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"The Very Best Of 10cc"
© Mercury/Chronicles Records
Year of Release: 1997
The Dean And I
The Wall Street Shuffle
Life Is A Minestrone
I'm Not In Love
Art For Art's Sake
I'm Mandy Fly Me
The Things We Do
Good Morning Judge
People In Love
For You And I
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"The Very Best Of 10cc"
10cc may not be a household name, but 2 of their biggest hits of the 1970s will
definitely bring back memories for those who remember them: "I'm Not In Love"
and "The Things We Do For Love" were AM staples on the radio, and oldies
station formats, yet 10cc's music has been called "art pop," and in listening to
their Very Best Of, art pop is easily defined. Another band in that same
pop style is Electric Light Orchestra, and a little like another band, Queen.
The Very Best Of 10cc is a compilation of 15 songs. 14 were from
their original releases, and the last one was from two members of the band,
were formed their own group by using their last names (Kevin) Godley &
From their self-titled debut, "Donna" has a 1950s feel, and also
can be compared to the Beatles track on Abbey Road, "Oh Darling."
The "glitter" sound can be heard on a popular hit, "Rubber Bullets,"
and as I hear this song, the guitar riffs are similar to that of AC/DC's
"Can I Sit Next To You Girl."
From their second album, Sheet Music: Another glitter-type song is
compared to that of T. Rex, on "The Dean And I." There are alot of
songs in comparsion to Electric Light Orchestra, such as "The Wall Street
Shuffle," and "Art For Art's Sake." (from a later release, How
Dare You!) A mix of ELO and Queen is heard on "Silly Love," and
"I'm Mandy Fly Me" (from How Dare You!) has the ELO qualities,
yet a progressive feel also.
The pop style is heard from songs from The Original Soundtrack --
"Life Is A Minestrone" is very pop, and the famous "I'm Not In Love"
was from this original release.
The other big hit, "The Things We Do For Love" has the 1970s pop
style, likewise "People In Love" is a pop love song, where "Good
Morning Judge" has a progressive rock feel, yet also, a southern rock style.
These 3 songs were from their album Deceptive Bends.
Two songs from their last album as 10cc entitled Bloody Tourists:
"For You And I" -- a nice pop love song, "Dreadlock Holiday" takes
a look at reggae music, and as the lyrics state, "I don't like reggae, oh no."
The last song was when Godley & Creme released a post-10cc release, The
History Mix (Volume 1).
The Very Best Of 10cc is a great look at their music, with the popular
songs of their day, and it's always interesting in hearing the "art pop" of other
songs contained as well. The songwriting of each song is very well crafted,
and sure to have the listener listen more of this album. Their original albums
are out-of-print on CD, this best-of is a good taste of 10cc's music in general.
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