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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

UK and German Version
1. Rubber Bullets (5:18)
2. Donna (2:54)
3. The Dean And I (3:03)
4. The Wall Street Shuffle (4:02)
5. Silly Love (3:56)
6. Waterfall (3:41)
7. 4% Of Something... (4:01)
8. Gismo My Way (3:44)
9. Hot Sun Rock (3:01)
10. Bee In My Bonnet (2:02)
11. 18 Carat Man Of Means (3:27)

Total Time: 39:07

US Version
1. Old Wild Men (3:18)
2. Wall Street Shuffle (3:30)
3. Somewhere in Hollywood (5:28)
4. Rubber Bullets (4:41)
5. Waterfall (3:41)
6. The Worst Band In The World (2:45)
7. Donna (2:54)
8. The Dean and I (3:03)
9. Fresh Air for my Momma (3:02)
10. Silly Love (3:56)

Total Time: 36:18

Line-up / Musicians

- Lol Creme / synthesizer, guitar, percussion, piano, keyboards, maraccas, electric piano, vocals, human whistle, mellotron, effects, gismo
- Kevin Godley / drums, vocals, gismo
- Graham Gouldman / guitar, bass, percussion, autoharp, tambourine, vocals, bazouki, sleigh bells, tubular bells, gismo
- Eric Stewart / organ, guitar, keyboards, marimba, electric piano, vocals, mellotron, slide guitar, gismo

Releases information

UK 1975 UKAL1012 (LP) also on Cassette and 8 track Cartridge
US 1975 UKS 53110 (LP) Also on Cassette

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Cashing in early

This 1975 LP compilation (the first for the band) gathers together songs which predate 10CC's most accomplished period around "The Original soundtrack" and "How dare you". The "Greatest hits" title is there both premature and misleading. It does however represent a fair summary of the band's singles chart achievements with producer Jonathan King.

It is premature because the five singles presented on side one were indeed hits but they do not include "I'm not in love", "I'm Mandy, fly me", etc. It is misleading because the second side is devoted to 6 lesser known songs not previously released on album. Rather than include other songs released as unsuccessful singles, King opts to plunder the B-sides and album discards.

The five singles are unquestionably classics of clever pop. Each is a finely crafted, instantly catchy and totally familiar piece of pop history. While labelling them as pop prog is an optimistic step too far, they do have structures which extend beyond the norm of the three minute single. Musically, the band draw in influences from THE BEATLES and THE BEACH BOYS and fuse them with rock based backbeats.

The tracks on the second side are more eclectic. "Waterfall" benefits immensely from the relatively simple verse and chorus on which it is based, with only the backwards instrumental section hinting at the band's penchant for indulgence. This fine ballad could well have been a successful single in its own right. "4% of something.." sets a cynical lyric relating to Jonathan King's hold on the band (".. is better than 10% of nothing") to a simplistic retro pop rock beat.

"Gismo my way" is an instrumental track designed to show of the potential of the new instrument (called a Gismo) the band had acquired. The instrument (or perhaps more accurately device) would go on to be cited as part of the reason for the break- up of the band when Godley and Creme left to pursue its potential. In reality, the sounds here are prosaic and largely familiar. The final three tracks are more obviously B- side material. Even King's detailed sleeve notes simply say that the final two songs "speak for themselves".

While this album was an unambiguous effort by since discredited producer Jonathan King to cash in on the band's phenomenal success, for those such as myself who found their early albums to be over indulgent, it was a convenient way to obtain the cream of their crop. The album is important for devotees of the band in view of the rarities on the second side.

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Until now I was not aware that an abridged US version was any different but my review is for the UK version only. Whilst Sheet Music has it's small fanbase for studio output as well as the debut from 1973, I cannot for the life of me see how a compilation could have been made so early in the band's career, especially before the epic Orginal Soundtrack. Jonathan King trying to maximise his pennies perhaps?

'Rubber Bullets' gets the compilation off to a swift start and the equally catchy " Donna" follows. My personal favourite being ' Wall Street Shuffle' which was a sneak preview at their more proggier songs on future albums. But overall I would have to say a pretty non descript compilation and unless a die hard 10cc fan, one would have to say go for the studio albums up until Bloody Tourists. There are better compilations that came out from the band also.

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