|The Original Soundtrack|
|Produced by 10cc|
|Released on February 1975|
|UK CHART POSITION #4 . . . US CHART POSITION #15|
|Find it at GEMM|
[gatefold cover photo]
O ne hour with 10cc is like a day with any other band. So many different avenues are taken on The Original Soundtrack: languid ballads, crank rock and loopy stories. The result is indigestion of the senses. “Une Nuit A Paris” and “Brand New Day” are the sort of wanky stuff that made Godley and Creme a real bore sometimes, while the three Gouldman and Stewart tracks (or two of them anyway) offer welcome relief. The wondrous “I’m Not In Love” and the clever “Flying Junk” are highlights here, since I look to 10cc for left-of-center pop with unforgettable hooks. When the art and pop camps come together (“The Second Sitting For The Last Supper,” “Life Is A Minestrone”), the songs are agitated, slightly sugarcoated nonsense. Listening to this record, I can hear where a critical backlash was inevitable. Starting the record with the three-part “Une Nuit A Paris” is just so pretentious that you’ll either love the move or hate it. Closing the album with the loungey “The Film of My Love” is almost a bittersweet reminder of what could have been: clever pop music that twists stereotypes into humorous parodies. Some have suggested that “Une Nuit A Paris” is a parody of French music, but it ends up maligning the French in the process (I know, you’ll say, they’re used to it). It underscores a problem with 10cc’s parodies: they’re more mean-spirited than they need to be. “The Second Sitting For The Last Supper” is almost offensive; that their humor was never misinterpreted like Randy Newman represents a dodged rubber bullet indeed. As with How Dare You!, this is a difficult album; difficult in the way that a moody three-year-old can be difficult. I’d hold that all of albums from the original quartet are worth owning, but among them I might give The Original Soundtrack the lowest score.
|SRM-1-1029 inner gatefold||SRM-1-1029 back cover|
LOL CREME -- vocals, piano, vibes, percussion, backup vocals, organ, guitar, gizmo, violins, Moog, acoustic guitar, autoharp, lead vocal, mandolin
KEVIN GODLEY -- vocals, drums, timpani, percussion, Moog, backup vocals, lead vocal, marimba, bass drum, cellos, timbali, bongos
GRAHAM GOULDMAN -- vocals, bass, guitar, percussion, backup vocals, double bass, acoustic guitar, six string bass, autoharp, lead vocal, mandolin
ERIC STEWART -- lead vocals, vocals, guitar, steel guitar, electric piano, piano, organ, backup vocals, lead guitar, percussion, engineer, mixing
Hipgnosis -- sleeve design, photograph
Humphrey Ocean -- pencil drawings
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|EUR/SAF||1975||Mercury||LP||9102 500||gatefold cover, lyric insert|
|US||February 1975||Mercury||LP/CS/8T||SRM/MCR-4/MC-8-1-1029||gatefold cover, lyric insert|
|JPN||1978||Mercury||LP||BT-5180||gatefold cover, lyric insert|
|GER||Mercury||CDX||532 964||digital remaster w. bonus tracks|
|US||Mobile Fidelity||CD||UDCD-729||original master recording|
|JPN||Mercury||CDX||PHCR-4417||digital remaster w. bonus tracks|
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