Some Things Never Change
|Some Things Never Change|
|Studio album by Supertramp|
|Released||24 March 1997|
|Genre||Progressive rock, blues rock|
|Producer||Jack Douglas, Fred Mandel|
Some Things Never Change is the tenth album by the English rock band Supertramp, released in 1997. It represented a deliberate return to the band's earlier sound (before Free as a Bird), using more organic recording techniques than on their previous studio album. John Helliwell recounted that "we recorded the album in a way that Supertramp never had and that was by all going into the studio together and doing it as a much more live thing."
The album features the single "You Win, I Lose", which was a minor hit in Germany and also received considerable airplay in Canada.
The song "Live to Love You" features both the 'tackled' sound from the Coleco Electronic Quarterback handheld electronic game, as well as the Trouble "Pop-o-matic bubble" sounds from their 1979 hit "The Logical Song".
Rick Davies explained the concept behind the album cover: "It's something to tie in with the title. In England people have tea at four o'clock and it doesn't matter where they are or what sort of social plane they're on, they will have that tea."
Allmusic commented that the album retains the same style and strong instrumental interplay from the band's glory years, but lacks the "ingratiatingly catchy melodies" of that era, making it of strong interest to the band's fans but much less to casual listeners.
All songs written by Rick Davies, except where noted.
Lead vocals by Rick Davies, except where noted.
- "It's a Hard World" – 9:46
- "You Win, I Lose" – 4:31
- "Get Your Act Together" – 4:49
- "Live to Love You" – 5:18
- "Some Things Never Change" – 6:26
- "Listen to Me Please" – 4:46
- Lead vocals: Rick Davies and Mark Hart
- "Sooner or Later" (Davies, Hart) – 6:50
- Lead vocals: Mark Hart
- "Help Me Down That Road" – 4:36
- "And the Light" – 4:40
- Drums: Tom Walsh
- "Give Me a Chance" (Davies, Hart) – 4:24†
- Lead vocals: Mark Hart
- "C'est What?" – 8:17
- "Where There's a Will" – 5:36
† Hidden track not listed on the track listing on the album's jewel case or sleeve notes.
- Rick Davies – keyboards, vocals
- Mark Hart – guitars, keyboards, vocals
- John Helliwell – saxophones, woodwinds
- Cliff Hugo – bass
- Bob Siebenberg – drums
- Lee Thornburg – trombones, trumpets, background vocals
- Carl Verheyen – guitars
- Tom Walsh – percussion, drums on "And The Light"
- Bob Danziger – Kalimbas
- Karen Lawrence – background vocals
- Kim Nail – background vocals
- Fred Mandel - guitars on "And The Light" (uncredited as a musician on the cover)
- Producers: Jack Douglas, Fred Mandel
- Executive producer: Rick Davies
- Engineers: Ian Gardiner, Jay Messina
- Assistant engineers: Ian Gardiner, Mike Scotella
- Mixing assistant: Roy Clark, Brian Hargrove
- Mastering: Bob Ludwig
- Creative director: Richard Frankel
- Cover art: Dimo Safari
- Portraits: Dennis Keeley
Certifications and sales
|France (SNEP)||2× Gold||268,800|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Platinum||50,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|1997||"You Win, I Lose"||German Singles Chart||63|
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