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Sheet Music Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, February 28, 2000
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I first picked up SHEET MUSIC on a whim in 2001. Being familiar only with their songs 'The Wall Street Shuffle', Í'm Not In Love',and 'The Things We Do For Love' I was not sure what 10cc's other material sounded like based from these 3 selections from different albums & years. By the time I heard the third track from SHEET MUSIC 'Hotel' I couldn't believe I was listening to an album that had sounds of the 80's in 1974. These musicians in the studio were years ahead of their time, and certainly influenced what came out of Europe and later America with the 4 albums they released with the band line-up of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley. That Stewart & Gouldman later went on to write one of the most played songs in the world Í'm Not In Love', and Creme & Godley later went on to direct some of the most familiar and groundbreaking Videos of the 80's should tell you that there was an incredible amount of talent & vision in this band.
That they were one of the few bands, if not only, to run their own studio, and have complete control over their recorded output says something else. Everything they did was ín-house'and performed,produced,engineered & mixed by 10cc from the debut album onwards.Read more ›
The music gets much more complex on this album: the strange styles have amagalized into a style of complex genre changes, complex chord changes and harmonies, multiple parts, and on somewhere in hollywood, a sweeping, dramatic feel.
The lyrics are good too: funny, catchy, very great word play. Not my main focus in the band: gotta love those songs!
Pick up the Double Disc Uk Records Collection. It has this album, plus the first, all their b-sides from the two albums, and the single versions of the singles, plus some cool liner notes. It's easy to find if you live in america, and a steal!
18 Carat Man Of Means is as good as anything on the album...it starts off like a basic 12 bar blues/rock song, then morphs into a heartbreaking multi-harmonied classic.
Gizmo My Way is merely a hawaiian sounding instrumental, and not entirely essential but still pleasant.
Anyone who likes the spontaneous nature of this album should check out the album simply titled "L" by Godley&Creme from 1981 and prepare to be blown away with it's weirdness.
(it is also interesting to note the major similarities between "Somewhere In Hollywood" and Queen's subsequent mega-hit "Bohemian Rhapsody" released the following year. Freddie and Co. must have been studying it, surely).
Their terrific debut album "10cc" got them off to a roaring start in their homeland. Two singles from it - "Donna" and "The Dean And I" - made the U.K. Top Ten, and "Rubber Bullets" hit number one. "Rubber Bullets" was a regional hit in parts of America, and gained them their first exposure here. It was about a prison riot, and sounded like the Beach Boys parodying Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock". Other tracks also had a comical slant, sometimes sung 1950's doo-wop style. Even some of the song topics were 50's-centric. The title character in "Johnny Don't Do It" became a teen angel in a motorcycle crash - "Sand In My Face" is about being picked on by a bully and invokes the Charles Atlas ads found in comic books of the era. As a whole, the album portended great things to come.
That would happen with the release of "Sheet Music" (1974). I love their first 3 albums equally, but I'm spotlighting this one because I think it's the most neglected and forgotten. "Wall Street Shuffle" was a British top-tenner, while "Silly Love" only cracked the top 30. In America some of these songs received FM airplay, but none were hit singles.
10cc came into their own and found their voice on "Sheet Music".Read more ›
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This is a classis. Have the album and cassette. Now have the CD. It's whimsical yet musically tight with a great variety. 10cc is not the worst band in the world. Read morePublished 9 months ago by halfamind
2nd album by this eccentric English rock band, "Sheet Music", would climb to #81. Eric Stewart, who would appear on several albums with Paul McCartney in the 80's, Graham... Read morePublished 18 months ago by ScottE
10cc is one of the most underrated groups from the mid 70s. They play great music to this day. Good Stuff!Published on March 24, 2014 by Curtis Pieper
The '70s. Oh, the '70s. So many groundbreaking rock and pop masterpieces. None more than this gem of an album. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Peter Jackson
Their sense of humor is always there but the melodies are strong and every song is a winner. I hope they continue to release new albums despite their advancing age. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Joan Sanders