Is Everybody Listening?

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Is Everybody Listening? Review

by Aaron Badgley

This CD was recorded in 1976 during Supertramp's tour for Crisis? What Crisis?, but remained unreleased (but often bootlegged) until 2002. That was when Burning Airlines arranged to release this, and a good idea it was at that. This CD finally shows what all the fuss was about this band. Their other "official" live albums were recorded far too late in their career -- all of their excitement sounds gone and the releases are over-produced (including Paris). Those live albums simply do not demonstrate just how talented and creative these guys were. Here, in front of a crowd of about 5,000, the classic lineup of this band tears through then-current songs from Crisis? What Crisis? and Crime of the Century, and the songs sound every bit as good as they do in their studio form -- in some cases better. "Dreamer has an edge to it not found in the studio recording, as does the classic "Bloody Well Right." This CD also shows that they had a great stage presence live, with a witty sense of humor (the introduction to "Dreamer is brilliant and hilarious). Burning Airlines has put together yet another great package: intelligent liner notes, great photos, and a wonderful-sounding CD. This CD will not disappoint hardcore or casual fans.

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