“Sheet Music” by 10cc - album review

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TJR says

The second album from the inventive Stockport four was delivered in May, 1974, on Jonathan King's UK Records label. The talented multi-instrumentalists line-up: Eric Stewart (29, guitars, keyboards, vocals), Lol Creme (26, guitar, keyboards, percussion, vocals), Graham Gouldman (28, bass guitar, guitar, percussion, vocals) and Kevin Godley (29, drums, percussion, vocals). The mood of the record changes often, lurching from the earnest to the goofy without warning. In whichever style they choose to adopt, technical excellence is a given and, whilst I can appreciate that they're trying something a little bit different, it leaves me unmoved, or even hostile when the proggish falsetto hell of “Somewhere In Hollywood” stretches out. By contrast, the sharp and funny “Clockwork Creep” is a livewire which bizarrely lands us in the middle of a conversation between a jumbo jet and a bomb, with a humour and a musical delivery which very much puts me in mind of Sparks. The album and “The Wall Street Shuffle” single both went Top 10 in the UK - not that they'd have earned much. Three years into their five-year contract with King, they were on a mere 4% of royalties!

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:54] 4.2.png 10cc - The Wall Street Shuffle (Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A2 [02:49] 4.4.png 10cc - The Worst Band In The World (Graham Gouldman, Lol Creme) Cerebral Pop
A3 [04:54] 4.7.png 10cc - Hotel (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme) Pop
A4 [03:21] 2.0.png 10cc - Old Wild Men (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme) Songwriter
A5 [02:46] 5.5.png 10cc - Clockwork Creep (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme) Prog
B1 [04:01] 3.9.png 10cc - Silly Love (Eric Stewart, Lol Creme) Rock
B2 [06:39] 1.6.png 10cc - Somewhere In Hollywood (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme) Prog
B3 [03:46] 4.0.png 10cc - Baron Samedi (Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman) Rock
B4 [02:33] 2.3.png 10cc - The Sacro-Iliac (Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman) Pop
B5 [02:49] 2.5.png 10cc - Oh Effendi (Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley) Soft Rock / A.O.R.

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