10CC -- The Very Best of 10CC (Mercury)

From their humble beginnings in 1972, through the band's heyday in the mid to late 70's, and the various solo projects, the members of 10CC (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme, Graham Gouldman, and Eric Stewart) have been responsible for creating some of the most innovative and interesting music of the rock era. Songs like "I'm Not in Love" (considered a technological breakthrough when originally released, because of all the vocal overdubs) and "The Things we Do For Love" have become classic rock mainstays. 10CC were always known for their brilliantly crafted pop songs, but in addition, their music often contained wry humor and loads of double entendres. Just listen to tracks like "Life is a Minestrone" or "Rubber Bullets" and you'll see what I mean.

The Very Best of 10CC contains all the songs you remember (and maybe even a few that you forgot about) from FM radio--"Art For Art's Sake (the full length version, not the edit)," "Good Morning Judge," "The Wall Street Shuffle," "I'm Mandy, Fly Me" and more. The only song I can think of that isn't a part of this compilation is "Feel the Benefit." As an added bonus, though, you get the Godley & Creme single, "Cry," tacked onto the end of the disc. All the tracks on this CD are newly remastered and they sound better than ever. No music collection is complete without a copy of this excellent CD.

1997 Steve Marshall