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Paris (1980)

Supertramp
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Progressive rock, Pop music

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Paris is a live album by progressive rock band Supertramp, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). It was recorded on Supertramp's Breakfast in America tour in Paris, France, with most of the tracks taken from a 29 November 1979 show at the Pavillon de Paris, a venue which was once a slaughterhouse. The album was originally going to be called Roadworks. Paris reached #8 on the Billboard Pop Albums Charts in late 1980 and went Gold immediately, while the live version of "Dreamer" hit the US Top 20.
According to Roger Hodgson, Supertramp had several reasons to record a live album at the time, including a desire to introduce their pre-Breakfast in America works to USA listeners and a mutual sentiment that some of their songs were pulled off better live than in the studio. However, he admits that the chief purpose of the album was to buy time; the band was under pressure to produce a suitable follow-up to the immense success of Breakfast in America, and needed to get off the treadmill of touring and recording for a while in order to consider their direction for such an album. Taking such a breather meant the next studio album wouldn't be finished until 1981 at the earliest, and so

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Tracks

4:51 A Soapbox Opera
3:33 Dreamer
10:57 Fool's Overture
5:00 Take the Long Way Home
3:55 The Logical Song
5:32 School
7:23 Rudy
5:34 Ain't Nobody but Me
7:05 Asylum
1:23 Two of Us
7:25 Bloody Well Right
4:02 You Started Laughing
2:57 Breakfast in America
6:56 Hide in Your Shell
6:31 Crime of the Century
7:05 From Now On
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