Supertramp ‎– Free As A Bird

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LP Cover features "Braque in the studio 1954" which is a photograph of Georges Braque painting one of this "Bird" paintings.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CD 5181/DX 2303 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album) A&M Records CD 5181/DX 2303 USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
395181-2 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album) A&M Records 395181-2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
D32Y3189 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album) A&M Records D32Y3189 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
CDA 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album) A&M Records CDA 5181 UK 1987 Sell This Version
395181-2 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album) A&M Records 395181-2 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
RMC 532249 Supertramp Free As A Bird(Cass, Album) A&M Records RMC 532249 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
CASS. 88043, SP - 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(Cass, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records CASS. 88043, SP - 5181 Ecuador 1987 Sell This Version
395 181-4 Supertramp Free As A Bird(Cass, Album) A&M Records 395 181-4 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
5722470 Supertramp Free As A Bird(Cass, Album) PGP RTB 5722470 Yugoslavia 1987 Sell This Version
395181-4 Supertramp Free As A Bird(Cass, Album) A&M Records 395181-4 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
395 181-4 Supertramp Free As A Bird(Cass, Album) A&M Records 395 181-4 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
CS 9502 Supertramp Free As A Bird(Cass, Album) A&M Records CS 9502 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
CS 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(Cass, Album, R, ) A&M Records CS 5181 US 1987 Sell This Version
25706 Supertramp Free As A Bird(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Original (6) 25706 Syria 1987 Sell This Version
395181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP) A&M Records 395181-1 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
LP-88043, SP - 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records LP-88043, SP - 5181 Ecuador 1987 Sell This Version
AMLH 65181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 65181 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
2420651 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album) PGP RTB 2420651 Yugoslavia 1987 Sell This Version
3951811 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album) A&M Records 3951811 Portugal 1987 Sell This Version
RML 53249, SP 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records RML 53249, SP 5181 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
500021-L Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album) A&M Records 500021-L Venezuela 1987 Sell This Version
SP 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Blu) A&M Records SP 5181 US 1987 Sell This Version
C28Y3207 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Blu) A&M Records C28Y3207 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
AMA 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Blu) A&M Records AMA 5181 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SP 9502 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Blu) A&M Records SP 9502 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
395 181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Blu) A&M Records 395 181-1 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
395 181-1, 395181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Blu) A&M Records, A&M Records 395 181-1, 395181-1 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
395 181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Blu) A&M Records 395 181-1 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
SP 9502 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Blu) A&M Records SP 9502 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
SP 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Gre) A&M Records SP 5181 US 1987 Sell This Version
395 181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Gre) A&M Records 395 181-1 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
395 181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Gre) A&M Records 395 181-1 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
AMA 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Gre) A&M Records AMA 5181 UK 1987 Sell This Version
C28Y3207 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Gre) A&M Records C28Y3207 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
SP 9502 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Pin) A&M Records SP 9502 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
AMA 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Pin) A&M Records AMA 5181 UK 1987 Sell This Version
395181-1, 395 181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Pin) A&M Records, A&M Records 395181-1, 395 181-1 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
SP 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Pin) A&M Records SP 5181 US 1987 Sell This Version
395 181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Pin) A&M Records 395 181-1 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
395 181-1, 395181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Pin) A&M Records, A&M Records 395 181-1, 395181-1 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
C28Y3207 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Promo, Gre) A&M Records C28Y3207 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
C28Y3207 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Promo, Pin) A&M Records C28Y3207 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
C28Y3207 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Promo, Yel) A&M Records C28Y3207 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
AMA 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Yel) A&M Records AMA 5181 UK 1987 Sell This Version
395181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Yel) A&M Records 395181-1 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
395 181-1, 395181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Yel) A&M Records, A&M Records 395 181-1, 395181-1 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
SP 9502 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Yel) A&M Records SP 9502 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
SP 5181 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Yel) A&M Records SP 5181 US 1987 Sell This Version
395181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album, Yel) A&M Records 395181-1 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
69092, 395181-4 Supertramp Free As A Bird = Libre Como Un Pájaro(Cass, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records 69092, 395181-4 Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
LPR 73044 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album) A&M Records LPR 73044 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
29092, 395181-1 Supertramp Free As A Bird(LP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records 29092, 395181-1 Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
IGDA 1197/198, none Supertramp Supertramp(LP, Album) DeAgostini, A&M Records IGDA 1197/198, none Italy 1990 Sell This Version
PCCY-10250 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, Promo, RE) A&M Records PCCY-10250 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
PCCY-10250 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, RE) A&M Records PCCY-10250 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
395181-2 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) CD Media Records 395181-2 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
JPCD9710565 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, Unofficial) ООО "ДОРА" JPCD9710565 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
SPRCD-250502002 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Not On Label (Supertramp) SPRCD-250502002 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
069 493 355-2 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, RE, RM) A&M Records 069 493 355-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
069 493 355-2 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) A&M Records (2) 069 493 355-2 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
UICY-93617 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, SHM) A&M Records UICY-93617 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
none Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) 2000 FruitGum Corp. none Russia 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-93617 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, Unofficial, Pap) A&M Records (2) UICY-93617 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-77882 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) A&M Records UICY-77882 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
395181-2 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album) A&M Records 395181-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
LPR-73004 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album) A&M Records LPR-73004 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
395181-2 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, RE) A&M Records 395181-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
493 355-2 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) A&M Records 493 355-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
395181-2 Supertramp Free As A Bird(CD, Album, RM, RP) A&M Records 395181-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
T 3981 Supertramp Free As A Bird(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Team Records (4) T 3981 Indonesia Unknown Sell This Version

