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Supertramp — Even In The Quietest Moments
Album: Even In The Quietest Moments
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Released: 1977
Length: 6:22
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Even in the quietest moments
I wish I knew what I had to do
And even though the sun is shining
I feel the rain - here it comes again, dear
And even when you showed me
My heart was out of tune
For there's a shadow of doubt that's not letting me find you too soon
The music that you gave me
The language of my soul
Oh Lord, I want to be with you
Won't you let me come in from the cold?

Don't you let the sun fade away
Don't you let the sun fade away
Don't you let the sun be leaving
Won't you come to me soon

And even though the stars are listening
The ocean's deep, I just go to sleep
And then I create the silent movie
You become the star, is that what you are, dear?
Your whisper tells a secret
Your laughter brings me joy
And a wonder of feeling I'm Nature's own little boy
But still the tears keep falling
They're raining from the sky
Well there's a lot of me got to go under before I get high

Don't you let the sun disappear
Don't you let the sun disappear
Don't you let the sun be leaving
No, you can't be leaving my life
Say that you won't be leaving my life
Say that you won't be leaving my life
Say won't you please, stay won't you please
Say won't you please, stay won't you please
Lord, won't you come and get into my life
Lord, won't you come and get into my life
Say won't you please, stay won't you please
Say won't you please, stay won't you please
Lord, don't go

And even when the song is over
Where have I been - was it just a dream?
Although your door is always open
Where do I begin - may I please come in, dear?
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Not a birder, so just asking:  can anyone identify the bird at the beginning by its song?
Invariably, at the beginning of this song, I always expect: "Look mommy, there's an airplane in the sky..."
This whole album is fantastic!  Played it end to end until I wore out a couple copies, I'm sure.

Fool's Overture really should be in the RP library too.  Epic prog.
Finally, A different song by Supertramp. So many choices and it’s usually Even in the Quietest… 
Craftsmanship! Vinyl brings out the brilliance of their work. 
 ice-9 wrote:

"Look, Mummy:  There's an airplane up in the sky..."




"Look mommy there's no cloud up in the sky".
Where's this from?
My cats are slightly bonkers for the intro.
 Piranga wrote:

Amazing and overlooked band.



I certainly don't think that they've been 'overlooked'..to the contrary they have made history.
We saw Roger Hodgson perform at Epcot around 2010, and he was great.  Before he played Quietest Moment, he told the story of how and when he wrote this song.  Evidently he was camping, in the woods or something.  He woke up in the early, quietest morning, and this song just came tumbling out at dawn with fresh fallen snow.  It sounded as if he was astounded at how that song came to be.  

Epcot after 4 was great, in that every few days, we'd hear a new group all year long.  Only, instead of being 1/4 mile away, we'd literally be sitting in the front row most of the time, five feet away!  I got to meet many of them, and some of their relatives as well.  For instance I started a conversation with a young guy when sitting on a sidewall about the act that was playing, and it was Chubby Checker's son.  Some was sad, seeing Little Richard struggle to walk on stage with two canes.  Still, when he wound up the Wurlitzer, and piano, you knew he was a real pro with all the X factor to wow any crowd at any time.  Some of the best groups had replaced many of the personnel, and added more quality than the original lineups.  Guess Who added a star lead singer that could give any of the great headliners a run for their money.  The girl replacing Grace Slick in (Jefferson) Starship became better than Grace over the ten years we heard her.  Listening to the greats there, vs a field at a rock concert was definitely more comfortable, but without some of the more exotic.... refreshments and tonics.  Even the tribute bands for the Eagles and Chicago were as entertaining as the real groups in live performances.  Groups like ELO and the Beach Boys still drew huge crowds and were great, so getting seats in front was a little harder to do week after week.  Lots of fun.  The only regret was that we could never get the Byrd's Roger McGuinn or his to show up, since he lives a few miles away here in Orlando.  At least he's still touring!

The only venue that was better, was the 4-5 days in Reno every year for hot August nights.  You could often sit in a casino listening to the drifter, Coasters, Classics iV, or outside for 3 Dog Night, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, the Young Rascal's Felix Cavaliere, Little Anthony, etc.  If you ever get near Reno in August, skip Burning Man's floods and bugs, and stay in Reno for Hot August Nights.
It's sappy, maudlin, coy; doesn't rock at all... We were rebellious, thirsty, weed-loving teenagers; we knew it wasn't cool. They did get hugely popular, and I did like the wry, punchy social commentary of "Bloody Well Right" and "School," but for my friends and I, the coolest thing about this early record of theirs was the cover -- that iconic picture of the snow-covered grand piano in the backyard of the old Caribou recording studio up at Nederland, the Indian Peaks, and the electric blue Colorado sky...
A truly emotional, classically beautiful song!! Solid 10 
 ice-9 wrote:

"Look, Mummy:  There's an airplane up in the sky..."



