Crisis? What Crisis?
|Crisis? What Crisis?|
|Studio album by Supertramp|
|Released||14 September 1975|
|Recorded||Summer through Autumn 1975 A&M Studios, Los Angeles, CA Ramport Studios and Scorpio Studios, London, UK|
|Producer||Ken Scott, Supertramp|
Crisis? What Crisis? is the fourth album by the English rock band Supertramp, released in 1975. It was recorded in Los Angeles and London – Supertramp's first album to have recording done in the United States of America.
A remastered CD version of the album was released on 11 June 2002 on A&M Records. The remaster features the original artwork and credits plus lyrics to all of the songs, which the original release lacked.
Background and recording
Having achieved commercial success with Crime of the Century (1974), the pressure was on for Supertramp to deliver a followup, and the record company pushed them to begin work as soon as the touring for Crime of the Century was finished. While touring the west coast of North America, Supertramp unintentionally gained extra time: Hodgson injured his hand, forcing the band to cancel the rest of the tour and leaving them with nothing better to do than work on the album. Despite this, the band still didn't have time to rehearse for the album, and much like Indelibly Stamped (1971), songwriters Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson had no vision for a completed album worked out. Furthermore, the band's busy touring schedule had left no time for writing songs, and so they entered A&M's Los Angeles recording studios with only leftover songs from Crime of the Century (or even earlier) for material. Due to shortage of material, production had to be halted at one point so that Davies and Hodgson could write two new songs, one of which was "Ain't Nobody But Me".
Both the title and the concept of the cover were conceived by Davies, as John Helliwell recounted: "It was Rick that came up with the name Crisis? What Crisis? and one day, when we were sitting around Scorpio Studio, he came in with this sketch of a guy in a deck chair under an umbrella with all this chaos going on around him." "Crisis? What Crisis?" is a line in the film The Day of the Jackal (1973). Artist Paul Wakefield returned after his work in Crime of the Century, photographing the backgrounds at the Welsh mining valleys, which were later composited with a model shot in the studio afterwards. 
Four of the songs ("Sister Moonshine", "Another Man's Woman", "Lady", and "Just a Normal Day") were performed live before the tracks were recorded and released, as documented on the BBC recorded performance of the band playing at The Hammersmith Odeon in London in March 1975 and were included on the 2001 live release Is Everybody Listening?.
Hodgson was unhappy with the album, describing it as a rushed job with none of the cohesion of Crime of the Century. Bassist Dougie Thomson concurred: "We thought that the Crisis album was a little bit disjointed and the band as a whole at that time didn't really like the album."
Allmusic thoroughly commended the album in their retrospective review, praising Rick Davies's keyboard work, Roger Hodgson's vocals, and John Helliwell's saxophone. They especially noted the emotionally powerful songwriting, which they felt gave the album a "warm personality and charmingly subtle mood."
- "Easy Does It" – 2:18
- "Sister Moonshine" – 5:15
- "Ain't Nobody But Me" – 5:14
- Lead vocals: Rick Davies
- "A Soapbox Opera" – 4:54
- "Another Man's Woman" – 6:15
- Lead vocals: Rick Davies
- "Lady" – 5:26
- "Poor Boy" – 5:07
- Lead vocals: Rick Davies
- "Just a Normal Day" – 4:02
- Lead vocals: Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson
- "The Meaning" – 5:23
- "Two of Us" – 3:27
- Rick Davies – lead and backing vocals, acoustic piano (Tracks 3, 5, 7, 8), Wurlitzer piano (Track 7), harmonica (Track 2), organ (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 10), synthesizers (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 8, 9)
- Roger Hodgson – lead and backing vocals, guitars, acoustic piano (Track 4), Wurlitzer piano (Track 6), Flageolet (Track 2), Cello (Track 7), Harmonium (Track 10), Marimba (Track 6)
- John Anthony Helliwell – saxophones, clarinet (Track 7), backing vocals (Tracks 3, 6, 7, 10)
- Dougie Thomson – bass
- Bob C. Benberg – drums, percussion
- Producers: Ken Scott, Supertramp
- Remastering: Greg Calbi, Jay Messina
- Assistants: John Jansen, Ed Thacker
- Arranger: Richard Anthony Hewson
- Cover design: Fabio Nicoli, Paul Wakefield, Dick Ward
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.
Certifications and sales
- End Of Year List. Record Mirror. 1975. Archived at rocklistmusic.co.uk
- Melhuish, Martin (1986). The Supertramp Book. Toronto, Canada: Omnibus Press. pp. 84–93. ISBN 0-9691272-2-7.
- The line is spoken during pillow talk about 55 minutes into the film by Denise, played by Olga Georges-Picot.
- (2009). 30th Anniversary Supertramp Feature, In the Studio.
- Melhuish, Martin (1986). The Supertramp Book. Toronto, Canada: Omnibus Press. p. 120. ISBN 0-9691272-2-7.
- Crisis? What Crisis? at AllMusic
- Altman, Billy (29 January 1976). Album review, Rolling Stone.
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
- "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 24, No. 21" (PHP). RPM. 21 February 1976. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
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