My friend Blake classifies bands into three distinct groups: bands you don't like, bands you like to listen to on the radio ("radio bands" he calls them), and bands you like enough to purchase their music. To that taxonomy, I'd like to add another classification: the greatest hits band. These are groups whose music you'd purchase, but you don't like them enough to buy their individual discs; you'd be happy with just a greatest hits CD. For me, Supertramp is a greatest hits band. In the '70s, the band released two classic albums: Crime of the Century in 1974 and Breakfast in America in 1979. 10 of the 15 tracks on this compilation are taken from those two albums. Unlike most greatest hits packages, the songs are not in chronological order. However, they are sequenced in a very cohesive manner.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Tracks: I'm a fan of most all the hits (otherwise I wouldn't have purchased the disc, silly). I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite Supertramp song, but Dreamer, Give a Little Bit, and Goodbye Stranger would definitely get some consideration. Of the few songs I hadn't heard before the purchase of this CD, I'm indifferent to Hide in Your Shell and Rudy (the latter a little too prog-rock for me), don't care for From Now On or the plodding 3/4 of Crime of Century, but I'm happy to discover Ain't Nobody but Me.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Supertramp songs remind me of my junior high days at McAllister School when Breakfast in America was the #1 album. For some reason, I am particularly reminded of a jr high tennis meet in West Columbia.