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Deriving their name from the metric total of semen ejaculated by the average male, the tongue-in-cheek British art-pop band 10cc comprised an all-star roster of Manchester-based musicians. Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a former member of The Mockingbirds and the author of hits for The Yardbirds, The Hollies, Herman's Hermits and Jeff Beck; singer/guitarist Eric Stewart was an alumn of Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders; and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were both highly regarded studio players. All of them played on eccentric prog folk artist RAMASES' 1971 studio album "Space Hymns".

Formed in 1970, 10cc began as a session unit dubbed Hotlegs; after establishing residence at Stewart's Strawberry Studios, Hotlegs scored a surprise U.K. smash hit with the single "Neanderthal Man," subsequently issuing an LP, "Thinks: School Times", and touring with The Moody Blues.
After signing to Jonathan King's U.K. label and rechristening themselves 10cc (a name suggested by King himself), the group backed Neil Sedaka before recording 1972's "Donna," a sly satire of late-'50s doo-wop. The single reached Number Two on the British charts, establishing not only a long-running string of major hits, but also the quartet's fondness for ironic and affectionate reclamations of musty pop styles. The follow-up, "Rubber Bullets," topped the charts in 1973, and both the subsequent single "The Dean and I" and a self-titled debut LP further solidified 10cc as a major force in British pop.

While 1974's "Sheet Music" and singles, including the Brian Wilson-esque "Wall Street Shuffle," "Silly Love" and "Life Is a Minestrone" continued 10cc's dominance of the U.K. charts, they found the American market virtually impenetrable prior to the release of 1975's "I'm Not in Love," which topped the British charts and climbed as high as Number Two in the States. After 1975's "Original Soundtrack" and the next year's "How Dare You!", Godley and Creme left the band to focus on video production, as well as developing the 'Gizmo', a guitar modification device the duo invented. In the wake of their departure, Gouldman and Stewart continued on alone, enlisting the aid of session men to record 1977's "Deceptive Bends", highlighted by the perennial "The Things We Do for Love."

After recruiting guitarist Rick Fenn, keyboardist Tony O'Malley and drummer Stuart Tosh as full-time members, 10cc returned in 1978 with "Bloody Tourists", which yielded ...
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10CC discography


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10CC top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.52 | 12 ratings
Thinks: School Stinks (by HOTLEGS: pre 10cc)
1970
3.60 | 56 ratings
10cc
1973
3.71 | 81 ratings
Sheet Music
1974
3.70 | 93 ratings
The Original Soundtrack
1975
3.69 | 93 ratings
How Dare You!
1976
3.13 | 70 ratings
Deceptive Bends
1977
3.15 | 63 ratings
Bloody Tourists
1978
2.09 | 29 ratings
Look Hear?
1980
2.89 | 28 ratings
10 Out Of 10
1981
2.17 | 27 ratings
Windows In The Jungle
1983
2.49 | 25 ratings
...Meanwhile
1992
1.89 | 24 ratings
Mirror Mirror
1995

10CC Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.67 | 3 ratings
10cc Live in Concert
1977
3.91 | 13 ratings
Live And Let Live
1977
3.00 | 6 ratings
Alive
1993
3.03 | 8 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour
1996

10CC Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.00 | 1 ratings
Alive - Classic Hits Tour
2001
2.56 | 3 ratings
Live In Japan
2004

10CC Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.56 | 5 ratings
100CC Greatest Hits of 10CC
1975
3.48 | 14 ratings
Greatest Hits 1972- 1978
1979
4.00 | 4 ratings
Two Classic Albums by 10cc
1990
2.00 | 2 ratings
Il Grande Rock
1991
4.04 | 8 ratings
The Very Best of 10cc
1997
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Complete UK Recordings 1972-1974
2004
3.04 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits... And More
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
10CC (Platinum Collection)
2007

10CC Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Donna
1972
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Wall Street Shuffle
1974

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 10 Out Of 10 by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.89 | 28 ratings

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3 stars What happened 1981, thirty-four years ago, you may question. Then I'll tell you: that what the year of the release of 10cc's eighth studio album "Ten out of 10". It had passed one year since their last effort "Look hear" from 1980 and on this occasion the line up of the band was Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Rick Fenn, Vic Emerson(mainly keyboard) and Paul Burgess. They had help from the guest musicians Andrew Gold, Keith Bessey, Simon Phillips, Lenni Crookes and Marc Jordan. Their last album was quite pleasant but did not stand out. Here comes my review of Ten out of 10:

