of founders Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson and the prominent use of Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone.
Title: Crisis? What Crisis?
Label: A&M Records
Catalog# 89651 XOT
Crisis? What Crisis? is the fourth album by the English rock band Supertramp, released in 1975. It was recorded in Los Angeles and London – Supertramp’s first album to have recording done in the United States of America.
Having achieved commercial success with Crime of the Century (1974), the pressure was on for Supertramp to deliver a followup, and the record company pushed them to begin work as soon as the touring for Crime of the Century was finished. While touring the west coast of North America, Supertramp unintentionally gained extra time: Hodgson injured his hand, forcing the band to cancel the rest of the tour and leaving them with nothing better to do than work on the album. Despite this, the band still didn’t have time to rehearse for the album, and much like Indelibly Stamped (1971), songwriters Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson had no vision for a completed album worked out. Furthermore, the band’s busy touring schedule had left no time for writing songs, and so they entered A&M’s Los Angeles recording studios with only leftover songs from Crime of the Century (or even earlier) for material. Due to shortage of material, production had to be halted at one point so that Davies and Hodgson could write two new songs, one of which was “Ain’t Nobody But Me”.
Both the title and the concept of the cover were conceived by Davies, as John Helliwell recounted: “It was Rick that came up with the name Crisis? What Crisis? and one day, when we were sitting around Scorpio Studio, he came in with this sketch of a guy in a deck chair under an umbrella with all this chaos going on around him.” “Crisis? What Crisis?” is a line in the film The Day of the Jackal (1973). Artist Paul Wakefield returned after his work in Crime of the Century, photographing the backgrounds at the Welsh mining valleys, which were later composited with a model shot in the studio afterwards.
Hodgson was unhappy with the album, describing it as a rushed job with none of the cohesion of Crime of the Century. Bassist Dougie Thomson concurred: “We thought that the Crisis album was a little bit disjointed and the band as a whole at that time didn’t really like the album.”
Today, however, Roger Hodgson calls it his favorite album of Supertramp.
1. Easy Does It (2:18)
2. Sister Moonshine (5:15)
3. Ain’t Nobody But Me (5:07)
4. A Soapbox Opera (4:54)
5. Another Man’s Woman (6:15)
1. Lady (5:26)
2. Poor Boy (5:07)
3. Just a Normal Day’ (4:02)
4. The Meaning (5:23)
5. Two of Us (3:27)