Supertramp

The Logical Song

Composed by Rick Davies / Roger Hodgson

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Breakfast in America achieved classic album status almost instantaneously, reaching number three in the U.K. and selling over four million copies in the United States alone. For six weeks it was at the height of the U.S. album charts and eventually won the prestige of going platinum. "The Logical Song" was the album's first single, reaching number seven across the ocean and number six on Billboard, but more importantly it exposed the solid songwriting tandem of Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies. "The Logical Song" revealed their ability to inject contemplative, insightful lyrics into scintillating rock & roll that sounded bright and dynamic while still sounding British. Breakfast took over where Crime of the Century left off, with a slightly more astute AOR briskness that automatically attracted radio. Hodgson's compatible vocal style is amplified amidst the song's frolicking interplay of saxophone and keyboards, which would go on to be a trademark of the band. The next two singles from the album -- "Goodbye Stranger," which ended up at number 15, and the lonesome sounding "Take the Long Way Home" that peaked at number ten -- followed suit. Even though a string of albums took Supertramp into the '80s, the success and the formula of Breakfast in America would never again be paralleled.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Breakfast in America 1979 Polydor / Universal 4:11
Paris 1980 A&M 3:56
The Autobiography of Supertramp 1986 European Import 3:45
Classics 1987 A&M 3:49
Live 88 1988 A&M 4:05
The Very Best of Supertramp 1990 A&M 4:10
Best of the '70's [Polydor] 1996
Various Artists
Polydor 4:12
The Ultimate Rock Collection Gold and Platinum, Vol. 3: 1974-1979 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:49
It Was the Best of Times 1999 EMI Music Distribution
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 1 [Universal] 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 2 [Universal] 2000
Various Artists
Universal International 3:48
Music of the Millenium 2001
Various Artists
Umusic 4:04
The Best Pop Album of the 70's...Ever! 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:10
Essential 70's [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal 4:10
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:48
Retrospectacle: The Supertramp Anthology 2005 Universal Music 4:09
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:08
Live, 1997 2006 Parlophone 4:04
Legends: We Will Rock You 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:48
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:48
Dad's Jukebox 2008
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 4:08
Dad Rocks! 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:09
Rock Anthems [Universal 2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI / Universal Music TV 4:07
No Image 2011
Various Artists
Universal 4:08
Live in Paris '79 2012 Eagle Vision
A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection 2012
Various Artists
A&M 4:08
'70s Classic Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:12
Best of British [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:08
I Am Happy
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 4:07
Jackie: Long Hot Summer
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:55
Le 101 Canzoni Della Storia del Pop
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:07
The Best Rock Anthems ...Ever!
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:09
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:09
Yesterdays
Various Artists
Universal 4:10
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