On the cover we see Graham and Eric standing at the edge of a house high over the city. One of them seems scared, the other calm. The light and the colours are quite new and sophisticated. In many ways the music of 10cc 1981 was quite similar to that of the year before. There seems to always be quality and a piece of intentions to write smart music in the world of 10cc. Just as on "Look Hear" this record is decent to listen to and you can enjoy it again and again. But where the really interesting and outstanding songs were none existing 1980 I found some gems 1981. Even if I could recommend you to hear the whole album three songs are better than the others. We have "Les Nouveaux Riches"(8/10) which is quite long. The song has a French title, an idea that was successfull 1975 and it is this album's most intriguing and fine song. It is well performed and has a smart arrangement, the vocals are excellent too. "Don't ask" which starts the album is a sweet track as well(8/10) and "Notell Hotel" is a song that I like because it has intentions(7/10).

There and there over the whole album I also found pieces I really liked, fine guitar solos, vocal harmonies and lyrics. Often the songs are performed in a poetic way that is very appealing. The saxophone solo on "Don't turn me away" should be mentioned as well as the last song, a sugary piece of the eighties: "Survivor". So "Ten out of 10" has improved a bit since the last album but still it isn't what it had been. The songs are nice but not very interesting over all.

I give it three stars! Best tracks: Les nouveaux riches, Don't ask, Notell hotel

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 Look Hear? by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.09 | 29 ratings

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3 stars If I continue with the 10cc discography after two reviews of Godley & Creme albums we are back in 1980, which is now thirty-five years ago but musically much had happened in two years(which was the time that went after Bloody tourists). 10Cc's seventh studio album "Look Hear" from 1980 has a design that in the first sight doesn't overwhelm me. Perhaps it would be different in the bigger vinyl format.The big text "Are you normal" could be read there, and you think that is the title; we can also see a little picture of a sheep. The line up here were Eric Stewart(vocals, guitar, piano, and more), Grahan Gouldman(vocals, bass, guitar, congas), Rick Fenn(guitar, vocals on one song), Paul Burgess(drums and percussion), Duncan Mackay(keyboard, organ, piano) and Stuart Tosh(percussion). The line-up hadn't changed since "Bloody Tourists" and some of the spirit was left too.

Does this sound like 10cc? Yes, at least partially. You recognize Eric Stewarts sweet voice and the joyful mentality, the happiness could be appreciated here as well as in the older 10cc albums. The composions are quite fast, happy, melodic and you want to sing along. So far, so good. But why implement doubts? Well, it's hard to become disappointed when you have the older 10cc in mind. In my opinion there last one, made 1978 was so great and you all remember what they did in the middle of the seventies. The compositions here aren't as varied and interesting as before. There are no wow-experiences unfortunately. The sound and feeling you get from this music is nice, on some occations very nice but it is very average, nothing that stands out, but nothing that bores you very much either. Perhaps this album is too kind, like the band just wanted to be pretty and nice. I would still recommend you to hear it though, if you are a 10cc fan, because it's still the same band and probably you will like things here. If I pick some favourites it would be: "I hate to eat alone"(7/10), "Don't send me back"(6/10) a cosy song which features Rick Fenn on the lead vocals, "How'm I ever gonna say good bye"(6/10) which has fine vocal harmonies and has a nice calm Jamaica-feeling and "One-two-five"(6/10).

I don't think this album won't amaze you, but don't judge it do early early either, it was made in a new era of music. I think the whole album is enjoyable and my song to song rating ends at 2.95 which means three stars. Best songs: I hate to eat alone, How'm I ever gonna say good bye, Don't send me back, One-two-five

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 Bloody Tourists by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.15 | 63 ratings

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4 stars It has been time for me to review 10cc's sixth studio record "Bloody Tourists" which was recorded 1978, thirty- seven years ago. It was the second album without Godley & Creme and an opportunity to develop the sound further from "Deceptive Bends" the year before. I like the cover picture very much. It's a vacation place, a sunny country with beaches and we see a typical tourist with a map in his face. At least three of the songs also take place on holiday. At this time 10cc consisted of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Paul Burgess, Stuart Tosh, Rick Fenn and Duncan Mackay (plus Kate Spath and Tony Spath).

