SRM-1-1029 The Original Soundtrack
Produced by 10cc
Released on February 1975
UK CHART POSITION #4 . . . US CHART POSITION #15
Find it at GEMM
SRM-1-1029 cover
[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
SRM-1-1029 inner gatefold SRM-1-1029 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. UNE NUIT A PARIS    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme)    8:39
     I. One Night In Paris
     II. The Same Night In Paris
     III. Later The Same Night In Paris
  2. I'M NOT IN LOVE    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    6:04
  3. BLACKMAIL    (Graham Gouldman/Eric Stewart)    4:55
  4. THE SECOND SITTING FOR THE LAST SUPPER    (Eric Stewart/Lol Creme/Graham Gouldman/Kevin Godley)    4:23
  5. BRAND NEW DAY    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme)    4:03
  6. FLYING JUNK    (Graham Gouldman/Eric Stewart)    4:10
  7. LIFE IS A MINESTRONE    (Lol Creme/Eric Stewart)    4:30
  8. THE FILM OF MY LOVE    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme)    5:03

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  9. CHANNEL SWIMMER
  10. GOOD NEWS

CREDITS

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
AUS'L/NZ 1975 Mercury LP 6310 500  
JPN 1978 Mercury LP BT-5180 gatefold cover, lyric insert
UK   Mercury CD 830 776  
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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