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Charted: December 7, 1974

Rating: 4.150 (average of 15 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. School
  2. Bloody Well Right
  3. Hide in Your Shell
  4. Asylum
  5. Dreamer
  6. Rudy
  7. If Everyone Was Listening
  8. Crime of the Century

Total Running Time: 43:25

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.5
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 38
peak on U.K. album chart 4

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Dreamer (12/74) #15 US, #13 UK
  • Bloody Well Right (4/12/75) #35 US

Notes: --


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Crime of the Century
“Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974’s Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn’t nearly as spooky as Floyd – they’re snarky collegiate elitists, an art rock variation on Steely Dan or perhaps a less difficult 10cc, filled with cutting jokes and allusions, best heard on Bloody Well Right. This streak would later flourish on Breakfast in America, but it’s present enough to give them their own character.” STE

“Also present is a slight sentimental streak and a heavy fondness for pop, heard on Dreamer, a soaring piece of art pop that became their first big hit. That and ‘Bloody Well Right’ are the concise pop moments on the record; the rest of Crime of the Century is atmospheric like Dark Side of the Moon, but with a lighter feel and a Beatles bent. At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it’s still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America.” STE

Review Source(s):

Dreamer (Roger Hodgson live with an orchestra)

Bloody Well Right (live in 2010)

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Last updated March 21, 2011.