I think "Bloody Tourists" i an amazing album with a lot of great songs. It feels so inspired and joyful. The texts are so meaningfull and the melodies are smart and very well working. When I though "Deceptive bends" had some less interesting tracks which took down the impression a bit "Bloody Tourists" has a higher lowest level.

My favourite side is the B side where two masterpieces are situated. "Reds in my Bed" is marvelous(10/10) with an interesting text and it's arranged and written very well. Here the fifth 10cc singer takes his place: Stuart Tosh. The very optimistic and sprightly song "From Rochdale to Ocho Rios" (10/10) makes me very happy too. It has a splendid drive and it's so smart and funny: sung by Graham. "Old Mister Time"(9/10) which is sung by Eric is a sad song you must think through a lot and it' s so well composed. "Life Line"(9/10) which is sung by Graham is also a favourite, it is so varied and intriguing to hear it. On the A side there are song great tracks as well. The hit song "Dreadlock Holiday" is lovely (8/10) (sung by Graham) as well as the dreaming "For You and I"(8/10) (sung by Eric). "Take these chains" which is sung by Eric makes me also happy(8/10) and then comes another masterpiece "Shock on the tube"(10/10) which tells(by Eric) an exciting story you must hear. "The anonymous alcoholic" (sung by Eric) is also a fantastic story (8/10). I haven't mentioned three tracks yet: "Last night" sung by Graham (6/10), "Tokyo" sung by Eric (6/10) and the ending track "Everything you wanted to know about" sung by Eric(7/10) are of course worth to hear together with the others.

As you see by my notes hear I like this album a lot. I actually hold it for one of 10cc's best albums. Perhaps the fourth best after The Original Soundtrack, Sheet Music and How dare you! For me this album marks a progression for the band. It is obvious that the new members were more part of the band than before and one of the also sing one of the best songs. "Bloody Tourists" was also the first 10cc album for me to hear and I was in love directly when I heard it. That was before I became interested in progressive rock. My song to song rating ends at 4.125 here which makes this a solid foru star record.

Highly recommended! Best tracks: Reds in my bed, From Rochdale to Ocho Rios, Shock on the tube, Old Mister Time, Life Line

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 Live And Let Live   by 10CC album cover Live, 1977
3.91 | 13 ratings

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4 stars When I follow a band's discography I use to also listen to "classic" live albums from a past era and the double LP "Live and let Live" by 10cc is one of them. It was released 1977, thirty-eight year ago and the name seams to relate to the Bond movie "Live and let Die"(Live and let live though is more pleasant to hear from). The highest proportion of song comes from the most recent(then) album "Deceptive Bends" but the line up is more similar with that from "Bloody Tourists". At this time 10cc consisted of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Paul Burgess, Rick Fenn, Stuart Tosh and Tony O'Malley. On the cover the band seams to come from a truch and Gouldman looks very tired on the picture.

Usually I am not a big fan of live recordings. The sound quality could seldom match that from a record and the music doesn't seem so tight either. I must also here say that the majority of the songs are better on the studio albums than here. There are exceptions though. Some songs that I didn't like very much before became better live. The live feeling has a bit more energy and it is vital in some way. I also believe this 10cc sound is a bit harder than usual, a little more piece of rock'n'roll. Better than on studio records was "Modern man blues" (8/10) and "Good morning Judge(7/10). The most exciting experence here was the live version of "Feel the benefit"(9/10) but there and many more fine songs here such as: The Second Sitting For the Last Supper, Wall Street Shuffle, I'm Mandy fly me and Waterfall(8/10). The absolute majority of the others were good(7/10).

What I lacked on this album what some of the odd arrangements that 10cc are famous for and of course I missed Lol Creme and Kevin Godley. The band did good without them but on "their" tracks, from older 10cc, they were very missed. The joyful performances on "Live and let live" do I take with me happily. My song to song rating ends at 3.63 which makes this a (rather weak but still) four star record.

