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White Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Crime of the Century

  (Item #: supercrime_1702) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A superb copy and killer Demo Disc to beat them all - Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, Double Plus on side one (A++)
  • A HUGE and POWERFUL Ken Scott recording that's truly a BEAST on this brilliantly mastered A&M pressing
  • Clearly the band's Prog Rock Masterpiece, as well as a permanent member of our Rock & Pop Top 100
  • "...a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America."
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White Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Crisis? What Crisis?

  (Item #: supercrisi_1702) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout, absolutely as good as it gets with some of the best sound this band ever achieved
  • Layers of multi-tracked guitars, voices, keyboards, percussion instruments and more build up in the loudest and most dynamic passages
  • Engineered by Ken Scott, this is a Top Title in every way, a Forgotten Classic if there ever was one
  • "With Rick Davies showing off his talent on the keyboards, and Roger Hodgson's vocals soaring on almost every track, they managed to win back their earlier progressive audience while gaining new fans at the same time."
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White Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Even In The Quietest Moments

  (Item #: supereveni_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Triple! Two top-rated A+++ sides, giving you superb sound from start to finish
  • The sound is super clear and rich with great space and energy -- this copy blew our minds
  • Side two has some of the best Supertramp sound we have ever heard on any of their albums
  • EITQM can hold its own with any of the classic albums, from Crime all the way through to Breakfast
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White Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1610_4) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An amazing Top Copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one - quiet vinyl too
  • An outstanding recording with huge, spacious, dynamic, lively sound - on a copy like this it's DYNAMITE
  • A Top 100 title and True Demo Disc - turn it up and this recording gets LOUD like nothing you have ever experienced
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits "The Logical Song," "Take the Long Way Home," and "Goodbye Stranger.""
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Super Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Crime of the Century

  (Item #: supercrime_1610s) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A huge and powerful pressing, boasting Double Plus (A++) quality sound on both sides
  • A killer Ken Scott recording with Cinerama-sized soundstaging to rival the best albums you've ever heard
  • Clearly their Masterpiece, and a longtime member of our Rock & Pop Top 100
  • "...a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America."
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Super Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Crisis? What Crisis?

  (Item #: supercrisi_1603_1s) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Very strong Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, really bringing this great recording to life
  • The toughest of the Supertramp classics to find with great sound -- we almost never have these available
  • The overall sound is rich and full-bodied with lots of energy
  • Produced and engineered by Ken Scott, this is a Top Title in every way
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Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1610) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent original pressing, with glorious Hot Stamper throughout
  • Llively, present and energetic, with the kind of richness critical to the right sound
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop 100 title, a real tour de force on a good copy, and shockingly dynamic
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits "The Logical Song," "Take the Long Way Home," and "Goodbye Stranger.""
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Super Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Even In The Quietest Moments

  (Item #: supereveni_1610_2) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Both sides here earned seriously good grades of A++ - this is a great sounding copy from first note to last
  • The sound is clear and rich with plenty of studio space and rockin' energy -- we loved it
  • EITQM can hold its own with any of the classic albums, from Crime all the way through to Breakfast
  • "It feels more pop than it actually is, despite the opening single, "Give a Little Bit," their poppiest song to date, as well as their biggest hit."
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Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Crime of the Century

  (Item #: supercrime_1701) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An excellent pressing that really lets this powerful concept album come to life
  • Ken Scott's recording masterpiece, an album to rival the best you've heard
  • Clearly the band's Masterpiece as well, and a longtime member of our Rock & Pop Top 100
  • "...a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America."
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Supertramp - Breakfast In America

A&M Debunked

  (Item #: superbreak_hs) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

So washed out, brittle, thin and compressed it practically defies understanding that anyone with two working ears ever considered calling this piece of crap an "audiophile" record. If you don't think the major labels had anything but contempt for us audiophiles, play this pressing and see for yourself the kind of garbage they were happy to pawn off on an unsuspecting audiophile community (if there ever was such a thing).

