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Charted: March 31, 1979

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  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 Nervous Wreck
  9. Casual Conversations
  10. Child of Vision

Rating: 4.143 (average of 7 ratings)

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 4.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 18.2


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 6
peak on U.K. album chart 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • The Logical Song (3/24/79) #6 US, #7 UK
  • Breakfast in America (6/30/79) #62 US, #9 UK
  • Goodbye Stranger (7/7/79) #15 US, #57 UK
  • Take the Long Way Home (10/13/79) #10 US


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Juno Award for International Album of the Year. Click to go to DMDB awards page.

Breakfast in America
“After a shaky start followed by several critically acclaimed releases, the English group Supertramp hit the commercial jackpot in 1979 with Breakfast in America.” SG “Although their previous records had some popular success, they never even hinted at the massive sales of Breakfast in America.” STE

“Then again, Supertramp’s earlier records weren’t as pop-oriented as Breakfast.” STE “The album combined the band’s FM radio, AOR-rock style with an almost carnival-like nature.” SG “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.” STE

“The plinking piano and dramatic clarinet runs of ‘The Logical Song’ imparted a comic, yet bittersweet tone to the release as a whole. In another example of the band’s devotion to alternative ways to carry their melody lines, ‘Goodbye Stranger’ rings with some of the purest whistling ever recorded. There’s also a healthy dose of cynicism running through the 10 tracks with Just Another Nervous Wreck.” SG

“Supertramp still had a tendency to indulge themselves occasionally, but Breakfast in America had very few weak moments. It was clearly their high-water mark.” STE

Review Source(s):

The Logical Song (live)

Breakfast in America (audio only w/ lyrics)

Goodbye Stranger

Take the Long Way Home (fan-made)

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Last updated March 21, 2011.