The Autobiography of Supertramp

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The Autobiography of Supertramp
Supertramp - The Autobiography of Supertramp.jpg
Greatest hits album by Supertramp
Released July 1986
Recorded 1974-1985
Genre Progressive rock, pop rock, art rock
Length 47:10
Label A&M
Producer Ken Scott, Peter Henderson, David Kershenbaum, Supertramp
Supertramp chronology
Brother Where You Bound
(1985)Brother Where You Bound1985
The Autobiography of Supertramp
(1986)
Free as a Bird
(1987)Free as a Bird1987

The Autobiography of Supertramp is the first greatest hits album by the English rock band Supertramp, released in 1986.

As Supertramp's first greatest hits album, The Autobiography of Supertramp contains a compilation of the most popular songs from the albums Crime of the Century, Even in the Quietest Moments, Breakfast in America, ...Famous Last Words..., and Brother Where You Bound. The CD version and the 2001 remaster also include a song from Crisis? What Crisis?. The album Paris is completely unrepresented, despite its including the hit live version of "Dreamer".

The cover art shows a suit-wearing, faceless man seated in a train carriage reading a book with his own face on the cover. The view from the train window shows the platform with stylised versions of the cover art from three of Supertramp's albums.

The album was also released in the US as Classics Volume 9, part of A&M's 25th Anniversary series (1987). That version of the album includes the extra tracks listed below as part of the 2001 re-release, with the exception of "School" and no single edits.

The album was re-released as The Very Best of Supertramp in 1990 in the US with digitally remastered sound and a bonus track "School" as the first track instead of "Goodbye Stranger" which follows afterwards. It also contains the album versions of the songs "Goodbye Stranger" and "Cannonball", whereas the original release uses the edited versions from the singles instead.

Reception[edit]

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

Allmusic's retrospective review commented that The Very Best of Supertramp is a superior compilation with its choice of tracks.[1]

Track listing[edit]

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

Original release[edit]

LP album[edit]

  1. "Goodbye Stranger" (Single edit, from Breakfast in America, 1979) – 4:25
  2. "The Logical Song" (Single edit, from Breakfast in America) – 3:45
  3. "Bloody Well Right" (Single edit, from Crime of the Century, 1974) – 4:16
  4. "Breakfast in America" (from Breakfast in America) – 2:37
  5. "Take the Long Way Home" (Single edit, from Breakfast in America) – 4:03
  6. "Crime of the Century" (Early fade-out, from Crime of the Century)– 5:20
  7. "Dreamer" (from Crime of the Century) – 3:19
  8. "From Now On" (from Even in the Quietest Moments..., 1977) – 6:10
  9. "Give a Little Bit" (from Even in the Quietest Moments...) – 4:03
  10. "It's Raining Again" (from ...Famous Last Words..., 1982) – 4:25
  11. "Cannonball" (Single edit, from Brother Where You Bound, 1985) (Davies) – 4:47

CD / Classics, Vol 9. release[edit]

  1. "Goodbye Stranger" (Single edit) – 4:29
  2. "The Logical Song" (Single edit) – 3:48
  3. "Bloody Well Right" (Single edit) – 4:17
  4. "Breakfast in America" – 2:39
  5. "Rudy" (from Crime of the Century) – 7:19
  6. "Take the Long Way Home" (Single edit) – 4:06
  7. "Crime of the Century" – 5:33
  8. "Dreamer" – 3:33 / 3:19
  9. "Ain't Nobody But Me" (from Crisis? What Crisis?, 1975) – 5:07
  10. "Hide in Your Shell" (from Crime of the Century) – 6:48
  11. "From Now On" – 6:11
  12. "Give a Little Bit" – 4:08
  13. "It's Raining Again" – 4:23
  14. "Cannonball" (Single edit) (Davies) – 4:51

2001 US remaster[edit]

  1. "School" – 5:35
  2. "Goodbye Stranger" – 5:50
  3. "The Logical Song" – 4:10
  4. "Bloody Well Right" – 4:31
  5. "Breakfast in America" – 2:37
  6. "Rudy" – 7:19
  7. "Take the Long Way Home" – 5:08
  8. "Crime of the Century" – 5:36
  9. "Dreamer" – 3:31
  10. "Ain't Nobody But Me" – 5:14
  11. "Hide in Your Shell" – 6:48
  12. "From Now On" – 6:21
  13. "Give a Little Bit" – 4:08
  14. "It's Raining Again" – 4:25
  15. "Cannonball" (Davies) – 7:38

Personnel[edit]

Supertramp
Additional musicians

Production[edit]

References[edit]