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April 30, 2017

Supertramp – Even In The Quietest Moments (1977) – Lp

by Record Facts

Supertramp (known as Daddy in 1969–70) 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Supertramp
Title:  Even In The Quietest Moments
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  28600 XOT

Even in the Quietest Moments… is the fifth album by the English rock band Supertramp, released in April 1977. It was recorded mainly at Caribou Ranch Studios in Colorado with overdubs, vocals and mixing completed at The Record Plant in Los Angeles and was Supertramp’s first album to use engineer Peter Henderson, who would work with the band for their next three albums as well.

The title of Even in the Quietest Moments… isn’t much of an exaggeration — this 1977 album finds Supertramp indulging in some of their quietest moments, spending almost the album in a subdued mood. Actually, the cover photo picture of a snow-covered piano sitting on a mountain gives a good indication of what the album sounds like: it’s elegant yet mildly absurd, witty but kind of obscure. It also feels more pop than it actually is, despite the opening single, “Give a Little Bit,” their poppiest song to date, as well as their biggest hit. If the rest of the album doesn’t boast another song as tight or concise as this — “Downstream” comes close but it doesn’t have the same hook, while “Babaji,” a pseudo-spiritual moment that falls from the pop mark; the other four tracks clock in well over six minutes, with the closer, “Fool’s Overture,” reaching nearly 11 minutes — it nevertheless places a greater emphasis on melody and gentle textures than any previous Supertramp release. So, it’s a transitional album, nevertheless has plenty of fine moments aside from “Give a Little Bit,” including the music hall shuffle of “Loverboy,” the Euro-artiness of “From Now On,” and the “Fool on a Hill” allusions on “Fool’s Overture.”

 

Side one
1.  Give a Little Bit  (4:13)
2.  Lover Boy  (6:49)
3.  Even in the Quietest Moments  (6:31)
4.  Downstream  (4:04)

Side two
1.  Babaji  (4:51)
2.  From Now On  (6:21)
3.  Fool’s Overture  (10:52)

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