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4 stars Another album I played to death when it was released. this probably ties with Sheet Music as my favourite 10cc album (although Deceptive Bends is up there too). 'One Night In Paris' is truly an epic! It is actually in three parts if my memory serves me correctly, (it has been some time since I heard this!) 1) One Night In Paris. 2) The Same Night In Paris. 3) Later, The Same Night In Paris. This is really a mini-musical, almost a rock version of a Carry On film! Tremendous interplay between the four vocalists here, with all of them taking a part, or character; French accents abound, ladies of the night mix here with members of the gendarmerie and pimps. It's all wonderful stuff! Definitely needs paying attention to, preferably through headphones. This may have been the peak of their creativeness. Following this is probably the band's most famous song, 'I'm Not In Love'. A minor epic as well, it is a more straightforward piece, and has a suitably more sombre tone. Tremendous multi-tracked backing vocals, and superb keyboard washes abound here. These were good days indeed, days when the English charts had such songs as this, Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and another mini-epic, John Miles's 'Music'. All long songs, with strong melodies and interesting arrangements. 'Blackmail' finishes off what was the old side one of the album. Superb steel slide guitar from Eric Stewart dominates this busy, aggressive song. Again, subtle yet funny lyrics about, well, a man blackmailing people. The guitar at the end is wonderful. 'The Second Sitting For The Last Supper' likewise starts off side two with a bang, being almost heavy metal in the guitar department. Hoarse vocals from Stewart here, and the song possesses the wonderful verse: 'The second coming of the Holy Ghost, we need a pocketful of miracles, two thousand years and he ain't shown yet, we kept his seat warm and the table set, the second sitting for the last....SUPPER!' Brilliant stuff. 'Brand New Day' calms things down as Kevin Godley starts the song off with his unmistakeable voice. He and Lol Creme work really well here, as always, and Eric Stewart plays a big part too. 'Flying Junk' is another Stewart led song, his guitar work here again typically understated. A mid paced song, it is, in a strange way, quite biting, taking as its subject drugs. 'Life Is A Minestrone' was another big hit for the band. A Lol Creme led song, it is an uptempo track with brilliant quirky lyrics, such as the line sung by Eric Stewart: 'Minnie Mouse has got it all sewn up, she gets more fan mail than the Pope (own up, own up), she takes the Micky out of all my phobias...excellent! Ok, the chorus goes on a touch too long at the end, but it's still a melodic piece of superior art pop. Finally, we have 'The Film Of My Love' with Graham Gouldman taking over vocal duties. Here he could be singing the theme song for a romantic blockbuster. (Indeed, the album title was conceived with that idea: the tracks could be for films. Only 10cc could write theme tunes before the films were even thought of!) More innuendoes abound here, such as the classic: A close-up of yours, A long shot of mine, superimposed together, I'll zoom in on you, with a love that is true, in cinemascope forever!' Typical 10cc! The original album ends there, but here we have two bonus tracks. Unfortunately, until I get this cd (off a friend for Xmas hopefully!) I can't comment on these as I haven't heard them, but I am sure my fellow reviewer Maani will fill us all in on their worth. A classic album, from a classic band, with the usual high class production values that made this album jump out from the stereo when it was released. Four stars, edging towards five.
chessman | 4/5 |


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