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Breakfast In America Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Dec 15 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000068FWC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Gone Hollywood
2. The Logical Song
3. Goodbye Stranger
4. Breakfast In America
5. Oh Darling
6. Take The Long Way Home
7. Lord Is It Mine
8. Just Another Nervous Wreck
9. Casual Conversations
10. Child Of Vision

Product Description

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By From the Musician's Pen TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 28 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John P. Grant on March 19 2015
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
I think this could have been a stellar disc, but instead I think it's probably going to go down as average fare for this format. There's been no remastering in 5.1, though the 2 channel is clear and resolved. And why do I need 3 formats for 2 channel? Just give me PCM and DTS MA... done. DolbyHD does nothing extra compared to those.

A strike I give against BD-A, and this in no way directly reflects Supertramp (which I love) is that, in the time that's transpired between SACD and this new format, why is there an insistence on such a lame interface? All they do is put the album cover up there and expose the track numbers for selection. How about a title with each track or a time count? How about a screen saver of related photos after a certain while? At least when I pop my SACDs into the OPPO 93, it provides a better UI?
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I previously purchased Bryan Adams/Reckless in this new (Blu-ray Audio) format and it was fantastic!! I then bought Supertramp/Breakfast in America shortly after and was somewhat disappointed! Not only did the disc freeze up during playback, but the disc did not offer the various versions of 5.1 HD surround sound format like Bryan Adams/Reckless! Trust me, it makes for a much bigger listening experience than 2.1!! Personnally, the remastered CD version/and the non remastered version which I own both, sounded more upfront than this! If it is not 5.1, you are not getting the true blu-ray audio sound experience that you should be getting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack on April 22 2014
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
The 5 stars rating is for the quality of the Blu-Ray audio. This is not the best Supertramp album, in my opinion, but I wanted to listen to a Blu-Ray audio and this one was available.

The sound is incredible with the right equipment.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 25 2013
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
First off this is not a DVD Audio as has listed. It's a pure audio Blu Ray. This is a music only (yes that means NO VIDEO). Blu ray. I have owned this album on Vinyl, Cassett, CD (a couple of remastered versions) and this sounds better then any of them. There are two things really going for this format. First off all the record labels are backing it. The other point is you don't need any special equipment it plays on any Blu Ray player.
I can not get over the sound. It has the warmth of vinyl but the separation of a digital format. With a retail price of around $19.99 you won't be forced to buy expensive imports. If the industry markets this right and supports the line with a product that is not always out of stock it should do very well amongst us Audiophiles.
In most cases these are flat transfers from the original stereo compression but the way it was ment to be heard.
If you love great sounding music grab these discs and any Supertramp is a good place to start!
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Format: Audio CD
There seems to be a major resurgence of interest in 1970s music as today's 15-25 year olds rediscover music from that decade. I grew up in the 70s and my friends' teenaged sons and their friends are now frequently asking me about 70s bands and looking for lesser known bands and albums from that era.

Supertramp is one band I've told them about.

For those of us who were around in the 1970s, Supertramp is hardly a "lesser known band"; these guys filled stadiums and arenas back in the mid to late 1970s and early 1980s. But the younger guys I talk to only know Supertramp, if they know about the band at all, from hearing tracks like "The Logical Song" on classic rock radio stations.

To help rectify that situation, I'm putting up reviews of four Supertramp albums I tell these younger guys to check out: Crime of the Century, Crisis! What Crisis?, Even In The Quietest Moments and Breakfast In America.

All four of these albums get 5 star ratings from me. Excellent material; not a weak track on any of these four albums.

Supertramp is a hard band to categorize. They had a very unique sound and, for me at least, it's difficult to come up with other bands to compare them to. A lot of their material has been posted on YouTube if you want to give some of it a listen before you buy it.

But the four albums I've mentioned are all excellent and all worth including in your music collection if you're discovering or re-discovering 1970s music. Highly recommended!
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