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The Complete UK Recordings

10cc

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

In 10cc's career, “UK Recordings” refers to a record label, not a country—though the reason this compilation is crucial is that the band’s first two albums never saw proper release in the United States. That’s a shame, because while 10cc would achieve much greater success later in the '70s, its early records best capture the band's spirit. Its eponymous 1973 debut was anchored by “Rubber Bullets,” a bouncy, satirical portrayal of a riot. If you love Queen, Wings, or Electric Light Orchestra, you must hear “The Dean and I”: a pop song as bizarre as it is charming. 10cc’s ability to build complex arrangements that never became bulky or portentous continued on its second album, 1974’s Sheet Music, which boasts the meta-critical satire “The Worst Band in the World”—arguably the young group’s most stunning accomplishment. 10cc was far more special than the history books might have you believe. Where other groups were arrogant, 10cc was sly. Where other groups were bombastic, 10cc was agile. And where other bands aimed to bludgeon listeners with heavy riffs, 10cc sought to shower them with sonic surprises.

Customer Reviews

Broken men who lie low, waiting for miracles...

The first two 10cc albums, "10cc" and "Sheet Music" contain some of the most original, daring and incredibly inventive pop/rock music of the '70s. These four guys were/are massively talented musicians who pooled their abilities and creativity to come up with harmonically complex, melodically ingenious and lyrically hilarious songs for about 5 years. Some of my favorite recorded moments come later on "Original Soundtrack" and "How Dare You", but these recordings show such brilliant innovation at a time when songs from folks like Captain and Tennile and America ruled the airwaves. If radio programmers had the balls and ability to play the best music available, at least 6 of these songs would have been huge hits. After Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left the band when "How Dare You" was completed, the subsequent recordings had some shining moments (Feel The Benefit from "Deceptive Bends" and Old Mister Time from "Bloody Tourist" spring to mind), but never matched the energy, inventiveness and brilliance of these tracks. Not for pop lovers who don't like a challenge, these songs will take those of us who crave musical mastery on a ride that few art rock bands can ever do. Just try to find a better vocal than Kevin Godley's part on "Old Wild Men". You will have a tough time beating that one. Buy this, find Original Soundtrack and How Dare You (not on iTunes), and enjoy. They were the best.

Missing Album

I’ve searched high and low but one of their early albums, "Original Soundtrack,” is nowhere to be found. It was terrific, and contained a unique song titled “Un Nuit de Paris” that just disappeared from their online listing. Anybody know where that album went to?

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Manchester, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 alum of Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders; and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were...
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