Great Rock Albums of 1979: Supertramp- Breakfast in America

First of all, I would like to wish everybody a Happy 2013 and hope you will keep reading my posts and those of you whose posts I follow, I’ll keep reading yours. I never would have guessed that 80smetalman’s blog would have grown so much over 2012 and attracted so many followers. To that I can only humbly thank all of you for tuning in.


Supertramp’s “Crime of the Century” album was another of those classic albums that I missed way back when I was featuring the Great Rock Albums of the 70s, pre-1978. Therefore, I thought I would include it here because it is a very good progressive rock album. It features two of their most noted songs, “Bloody Well Right” and “Dreamer” although I also really like the theatrics behind the track, “If the Audience Were Listening.” It is a very good album indeed.


So without further ramblings, on with the first album of 2013, Supertramp’s brilliant 1979 album “Breakfast in America.” This album came out in the very tail end of that pivotal year in my life and I can say that it ushered out the 70s for me. The biggest song from the album, “Take the Long Way Home” spoke to me directly. I’m sounding a bit hippy here aren’t I? Even if it hadn’t I still would have thought it was an excellent song and still would have bought the 45, some of you might remember those. In fact, I think I still have it somewhere up in the attic.

The rest of the album is also very good and told me at the time that there was still room in 1979 for some good hands on progressive rock. Hits like “The Logical Song” and others make this album the classic that it is. Supertramp use their trademark musicianship and show that keyboard centred rock can work. Unfortunately and I’ll be ranting more about this when I eventually get to the mid 80s, many bands would completely take the use of synthesisers out of proportion. Still, that is why I enjoy the album so much because it doesn’t, it’s just a good listening album.

Track Listing:

1. Gone Hollywood

2. The Logical Song

3. Goodbye Stranger

4. Breakfast in America

5. Oh Darling

6. Take the Long Way Home

7. Lord Is It Mine

8. Just Another Wreck

9. Casual Conversations

10. Child of Visions



Rick Davies- keyboards, vocals, harmonica

John Helliwell- saxophone, vocals, woodwinds

Roger Hogeson- guitars, keyboards, vocals

Bob Siebenberg- drums

Dougie Thompson- bass

So for the new year, why not enjoy an album that for many like me, closed out a decade. Listening to “Breakfast in America” will make you feel good and perhaps get over the over doings of New Year’s Eve. Now that I have been looking at the famous album cover, I kind of fancy some pancakes.

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8 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of 1979: Supertramp- Breakfast in America”

  1. My absolute Supertramp album is without doubt their prog-rock classic “Crime of the century” a album i didn’t understand until i got older.
    Its up there with Pink Floyds “the wall” i to be honest i count ‘tramps to be like a little brother to the ‘Floyds (at times too-much of everything) epic!
    Thanks for mentioning my fav’


  2. surrealunicorn Says:

    Both truly fantastic albums that leave lifelong impressions. I’m grateful Roger Hodgson is still actively touring and making really outstanding live experiences, it’s more than just a concert…more like a winding journey of acoustics. I saw him a few times last year and was really impressed how great Roger sounded, his voice is unchanged if not better than the original vinyls. (Gearing up another tour date announcement on his official facebook page – ) Thanks for sharing this one.


  3. guitar62player Says:

    Roger did the largest US tour during his 2012 tour and promises more dates in 2013. Check out his website for updates, frequently. For all you have to do is to experience him once, hear his voice, how the band sounds, I swear if you closed your eyes you would not even know the difference between his old group and the current configuration. Go see, travel to see Roger, but be warned you will want to see him again and again……


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