Supertramp

The Story So Far...

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The 2002 Supertramp DVD The Story So Far... is a welcome release. It includes interviews, live performances of the British-based progressive pop/rock band's classic songs, and five bonus music videos. Supertramp never really seemed to garner much media attention, even when Breakfast in America hit number one in 1979. Vocalist/keyboardist Rick Davies, vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Roger Hodgson, saxophonist/percussionist John Helliwell, bass guitarist Dougie Thomson, and drummer Bob Siebenberg all discuss how they ultimately joined forces, but the famous story of how an eccentric Dutch millionaire initially financed the group isn't even mentioned; Davies and Hodgson recall how their musical partnership broke down and Hodgson's departure. The core of The Story So Far... is the live footage capturing complete songs in Toronto and Munich on Supertramp's 1983 ...Famous Last Words... world tour, Hodgson's last. Included are "Crazy," "Ain't Nobody but Me," "Breakfast in America," "Bloody Well Right," "Give a Little Bit," "From Now On," "The Logical Song," "Goodbye Stranger," "Dreamer," "School," and "Crime of the Century." Hodgson isn't exactly a guitar virtuoso, but his simple solos and fills are crucial elements of several songs. The first post-Hodgson album was 1985's Brother Where You Bound, and Davies remembers his embarrassment at the premiere of director Rene Daalder's short film for the epic title track. (Actually, this enigmatic film has many intriguing moments and it's a shame it's not included on this DVD.) The bonus music videos are "My Kind of Lady," "Cannonball," "Better Days," "Free As a Bird," and "I'm Beggin' You." The Story So Far... was originally released on VHS in 1990, but without the videos. This DVD is indispensable for Supertramp fans, and its obvious companion -- due to identical covers -- is the 1990 CD The Very Best of Supertramp, originally released in Europe but now available domestically.