How is it Tuesday again already?! Happy #turntabletuesday and a hopeful return to normality, everyone! .
Today’s offering comes from my Dad. Well, it wasn’t his record - I bought it from the lovely Ali at the weekend - but my Dad bought this for me on CD when I was still at college. He thought I might like it because it has plenty of GREAT saxophone on it, but that’s not the reason I love ‘Breakfast I’m America’ by Supertramp.
I’ve been trying all day to pinpoint why I do love this record, and I’ve really struggled. There’s a lot to love... cracking arrangements which are just SO LA in the late 70s, great performances, particularly by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson on vocals and particularly where the lead is harmonised, which happens a lot if you’re Supertramp.
But it’s more than that - for me, the magic about this album is the pictures it manages to conjure in my head as I listen to it. The lyrics are good, but it’s more than that, even. There’s a kind of urgency about the delivery of the performances which suggests that want, that need to ‘make it’ in America. It’s a theme that’s visited often, particularly in music & literature from this time, but it seems more valid here, more believable... .
See, I told you I was struggling to put my finger on it! But I hope you’ll have a listen to at least a couple of tunes (and if you do, try ‘Breakfast in America’, ‘The Logical Song’ ‘Gone Hollywood’ and ‘Goodbye Stranger’ - I love them all). Or maybe it will speak to you too? If you love it, you can thank my Dad Xx - 16 minutes ago