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Deceptive Bends (Remastered)

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Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman had a lot to prove after original 10cc members Lol Crème and Kevin Godley left the band. During the making of Deceptive Bends, the British press had already taken to calling the group “5cc.” Without Godley and Crème, 10cc lost some of the giddy experimentation that had made its early albums so delightful, but this also brought songcraft to the fore. With Stewart and Gouldman at the helm, 10cc turned into much more of a traditional pop group, while retaining a vivid imagination and an acute appreciation of arrangement. Wings and Queen are the two nearest reference points for songs like “Marriage Bureau Rendezvous,” “You’ve Got a Cold," and the hit single “The Things We Do for Love,” but 10cc was by no means at a lower level than its masterful peers. (Paul and Linda McCartney were avowed 10cc fans, and Paul would later work with Stewart in the '80s.) For all their talent as songwriters, what truly set Stewart and Gouldman apart was their skill as producers. The brilliant bonus track “I’m So Laid Back, I’m Laid Out” epitomizes their ability to make a succulent sonic imprint.

Customer Reviews

One of all time Great Albums

Most of these songs are on the live album, "Live and Let Live", which showcases tremendous guitar solos proving 10cc was much more than their "Top 40" hits. "Feel the Benefit Pt. 1, Pt. 2 & Pt. 3 shows the musical versatility of this band.


I have waited for this since iTunes first started! This was the first 10cc album I had and while I like the earlier stuff with Godley and Creme ("Life is a Minestrone" just might be the best song the band ever did), this and "Bloody Tourists" are my favorite albums. Now if iTunes can hook us up with "Bloody Tourists", "Look Hear", "Ten out of Ten"...

Outstanding - but caught a tiny flaw

One of the best and most tuneful albums of the 70’s. Feel the Benefit is one of the greatest homages to the Beatles, yet very original.

Listen to Feel the benefit - at the 10:42 mark, you can hear a distinctive pitch drop, as if the master tape was bumped or an edit went by, slowing it down. I did not notice until playing it on speakers. Too bad it wasn’t caught.

What a great album though.


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 both...
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