Even in the Quietest Moments...

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Even in the Quietest Moments...
Studio album by Supertramp
Released April 1977
Recorded November 1976 – January 1977 at Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO and Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Progressive rock
Length 43:24
Label A&M
Producer Supertramp
Supertramp chronology
Crisis? What Crisis?
(1975)
Even in the Quietest Moments
(1977)
Breakfast in America
(1979)

Even in the Quietest Moments… is the fifth album by progressive rock band Supertramp, released in April 1977.

The album was recorded mainly at Caribou Ranch Studios in Colorado with overdubs, vocals and mixing completed at The Record Plant in Los Angeles and was Supertramp's first album to use engineer Peter Henderson, who would work with the band for their next three albums as well.

Even in the Quietest Moments reached number 16 on the Billboard Pop Albums Charts in 1977, and within a few months of release became Supertramp's first Gold (500,000 copies or more) selling album in the US. In addition, "Give a Little Bit" became a US Top 20 single and reached number 29 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] While "Give a Little Bit" was the big hit, both "Fool's Overture" and the title track also got a fair amount of FM album-rock play.[citation needed]

A remastered CD version of the album with full original artwork, lyrics and credits restored (including the inner sleeve picture of the band absent from the original CD) was released on 11 June 2002 on A&M Records in the US. The cover photo is not doctored – a grand piano was placed on a mountain top at Eldora Mountain Resort (a ski area near Caribou Ranch Studios), covered with snow and photographed.[citation needed] The sheet music on the piano, though titled "Fool's Overture", is actually the Star-Spangled Banner.

In 1978, Even in the Quietest Moments... was ranked 63rd in The World Critic Lists, which recognised the 200 greatest albums of all time as voted for by notable rock critics and DJs.[2]

Background and recording[edit]

Though all the songs are credited as being written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, only "Even in the Quietest Moments" is an actual Davies/Hodgson collaboration. Davies wrote "Lover Boy", "Downstream", and "From Now On" by himself, and Hodgson in turn wrote "Give a Little Bit", "Babaji", and "Fool's Overture" unaided.[3]

Davies said of "Lover Boy" that "I was inspired by advertisements in men's magazines telling you how to pick up women. You know, you send away for it and it's guaranteed not to fail. If you haven't slept with at least five women in two weeks, you can get your money back." Bob Siebenberg recounted that "Rick had been working on 'Lover Boy' for quite a while and finally came up with the long middle section. I just heard that as a really slow, really solid sort of beat, just to give the song dynamics underneath it all, because the song itself is really powerful and it needed something really solid underneath it."[3]

Most of the song "Even in the Quietest Moments" was written during the sound check for a show at the Tivoli Gardens (in Copenhagen). Davies and Hodgson worked out the various parts of the song with Hodgson seated at an Oberheim string synthesiser and Davies at the drum kit.[4] Davies commented on the music, "It starts off in a very standard melody thing and then it notches onto a sort of one chord progression or perhaps we should call it a digression. It's a thing where there's hundreds of sounds coming in and going out, a whole collage thing."[3] Hodgson said of the lyrics, "It's kind of a dual love song – it could be to a girl or it could be to God."[3]

"Downstream" is performed solely by Davies on vocal and piano, which were recorded together in one take. Siebenberg has described the song as his favourite on the album "because it's so personal and so pure."[3]

"Fool's Overture" had the working title of "The String Machine Epic", and according to John Helliwell, "It came primarily from a few melodies that Roger had worked out on the string machine thing we use on stage."[3] Hodgson has stated that the song's lyrics are essentially meaningless, explaining, "I like being vague and yet saying enough to set people's imaginations running riot."[3]

This album is unique in the Supertramp discography as none of the songs feature the band's trademark Wurlitzer electric piano. However, a Fender Rhodes piano was used during a short section of "From Now On".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau C+[6]

In a 1981 review, music critic Robert Christgau facetiously remarked that, unlike most progressive rock, which is "pretentious background schlock that's all too hard to ignore", the album is "modest background schlock that sounds good when it slips into the ear."[6]

Allmusic gave a mixed retrospective review of the album, calling it "elegant yet mildly absurd, witty but kind of obscure" but also contending that it "places a greater emphasis on melody and gentle textures than any previous Supertramp release." They criticised the album as not being "full formed", but marked "Give a Little Bit", "Lover Boy", "Fool's Overture", and "From Now On" as highlights worthy of praise.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, with lead vocals by Hodgson unless otherwise stated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Give a Little Bit" – 4:08
  2. "Lover Boy" – 6:49
    • Lead vocals: Rick Davies
  3. "Even in the Quietest Moments" – 6:26
  4. "Downstream" – 4:00
    • Lead vocals: Rick Davies

Side two[edit]

  1. "Babaji" – 4:51
  2. "From Now On" – 6:21
    • Lead vocals: Rick Davies
  3. "Fool's Overture" – 10:52

Production[edit]

Original release[edit]

  • Producer: Supertramp
  • Engineers: Peter Henderson, Russel Pope
  • Assistant engineers: Tom Anderson, Tom Likes, Steve Smith
  • Mixing engineer: Geoff Emerick
  • Remixing: Tom Anderson
  • Mastering on original LP: Frank DeLuna
  • Re-mastering: Greg Calbi, Jay Messina
  • Programming: Gary Mielke
  • Orchestral arrangements: Michel Colombier, Supertramp
  • Art direction: Mike Doud
  • Design: Mike Doud
  • Photography: Kenneth McGowan, Bob Seidemann

1997 and 2002 A&M reissue[edit]

The 1997 and 2002 A&M Records reissues were mastered from the original master tapes by Greg Calbi and Jay Messina at Sterling Sound, New York, in 1997 and 2002. The reissues were supervised by Bill Levenson with art direction by Vartan and design by Mike Diehl, with production coordination by Beth Stempel.

Both the 1997 and 2002 remasters are heavily criticised by audiophiles who claim they were mastered too loud as part of the "loudness war" mastering trend. Also the song "Lover Boy" was edited and is missing a couple of bars.

Personnel[edit]

Supertramp[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rice, Tim; Paul Gambaccini, Jonathan Rice (1995). British Hit Singles. London: Guinness Superlatives. p. 303. ISBN 0-85112-633-2. 
  2. ^ The World Critic Lists. 1978. Archived at rocklistmusic.co.uk
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Melhuish, Martin (1986). The Supertramp Book. Toronto, Canada: Omnibus Press. pp. 119–137. ISBN 0-9691272-2-7. 
  4. ^ Melhuish, Martin (1986). The Supertramp Book. Toronto, Canada: Omnibus Press. p. 111. ISBN 0-9691272-2-7. 
  5. ^ a b Even in the Quietest Moments... at AllMusic
  6. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. p. 381. ISBN 0899190251. 
  7. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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Preceded by
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
Canadian RPM 100 number-one album
14 May 1975
Succeeded by
Hotel California by Eagles
Preceded by
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
by Santa Esmeralda starring Leroy Gomez
Dutch Mega Chart number-one album
12 – 19 November 1977
Succeeded by
News of the World by Queen