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The sound quality is outstanding although the booklet notes leave something to be desired. They provide a sketchy overview of the band but no insight (unlike the Mercury reissues of The Original Soundtrack and How Dare You!) into how the band worked as a unit to produce such marvelous, quirky albums. There are also a couple of mistakes in the booklet (and one glaring error in the songwriting credits).
The 50's song parodies (like Donna) haven't aged as well or as gracefully as the much more imaginative songs on the album. Overall 10cc remains remarkably fresh 28 years later. It's a pity that Godley & Creme packed up their bags and moved out of the house after only 4 albums. The dynamic that made the band so special was the interaction of Stewart, Gouldman, Godley & Creme. The duo (along with newer members Rick Fenn & Stuart Tosh) of Stewart & Gouldman produced at least two exceptional albums after the duo left, but none that had the impact of these first four recordings.
Some people might be so surprised this album is so great but one must remember: these guys are seasoned pros. They know what they're doing, and they knew it from the start. This is their catchiest collection of music and some say it's their best. I appreciate the way they branched out, and became more serious and complex: here they're sometimes a little TOO light weight, or too silly. LIke on the ridiculously stupid Hospital Song, the only 10cc song that really really irritates me. Otherwise it's pop perfection from Johnny and Donna (a bit interchangeable perhaps...) Sand in My face's goofy, indescriable style, the relative complexity of the Dean And I, which approaches musical style, but in a good way, Headline Hustler's catchy riffs and melodies and rocking power (courtsey of Mr. Eric Stewart, under appreciated guitarist). Also hard rocoking is Speed Kills, and Rubber Bullets which is an amazing pop composition, an amazing piece of satire, and a great parody.
Thing plummet into stupidity with the hospital song. NOw, I could forgive a song such stupid lyrics if the music was good, but it's not very good either.
That brief crap pile goes, and in it's place is Ships Don't Just Disappear In The NIght (Do They?) which title aside, is the most complex song on the album.Read more ›
These four wiseguys (not in the Sopranos sense)from the Uk had been bopping around in the music biz for sometime. They all knew one another and decided they were clever enough to be a band. They were way too clever for the US at first and pandering didn't become them. So, they made some hits in the UK signed with a major in the US (Mercury at the time) and struck gold with I'm Not In Love, I'm Mandy Fly Me, The Things We Do For Love, Good Morning Judge, Dreadlock Holiday.
In the meantime, we mortals had to settle for finding their two previous albums. They eventually did come to US shores and we've been grateful ever since. Well, mostly grateful after all the UK also gave us the Spice Girls.
Anyhow, Donna, the first song to hit it big in the UK would never have flown in the US. It just didn't have the...velocity. It needed to be less 50's patische and more guitar rock God sarcastic.Or they needed big hair and silver platform boots. You decide.
Anyhow, 10cc, their first "offical" album (they recorded one as Hotlegs before this one)is stocked with riffs, witty tunes (like Ships Don't Disappear in the Night, Rubber Bullets, etc.) The advantage of the CD age is that you can skip some of the weaker tracks. The other advantage is the great bonus tracks. 4% of Something and Waterfall (sounds like a parody of Hippiedom). I'd highly recommend this album if only for its sense of humor. Eric Idle and Monty Python would have been proud. So would the Beatles.
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the beginning of many fine pop albums by these guy
tight rythms and great lyrics
A few years ago when I was younger (14 or 15)I found this album, basically on a fluke flipping through records at a record shop. The price was just 3 whole bucks. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Caleb T
NOTE: This review is for the double album 10cc/TEN OUT OF TEN.
The British "bad boys" debut album demonstrates their wacky lyrics and their general eccentricity. Read more
For whatever reason, the music of 10cc isn't being remembered today the same way other experimental albums from the 70's are. I can't really explain WHY. Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by Bryan
I cannot remember the creation of 10cc in 1972, but I do recall
the names:- Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Lol Creme and Kevin
Godley. Read more
This first album, wh I bought b/c of "Rubber Bullets" and a prescient Rolling Stone review, never disappointed. At the time, the parodic "Johnny Don't Do It", "Fresh Air etc. Read morePublished on July 31, 2007 by T. A. Smith
i can't believe not much mention has been made of 'speed kills' in the other reviews. sure, tracks like 'rubber bullets' and 'fresh air for my mama' are excellent, but 'speed... Read morePublished on February 12, 2004 by T. Parker