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Supertramp - Breakfast In America

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: superbreak_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: C-

The MoFi Standard Operating Procedure of boosting the top end does this album no favors; it’s positively ruinous in fact. How dull does a system have to be to make this record sound right? Pretty damn dull. And the bad bass definition just adds to the phoniness. The average domestic copy is not that great either, so let’s give the MoFi a somewhat forgiving grade of C minus.

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Supertramp - Breakfast In America

Nimbus Debunked

  (Item #: superbreak_nimbus) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing.

We were a bit generous with our sonic grades for this record in the past. It’s not hard to do quite a bit better with an original domestic pressing.

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Supertramp - Breakfast In America

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: superbreak_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

TWO KILLER SIDES ON THIS ROCKIN’ LATE ’70s CLASSIC! I am not at all ashamed to say that we LOVE this album here at Better Records, and a copy like this will certainly help show you why. Side one has incredible A+++ Master Tape Sound and side two is just a plus behind. Drop the needle on Gone Hollywood or The Logical Song to hear how powerful this music can sound when you have the right pressing.

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Supertramp - Crime of the Century on MoFi

What to Listen For

  (Item #: supercrime_mofi_debunk) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with specific advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your MoFi copy of COTC.

Listen to the vocals at the end of Dreamer. If they are bright, the bells at the end of the song sound super-extended and harmonically rich. But at what price? The vocals are TOO BRIGHT. Which is more important, good vocals or good bells? There has to be a balance. This is something audiophiles and audiophile labels, who should obviously know better, often have trouble understanding.

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Supertramp - Crime of the Century on MoFi

We Was Wrong - It Can Sound Great

  (Item #: supercrime_wrong) 



This MoFi Crime of the Century has two superb sounding sides. I have to admit I was DEAD WRONG about MoFi’s Crime of the Century -- on this pressing, anyway. But I can tell you that this is one of the few I have ever played that sounded right to me.

It's not that MoFi couldn't cut a record that's tonally correct. It's just that most of they time they didn't. This time they did.

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Supertramp - Crime of the Century

Ken Scott's Producing / Engineering Masterpiece

  (Item #: supercrime_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

AMAZING White Hot Stampers for the greatest KEN SCOTT production in history. This is his (and the band’s) MASTERPIECE, and now we have a pressing that allows us to revel in the GLORY that is Crime of the Century!

This killer copy rates A+++ on BOTH sides. Wow is the only word I can think of to describe it.

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Supertramp - Crime of the Century

Loud Levels and Big Woofers

  (Item #: supercrime_loud) 



Yet another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

The bass on the best copies is AWESOME. Playing a Hot Stamper copy at loud levels with big woofers will have your house quaking. Add to that the kind of ENERGY that the better pressings have in their grooves and the result is an album guaranteed to bring most audiophile systems to their knees, begging for mercy.

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Supertramp - Crisis? What Crisis?

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: supercrisi_obsess) 



CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS? is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries.

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Supertramp - Crisis? What Crisis?

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: supercrisi_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

TWO AMAZING SIDES, including an A+++ SIDE ONE! It's not the A&M Half Speed, and it's not a British pressing either. It's domestic folks, your standard plain-as-day A&M pressing, and we're as shocked as you are. Hearing this copy (as well as an amazing Brit; they can be every bit as good, in their own way of course) was a THRILL, a thrill that's a step up in "thrillingness" over our previous favorite pressing, the Half Speed.

The best of the best domestics and Brits are bigger, livelier, punchier, more clear and just more REAL than the audiophile pressing...

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Supertramp - Crisis? What Crisis?

Another Question: Original Is Better?

  (Item #: supercrisi_wtlf) 



This is an older listing that illustrates how We Was Wrong when we thought the best domestic copies were not competitive with the A&M Half-Speed or better British pressings.

We touch on other much-loved themes in this commentary, such as the myth that the original pressing is going to be better than a reissue or later stamper. On this album that is definitely not the case.

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Supertramp - Crisis? What Crisis?