Just one small flaw in this statement (release dates)
What a great band, drove to Florida in the 70's from SC and the only music we had was an 8 track of Crime of the Century. No one complained...
it's probably supposed to be a happy song, but it also brings tears to my eyes every time. it's such a lovely song.
Even in the quietest moments of my life, I love to hear this great tune, which has stood the test of time in a huge way.
"Look, Mummy:  There's an airplane up in the sky..."
 AmandaMaria wrote:

I hadn't paid much attention to this song for all these years until I heard it through headphones just a couple of months ago, and then I was absolutely transported around 3:33 and became totally immersed in the song. I feel like I can hear every part all at once.



yes!
everything everywhere all at once.
Hermoso!
Fabulous - even after all these years. 
Une merveille.
The album cover scene looks great, best wishes to everyone for Christmas!
Great cover too ...
Saw the tour supporting this album in 1977. To this day of the 100’s of shows I’ve seen this ranks top five. The sound was spot on, the visuals were amazing. I need to get a Time Machine …
Supertramp . Yes!
When I saw them in 1986 at Richfield Coliseum I felt that it was the best sound of any band I had seen. The band and soud crew were both A++++++++++++++
At the top of their game for 1986.
To my ears, Supertramp's "sound" (whatever that means) was unique... especially this album and Crime.  Am I alone?  I don't see many comments in the "Sounds like ______" vein.
If you think they sounded like some other band, please reply and say which one. Thx.
 S-curvy wrote:

The voice: Fingernails on the blackboard. So. Very. Wrong.


Just curious... how do you feel about Geddy Lee (Rush)?  Or Dennis DeYoung (Styx)?
A musical adventure.. A masterpiece 
This song still hits me right in the soul.
I loved it to my core when it was new.
Still do.
Did they really leave a grand piano out in the snow for this picture?  That's terrible! Love this song though.
Humbled muso here...Such brilliance
 Silvervanman wrote:


Not many even have an average stereo now. Just those little bluetooth toys. That's "progress". Just like how so much tech like phones and computers should serve us, instead they complicate our lives because of some tiny minded developers who see more powerful equipment so instead of letting people enjoy faster and better experiences, they just load on more software with more "functions" we'll never use and more complication until the devices never perceptibly speed up, but now we need a f'kin degree to work them.


I can empathize. Life has become so challenging it requires a computer with you at all times just to get through the day. And drugs. America accounts for more anti-depressants consumption than the rest of the world combined. Is this the future we were promised?
 Silvervanman wrote:


Not many even have an average stereo now. Just those little bluetooth toys. That's "progress". Just like how so much tech like phones and computers should serve us, instead they complicate our lives because of some tiny minded developers who see more powerful equipment so instead of letting people enjoy faster and better experiences, they just load on more software with more "functions" we'll never use and more complication until the devices never perceptibly speed up, but now we need a f'kin degree to work them.

Nice rant, that I agree with.
But, what is your take on this tune?
 mread wrote:

This track deserves to be experienced at high fidelity (anyone still use that terminology?).  Top quality headphones or big speakers will reveal much.


Not many even have an average stereo now. Just those little bluetooth toys. That's "progress". Just like how so much tech like phones and computers should serve us, instead they complicate our lives because of some tiny minded developers who see more powerful equipment so instead of letting people enjoy faster and better experiences, they just load on more software with more "functions" we'll never use and more complication until the devices never perceptibly speed up, but now we need a f'kin degree to work them.
The voice: Fingernails on the blackboard. So. Very. Wrong.
 1947IndianChief wrote:

Back when musicians knew how to put albums together.



and crime of the century is a very good album
Back when musicians knew how to put albums together.
 freddyfender wrote:

The guitar work is beautiful



Totally agree! some songs are just meant for an acoustic 12 string... this is one of them  
 dmcanany wrote:

I always thought this was a love song to a woman. Reading the lyrics, it sounds more like a prayer to God. I find it even more powerful with that interpretation of the lyrics. Extraordinary. 



Thanks for the insight - you might just be correct!!
 jukes1 wrote:

I guess I can see why someone might have liked this monotonus drone at some point.


Talking aloud about yourself again?
 freddyfender wrote:

The guitar work is beautiful



I hear ya man! Roger Hodgson playing that 12 string is truly a work of beauty! 
 OlderGentleman wrote:

Saw them in May ‘77. Crowd of about 500. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen.



