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4.02 | 15 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Donna (2:54)
2. Rubber Bullets (5:17)
3. The Dean and I (3:03)
4. The Wall Street Shuffle (3:52)
5. Silly Love (3:57)
6. Minestrone (4:40)
7. I'm Not in Love (6:05)
8. Art for Art's Sake (5:52)
9. I'm Mandy Fly Me (5:20)
10. The Things We Do for Love (3:31)
11. Good Morning Judge (2:53)
12. People in Love (3:45)
13. Deadlock Holiday (4:59)
14. For You and I (5:18)
15. Cry (3:55)

Total Time 65:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Lol Creme / organ, synthesizer, guitar, percussion, piano, violin, keyboards, vocals, backing vocals, vibraphone
- Kevin Godley / synthesizer, percussion, bongos, cello, drums, bass drums, marimba, timbales, vocals, backing vocals, Moog synthesizer, timpani
- Graham Gouldman / acoustic & electric guitars, bass, percussion, autoharp, vocals, backing vocals, double bass, 6-string bass
- Eric Stewart / organ, guitar, piano, steel guitar, keyboards, electric piano, vocals, backing vocals

- Paul Burgess / cow bells, congas, marimba, triangle, a go go bells, timbales, drums, concert bass drums, glockenspiel, disco drums, military snare drum, tambourine, rototoms, vibes, percussion, backing vocals
- Rick Fenn / lead guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals, organ, Moog solo, Polymoog, Moog brass, saxophone, Rick Fenn's dorking horns, acoustic guitar, fretless bass, tambourine, percussion
- Duncan Mackay / Yamaha CS-80, grand piano, violin, backing vocals, electric piano, Moog, Taurus bass pedals, tambourine, percussion, steel drum solo
- Stuart Tosh / drums, backing vocals, tambourine, snare drum, cow bell, jingle bells, trombone, bongos, disco drums, congas, lead vocals, cabasa, military snare drum

Releases information

Mercury / Universal

Track listing from Wikipedia......seems to match review by Easy Livin as well.

1. Donna
2. Rubber Bullets
3. The Dean and I
4. The Wall Street Shuffle
5. Silly Love
6. Life Is a Minestrone
7. Une nuit à Paris
8. I'm Not in Love
9. Art for Art's Sake
10. I'm Mandy Fly Me
11. The Things We Do for Love
12. Good Morning Judge
13. Dreadlock Holiday
14. People in Love
15. Under Your Thumb *
16. Wedding Bells *
17. Cry *
18. Neanderthal Man **

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10CC The Very Best of 10cc ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(67%)
Good, but non-essential (13%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars All present and correct

In brief, this is probably all the 10CC most people will ever need. Unlike most other bands listed on this site, 10CCs best songs are their most commercially successful ones. In broad terms, their album tracks tend (in my opinion!) to simply be potential singles which were not quite good enough to be let out on their own.

Here we have a fine collection of pretty much all the band's hits (yes "I'm not in love", "Rubber bullets", "I'm Mandy, fly me" etc. are all present and correct) plus a trio of Godley and Crème's singles successes and the pre-10CC Hotlegs classic "Neanderthal man". Interestingly, the Hotlegs song is placed last on what is otherwise a chronological collection.

The only track which was not a single is the three part classic "Une Nuit a Paris", from "The original soundtrack". Anyone who is at all familiar with the work of 10CC will however be entirely aware of the piece.

The 10CC name was of course continued by Gouldman and Stewart after the departure of Godley and Crème, and no less than four tracks by the post-split line up are included here. For me, these are the weakest of the entire set.

In all though, this is a fine collection of the best works of 10CC. If you are unfamiliar with the band, my recommendation would be to pick this album up, and stop there. On a technical note, all the tracks here have been remastered for the collection, offering a discernible improvement in sound quality.

Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars I normally don't review "Best of" collections, but this is collection has a great collection of 10cc's songs and is a good way to try them out. It contains songs from their best years, and, for the most part, does collect the best tracks during the years that it covers. It has their extremely popular songs like "Rubber Bullets", the beautiful "I'm Not in Love", the clever and equally great reggae infused "Dreadlock Holiday" and the poppy "The Things We Do for Love". It even has their later hit "Cry", which was actually done on Godley and Creme's album. It also has some great songs that are not quite as recognizable, but still some of their best work like "I'm Mandy, Fly Me", "The Wall Street Shuffle" and "Art for Art's Sake".

Of course, there are some weaker songs that I feel would have been better replaced by other tracks like "The Dean and I" and "Good Morning Judge". The band could have been better represented by "The Second Sitting for the Last Supper" or the "One Night in Paris" suite and we probably would have had a 5 star "Best of" collection here, but we can't have everything (but that's why they make playlists).

10CC always leaned on the poppy side of progressive rock, but they always made a "thinking person's" pop with a lot of sarcasm in their lyrics. Their music leans heavily on the influence of The Beatles, and many times helped us hear what type of music The Beatles may have made if they stayed together through the 70s and 80s. As much as I enjoy the debut album and "The Original Soundtrack" album though, I find this album very entertaining and just the right sound when I want to listen to progressive rock on the light side.

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