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 Deceptive Bends by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.13 | 70 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars In 1977, thirty-eight years ago, things had happened in 10cc, sad things. Two of the original members: Lol Creme and Kevin Godley had disappeared and created a project of their own called Godley & Creme. I will review their work too now because a half of a band is almost a band. But, 1977 Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart were left, and these two brilliant musical minds carried on together with some other musicians such as the drummers Paul Burgess and Terry Bozzio, Del Newman who played strings, the pianist Jean Roussel and the pianist and oboeist Tony Spath. But here, just the two original guys were called the band and the other were the help musicians. Anyway, they created a lot of handsome music even without Godley & Creme that should be decribed now.

As well as before the music is a bit more complicated than usual pop music and there is a lot of humour in it together with fine musical ideas, wonderful melodies and vocal harmonies. The record consists of nine songs and the cover is an artistic thing with a diver's theme. The music is also pleasant in many ways. I have two favourites here. The absolutely best song is the longest "Feel the benefit-suite"(9/10) which contains lovely vocals, and a fantastic guitar solo as well as the whole composition which is so great. "Things we do for love" is a hit song with a wonderful melody and languorous singing(9/10). The lovely love song "People in love" does also the listener mute(8/10). My impression of the other songs is that there are many interesting och fine bits that don't really come up to the former 10cc standard but still are very recommended music. Favourites here are the funny "Honeymoon with B Troop"(7/10) and "I Bought a flat guitar Tutor"(7/10) as well as the heavy song with nice vocals "Good Morning Judge"(7/10) and "You've got a cold"(7/10). The two remaining tracks are nice but not very interesting.

My opinion about the remaining 10cc line up and especially this album "Deceptive Bends", the band's fifth is that it's a melodic and joyful album I listen to with a big smile in my face. The music isn't as perfected and interesting and multilateral as we know 10cc from their three earlier efforts. But the splendor wasn't broken and I look forward to review Bloody Tourists. My song to song rating ends att 3.67 which means this becomes a four star record.

Best tracks: Feel the benefit, Things we do for love, People in love

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 How Dare You! by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.69 | 93 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

5 stars This is my fourth day of reviewing 10cc album's and it's time to review the band's fourth studio album "How dare you!" from 1976. It was thirty-nine years ago now and the album was the last with the original line-up, a marvelous group of four musicians: Eric Stewart, Lol Creme, Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley which the year after would separate into two pieces. The four guys plays a lot of instruments and they all sing lead vocals, which I have always enjoyed so much with 10cc.

I love the physical long play record with pictures of people talking in telephone: a man at an office, a crying and smoking lady, a young woman on a hotel room and an elderly man in a telephone box and on the inside of the record we see very many people talking in telephones all over the place. It is a great design and the music is great too. It continues the professionalism from "The original soundtrack" and the humour that has always been important in 10cc's music. The album contains nine tracks with a big variety. It contains my favourite 10cc song "I'm Mandy fly me"(10/10) which is perfectly arranged, has lovely vocals(sung by Eric) and the best guitar work, I think it's adorable. Some more songs are masterpieces such as the introduction "How dare you!" (10/10) also perfectly played and the last song "Don't hang up" with Kevin's wonderful vocals and a typical 10cc dreamlike atmosphere(10/10). "Iceberg" sung by Graham is also close to perfection and a very funny piece(10/10) and "Rock'n'roll lullaby" sung by Kevin and Eric is something very special too (9/10) as well as "Lazy ways" sung by Eric(9/10). The two songs sung by Lol are funny and great, not as inspiring musically but they fit in very well too: "I wanna rule the world"(8/10) and "Head room"(8/10). I must also mention "Art for art's sake"(8/10) which is sung by Eric and Lol, a powerful thing.

My over all impression is that 10cc was perhaps not as perfect as on their last record but the quality of the genuinity was still extraordinary and I also think that the tops on "How dare you!" is higher than anywhere in 10cc's discography. The songs are more varied here and together the result is both funny and very interesting. My song to song rating ends at 4.55 which means I am glad to give 10cc's last record with the original line up five stars! So a great promising start and three jewels were the first four 10cc albums. I will now follow both Godley & Creme and the remaining 10cc and see what I think of their following works.

