Brother Where You Bound
|Brother Where You Bound|
|Studio album by Supertramp|
|Released||14 May 1985|
Ocean Way, Hollywood, CA and The Backyard Studio, Encino, CA
|Genre||Progressive rock, pop rock, blues rock|
|Producer||David Kershenbaum, Supertramp|
Brother Where You Bound is the eighth studio album by progressive rock band Supertramp, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). It was their first album after original member Roger Hodgson left the band, leaving Rick Davies to handle the songwriting and singing on his own. The album features the Top 30 hit "Cannonball", edited down from the seven-and-a-half-minute album version.
Brother Where You Bound reached number 20 on the UK Albums Chart and number 21 on The Billboard 200 in 1985, and went Gold according to the band's then label A&M Records in 1985, although the R.I.A.A. hasn't certified it yet.
A remastered CD version of the album was released on 30 July 2002 on A&M Records.
The track "Better Days" features an extended fade-out with voice-overs by the four key players in the 1984 Presidential Campaign: quotes spoken by Geraldine Ferraro and Walter Mondale sounding from the left audio channel and those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan on the right, mixed with John Helliwell's extended saxophone solo.
The album's sixteen-and-a-half-minute title track featured Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham on rhythm guitar and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour on the guitar solos. Also, the track had readings from George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. A demo for the song was recorded prior to Roger Hodgson's departure from the band, for potential inclusion on ...Famous Last Words..., but the band ultimately felt it was too densely progressive rock to be appropriate, and decided against recording it for the album. At the time of the demo, the song was only ten minutes long.
Allmusic's review was resoundingly positive, noting that the album's thematic exploration of Cold War tensions "is dated and hasn't aged very well... but the music is a pleasure." They particularly praise the "crystalline sound", the strong performances of the guest musicians, and the complexity of the compositions. They also praised the band for being "gutsy" enough to "re-embrace its progressive-rock roots" while improving their pop songcraft at the same time.
In a review special, Prog Sphere writes "Brother Where You Bound is a prime example of ‘crossover’ prog at its very best, and as such highly recommended to anyone but those prog fans who think that ‘pop’ is inevitably a bad word."
All songs written by Rick Davies.
|2.||"Still in Love"||4:36|
|5.||"Brother Where You Bound"||16:30|
|6.||"Ever Open Door"||3:06|
- Rick Davies – keyboards, vocals
- John Helliwell – saxophones
- Bob Siebenberg – drums
- Dougie Thomson – bass
- Marty Walsh – guitar
- Doug Wintz – trombone on "Cannonball"
- Cha Cha – backing vocals on "Still in Love"
- David Gilmour – guitar solos on "Brother Where You Bound"
- Scott Gorham – guitar on "Brother Where You Bound"
- Brian Banks – synclavier programming
- Anthony Marinelli – synclavier programming
- Scott Page – flute on "Better Days" & "Brother Where You Bound"
- Gary Chang – Fairlight & PPG programming
- Producers: David Kershenbaum, Supertramp
- Engineer: Norman Hall
- Assistant engineer: Steve Crimmel
- Mixing: Mark Ettel
- Mixing assistant: Steve McMillan
- Mastering: Bob Ludwig
- Re-mastering: Greg Calbi, Jay Messina
- Track engineer: Allen Sides
- Programming: Gary Chang
- Synclavier programming: Brian Banks, Anthony Marinelli
- Art direction: Norman Moore
- Design: Norman Moore
- Tray photo: Tom Gibson
2002 A&M reissue:
The 2002 A&M Records reissue was mastered from the original master tapes by Greg Calbi and Jay Messina at Sterling Sound, New York, 2002. The reissue was supervised by Bill Levenson with art direction by Vartan and design by Mike Diehl, with production coordination by Beth Stempel.
Album – Billboard (North America)
|1985||UK Albums Chart||20|
|The Billboard 200||21|
Singles – Billboard (North America)
|1985||"Cannonball"||Hot Dance Music/Club Play||9|
|Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||25|
|Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|
|The Billboard Hot 100||28|
- Supertramp in the UK Charts, The Official Charts. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- Brother Where You Bound chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- Van Kooten, Jerry (3 December 2005). Giving a Little Bit: A Conversation With Roger Hodgson, Dutch Progressive Rock Page.
- Melhuish, Martin (1986). The Supertramp Book. Toronto, Canada: Omnibus Press. pp. 167–175. ISBN 0-9691272-2-7
- Brother Where You Bound at AllMusic
- "Cannonball" chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011.