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Supertramp: Live in Paris ’79 (blu ray)…at long last, this fantastic concert with Supertramp at their peak is finally available!
on October 2, 2012
Supertramp is the supergroup, formed in England in 1969. Members consisted of Roger Hodgson (vocals, guitar), Rick Davies (vocal, keyboards), John Helliwell (sax), Dougie Thomson (bass), and Bob Siebenberg (drums). The band took the name from a 1938 book by W.H. Davies The Autobiography of a Supertramp.
In U.S., Supertramp has 10 charted hits on Billboard Hot 100, and 9 charted albums.
Supertramp’s “Breakfast In America” was the biggest selling album in the world in 1979. It spawned several hit singles and went on to win two Grammy Awards and sell in excess of 20 million copies. Following the album’s release Supertramp embarked on a 10 month world tour which arrived in Paris at the end of November. This show from the Pavillon de Paris was both filmed and recorded. The 1980 live album Paris was based on the concert on November 29, 1979, while this Live in Paris concert was actually filmed on December 1. If you already have the live album, this concert disc is an additional bonus: you actually now own two separate concerts.
Although the live album Paris is readily available, the film was never released. The concert itself is the holy grail for every long suffering Supertramp fan. Now for the first time, Supertramp’s Live in Paris 79 arrives at blu ray with MPEG 4 AVC 1080i 1.85:1 encode. The footage was transferred and restored to full HD from the original 16mm film, and the result is simply remarkable. There are lots of details. You can clearly see the facial expression of individual members playing their instruments ever so effortlessly. Colours are quite vibrant. Skin tones are natural. Blacks are inky. (4/5)
Live in Paris 79 is available for the first time with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio tracks, plus LPCM Stereo. The sound has been remixed by Peter Henderson and Supertramp’s original sound engineer Russel Pope from the original multi-tracks. The result is also remarkable, with crisp, clear vocals from Hodgson and Davies. The instrumental sounds are also clean. The band is very tight. The concert features the different song-writing styles of Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies, who each composed the songs on which they sing lead vocals. (4.5/5)
The song listing (with chart position, year and album source) is as follows:
1. French Touch (intro)
2. School (1975, from Crime of the Century)
3. Bloody Well Right (35/1974)(1975, from Crime of the Century)
4. The Logical Song (6/1979)(from Breakfast in America)
5. Goodbye Stranger (15/1979)(from Breakfast in America)
6. Breakfast In America (62/1980)
7. Hide In Your Shell (1975, from Crime of the Century)
8. Asylum (1975, from Crime of the Century)
9. Even In The Quietest Moments (1977, from Even in the Quietest Moments)
10. Give A Little Bit (15/1977)(from Even in the Quietest Moments)
11. Dreamer (15/1980)(from Crime of the Century)
12. Rudy (1975, from Crime of the Century)
13. Take The Long Way Home (10/1979)(from Breakfast in America)
14. Another Man’s Woman (1975, from Crisis? What Crisis?)
15. Child Of Vision (1979, Breakfast in America)
16. Fool’s Overture (1977, from Even in the Quietest Moments)
17. Two Of Us (1975, from Crisis? What Crisis?)
18. Crime Of The Century (1975, from Crime of the Century)
19. From Now On (credits)(1977, from Even in the Quietest Moments)
Five tracks for which the original footage has been lost are presented with newly created montage visuals:
1. Ain’t Nobody But Me (1975, from Crisis? What Crisis?)
2. You Started Laughing (When I Held You In My Arms)(from 1980, Paris)
3. A Soapbox Opera (1975, from Crisis? What Crisis?)
4. From Now On (1977, from Even in the Quietest Moments)
5. Downstream (1977, from Even in the Quietest Moments)
Because this concert was performed in 1979, naturally, the hits, like It’s Raining Again, My Kind of Lady and Cannonball, were not included. The concert was full value with a very enjoyable 133 minutes. (Concert: 5/5)
Eagle Rock has brought us many blu ray concerts in the past, like Katherine Jenkins: Believe Live at O2 (reviewed elsewhere), Toto, Gary Numan, James Last, etc. Upcoming releases by Eagle Rock include the Doors Live at the Bowl 68 (blu ray) and Peter Gabriel’s So (blu ray)(both available on October 23).
After 33 years, Eagle Rock has done another fantastic job in bringing this rare concert. Both the video and audio are remarkable for their age and source. This is a legendary show by a legendary band performing at their absolute peak and is a must for any Supertramp fan. The above concert is highly recommended.