Five stars! Best songs: "I'm Mandy, fly mee", "Don't hang up", "How dare you!" and "Iceberg"

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 The Original Soundtrack by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.70 | 93 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

5 stars I will continue to review 10cc's fabulous albums of the seventies and now we face their third studio record, called "The Original Soundtrack". It was released 1975, now fourty years ago and it is perhaps their most famous and common album. The cover goes in black and white and shows a film machine and a screen where a film is played. I have spent many hours of my childhood in second hand shops searching for cheap vinyl records and long before I was interested in non-Swedish music this black and white record was a common sight in the record boxes. Is it strange that this record is so common? Not at all, it is an absolutely wonderful record.

It is the third album with the fabulous four musicians Eric Stewart, Lol Creme, Kevin Godley and Graham Gouldman and their capabilities fourty years ago were extraordinary. With "The Original Soundtrack" 10cc took one more step into a progressive and pretentious direction. The album starts with a long suite, the amazing "Une Nuit a Paris"(10/10) of almost nine minutes which is so totally wonderful. It is something special with the atmosphere which is present all over this album. It feels like the musical theme is romantic, old films, shows and love. It feels like 10cc did a hit album by not trying to do a hit album. The musicians use a lot of instruments and almost every song here is as perfect it could be. "I'm not in love"(10/10) is a perfect atmospheric romantic piece and "Blackmail"(10/10) is a heavier rock song of splender. "The second sitting for the last supper" is one of the highlights in 10cc's carreer(10/10). It is a progressive and inpiring track with different themes in a row, I love it. Then comes "Brand new day"(10/10) a soft and lovely piece and then comes "Flying junk"(10/10) which is progressive and beautiful as well. "Life is a minestrone"(8/10) is great but a bit too humouristic for me and "The film of my love"(9/10) is an almost perfected ending of this album.

As you have seen on my ratings on every track a really love almost everything I hear on "The Original Soundtrack" and it is hard to pick favourite songs. What is sure though is that the band now had become very professional and probably was on its peak. What is so great with 10cc is that every member sings a lot. Eric Stewart is lead singer on: Une nuit a Paris, I'm not in love, Blackmail, The Second Sitting for the last supper, Brand new day and Flying Junk. Lol Creme is lead singer on: Une nuit a Paris, Blackmail and Life is a minestrone. Kevin Godley is lead singer on: Une nuit a Paris, Blackmail and Brand new day. Graham Gouldman is lead singer on Une nuit a Paris, Blackmail and The Film of my love". That was a bit more Eric Stewart than the others though. A perfect album of amazing music that should please both prog and rock listeners well. My rating ends at 4.8 which is as close as five you can get. Five stars!

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 Sheet Music by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.71 | 81 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

5 stars So we travel further to 1974, today fourty-one years ago, when the English art rock band 10cc released their second record which name was "Sheet music". As a Swedish listener my first thougth of the name was "skitmusik"(Crap music) but fortunately this is the totally opposition to that. This music is printed and to our amusement also recorded. The second album with the traditional formation: Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley & Lol Creme implied a perfection and refining of their performances. Now 10cc had washed away the hint of parody in the music and the humour, still as present as before, could even more go along with the craftsmanship of 10cc.

The cover is yellow and has a great design but as a listener you of course want to get straight into the music. Sheet Music provides you a perfect mixture of songs. The harmony and the playfulness is so rich all the time. "Wall Street Shuffle"(10/10) is a perfect beginning and it was a hit song too. Almost the whole record is as good as it could be. "Hotel" (10/10) is a totally lovely piece which begins very soft and then hurries up to a really happy time. "Clockwork Creep"(10/10) is an artistic and very funny piece with a lot of styles mixed and different parts. Even if it's a short song it is arranged like an epic. Parts of it will return later in 10cc's discography. "Somewhere in Hollywood" which is the album's longest track (10/10) is also one of the best. It is a soft and very harmonic ballad. Along with these some other tracks are close to perfection: "Old Wild Men"(9/10), "Silly love"(9/10) and "Baron Samedi"(9/10) are marvelous tracks. The last of these just mentioned is a bit funny because I have recently seen "Live an let die"(Bond) where one of the evil guys was the character Baron Samedi. "The worst band in the world" and "The Sacro-Illiac"(8/10) are very fine pieces too.

