Supertramp - the greatest band without a strong guitar line ?

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    The more I listen to their numbers they are contemporary (rather futuristic given when they were written), beautifully melodic but without any mawkishness; hopeful; dynamic; 'groovey'; uplifting; articulate etc. As a guitarist my focus is often listening to all kinds of guitarists - jazz, acoustic, rock and so forth but it's worth remembering this HUGE, GREAT band. Maybe someone out there knows better than me that this is all based around a wonderful rhythm guitar section - like on 'Give a little bit'? Everyone writes on guitar driven bands but this falls through the cracks? It's also a band which is very difficult to cover I would imagine - does that have something to do with it? Rather like 'Yes' although they had Steve Howe - and who can ever forget some of his superb solos.
     
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    One great band and one of my all time favorite songs....



    Right, you're bloody well right.....

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    I would also nominate "The Doors" in this category....though technically yes they had Robby Krieger....
     
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    Great Guitar work in the outro Solo on this ---->

     
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    Saw them live in London in 79, really good in concert. I need to revisit them, was a huge fan back in the 70s/80s.
     
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    Supertramp first album is cool and experimental
     
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    Yep I like that one and this as well.
     
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    I don't understand what you mean by 'without a strong guitar line'. Lots of great guitar in their songs.

    Don't leave me now - great solo
    Waiting so long - idem
    Bloody well right...
    Sister Moonshine...
    Asylum....
    Crime of the century...
    School...
    Another man's woman...
    Brother where you bound... (Okay, that's Gilmour, but still)
     
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    One of my all time favorite bands. Really love Crime and Breakfast...
     
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    They were spot on live too, no deviation from the records (that's what we had back then). The 2 main guys Rodger Hodgson and Rick Davies never addressed the crowd, Dougie Thompson (bass) and John Helliwell (sax) did all the talking. Dougie Thompson was hilarious.
     
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    I revisited them recently. Good musicians with some inventive atmospheric passages and strong grooves and hooks.

    There's some decent guitar I there, too although the keys and sax predominate.

    The rather pretentious lyrics and whiny vocals are of their time though.
     
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    Breakfast in America. Phenomenal album from start to end.

    I'd say old Genesis would be up there for greatest without a strong guitar too.
     
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    I like both singers but do prefer Rick Davies voice.

     
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    They could have easily had one Scott Gorham went to the UK to audition as a second guitarist in Supertramp but when he arrived they had changed their mind about adding a guitarist. He then starved for a while before ending up in Thin Lizzie
     
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    Listened to Supertramp a lot in my youth, after my Dire Straits fan moment. I remember loads of great guitar work on their albums.
    Production is stellar. I still love listening to them from time to time.
     
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    I remember when "The Logical Song" appeared on the scene. Such a cool unique sound (to me anyway)-- I couldn't wait to hear it come around on the radio again. That album still gets a lot of repeat play on my list.
     
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    Pink Floyd
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    oooyah
     
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    I like the song Bloody Well Right, but I never got pulled in overall. Breakfast In America was all over the place in college.
     
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    Add alan Parsons project. Some great lines and tones but I'll be damned if I know who did them.