Free as a Bird was the first Supertramp album to feature contributions from guitarist/vocalist Mark Hart. He would later become a full-fledged member of the group, as would trumpet player Lee Thornburg.
Despite the fact that “I’m Beggin’ You” was a club chart-topping hit and Free as a Bird’s title cut was a minor hit, the album did not do well peaking at No. 101, making it the first Supertramp album since 1971’s Indelibly Stamped not to crack Billboard’s Top 100 on the album charts.
The band disbanded after the tour in support of the album and would not reconvene until 1997. They did so without bassist Dougie Thomson.
A remastered CD version of the album was released on 30 July 2002 on A&M Records. The remastered CD comes with all of the original album artwork, lyrics and credits.