Indelibly Stamped

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Indelibly Stamped
180px-Supertramp - Indelibly Stamped.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 June 1971
RecordedApril – May 1971 at Olympic Studios, London
GenreProgressive rock
Length40:33
LabelA&M
ProducerSupertramp
Supertramp chronology
Supertramp
(1970)
Indelibly Stamped
(1971)
Crime of the Century
(1974)

Indelibly Stamped is the second album by the English rock band Supertramp, released in 1971. It marked a dramatic change in direction to a more straightforward rock sound, and by admission of the band's own liner notes, "Travelled" is the only song with any resemblance to their debut album. Like their debut, this album was a commercial failure upon release, but in later decades it went gold in France and Canada. Original editions have a colour gate-fold cover and different text for the band name and album title. The cover photograph features the tattooed torso and arms of a topless woman. This is the first Supertramp album issued in the U.S.; the cover was in colour (in 1971), but A&M pasted two gold stars over the nipples.

Cover art[edit]

The cover depicts the tattooed torso and arms of a topless woman. It is commonly believed that the model for the cover was Rusty Skuse, largely due to a tattoo on the left arm which names "Bill" and "Rusty". However, a comparison between the album cover and photographs of Skuse's tattoos show that this is not the case. According to Paul Sayce, writing in Tattoo News, the model was Marion Hollier, who was extensively tattooed at the Les Skuse Tattoo Studio in the 1960s.[1] An article published in The People shortly after the album's release also identifies Hollier as the model, noting that she was paid £45 for the job (equivalent to £600 in 2016[2]).[3]

Background[edit]

Roger Hodgson later said Indelibly Stamped was "the survival album to put ourselves back in the good books of our manager. There was no theme worked out for the album and we were floundering."[3] New members Kevin Currie, Frank Farrell, and Dave Winthrop were all recruited shortly before the recording sessions.[3]

The song "Times Have Changed" evolved out of a song called "Times of Rain", which was written with Richard Palmer-James while he was still a member of the group. Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson wrote new lyrics to the song, renaming it "Times Have Changed".[4]

Supporting tours for the album began with a series of shows at the P.N. Club in Munich, which had been the site for Supertramp's first public performances. Rick Davies described their stage show at the time as "all Rock and Roll really. We used to get people up on the bloody stage and it was just chaos, hopping away doing about three encores, but there was meat and potatoes behind it. No more or less people would come to the next gig."[3] This was the last album Roger Hodgson played bass on during his tenure with Supertramp.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[5]

In their brief retrospective review, Allmusic said that the album was an improvement over their debut, but still indulged too much in lengthy instrumental sections.[5]

Track listing[edit]

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

All lead vocals by Rick Davies, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Your Poppa Don't Mind"  2:58
2."Travelled" Hodgson4:15
3."Rosie Had Everything Planned"Hodgson, Frank FarrellHodgson3:01
4."Remember"  4:00
5."Forever"  5:05
Side two
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
6."Potter"Dave Winthrop2:23
7."Coming Home to See You" 4:39
8."Times Have Changed" 3:42
9."Friend in Need" 2:08
10."Aries"Hodgson7:25
Total length:40:33
  • "Rosie Had Everything Planned" is the only original song in the entire Supertramp catalog for which Rick Davies receives no writing or co-writing credit.

Personnel[edit]

Production

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sayce, Paul, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016., July 2009.
  2. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Melhuish, Martin (1986). The Supertramp Book. Toronto, Canada: Omnibus Press. pp. 36–38. ISBN 0-9691272-2-7.
  4. ^ Fuentes, Abel (January 2011). Interview with Richard Palmer, Supertramp Soap Box Asylum. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b Indelibly Stamped at AllMusic
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Supertramp – Indelibly Stamped". Music Canada.
  8. ^ "French album certifications – Supertramp – Indelibly Stamped" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 1 June 2012. Select SUPERTRAMP and click OK.