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Album Review

10cc might well have been the most brilliantly inventive British band of the '70s but, by the '80s, few people cared about that; neither did they raise an eyebrow when Graham Gouldman, fresh from the group's 1983 split, teamed with L.A. singer/songwriter Andrew Gold in a new band, World in Action. An album was written and recorded, but when their first single, "Don't Break My Heart," slipped straight into the dumper, they changed the name to Common Knowledge and tried again. "Victoria" was no more fortunate than its predecessor and, while the duo would remain together and (third time's a charm) finally enjoy some success as Wax, the original album was shelved. It would be 15 years before it finally surfaced, padded out with two further songs from the same sessions ("Big Fat Baby" and "Heartbeat to Heartbeat") and three new songs ("Sometimes," the Stephen Bishop co-write "Shanghai Moon," and "First Time in Love"), recorded at Gold's home studio in 1997-1998. The result is a fascinating, if not necessarily brilliant,collection. It is certainly scarred by many of the difficulties that haunted the latter-day 10cc, with both players keeping a far closer eye on what they thought their audience might demand, as opposed to what they themselves were interested in; at the same time, however, it is definitely an improvement on the studio overkill that scarred their subsequent Wax albums, and so Common Knowledge takes its place in the discography as a prototype that actually wipes the floor with the finished thing.

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Anybody know where to get "Right between the eyes" from WAX? itunes, pls post it for sale!!!

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Excellent lost classic plus more!

This is an unreleased album from 1984 (tracks 4-13), the b-side of a single & unreleased song from the sessions (14 & 15), 3 new songs done in 1997-98 (1-3) and more goodies not on the first compilation under this name... Did these also come from the 90's??? Excellent!!!

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THANK YOU ITUNES I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS ALBUM FOR A LONG TIME TO ANSWER THE FIRST REVIEWER'S QUESTION WAX HAS TWO MORE ALBUMS AVAILABLE ON ITUNES THEIR FIRST ONE MAGNETIC HEAVEN WITCH FEATURES THE SONG RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYE'S TYPE IN WAX AND YOU WILL FIND THAT ALBUM THEIR FOR THEIR SECOND ALBUM AMERICAN ENGLISH TYPE IN WAXUK AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FIND THAT ALBUM GOOD LUCK.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

This highly accomplished transatlantic duo featured Andrew Gold (b. 2 August 1951, Burbank, California, USA; vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Graham Gouldman (b. 10 May 1946, Manchester, England; vocals, guitar, keyboards). Gold had a successful solo career in the 70s and had met Gouldman when he worked on 10cc’s last two albums. When 10cc split up in 1984, Gold teamed up with Gouldman to form Common Knowledge, but after several unsuccessful singles they decided on a complete re-launch. A change of...
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