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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of 10cc

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Album Review

10cc is one of those bands that creates problems for the compilers of compilations because they changed record companies, spreading their catalog around. The good news, from the viewpoint of American fans, is that most of the group's U.S. hits reside in the archives of one of the major labels, Universal Music, which is responsible for the 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series of midline-priced best-of collections. 10cc began life on the UK Records label, for which the band scored a series of British hits in 1972-1974, none of which are featured here. The only one of those to reach the U.S. charts was "Rubber Bullets." Then the group switched to Mercury for the 1975 British hit "Life Is a Minestrone" (included here). They made their American breakthrough with the pop ballad "I'm Not in Love" later that year. (Both it and its non-LP B-side "Channel Swimmer" are included.) "I'm Not in Love" was not really typical of this eclectic, arty band, but subsequent singles scored only modestly in the U.S. (while continuing to hit the Top Ten at home) until another pop ballad, "The Things We Do for Love," restored them to favor in America in early 1977. They remained basically a two-hit wonder stateside, but this collection, which features eight of their nine U.S. chart entries, gives a good sense of their ambitious, conceptual approach to music, an approach that occasionally embraced light, romantic pop tunes like their two big American hits. Of course, a comprehensive collection would have to include the early hits, but for U.S. fans who heard the band on the radio between 1975 and 1979, this inexpensive set should do fine.

Customer Reviews

Great Memories!

If I had to choose a song that takes me back to being a kid, that song would be "The Things We Do For Love!" It's such an awesomely happy song and my Mom used to let me dance on top of her feet when I was like 5, while we'd sing it-boy, I miss those days and her! "I'm Not in Love" is just such a brutally honest song that you can almost feel the pain of the person to whom it's being sung! "Dreadlock Holiday" is a fun song, if not for the fact that these pasty-white Brits are doing Reggae! If you've never heard 10cc before, check them out!

What is the volume of human... ?

Although the name of the band may be tongue-in-cheek, the music they created is anything but. This is one of the first albums I downloaded from iTunes - that says plenty.

Great Album But..

Where the heck is ONE NIGHT IN PARIS?! 10cc's GREATEST song -- on the album Original Soundtrack (same as Life is a Minestrone). Pity it's not considered a "20th Century Master..."

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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