The Very Best of Supertramp

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The Very Best of Supertramp
Greatest hits album by Supertramp
Released 3 June 1990
Recorded 1974–1985
Genre Progressive rock, pop rock
Length 78:57
Label A&M
Producer Peter Henderson, Ken Scott, Supertramp, David Kershenbaum
Supertramp chronology
Live '88
(1988)
The Very Best of Supertramp
(1990)
The Very Best of Supertramp 2
(1992)

The Very Best of Supertramp is a greatest hits album by British progressive rock band Supertramp. Originally released by A&M Records in 1990 (see 1990 in music), the compilation features 15 studio recordings from 1974's Crime of the Century to 1985's Brother Where You Bound.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

In their retrospective review, Allmusic noted that effectively compiling Supertramp's work is impossible since the group is so album-oriented. However, they offered a relative recommendation for The Very Best of Supertramp, saying that "it flows very smoothly" and is "the closest thing to a definitive overview of the '70s pop-prog group."[1]

Alternative version[edit]

A Dutch release, also titled The Very Best of Supertramp, was issued late 1989, featuring the same tracks but in a different order and a different sleeve. It was compiled by Dutch compilation label Arcade, although it was later re-issued on the A&M label. The album was a major success in the Dutch chart, spending nine weeks at number one and 70 weeks in total. Given its success, A&M did not officially release the alternative The Very Best of Supertramp in the Netherlands, although it has now replaced the Arcade version.

Track list[edit]

All songs written by Roger Hodgson & Rick Davies, except where noted.

  1. "School" – 5:35
    • Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson & Rick Davies. Producer: Ken Scott & Supertramp
  2. "Goodbye Stranger" – 5:48
    • Lead vocals: Rick Davies. Producer: Supertramp & Peter Henderson
  3. "The Logical Song" – 4:09
    • Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson. Producer: Supertramp & Peter Henderson
  4. "Bloody Well Right" – 4:32
    • Lead vocals: Rick Davies. Producer: Ken Scott & Supertramp
  5. "Breakfast in America" – 2:40
    • Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson. Producer: Supertramp & Peter Henderson
  6. "Rudy" – 7:18
    • Lead vocals: Rick Davies & Roger Hodgson. Producer: Ken Scott & Supertramp
  7. "Take the Long Way Home" – 5:08
    • Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson. Producer: Supertramp & Peter Henderson
  8. "Crime of the Century" – 5:31
    • Lead vocals: Rick Davies. Producer: Ken Scott & Supertramp
  9. "Dreamer" – 3:31
    • Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson & Rick Davies. Producer: Ken Scott & Supertramp
  10. "Ain't Nobody but Me" – 5:07
    • Lead vocals: Rick Davies. Producer: Ken Scott & Supertramp
  11. "Hide in Your Shell" – 6:48
    • Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson. Producer: Ken Scott & Supertramp
  12. "From Now On" – 6:08
    • Lead vocals: Rick Davies. Producer: Supertramp
  13. "Give a Little Bit" – 4:08
    • Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson. Producer: Supertramp
  14. "It's Raining Again" – 4:22
    • Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson. Producer: Supertramp & Peter Henderson
  15. "Cannonball" (Davies) – 7:37
    • Lead vocals: Rick Davies. Producer: David Kershenbaum & Supertramp

Track Origins[edit]

Tracks 1, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 11 from Crime of the Century

Track 10 from Crisis? What Crisis?

Tracks 12 and 13 from Even in the Quietest Moments...

Tracks 2, 3, 5 and 7 from Breakfast in America

Track 14 from ...Famous Last Words...

Track 15 from Brother Where You Bound

Personnel[edit]

Supertramp[edit]

Other performers[edit]

  • Christine Helliwell – backup vocals on "Hide in Your Shell"
  • Vicky Siebenberg – backup vocals on "Hide in Your Shell"
  • Scott Gorham – backup vocals on "Hide in Your Shell"
  • Jake Beddoe – saw on "Hide in Your Shell"
  • Ken Scott – water gong on "Crime of the Century"
  • Slyde Hydetrombone, tuba on "Breakfast in America"
  • Marty Walsh – guitar on "Cannonball"
  • Doug Wintz – trombone on "Cannonball"

Production[edit]

Original release:

  • Producers: Ken Scott and Supertramp
  • Engineers: Ken Scott, John Jansen, Peter Henderson, Russel Pope, Norman Hall
  • String arrangements: Richard Hewson
  • Cover Illustration: Greg Wray
  • Art direction and design: Norman Moore

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[2] 27
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[3] 6
Chart (1991) Peak
position
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[4] 7
Chart (1992) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 1
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 37
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 5
Chart (1995) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 5
Chart (1996) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 34
Chart (1997) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 8

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[11] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[12] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[13] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[14] Gold 250,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[15] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Very Best of Supertramp at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Supertramp – The Very Best of Supertramp" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Top 100 Longplay". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Supertramp – The Very Best of Supertramp". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Supertramp – The Very Best of Supertramp". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Supertramp – The Very Best of Supertramp". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Supertramp – The Very Best of Supertramp". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Supertramp – The Very Best of Supertramp". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Supertramp – The Very Best of Supertramp" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  10. ^ "1997-09-27 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Supertramp – Very Best of Vol. 1" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Supertramp in the field Interpret. Enter Very Best of Vol. 1 in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Supertramp – The Very Best of Supertramp". Music Canada. 
  13. ^ "French album certifications – Supertramp – Very Best Of" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select SUPERTRAMP and click OK
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Supertramp; 'The Very Best Of Supertramp')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  15. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Supertramp; 'The Very Best of Supertramp')". Hung Medien. 
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Supertramp – The Very Best of Supertramp". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Very Best of Supertramp in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search