Same here. Saw them in Spokane, WA in the 70's. Blew me way away.  So good that I took a friend to see them 2 days later in Pullman, WA. 
This song is so beautiful. Gawd I love these guys.  
STUNNING & timeless. A masterpiece.  xx
The guitar work is beautiful

This was such a relief after the initially interesting but quickly annoying Logicial Song.  It redeemed the band to my ears.
I heard Supertramp on CHOM-FM in Montreal, in the early 70's, probably starting with Dreamer. Crime of the Century, Even in the Quietest Moments and the one with the big sun umbrella .. classic rock. Saw them at the Kitchener Aud in summer of '77 -- great show. This one's a 10 from the Toronto panel.
All of their records are loaded with terrific songs. Great writing and performances. They stood out from all other bands of that era.
 zedwhytheexwarrior wrote:

You must have moved there from Ontario, we were listening to Crime of the Century in high school in 1974. Vivid memories of early Supertramp!


Supertramp was very popular in Southern California in 1975. Crisis? What Crisis? still gets frequent airplay by me and my friends. This is a tough thing to rate because there are so many bands that touch my soul but I would go out on a limb and say Supertramp is in my top 10 of favorite bands!
This has been in heavy rotation lately.

That is a very good thing. 
Just needed to crank up the volume... even after so many decades, it still works like a charm from above.

In my younger years, I have been a tramp for divine revelation. The song's mantra-like chorus singing get's me back there, here and now.
 mread wrote:

This track deserves to be experienced at high fidelity (anyone still use that terminology?).  Top quality headphones or big speakers will reveal much.



Even at average fidelity, there's something magical about this song. Not long after it came out I noticed that I would be listening to it & at some point realize that my mind had drifted off (in a good way). Then I started experimenting - I consciously tried to pay attention  to the whole song, but still at a certain point I would become aware that I had been off space-traveling...even without the benefit of mind-altering substances.
I always thought this was a love song to a woman. Reading the lyrics, it sounds more like a prayer to God. I find it even more powerful with that interpretation of the lyrics. Extraordinary. 
 jsd52756 wrote:
I bought this album 3 times when it came out.  We used to call it "Even In the Scratchiest Moments" since every copy was stamped terribly and sounded like someone ate their lunch on it.  Finally a friend gave me a new copy for my birthday and it was so clean!   I still have it.
Great album by a great band. 
Thanks for playing it.  RP's sound quality rocks again! 


Nice example of trial and error, which was possible only in vinyl days. And today, more or less, you can only go with the flow, or with the stream, that is. 
music is magic. intentions channeld is everything. beware what you wish for
See my post from 13 years ago. 
 mread wrote:

This track deserves to be experienced at high fidelity (anyone still use that terminology?).  Top quality headphones or big speakers will reveal much.



I discovered Supertramp from a Ukrainian Canadian immigrant. He was rightly proud of the group although I didn't get it. I get it now.
This song soothes my soul....
One of the greatest bands of the 1970's.
Half-listening to the intro, my subconcious was waiting for 'They said there'll be snow at Christmas'
Not a lot of clarinet in Rock music.
I guess I can see why someone might have liked this monotonus drone at some point.
70's songs mastered the mixing of the bass instrument in rock songs
It just sounds... So good
 mread wrote:

This track deserves to be experienced at high fidelity (anyone still use that terminology?).  Top quality headphones or big speakers will reveal much.
 

Thanks to RP for providing lossless files. Add a DAC to the mix and studio reference speakers and you have an evening to remember.
 mread wrote:

This track deserves to be experienced at high fidelity (anyone still use that terminology?).  Top quality headphones or big speakers will reveal much.
 

Sounding fabulous on my near field monitors.
 Proclivities wrote:


I know they get credited for an awful lot around here, but I don't think Pink Floyd invented bird sounds.  It would've been a lot easier for this engineer or producer to put a couple of recording microphones outside for a few minutes than to extract sounds from an existing recording.
 
"Look mummy, there's [a stock recording of a bird] up in the sky!"


At least, that's the song I thought it was at first. Funny to me how everyone else was referencing a different PF song. *shrug*
 yofitofu wrote:
We were into Crime Of The Century and played School and Bloody Well Right and Dreamer maybe 1500 times in college. Santa Barbara 1977.......memories.

 
stangalbraith wrote:
Supertramp had an interesting fan base. I live in Edmonton Alberta and they had a huge following here right from the outset. Apparently, Western Canada was their largest (and maybe only) fan base in North America for their first three albums. They did not really catch on in America until they released Breakfast in America which is their most pop oriented album.
 
