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The Crime of the Century – A Turning Point for Supertramp

46 years ago today, on the 1st of September, in 1974, British prog-rock band Supertramp released their 3rd studio album, “Crime of the Century” After, 2 relatively unsuccessful albums, “Crime of the Century” finally took the band to the upper league, with 2 hit tracks (“Dreamer” and “Bloody Well Right”) and a place in UK’s Top 10 Albums list. It was the first album of theirs after their breakup, which led to it being drummer Bob C. Benberg, woodwinds player John Helliwell, and bassist Dougie Thomson’s first feature in the band. It defined Supertramp’s piano-centered sound with frequent sax additions by John Helliwell. With its combination of prog and pop elements, the album appealed to a very large audience, as can be seen from the volume of its sales.

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