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Graham Gouldman Thing

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The Graham Gouldman Thing was the debut album by singer and songwriter Graham Gouldman. Gouldman had already written hit singles for Herman's Hermits ("No Milk Today" and "Listen People"), the Yardbirds ("For Your Love"), the Hollies ("Bus Stop") and Wayne Fontana ("Pamela, Pamela", "The Impossible Years") and on this album Gouldman delivered his own versions of some of those songs as well as other new compositions. Gouldman, who would later become a founding member of 10cc, recorded the album at Olympic Studios in London, a studio that would later be extensively used by Led Zeppelin. It was recorded with the assistance of John Paul Jones and Eddie Kramer, both of whom would also achieve considerable success with Led Zeppelin. All songs composed by Graham Gouldman Side 1 "The Impossible Years" - 2:38 "Bus Stop" - 2:24 "Behind the Door" - 3:38 "Pawnbroker" - 3:02 "Who are They" - 2:03 "My Father" - 2:47 Side 2 "No Milk Today" - 2:15 "Upstairs, Downstairs" - 2:17 "For Your Love" - 2:34 "Pamela, Pamela" - 2:11 "Chestnut" - 3:23

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B001K22D66
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,072,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Missing Person on February 24, 2005
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Graham Gouldman's first solo album, 1968's "The Graham Gouldman Thing", is an undeniable curiosity. Gouldman is an undeniably great pop-rock songwriter, seemingly possessing a magic touch for catchy songwriting over the years, whether it be gems such as "Heart Full Of Soul" by the Yardbirds, his 1979 solo single "Sunburn" (for the Farrah Fawcett-Majors movie of the same name), his brilliant 1980 "Animalympics" soundtrack, or the mass quantity of jewels he wrote or co-wrote in 10cc. Gouldman's songwriting prowess is clearly in evidence on "The Graham Gouldman Thing", however there are significant problems. First of all, Gouldman had a long way to go as a vocalist--he has considerable trouble keeping his vocals in tune on here, decreasing the impact of some high quality melodies. Then, there's future Led Zeppelin bass guitarist John Paul Jones' string arrangements that tend to add a twee-ness to the material. Plus, there's clearly some filler, and the album runs under half an hour in the first place, so it's not a fantastic bargain at all. I really don't mean to sound too harsh though. There actually are a bunch of strong, splendidly melodic tracks here including "Who Are They", the minor-keyed coming-of-age album opener "The Impossible Years", and "The Pawnbroker" which has warp-speed acoustic guitar running throughout. There's also a mid-tempo pop-rock version of "For Your Love", & although it lacks the driving intensity of the Yardbirds' version, it's a nice version in its own right. "The Graham Gouldman Thing" is an interesting document of a brilliant artist/ songwriter in the relatively early stages of his incredible career, & the best tracks here are definitely worth having.

The 2004 CD version of "The Graham Gouldman Thing" on BMG/ RCA is very, very nicely done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on December 23, 2007
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Gouldman's most famously known as a member of 10cc and their U.S. hit "I'm Not in Love," but prior success as a songwriter, producer and studio owner resulted in equally well-known hits by other artists. As a hot hand in the British Invasion, Gouldman penned hits for the Yardbirds, Hollies, Herman's Hermits, Wayne Fontana and other icons of 1960s British pop. His songwriting for the New York-based Kasenatz-Katz bubblegum factory extended the legacy of The Ohio Express, Crazy Elephant and other confections, and his own UK-based Strawberry Studios turned out latter-day works for Freddie & The Dreamers, Neil Sedaka and the studio-creation Hotlegs.

Along the way he'd dabbled as a performer, flopping with the occasional single throughout the mid-60s. Between his initial success as a UK songwriter and the later opening of his studio he released this full-length solo LP in 1968. Originally issued only in the U.S., neither the album nor its singles found commercial success, and Gouldman's career was soon given over to production and then to 10cc. It's the latter association that spurred the initial vault excavation of this little-known album for a vinyl reissue in 1978, and Gouldman's on-going solo work (and 10cc's continued presence on oldies radio) that led to CD reissues in 1994, 2004 and 2007. Despite its continuing tenure in print, it remains more a cult curiosity than any sort of UK pop Rosetta stone.

In addition to remakes of three monster hit songs ("Bus Stop," "No Milk Today," and "For Your Love"), the album debuted several superb new compositions. Opening the album is a fine piece of baroque pop, "Impossible Years," written from a father to a teenage daughter, complete with a string quartet playing against drums, guitars and bass.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fu wai on July 6, 2000
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The songwriter for Hollies and "Herman and Hermits" re-record their old megahits plus some of his new songs with orchestral backing. Quite interesting... not to say that it is superior to our familiar version of the hits, cos' the arrangement is pleasant but not breathtaking. Nevertheless, it's quite good for saturday afternoon relaxation. The version of great hits "BUs stop" and "no milk today" is quite pretentious, while the new songs "THe impossible years" and "Chestnut" are quite good. A collector's album, merit for its rarity rather than its quality. Not bad, but not outstanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "shiekyerbouti" on December 27, 2003
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OK, lets just get this out in the open-anything that is out of print that is sold on amazon is probably overpriced to an absurd degree. I found a copy for less than $10 in a used bin but I have great CD karma. That said, this CD is worth hunting down for fans of 60's pop/rock. The orchestrations are gorgeous, the playing is superb, and the arrangements are vastly superior to the hit versions of these songs. I would rank this with Love's Forever Changes as perfect mood music.
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