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Complete UK Recordings 1972-1974
     

The Complete UK Recordings 1972-1974

by 10cc
 
Varese's double-disc set The Complete UK Recordings is a welcome, even necessary, addition to 10cc's catalog, collecting everything the band recorded for Jonathan King's UK Records in the early '70s. That is, it contains the entirety of their first two albums --

Overview

Varese's double-disc set The Complete UK Recordings is a welcome, even necessary, addition to 10cc's catalog, collecting everything the band recorded for Jonathan King's UK Records in the early '70s. That is, it contains the entirety of their first two albums -- 1973's 10cc and 1974's Sheet Music -- along with non-LP singles and B-sides, alternate versions, and single mixes. Given that these two records have floated in and out of print on CD over the years (including a version of the debut on Snapper that had the tracks sequenced as if it were on shuffle play), and have never had a full-fledged U.S. release, this is a valuable reissue, and the two records have never sounded this good, nor have they been presented with much care as they are here. While the alternate single mixes are largely of interest to dedicated fans (and they're the target audience for this, after all), the other non-LP material holds its own with 10cc and Sheet Music, which are the band's two strangest and weirdly inventive records. While the albums that immediately followed Sheet Music -- in particular The Original Soundtrack and Deceptive Bends -- were more accessible, this pair of LPs prove that 10cc were fearless from the outset, willing to fall on their face and happy to indulge in pure ridiculousness. It's not for every taste, even for those who like the band's soft rock hits, but for those who like their pop progressive and spiked with silliness, these two 10cc albums are essential listening, and the best place to hear them is on this exemplary reissue.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206650525
catalogNumber:
066505
Rank:
15059

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

10cc   Primary Artist
Graham Gouldman   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
Eric Stewart   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Slide Guitar
Lol Creme   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,Piano (Grand)
Kevin Godley   Percussion,Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Godley & Creme   Composer
Graham Gouldman   Composer
Eric Stewart   Composer,Engineer
10cc   Producer,Audio Production
Lol Creme   Composer
Kevin Godley   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Dawn Eden   Liner Notes
Michael Thom   Producer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction

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