After the less original 'Supertramp' and 'Indelibly Stamped' albums, COTC represented the breakthrough for Supertramp into a more successful music sectar. They had found their style, and this concept album is an absolute masterpiece.
My favourite songs are 'School,' 'Asylum,' and 'Crime of the Century.' Progressive, but not as in Yes or Genesis, but more of an 'arty' approach, and a real showing off of immense songwriting and musically talent.
I recommend this as a first stop for new fans or those beginning their interest in Supertramp. More established fans will most probably have heard this album well already, as, in my opinion it forms the base of the beautifully masterpieces that followed.
Bring back Hodgson I say. Together, Davies and Hodgson has something really special.