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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 - The Singles and More, 1972-1977 (70:33)
1. Donna (2:56)
2. Johnny Don't Do It (3:36)
3. Rubber Bullets (4:42)
4. The Dean and I (2:52)
5. Sand in My Face (3:37)
6. Somewhere in Hollywood (6:36)
7. The Worst Band in the World (2:46)
8. Headline Hustler (3:31)
9. The Wall Street Shuffle (3:51)
10. Silly Love (3:56)
11. Life Is a Minestrone (4:41)
12. I'm Not in Love (3:45)
13. Art for Art's Sake (3:59)
14. I'm Mandy, Fly Me (5:20)
15. Lazy Ways (4:20)
16. The Things We Do for Love (3:28)
17. Good Morning Judge (2:53)
18. People in Love (3:44)

CD 2 - The Singles and More, 1978-1992 (70:28)
1. Dreadlock Holiday (4:29)
2. Reds in My Bed (4:08)
3. For You and I (5:18)
4. One Two Five (5:21)
5. From Rochdale to Ocho Rios (3:48)
6. It Doesn't Matter at All (4:00)
7. Les Nouveaux Riches (5:09)
8. Don't Turn Me Away (5:00)
9. The Power of Love (4:13)
10. Run Away (4:02)
11. 24 Hours (7:26)
12. Feel the Love (5:09)
13. Woman in Love (6:11)
14. Welcome to Paradise (6:14)

CD 3 - Album Tracks, 1973-1978 (77:28)
1. The Hospital Song (2:36)
2. Fresh Air for My Mama (3:02)
3. Clockwork Creep (2:45)
4. Oh Effendi (2:50)
5. The Sacro-Illiac (2:31)
6. Hotel (4:52)
7. Old Wild Men (3:17)
8. Une Nuit a Paris (8:38)
9. Blackmail (4:32)
10. Flying Junk (4:15)
11. The Second Sitting for the Last Supper (4:23)
12. Iceberg (3:43)
13. I Wanna Rule the World (3:56)
14. Rock and Roll Lullaby (3:58)
15. Don't Hang Up (6:18)
16. Feel the Benefit (11:31)
17. I Bought a Flat Guitar Tutor (1:45)
18. Take These Chains (2:36)

CD 4 - B-Sides and Rarities, 1972-1978 (53:06)
1. Bee in My Bonnet (2:01)
2. Hot Sun Rock (2:59)
3. 4% of Something (3:59)
4. Waterfall (3:41)
5. Gismo My Way (3:42)
6. Channel Swimmer (2:51)
7. Good News (3:48)
8. Get It While You Can (2:53)
9. Hot to Trot (4:30)
10. Don't Squeeze Me Like Toothpaste (3:39)
11. I'm So Laid Back, I'm Laid Out (3:46)
12. Nothing Can Move Me (4:02)
13. People in Love (Voodoo Boogie) (3:38)
14. The Recording of The Dean and I (7:37)

4CD Total Time 271:35

- I - TOP OF THE POPS (14:32)
1. Rubber Bullets - 25/12/1973 (3:33)
2. Life Is a Minestrone - 10/04/1975 (3:45)
3. I'm Not in Love - 25/12/1975 (3:49)
4. Dreadlock Holiday - 17/08/1978 (3:25)
- II - BBC IN CONCERT 21/08/1974 (31:12)
1. Silly Love (4:37)
2. The Wall Street Shuffle (3:52)
3. Baron Samendi (4:43)
4. Old Wild Men (4:38)
5. Oh Effendi (2:58)
6. Fresh Air for My Momma (3:06)
7. Rubber Bullets (7:18)
1. Fresh Air for Momma - See You Sunday 21/04/1974 (3:00)
2. The Wall Street Shuffle - See You Sunday 21/04/1974 (3:18)
3. Dreadlock Holiday - Six Fifty Five Special 27/07/1982 (3:48)
4. Run Away - Six Fifty Five Special 27/07/1982 (3:54)
- IV - PROMO VIDEOS (38:12)
1. Donna (2:55)
2. I'm Not in Love (3:44)
3. Art for Art's Sake (4:10)
4. I'm Mandy Fly Me (4:37)
5. Good Morning Judge (2:53)
6. People in Love (3:45)
7. Dreadlock Holiday (4:13)
8. One Two Five (4:07)
9. Feel the Love (3:45)
10. Woman in Love (4:03)

DVD Total Time 97:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Eric Stewart / vocals, electric guitar, bass, piano, electric piano
- Lol Creme / vocals, guitars, Moog, clavinet, piano, organ, electric piano
- Graham Gouldman / vocals, bass, double bass, guitars
- Kevin Godley / drums, vocals

Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, Mike Stevenson, Duncan McKay, Paul Burgess, Stewart Tosh

Releases information

4 CD's + DVD + a 104-page book: Universal Music, Mercury Records, 5340276, 600753402764

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Review by Matti
3 stars This is the most comprehensive 10cc box set ever released. Four cd's, a DVD plus a 104-page book. Even though the musical contents could be discussed in a marathon depth review, I'll be relatively short. The physical size of the box is decent: the thickness of four centimetres is a bit more than necessary, but at least the overall size remains within the common measures of a book (as opposed to some boxes I've seen that are in a vinyl size despite containing cd's instead of vinyls). The hard-cover book features Paul Lester's long and well written article on the history and essence of the band, supplemented with a handful of band photos, and the lyrics for all songs of the entire set, with a nice background design of graphics and drawings in many various styles.

For compilations I am always quite demanding about the discographic information, and sadly in this matter Tenology leaves a lot to be desired. The book doesn't contain any information besides lyrics which feels a bit strange. The backsides of the discs' cardboard sleeves show the release year and the authors of each track, and gracefully also the track lengths. But the release information concerning the ALBUMS is entirely missing. I think the essay mentions studio albums in an off-hand way, not necessarily all of them and certainly not in a way to help keeping track while listening to the box set. Of course to an advanced 10cc connoisseur this hardly matters much. Those consumers preferring the album centred approach in compilations may get slightly frustrated by the fact that the SINGLES dominate the selection. The first and second disc contain mainly single tracks (and furthermore it's unclear which songs are not singles). The third disc gathers album tracks from 10cc (1973) to Bloody Tourist (1978), and the fourth disc is dedicated to B-sides and rarities.

The roughly 94-minute DVD contains Top of the Pops appearances, BBC's concert dating from August 1974, four other TV performances (1974 and 1982) plus ten promo videos. Many of them haven't stood the test of time very well.

As the essay also admits, the departure of Godley and Creme after How Dare You! (1976) decreased the artistic diversity and witty innovativeness of 10cc's music. Not much is written about the later years and albums concentrating on the craftmanship of Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman. With a box set of this size one would expect to learn more about the later and less essential periods too. The selection pretty much ends with the mentioned 1978 album best remembered for the mock-reggae hit 'Dreadlock Holiday'. That said, I found the post- 1976 songs far less interesting than the halcyon days of the quartet line-up.

A dedicated fan will already have the big majority of the contents which makes purchasing this box set rather unnecessary. However, the fourth disc containing B-sides is bound to offer many interesting new discoveries, some quite nice songs if some irritating ones too. Again, a pity that it's not mentioned which singles they originally appeared on. All in all, Tenology could have been an awesome dive into the history of 10cc, but I really would have preferred a clearer and more album oriented approach.

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