Roger Hodgson, vocalist, singer/songwriter, and co-founder of Supertramp, is heading back to North America for a series of fall tour dates. Following extensive tours of Europe and South America, Hodgson kicks off his solo North America tour on November 4 in Wabash, Indiana. (See the full list of tour dates below.)
Hodgson was instrumental in the creation of some of the best-sounding albums of the rock era, including Crime of the Century (1974), Breakfast in America (1979), and his solo debut, In the Eye of the Storm (1984). Crime will see a deluxe 40th anniversary reissue on December 9 (more info about its contents below), and Breakfast was made available in 96/24 in stereo in the High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format in 2013.
In a September 2007 interview with HRAC Chief Content Officer Mike Mettler, Hodgson said, “The art of space in recordings can’t be overlooked. What you don’t play is just as important as what you do play.” And even back then, Hodgson was in favor of hi-res: “The highs and the depth of our recordings are taken out or just missing from MP3s. Lossless formats give you the best quality.”
Accompanied by a four-piece band on this tour, Hodgson is said to be performing many of the hits he wrote and recorded with Supertramp, such as “Child of Vision,” “Hide in Your Shell,” “Sister Moonshine,” and “Even in the Quietest Moments,” plus favorites from his solo albums like “Only Because of You,” “Lovers in the Wind,” and “In Jeopardy.” Many of these tracks can be found on his current CD release, Classics Live. Concertgoers may even get to hear “Dreamer,” the Hodgson song that became Supertramp’s first international runaway hit, driving the Crime album toward the top of the charts, along with other fan favorites like “School.”
Roger Hodgson’s North America tour dates are as follows:
November 4 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center
November 6 – Detroit, MI – MotorCity Casino Hotel
November 7 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Falls Casino and Resort
November 8 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
November 9 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
November 11 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
November 14 & 15 – Rama, ON, Canada – Casino Rama
And then they planned a reissue of Crime of the Century.
The following comes from the official press release about Crime‘s 40th Anniversary reissue, which will be released in a 2-CD Deluxe Edition, a 3-LP 180-gram box set, and digitally on December 9:
Featuring the cream of Rick Davies’ and Roger Hodgson’s songwriting, Crime of the Century was the first of the many peaks in Supertramp’s illustrious career; an album that had everything to prove and tunes that effortlessly straddled the world of pure pop and progressive rock. The significant change that happened with Supertramp on this album was that Hodgson and Davies had each found their strength as songwriters and were writing alone. The LP eventually peaked at Number 4 on the UK charts and saw the band for the first time on the US Top 40. It was the music and the album’s cinematic sonic qualities that accounted for its impact.
Crime of the Century is not only one of Supertramp’s greatest works, but one of the most highly regarded recordings of ’70s rock music. Released in 1974, it put the band on the map after 5 years of struggle. With the unmistakable blend of the two songwriters – Davies’ and Hodgson’s – work, it married the sweetness of Hodgson’s “Dreamer” (the band’s first big hit single) with the grit of Davies’ similarly beloved “Bloody Well Right.” In “School,” “Rudy,” and the title track, the band — Davies, Hodgson, John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg, and Dougie Thomson — helped define what would soon be known as Adult Oriented Rock. This was — and is — not just an album that showed Supertramp’s increased maturity, but a timeless gem marked by the incredible melodies and thoughtful lyrics of Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.
This 40th Anniversary edition contains the classic original album, remastered by Ray Staff at Air Studios, and a second disc featuring their 1975 Hammersmith Odeon concert, mixed from the original tapes by original on-the-night engineer Ken Scott, capturing the band on the verge of stardom, showcasing all of Crime, and also previewing tracks from the then-as-yet-unreleased follow-up, Crisis? What Crisis?
The 2-CD package comes with a 24-page booklet of photographs, and a new essay written by Phil Alexander, Editor-in-Chief of Mojo magazine, containing new interviews with Dougie Thomson, John Helliwell, Ken Scott, Bob Siebenberg, Roger Hodgson, and 1973-83 Supertramp manager Dave Margereson. Crime of the Century is also available in a 3-LP set and digital formats.
The heavyweight vinyl set in a beautiful box set, cut by Ray Staff at Air Studios, featuring all the material of the two CDs across three 180-gram LPs, with an eight-page album-sized booklet with a longer version of Alexander’s essay, and two 10×8 prints.
Crime of the Century was produced by Ken Scott (The Beatles’ White Album, David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars). His engineering prowess merited a Grammy nomination, and Crime became one of the “go-to” albums for Hi-Fi demonstrations alongside Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon.
Enjoy again the sonic excellence and musical and lyrical sophistication of this well-loved band on this timely celebration of one of Crime of the Century, one of their landmark recordings.
Track listing is as follows:
ORIGINAL ALBUM: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell/ Asylum / Dreamer/Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century
LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH 75: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell / Asylum / Sister Moonshine / Just A Normal Day / Another Man’s Woman / Lady / A – You’re Adorable / Dreamer / Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century