 
Can confirm, but... once BIA came out a bunch of us went back to look at their earlier stuff and found more to listen to. So there's that. 
I miss these guys
We were into Crime Of The Century and played School and Bloody Well Right and Dreamer maybe 1500 times in college. Santa Barbara 1977.......memories.

 
stangalbraith wrote:
Supertramp had an interesting fan base. I live in Edmonton Alberta and they had a huge following here right from the outset. Apparently, Western Canada was their largest (and maybe only) fan base in North America for their first three albums. They did not really catch on in America until they released Breakfast in America which is their most pop oriented album.
 
 stangalbraith wrote:
Supertramp had an interesting fan base. I live in Edmonton Alberta and they had a huge following here right from the outset. Apparently, Western Canada was their largest (and maybe only) fan base in North America for their first three albums. They did not really catch on in America until they released Breakfast in America which is their most pop oriented album.
 
You must have moved there from Ontario, we were listening to Crime of the Century in high school in 1974. Vivid memories of early Supertramp!
Supertramp had an interesting fan base. I live in Edmonton Alberta and they had a huge following here right from the outset. Apparently, Western Canada was their largest (and maybe only) fan base in North America for their first three albums. They did not really catch on in America until they released Breakfast in America which is their most pop oriented album.
What an interesting segue from Air's Alone in Kyoto, thought it was still that song.
 Piranga wrote:
Amazing and overlooked band.
 
interesting comment. in 1977 there were only a few TV networks (with everyone watching)  and  radio stations (with everyone listening) Back then everyone heard this group.  This is now music history.  are my 8tracks collectible?
 Piranga wrote:
Amazing and overlooked band.
 
"Overlooked"? They were certainly not overlooked in my neck of the woods back in the late 70's early 80's.  They held "supergroup" status.
 Piranga wrote:
Amazing and overlooked band.
 

LOVE Supertramp...and this is one of my favorites.  I play acoustic mostly... one a 12 string Alverez...  Fuckinggroovin'!  
Amazing and overlooked band.
This song and School inspired me to learn how to play the 12-string guitar...Such great music and imagination Supertramp created. They are huge to this day with the Gen X demographic here in my country. Saw them pay live as well. Awesome band.
Nice tweeters at the start, a shame that the song stopped them. A nice enough number but a bit on the dull side.
 mread wrote:

This track deserves to be experienced at high fidelity (anyone still use that terminology?).  Top quality headphones or big speakers will reveal much.
 
My local NPR station calls regular monthly contributors "High Fidelity."
Maybe Bill and Rebecca should do something similar for RP's regular monthly contributors.
Cool Wiki outline. Heard earlier stuff didn't really "grab" me, until Brkfst... really coordinated group, at whatever point, IMO. ✌️
3+ minutes never felt so long.
An example of the real reason to be spiritual.  You're listening for that certain sound, trying to follow - though you may not quite realize it - a light that's shining out to guide you.  For even in the quietest of moments, or the most chaotic of your days, it is there waiting.....won't you let it come into your life?  Trust in this, it is not here to hurt.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 jsd52756 wrote:

Saw them myself around the same time at the Santa Monica Civic.  I believe (through the haze) that The Little River Band opened up for them.  And you are correct, a tremendous show.  Every time I saw them live they would show the video (movie back then) of a train hauling ass down a track when they performed "Rudy".   When the song ended the film and the train came to an abrupt end in a "Hauptbanhof".  What a gas!
 

To Clear your haze and force the gas 
Supertramp : Rudy ( Köln 2010 )
Classic beautiful music ! Ten 10/10
 OlderGentleman wrote:
Saw them in May ‘77. Crowd of about 500. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
 
Saw them myself around the same time at the Santa Monica Civic.  I believe (through the haze) that The Little River Band opened up for them.  And you are correct, a tremendous show.  Every time I saw them live they would show the video (movie back then) of a train hauling ass down a track when they performed "Rudy".   When the song ended the film and the train came to an abrupt end in a "Hauptbanhof".  What a gas!
 S-curvy wrote:
Please stop the whining voice thing 🤮
 
Just listen to songs sung by Rick Davies then, like Goodbye Stranger, cuz Roger DOES have a much higher voice.
 AmandaMaria wrote:
I hadn't paid much attention to this song for all these years until I heard it through headphones just a couple of months ago, and then I was absolutely transported around 3:33 and became totally immersed in the song. I feel like I can hear every part all at once.
 

Me too...exactly. 
 prs wrote:
Still a great track from a great album - are those the same birds as Floyd used on the Ummagumma Grantchester Meadows track - differnt birds though on the 'official' GM video!!
 

