Free as a Bird was the tenth album by progressive rock band Supertramp, released in 1987.
The album was a turn of direction of sorts, with most of the songs stepping back from their progressive rock sound, employing synthesised dance beats and rhythms. Chief songwriter Rick Davies later recalled “Free As A Bird was an experiment to try and be modern and build it up with computers and drum machines and have people come in one by one, which makes you lose the band spirit a little bit.”
The album featured the single “I’m Beggin’ You” which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play for one week, early in 1988. The stylistic change was generally not well-received, however, and the album itself reached only no. 93 in the UK and 101 in the USA, breaking a streak of seven consecutive top 100 efforts on the American charts.
The 12″ mixes were by Phil Harding & Ian Curnow.
I’m Beggin’ You (Straight Pass) 5:04
I’m Beggin’ You (Mad House Mix) 8:28
I’m Beggin’ You (Dub) 5:49