Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 A&M Records SP-3708 075021370814
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 A&M Records AMLK 64747 [none]
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 A&M Records AMLK 64747 [none]
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 A&M Records 393 708-1
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 AM Records (The Netherlands) AMP-6034-A
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 A&M Records AMLK 64747 [none]
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 A&M Records AMLK 63708 [none]
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 A&M Records SP-3708 075021370814
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-045 [none]
Breakfast in America (made in West Germany) CD 10 A&M Records CD-3708 [none]
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 AMIGA 8 56 067 [none]
Breakfast in America CD 10 A&M Records CD-3708 075021370821
Breakfast in America CD 10 A&M Records 393 708-2 082839370820
Breakfast in America 12" Vinyl 10 A&M Records SP-3708 075021370814
Breakfast in America CD 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 534 015775153424
Breakfast in America CD 10 A&M Records 3937082
Breakfast in America CD 10 A&M Records CCD-3708 77749507384902
Breakfast in America CD 10 A&M Records 493349-2 606949334925
Breakfast in America CD 10 A&M Records 069 493 349-2 606949334925
Breakfast in America SHM-CD 10 A&M Records UICY-93612 4988005524256
Breakfast in America Digital Media 10 A&M Records 600753304372
Breakfast in America (deluxe edition) 2×Digital Media 10 + 12 A&M Records 600753304389
Breakfast in America (deluxe edition) 2×CD 10 + 12 A&M Records 0600753304389 600753304389
Breakfast in America (2010 The Supertramp Remasters) CD 10 A&M Records 0600753304372 600753304372
Breakfast in America Blu-ray 10 A&M Records 00600753429983 600753429983
Breakfast in America SHM-CD 10 A&M Records UICY-75936 4988005791870
Breakfast in America SHM-SACD 10 A&M Records UIGY-9536 4988005791948
Breakfast in America SHM-CD 10 A&M Records UICY-77877 4988031180945
Breakfast in America SHM-SACD 10 A&M Records, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Universal Music Special Markets UDSACD 2189 821797218962
Breakfast in America Hybrid SACD 10 A&M Records, Universal Music Special Markets, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab B0024490-06, UDSACD 2189 821797218962
Breakfast in America CD 10 A&M Records CD 3708 082839370820
Breakfast in America (BMG Direct) CD 10 A&M Records, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. CD-3708, D125246 [none]
Breakfast in America (catalog number on front cover next to CDDA logo) CD 10 A&M Records CD-3708 075021370821

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Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000308462 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/25362 [info]
Wikidata: Q668255 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Breakfast in America [info]
lyrics page: http://genius.com/albums/Supertramp/Breakfast-in-america [info]
http://lyrics.wikia.com/Supertramp:Breakfast_In_America_(1979) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/supertramp/breakfast_in_america/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/13501/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bb28 [info]

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If you were to listen to music journalists (never a very sensible thing to do) you could be forgiven for thinking that Joy Division, Public Image Limited, Arthur Russell and Patrick Cowley provided the sound of 1979. While this is an admirable thought, in reality it was bands such as Supertramp, Wings, 10cc, ELO and, with a slightly harder edge, Queen - bands whose widescreen combinations of rock and pop with West End musical sensibilities were infiltrating every home in the nation.

And while it's easy to presume that this sugary and bombastic sound - Queen notwithstanding - has fallen by the wayside, the figures, as always, speak for themselves. Breakfast in America, Supertramp's sixth studio album, hardly underperformed in reaching number three in the UK and number one in the US on its release. But it has gone on to sell over 20 million copies since, meaning it obviously counts more than just Alan Partridge as a current fan.

Made by a band of Brits living in Hollywood, the album comprises a series of vignettes about 'modern' life in America. It is skilfully realised by its chief songwriters, pianist Rick Davies and guitarist Roger Hodgson, and is never too cynical or willing to bite the hand that feeds. Yet the record is still probing, and somehow unsatisfied with the Beverley Hills lifestyle that's been granted them.

Breakfast in America is still loved for its sumptuous, sunny FM vibes; but there was nothing casual about its genesis given that it took eight months of painstaking work to assemble. But really the key element here is the unbeatable quality of the song writing and pretty much any of the ten tracks could have been hit singles. The McCartney-esque Logical Song fizzes and crackles with castanets and handclaps, while the title-track boasts the kind of subtle melancholia that informs ABBA's more introverted work and an unexpected showing from a klezmer backing band. Gone was the previous inclination towards pseudo-philosophy that they'd showcased on concept albums such as Crime of the Century. Instead this was replaced with the unquestionable quality of Take the Long Way Home, Goodbye Stranger and Child of Vision.