The Exception that Probes the Rule

  (Item #: supercrisi_review) 



This Hot Stamper A&M Half Speed today joins a VERY ELITE GROUP: Half-Speeds that hold their own in a head to head shootout against some of the BEST Hot Stamper Non-Audiophile pressings we can find. There are presently a total of three titles that fit the description: Dark Side of the Moon on MoFi, Crime of the Century on MoFi, and this title on A&M.

Most half-speed mastered records we throw on our table have us scratching our heads and asking, What the hell were they thinking? They SUCK! Tubby bass, recessed mids, phony highs, compression -- the list of bad qualities they almost all have in common is a long one. Playing these kinds of records on a properly set-up modern system is positively painful.

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Supertramp - Even In The Quietest Moments

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: supereveni_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

A killer pressing! So much clearer, cleaner and more transparent than we remember from last time around, with more Tubey Magic too.

The bottom end is big and punchy, the top is smooth and sweet, and the vocals are present and breathy. On a transparent copy such as this the drums really punch through the dense mixes clearly, giving the music more life and energy. The piano sounds correct, the sax is full and breathy -- you'd be very hard-pressed to find better sound for this album than this. Very hard pressed indeed.

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Supertramp - Even In The Quietest Moments...

Sweet Thunder Debunked

  (Item #: supereveni_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

We’re big fans of this album here at Better Records and consider it to be one of Supertramp’s best. That said, this half-speed is a disgrace. There is absolutely no presence to the sound of the copy we played. The guitars, which on some cuts are double tracked, each coming directly out of the speaker hard right and hard left, are so dull it sounds like the speaker is facing the back wall!

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Supertramp - Even In The Quietest Moments

Making Progress in Audio

  (Item #: supereveni_1208) 



The story behind this record is what real Progress in Audio is all about.

We wrote up this album in 2005 as a Hot Stamper Stalled listing. We just could not find anything that sounded right to us. The imports were a smeary mess, the half-speed was and is a complete joke (we used to like it but that just goes to show how wrong you can be), and the domestic copies were so grainy and phony-sounding we knew there was no way to make the case that this was an actual audiophile-quality recording.

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Supertramp - Even In The Quietest Moments

What to Listen For

  (Item #: supereveni_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of EITQM.

The piano on Give a Little Bit can get buried in the dense mix. Side ones that are rich and tubey and smooth with a clear piano did very well in our shootout.

Lover Boy is a Demo Quality Track on the best copies. It can be huge, spacious and lively. Getting the strings to sound harmonically rich without sliding into shrillness may not be easy but some copies manage it. On the biggest, richest copies the breakdown at about 2:20 is a lot of fun.

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Supertramp - Indelibly Stamped

  (Item #: superindel) 



This is a British Original pressing with the best sound I have ever heard for this album. It’s sweeter, smoother, more delicate and more tonally correct overall than any American copy I have ever heard.

After doing the shootout with some other domestic copies, I put this record in the pile to be cleaned, and today I played it. Like many British pressings of British Rock albums, there is a whole layer of grunge and distortion that has been removed. A veil has been lifted, and you hear into the music in a way that was never before possible. There is no question this record is made from the master tape and the domestic pressings are made from dubs.

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Supertramp - Supertramp

  (Item #: supersuper_fame) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

This is a SUPERB SOUNDING British A&M LP. I don’t think this record can sound any better than it does here. The recording is on a par with the best I’ve ever heard for this band, which is saying a lot. In fact it’s even more tubey magical than an album like ’Crime Of The Century’, which is more about slam and presence than a record like this, which has amazingly sweet, natural sounding acoustic guitars.

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The Supertramp You Don't Know

Even In The Quietest Moments

  (Item #: supereveni_know) 



After discovering killer Hot Stampers for Even In The Quietest Moments we feel the album can hold its own with any of Supertramp's classic '70s releases, from Crime of the Century all the way through to Breakfast in America.

Our White Hot stamper pressings showed us some of the best Supertramp sound we have ever heard on any of their albums, which is saying a lot. Supertramp is one of the most well-recorded bands in the history of pop music. GEOFF EMERICK took over most of the recording duties after the band decided to work with a different engineer for this, their 1977 album.

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Supertramp

  (Item #: _Supertramp) 


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