I know they get credited for an awful lot around here, but I don't think Pink Floyd invented bird sounds.  It would've been a lot easier for this engineer or producer to put a couple of recording microphones outside for a few minutes than to extract sounds from an existing recording.
Please stop the whining voice thing 🤮
Saw Roger Hodgson last year. It took him less than two songs to warm up his voice. The man's still got it.
 jukes1 wrote:
Album has a great cover but the music is just so … blah.
 
It was quite fresh in 1977, 42 years ago. 
vocal is very similar to Rush
 ce wrote:

Statistics is a tricky subject.

 
Two hunters and a statistician are out in the woods, the statistics guy has binoculars for spotting.  They see a deer.  The first hunter shoots, the statistician says "Two feet to the left!"  Second hunter shoots, statistician says "Two feet to the right!  Good job, boys, we got him!"
Album has a great cover but the music is just so … blah.
De superbes musiciens. un son qui sortait de l'ordinaire. des génies. pour moi, ça vaut un 10
 Boxie wrote:

I agree. Yes I have hi-fi/audiophile amp and speakers. There us much more to the song that can only be heard on hi-fi gear.
 
HiFi includes the FLAC stream on RP

The enjoyment comes from great quality source material on good, well calibrated equipment

RP does its part
Saw them in May ‘77. Crowd of about 500. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
Still a great track from a great album - are those the same birds as Floyd used on the Ummagumma Grantchester Meadows track - differnt birds though on the 'official' GM video!!
 Boxie wrote:
I saw Supertramp many years ago in St. Louis.  Excellent. 
 As did I. They were awesome. One of the best concerts I ever attended.

It doesn't get any better than this folks. 
 grexe wrote:
I can hear some inspiration for R.E.M in the keyboard sound... love this song! not as well known as it deserves outside RP...
 
I have been listening to Supertramp since highschool. I agree thay are not played anymore anywhere except for places like RP.  Spotify has all their albums if you want to dive a little deeper.
 mread wrote:

This track deserves to be experienced at high fidelity (anyone still use that terminology?).  Top quality headphones or big speakers will reveal much.
 
I agree. Yes I have hi-fi/audiophile amp and speakers. There us much more to the song that can only be heard on hi-fi gear.
Ahhhhh.  Memories of Clarion State College years.
I saw Supertramp many years ago in St. Louis.  Excellent. 
 AmandaMaria wrote:
I hadn't paid much attention to this song for all these years until I heard it through headphones just a couple of months ago, and then I was absolutely transported around 3:33 and became totally immersed in the song. I feel like I can hear every part all at once.
 
This track deserves to be experienced at high fidelity (anyone still use that terminology?).  Top quality headphones or big speakers will reveal much.
 ce wrote:
Statistics is like a man walking a dog, statistically they have three legs each :)

 

Love this track.
Thank you Bill.
I can hear some inspiration for R.E.M in the keyboard sound... love this song! not as well known as it deserves outside RP...
8->9
 jsd52756 wrote:
I bought this album 3 times when it came out.  We used to call it "Even In the Scratchiest Moments" since every copy was stamped terribly and sounded like someone ate their lunch on it.  Finally a friend gave me a new copy for my birthday and it was so clean!   I still have it.
Great album by a great band. 
Thanks for playing it.  RP's sound quality rocks again! 
 

Same thing happened to me when I picked up "Breakfast in America". I bought and exchanged the CD twice, gave up after that & bought something else. 
I bought this album 3 times when it came out.  We used to call it "Even In the Scratchiest Moments" since every copy was stamped terribly and sounded like someone ate their lunch on it.  Finally a friend gave me a new copy for my birthday and it was so clean!   I still have it.
Great album by a great band. 
Thanks for playing it.  RP's sound quality rocks again! 
Supertramp, the 90s called and want their website style back! :-D
Just say Bohemian Rhapsody and now I'm looking forward to the major IMax release of the SuperTramp story. 

just kidding. 
Stands the test of time. Stands up with finest  20teens' alt-rock. Anyone hear a Shins connection?
That bass tho...
Roger Hodgson - one of the best pop composers... Don't miss his solo works. E.g. "Open The Door"...
To me a weak 7 - Quite Likeable  
I hadn't paid much attention to this song for all these years until I heard it through headphones just a couple of months ago, and then I was absolutely transported around 3:33 and became totally immersed in the song. I feel like I can hear every part all at once.
Supertramp !! 

    i love this band
 Antigone wrote:
I recognize this song before the first note of music. {#Music}

 
Indeed. {#Cheers}

My fave Supertramp album.