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The Original Soundtrack

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Audio CD, February 6, 1990
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1. Une Nuit A Paris: I. One Night In Paris/II. The Same Night In Paris/III. Later The Same Night...
2. I'm Not In Love
3. Blackmail
4. The Second Sitting For The Last Supper
5. Brand New Day
6. Flying Junk
7. Life Is A Minestrone
8. The Film Of My Love

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 6, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • ASIN: B000001FL3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Keister on April 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm almost 50 and I still haven't heard many albums better than this one. 10cc in their heyday were unsurpassed in creative, experimental rock songwriting. The beauty of their vocals, the skill of their musicianship, the wry of their wit, the edge of their rock, the sadness of their melancholy, the adventure of their extended theatrical pieces, all add up to some pure creative musical genius. And The Original Sountrack exemplifies this more than anything else they've done.
I really can't even consider 10cc the same band after Lol Creme and Kevin Godley left, when they devolved into a "clever" Top 40 pop band. One listen to L or Freeze Frame and you'll see what I'm talking about. Those two put the art into art rock. Gouldman and Stewart were both talented songwriters in their own right, but Godley/Creme made 10cc the unique band that they were.
How Dare You is a fine follow-up to this CD, but I always felt it a bit too slick, not as daring or unpredictable, and not even close to approaching the seering rock of "Second Sitting for the Last Supper" or the brash whimsy of "Une Nuit a Paris."
Sadly, no one has supplanted 10cc in the past 20 years. I still go back to The Original Soundtrack when I want to hear something original, and it still gets my blood pumping, after all these years.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John J. Martinez on April 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't say this about too many albums, but this is undoubtedly a seminal work by one of the most creative rock groups from the 1970's. This was recorded at the writing and songwriting peak of the team of British duo Godley and Creme. Why buy this, you say? The answer is the MUSIC, of course! This was their Everest, without a doubt, before their well-documented sad self-implosion after the release of their next album only a year later, "How Dare You."

Now for the music:

"One Nuit In Paris," is as strange as it is brilliant. I am DREAMING of the day when someone makes a long-form music video out of this. The entire story is told in three very unusual vignettes, but you think you'd been there all night yourself - and maybe you wished you were there with them...

"I'm Not In Love" is as bittersweet and beautiful as any song's potential can get to evoke those memories best left in the attic of one's broken heart. With this one song they captured the quiet confusion, frustration and anger of being alone, and it can be played 50 years from now and will still have that arrow to the heart honesty.

"Blackmail," is a brilliant example of how fame, sex and especially the delicately balanced trust of others who hold your fame in their hands can be tipped over for greed.

"The Second Sitting For The Last Supper" is a cool rocker that inflicts both guilt and freedom at the same time.

"Brand New Day" slows the album down a bit, and is the most 70's sounding song, but it works - and it's the most Queen-sounding for it's time, but then again, maybe Queen "borrowed" that 3 part harmony in "Bohemian Rhapsody" from 10CC? Listen for yourself...
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. St Thomas on March 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you have to start somewhere with 10cc, start with SHEET MUSIC (1974). This is arguably one of the best albums of the 70's, and certainly was a major influence on things to come in the 80's. Why SHEET MUSIC has never been elevated to the status it should have been is not a mystery. Sometimes bands are too good for their own good. Me? I think this is inspirational and would be a damn far sight better than most of the stuff you've listened to over and over again, and told is "classic". 10cc innovated, renovated and elevated pop rock music to new standards, and were definitely the most influential British band of the 7o's.
Your second stop on the 10cc highway/motorway should be this album, The Original Soundtrack. Some argue it's better than SHEET MUSIC, some say it's not. Either and or, you get incredibly well written songs, emmaculate production, two of the best singers Britain has had to offer, and a band that was in complete control of their musical output. You get songs about French prostitutes, Drug dealers, Blackmailers, Minestrone, Messiahs, and so much more. These 4 guys (Eric Stewart, Lol Creme, Kevin Godley and Graham Gouldman) had wit, smarts, talent and the ability to pull it all off. Every track is different from the last and you will not be bored.
They beat Queen to the opera, and like it's been said previously, with alot more humour and fun, but with technical brilliance. There are moments on this album that are musically beautiful, like the introduction of "Brand New Day", or "Flying Junk".
And even though it's been played to death, "I'm Not In Love" was truly a one of a kind song. No one up until 1975 had ever heard anything like that, and no one had employed such techniques to record anything like it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Mobile Fidelity does a great job of mastering classic cd's. Some of the outstanding examples include Building the Perfect Beast(Henley) and The Sky is crying. This album belongs in the same category due to the excellence in writing, engineering, performance and production.
10cc was first established in 1972, but all the participants knew each other before then performing in various bands together. Their first album 10cc had all the elements, but the songwriting hadn't matured to this level yet. Sheet Music is the band's first unqualified classic and this, their third album is the second.
One Night in Paris, although one of the funniest tracks(and musically challenging due to the variety of melodies that floats through it), hasn't aged as well as the other songs. I'm not in love can truthfully be called one of the great anti-love songs. Stewart and Gouldman do a terrific job of turning emotional cliches on their head in a song with an infectious melody. The middle eight of the song with the tape loops of backing vocals(yes, I, too thought for years it was a sythesizer)of the four members of the band singing harmonies is amazing. The second sitting for the last supper is another great song in a strong trio that includes Life is a Minestrone(one of the best--and funny--metaphors for describing life I've ever heard)and the beautiful Brand New Day. All the material is great, but these three stand out.
The engineering of the album(and production) is flawless for the time and still sounds terrific today(considering they were only using 16 track machines to make the album). The mastering job is uncredited(which I hate), but is superior. The only comparable version is the import cd released 2 years ago by Polydor.
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