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When it comes to music reviews, I usually write about something from the hard rock or heavy metal genre, so it is nice to review a recently bought CD of a band I used to like quite a lot. Actually it was Chris Evan's on Radio Two who gave me the nudge to seek this one out. He played Art for Art's Sake as I drove to work and I recalled just how just a fine track it was. I promptly checked out Amazon and was able to buy it for a mere 2.99 included P and P. Scared I might get done for daylight robbery, I immediately clicked on the Buy button and it arrived four or five days later.
I grew up with 10CC... I remember many an evening my older brother putting their vinyl's on the turn table and me and the rest of the family singing along. This was their fourth studio album and the last to feature the classic line up of: Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley, and Lol Crème.
1."How Dare You" (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme) - 4:14
This is a great instrumental intro to the album, featuring all kinds of sounds, along with a cheeky slide guitar throughout.
The end of the first song features a wonder piano piece that leads nicely into this fine song. Quite mellow and relaxed...
"You'll never get up if you don't get up
You'll always stay down if you sit around
Where nobody cares and nobody tries
'Cos a daydreams resting on the back of your eyes
On the back of your eyes
3."I Wanna Rule The World" (Godley, Creme, Graham Gouldman) - 3:57
This is a rather daft little song lyric-wise. Here with have many musical styles, but an underlining Jazz feel.
4."I'm Mandy Fly Me" (Stewart, Gouldman, Godley) - 5:24
Most people will have heard of this song - almost as famous as their other chart topper 'I'm not in Love.' It is plain to see why it did so well - great chorus, well out together. Very emotional.
5."Iceberg" (Gouldman, Godley) - 3:43
Another rather daft song, quite jazzy.
6."Art for Art's Sake" (Stewart, Gouldman) - 5:59
This is a great song and was another hit record. It has stood the test of time quite well.
7."Rock 'n' Roll Lullaby" (Gouldman, Stewart) - 3:58
Just as the title might suggest this is a gentle rock and roll number. Not one of my favourites on the album. But the vocal is pretty great, about trying to get your child to sleep...
8."Head Room" (Godley, Creme) - 4:21
This is a laid back number to begin with, but things pick up with an almost country and western chorus...
9."Don't Hang Up" (Godley, Crème) - 6:16
I do like this song. T is so full of sadness and passion and wit. The story of a marriage break-up that is done extremely well.
10. "Get it while you can (Gouldman, Stewart) - 2.53
This is a bonus song and was not on the original album. Not a bad number.
It is hard to say what kind of music style 10cc had as they indulged in all kinds of musical genres: pop, rock, jazz, rock and roll. They did something for everyone I guess, but I suppose pop/rock might be the nearest a style I could come up with.
As I have said, this is the last one to feature the classic line up. Godley and Crème went on to form their own partnership with many a successful record, and Gouldman and Stewart remained as 10cc. They are still going I believe, with only Gouldman left, and this original line up made a brief come back in the nineties.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 How Dare You
2 Lazy Ways
3 I Wanna Rule The World
4 I'm Mandy Fly Me
6 Art For Art's Sake
7 Rock'N'Roll Lullaby
8 Head Room
9 Don't Hang Up
10 Get It While You Can