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timhorton69

timhorton69

May 28, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Free As A Bird, CD, Album, RE, 395181-2

One can't help mentioning that this is Supertramp minus Roger Hodgson, yet this is one of the band's best albums, demonstrating perhaps more than any other album that there were two great songwriters in the band. Rick Davies' songs carelessly scatter over a whole crazy mix of genres, always circling around his main themes - a sense of loss and lack of personal control, all the while trying to find order in the finer details of life. He's always had a unique - and oddly retro - take on the jazz/rock interface, through his metamorphosing of big band jazz into hard rock, which he updates here with the spinningly expansive "You Never Can Tell With Friends". This feel infuses a couple of other songs - the Latin/jazz influenced "It's Alright" and "I'm Beggin' You" (and to a lesser extent on "An Awful Thing To Waste"), while reggae makes an unexpected appearance on "Thing For You", and the never too distant gospel lifts up the title track, one of the best Supertramp songs ever committed to record. Davies' matter-of-factness marbles the remaining tracks, so that with the trio of "Not The Moment", "It Doesn't Matter" and "Where I Stand" (co-written with Mark Hart), the power rhythms of Siebenberg, Thomson, and Reid, aided by some carefully targeted programming, seem to drag along a reluctant narrator who always seems to be watching his life pass him by, and whose attitude to life seems to muddy the trajectory of the music. The album ends with the clattering "An Awful Thing To Waste", where the noise and bother of the music once again seems to roll over the top of the narrator, who seems to chase after something never quite achieved.

For me, the band hasn't seemed this cohesive since "Even in the Quietest Moments...", and there is an intimacy and interior quality to the songs that seems to have been lacking from the band since that same album. Any pretension to bombast on "Free As A Bird" always gets turned inwards, as with "You Never Can Tell With Friends"; but conversely, there is also a sense of recklessness and setting free (even if dealing with the smallness of one's own emotions) in all the songs, even to the crazy absorption of Latin influences in "It's Alright" and "I'm Beggin' You". Much of how this works is through the much heavier rhythmic feel of the album (noting that this is the first and only Supertramp album I'm aware of that had house versions of a couple of the tracks), which seems to pick the songs up from the band's erstwhile heavy content focus, driving them to a more abstract location, freeing them in a sense from content; so that it's all Davies can do to keep up with this lyrically, and there's a constant sense on the album that his lyrics keep dropping things behind, dropping bits of himself, dropping his emotions, dropping his care for himself or for others. To me, the song that illustrates this best to me is "Not The Moment", where the lyrics entirely deal with Davies not being who he ought to be or where he wants to be, all the while he's trying to find out exactly what or where he should be - but all cast through what Davies understands of what his partner understands of him. A constant inversion that never quite seems to end up anywhere.

An endearingly complicated album!