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Breakfast In America (Rm) [Original recording remastered]

Supertramp Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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After a shaky start followed by several critically acclaimed releases, the English group Supertramp hit the commercial jackpot in 1979 with Breakfast in America. The album combined the band's FM radio, AOR-rock style with an almost carnival-like nature. Breakfast gave the band major hits with "The Logical Song," "Goodbye Stranger," and "Take the Long Way Home." The plinking piano and dramatic clarinet runs of "The Logical Song" imparted a comic, yet bittersweet tone to the release as a whole. In another example of the band's devotion to alternative ways to carry their melody lines, "Goodbye Stranger" rings with some of the purest whistling ever recorded. There's also a healthy dose of cynicism running through the 10 tracks with "Just Another Nervous Wreck." --Steve Gdula

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1979 release. Their sixth album, Supertramp's most popular and successful work, Breakfast in America was released in March 1979, and reached #3 in the UK and #1 in the United States where it stayed on top for six weeks. It yielded the hit singles 'The Logical Song', 'Take The Long Way Home', 'Breakfast In America' and 'Goodbye Stranger'.

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By From the Musician's Pen TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Updated review - April 2013

This is NOT a review of the music itself, which I think is great. Instead these are my observations while comparing the sound of the original CD with the remastered one. I hooked up two good, matching CD players and played both CD's at the same time through the same good stereo to do A/B comparisons. First thing I noticed is that the remastered CD is 19 seconds longer. The fade out on "Oh Darling" is longer, making up most of the difference.

Overall, the remastered version is cleaner, has more clarity and brightness, more depth (you can hear the reverb adn effects more), and have louder and thicker (you can hear the bass guitar more) sounds. The remastered CD jumps out at you more, with brighter highs and mids, while the original is quieter, more balanced and contained sounding.

It sounds like the original studio tracks contained some distortion and compression in many vocals and keyboard parts; it's there on both CD's but more apparent on the remastered CD. It may have been recorded that way, with tube preamps and compressors distorting the sound to give it colour. However, modern remastering trends tend to raise the levels of the music so loud that the peaks need to be compressed... this new compression was never part of the original sound of the music. Many are fooled into thinking that the music sounds better simply because it is louder. However, reducing the dynamic range of the original music is NEVER better, and would be the equivalent to reducing the range of contrast in the colours of a film.

A trained eye/ear will notice the compression. Software which allows you to see the audio file will show it. Using NERO, I was able to see and compare the original and remastered audio files.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the Long Road Home June 3 2004
By prisrob
Format:Audio CD
If I could give this album a "10", I would! Last year's Gap ad "Give A Little Bit" renewed my love of this extraordinary group. Starting life as a British progressive rock band, Supertramp shifted gears and became a real pop band. Supertramp was formed in England in 1969 by keyboardist/vocalist Roger Davies. 1974's "Crime Of The Century" became the band's first big smash, followed by "Crisis! What Crisis?" and "Even In The Quietest Moments". 1979's "Breakfast In America" was a huge success on both sides of the Atlantic, and is considered by most people to be the band's best album.
Why does "Breakfast In America" entrance me? Is it the lyrics, the melody, the moving background, yes, but most of all the voices that rise and fill the room with joy and the resounding emphasis on the music. "Take the Long Way Home" strikes a chord in my heart. I have sung the lyrics with my son while driving in the car, and it brings back the memories of our togetherness. I have told my family that at my funeral "Take the Long Way Home" will be one of the songs to send me on my way.
"Lord Is It Mine" has the old time feeling of longing and wanting. "Gone Hollywood" reveals what happens when a band makes it big, and "The Logical Song" tells us just that-the entire album has the feel sublime entertainment. The band has that certain "joie de vie" that we revere in a truly outstanding work of art.
My favorite band and album- you bet! Supertramp and "Breakfast In America" bring it all together- the feel of the 70's. The times they are a changing, and that was the period in my life that reflects what I think life is all about. Bring It On, Supertramp! prisrob
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5.0 out of 5 stars Supertramp's arguable finest hour 25 years later May 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
Supertramp's sixth album entitled Breakfast in America was a perfect example of the classic Dickens quote "it was the best of times and it was the worst of times". When it was released in March of 1979(25 years ago), the album was embraced heavily in the United States as the group had just come off the heels of their first Gold selling album with Even in the Quietest Moments, which was released in April, 1977(Crime of the Century went Gold after Quietest Monents went Gold). The album had three Top 20 hits guitarist/vocalist/occasional keyboardist Roger Hodgson's The Logical Song(a Top 10 hit hitting #6 in the spring of 1979) and Take the Long Way Home(peaked at #11 that December). Plus, keyboardist/vocalist Rick Davies' Goodbye Stranger(#19 that summer). Other standouts on this classic are Davies' haunting opener Gone Hollywood, which was a third person's view on the negativity of living in L.A., Just Another Nervous Wreck and Oh Darling(both also written by Davies). I also loved Hodgson's Lord is it Mine. Despite the fact that it's musically and lyrically a fun, warm and happy album, tensions between Hodgson and Davies were increasing during the recording sessions of this album. The title track to Breakfast Roger had written when he was 19 but Rick despised it and didn't want the song on the album. He also didn't want the album titled Breakfast in America neither, Roger won out on both counts. Casual Conversations was seen as Rick's stab at Roger and the closing Child of Vision was Roger's equivalent to Gone Hollywood and attack to Rick with Rick surprisingly adding in his responses to Roger's accusations and featured a burning sax solo at the end of the track by saxophonist John Helliwell whom is arguably the best sax player in rock. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars it brings back memories of a happier teenaged life
Over commercialized but, it brings back memories of a happier teenaged life.
Published 16 days ago by amadan65
4.0 out of 5 stars Supertramp is great
I didn't know if I would enjoy this, but a friend recommended it. I do enjoy it, and love the music...I play this when I need a lift, and feel like dancing.
Published 7 months ago by flomac
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Love the Back To Black Album
I've purchase so many formats of "Breakfast in America" so why not "Back To Black"? It's nice to look at because I don't plan on playing it on a turn table. Read more
Published 8 months ago by hampman24
5.0 out of 5 stars The Logical Song
The Logical Song was pasted into the hymn books at my church by a bunch of pranksters. This is the definitive album from Supertramp. Each and every song is a good one. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gary Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Transaction!
All good! Met expectations as advertised such as disk quality and delivered within the time promised. Price was much than commercial store costs
Published 12 months ago by S. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Four Excellent Supertramp Albums From The 1970s
There seems to be a major resurgence of interest in 1970s music as today's 15-25 year olds rediscover music from that decade. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2012 by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Killer Live CD
When I was finishing grade school this record was huge. It was also the last great Supertramp album with the full line up. Read more
Published on March 30 2012 by Stephen Bieth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Remaster
I have had all versions of this CD including the AM+ version. I have not, however, heard the MoFi version which is now going for silly money. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2012 by Jim Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album...
Service hors-pair et album dès plus agréable à écouter. Aucun bris lors de la réception de la marchandise. Temps de livraison adéquat.
Published on Nov. 21 2011 by Pascal Desmeules
1.0 out of 5 stars seeker
Unfortunately I was looking for a better sound than I was getting from my CD copy. Compared to Crime Of The Century the Dynamic Range is pitiful. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2011 by Seeker
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