PD-1-6161 Bloody Tourists
Produced by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman
Released on September 1978
UK CHART POSITION #3 . . . US CHART POSITION #69
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T he last of the melodic money shots, if their next album is any indication. 10cc had swelled to a sextet following their last tour, though the focus remains the sharp songwriting of Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart. Bloody Tourists isn’t the adventurous 10cc of old, having settled into a kind of Kinks/Wings pop quirkiness since Deceptive Bends. It is the last album to contain what could be considered essential 10cc songs: “Dreadlock Holiday” (the best pro-marijuana reggae novelty song you’ll ever hear) and “For You And I” (immaculate pop in the vein of “I’m Not In Love”). Just a notch below them are intelligent album cuts like “From Rochdale To Ocho Rios,” “Life Line” and “Reds In My Bed” (sung by Stuart Tosh, who sounds like a lost Davies brother). The rest of the album is less memorable but still ambitious for pop music, and the only way 10cc can fail is when they lack ambition. There is no unifying theme on Bloody Tourists that I can find, though the narratives are often written from the perspective of someone outside of his own element: an englishman in Jamaica, an alcoholic at a bar, a reluctant spy in Russia. And one track, “Life Line,” feels like a leftover from How Dare You? (albeit a tasty leftover). If you enjoy the melodic craft of 10cc minus the spills and thrills, Bloody Tourists is a bloody well done pop album in spots. It’s a little like riding the “safe” rollercoaster at the amusement park, but not everyone pined for the queasy contributions of Godley and Creme.

PD-1-6161 inner gatefold PD-1-6161 back cover
PD-1-6161 inner gatefold PD-1-6161 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. DREADLOCK HOLIDAY    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    4:28
  2. FOR YOU AND I    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    5:20
  3. TAKE THESE CHAINS    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    2:36
  4. SHOCK ON THE TUBE (DON'T WANT LOVE)    (Eric Stewart)    3:38
  5. LAST NIGHT    (Graham Gouldman/Rick Fenn)    3:10
  6. THE ANONYMOUS ALCOHOLIC    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    5:38
  7. REDS IN MY BED    (Eric Stewart/Stuart Tosh)    4:08
  8. LIFE LINE    (Graham Gouldman)    3:26
  9. TOKYO    (Eric Stewart)    4:29
  10. OLD MISTER TIME    (Eric Stewart/Duncan Mackay)    4:27
  11. FROM ROCHDALE TO OCHO RIOS    (Graham Gouldman)    3:41
  12. EVERYTHING YOU'VE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT!!! (EXCLAMATION MARKS)    (Eric Stewart)    4:25
  13. (CD bonus track:) NOTHING CAN MOVE ME

    Arranged by 10cc

CREDITS

PAUL BURGESS -- cow bells, congas, marimba, triangle, a go go bells, timbales, drums, concert bass drums, glockenspiel, disco drums, military snare drum, tambourine, roto-toms, vibes, percussion, backing vocals
RICK FENN -- lead guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals, organ, Moog solo, polymoog, Moog brass, sax, rick fenn's dorking horns, acoustic guitar, fretless bass, tambourine, percussion
GRAHAM GOULDMAN -- lead vocal, bass, electric guitar, cabasa, backing vocals, six string bass, acoustic guitar, harmony vocals, fuzz bass, bass zither, wind chimes, tambourine, percussion, whistle
DUNCAN MACKAY -- Yamaha CS80, grand piano, violin, backing vocals, electric piano, Moog, Taurus bass pedals, tambourine, percussion, steel drum solo
ERIC STEWART -- lead vocal, electric guitar, electric piano, backing vocals, organ, maracas, Moog trumpets, polymoog strings, lead guitar, grand piano, slide guitar, harmony vocals, cow bell, fuzz guitar, M/C, engineer, mixing and re-mixing
STUART TOSH -- drums, backing vocals, tambourine, snare drum, cow bell, jingle bells, trombone, bongos, disco drums, congas, lead vocal, cabasa, military snare drum
Kate Spath -- cello (10)
Tony Spath -- backing vocals (11), engineer
Keith Bessey -- engineer
Hipgnosis -- cover design & photos
George Hardie -- graphics

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 1978 Polydor LP/CS 9102 503 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
US/CAN September 1978 Polydor LP/CS/8T PD/CT/8T-1-6161 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
WW 1978 Mercury LP 6310 504 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
JPN 1978 Mercury LP RJ-7504 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
GER   Mercury CD 826 921  
UK/US 1997 Mercury CD 534 973 digital remaster w. bonus track
JPN 2001 Mercury CDX UICY-9176 digital remaster w. bonus track

 

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