‘Crime Of The Century,' the landmark 1974 album by Supertramp, will enjoy a deluxe, multi-format reissue on December 8.
The album featured such key songs by the British rock giants as ‘Bloody Well Right,’ the title track and their first UK hit single ‘Dreamer,’ which reached No. 13 early in 1975. ‘Crime’ was a record that saw the band perfecting an ever more successful blend of their progressive rock influences and a pop-friendly style which they continued on the subsequent albums ‘Crisis? What Crisis?.’ ‘Even In The Quietest Moments’ and most notably with ‘Breakfast In America’ and on into the 1980s.
The 40th anniversary edition of Crime Of The Century’ includes the remastered original album, mastered and cut by Ray Staff at Air Studios, with the CD, Deluxe and vinyl box bringing together the previously-unreleased concert that Supertramp performed at Hammersmith Odeon in London in March 1975, mixed from the original tapes by the album’s original producer Ken Scott. That gig featured the whole of the ‘Crime’ album as well as previews of material that would surface on ‘Crisis?’ at the end of that year.
The three-LP set is presented in a limited edition box, with two 10” x 8” images as well as an eight-page booklet featuring a 7,500 word essay by Phil Alexander, editor of Mojo magazine, featuring new interviews with many important protagonists. The albums in the LP set are pressed on high-quality, 180gm vinyl and the box comes with a download card.
‘Crime Of The Century,’ Supertramp’s third album, was their first to make the UK charts, reaching No. 4 in a 22-week run, and was also their debut appearance on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 38 in a total run of 76 weeks and going gold.