This record, as even and perfected it is should be heard as a whole and not cut into pieces. It hosts some tracks that could be hits or chosen parts but it it best if you hear the full album at one occation. As early as with their second record 10cc was at their peak and made lovely music, accessible for usual radio listeners but also for people who want something more from music. My rating ends at 4.6 which makes it a five star record. Highly recommended!

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 10cc by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.60 | 56 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars 10cc is an English band that has got my interest for some years now. My first encounter was Bloody tourists which I found in my grandfather's house. That was before I got interested in progressive rock and then I though 10cc sounded so different from other rock music. The nearest connection was Beatles but 10cc was perhaps even more playful I though. Now I am going to review all of their albums and I'll begin with their first named "10cc" and recorded in 1973, fourty-two years ago. It features the four very talanted artists Eric Stewart (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Lol Creme(guitar, keyboards, vocals), Kevin Godley(drums, percussion, vocals) and Graham Gouldman(guitar, bass, vocals). One of the first things you notice with 10cc is that the all four of them are first singers, just as it is with the Beatles.

This band's debut from 1973 is a talanted and very fresh encounter and it certainly has a lot to offer for curious music lovers. It isn't as seamless as some following records but it has a high standard and some gems. What also characterizes this record is that the band was perhaps even more playful and funny than later on. Often they parody different styles of music in a talanted way. The debut album of 10cc could also be a good first listening to this band.

I think two songs stand out from the others with especially good qualities: "The Dean and I" a funny and spectacular show of wonderful pieces (10/10) and "Rubber Bullets" (10/10) which is a very hard and bright shining track. Very recommended to hear are also "Johnny don't do it"(8/10), "Headline Hustler"(8/10), "Speed kills"(8/10), "The Hospital Song"(8/10) and "Fresh air for mama"(8/10). The other three songs are interesting to hear as well.

This progressive pop rock music from the middle of the seventies should be listened to carefully and with a lot of joy. The song length aren't progressive and 10cc hasn't problems with doing hit songs but they don't compromise with their musical visions which you will hear! This is a soplid and promising debut from a great band. Four stars for "10cc"!

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 10cc by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.60 | 56 ratings

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Review by TCat
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5 stars For years, I had convinced myself that I was a huge 10CC fan based on a few songs that I absolutely adored and from hearing this album and "The Original Soundtrack". After finally having gone through all of their albums now several times, I find that the two full albums that I had originally are their best ones, with an honorable mention to "Bloody Tourists". All of the other albums I have finally given up on since I have only found a hand full of songs on them that I find interesting and the rest are just not living up to the original high bar that I had set with the band from the two previously mentioned albums.

So what makes this album one of the two favorites from this band? I love the variety here in the same manner that I love the variety in the best Queen albums. I love all the tweaks that they put in the simple melodies that elevate their pop music to a higher level, that actually begin to give pop music a progressive edge. On this album, most of the music is "sort-of" 50s and 60s style doo-wop and rock n roll, especially in the first 5 tracks, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But, like I said before, they add little bits of ingenuity throughout that keep things interesting. The remainder of the tracks are more 70s pop oriented and all throughout the album, satire and sarcasm abound making it all a big poke of fun at the radio-friendly sounds that were around at the time. The humor is in the words as in "The Hospital Song" and "Sand in My Face". The humor is in the music too as in "Fresh Air for My Mama" which is as sarcastic of a ballad as you can get, so much so that if you are not careful, you might find your eyes welling up until you realize it's just making fun. Same applies to the song "Donna" which is a well sung poke at the simplistic lyrics of old 50s music and the utter silliness of it all, yet it is done so well that you can easily miss the humor of it all and think that it's in all seriousness. Subtle humor exists throughout and so does the subtleness of the progressiveness of the music, careful or you might miss it, which makes it even more enjoyable when you do get it.

Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that I was wrong initially by trying to base my love of this band on only hearing 2 great albums. I should have been more familiar with their discography, but at least I can say that they had 2 masterpieces when it comes to pop-progressive music because if anyone knew how to do it well, it was these guys at least twice, which is more than most pop groups who can't even get close to a 2-star album throughout their entire career. 5 stars. A progressive-pop masterpiece if there ever was one.

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