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Sheet Music
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 12 June 2007
You're always a bit nervous going back. Was the album as good as you remember? well this one certainly stands the test of time (30 years?!?) Still as clever (and to today's taste, occassionally as un-PC), and with a lyrical wit that can only be dreamt of today. I'd honestly forgotten how brilliantly inventive this album was and remains.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
I played this album over and over for days when I first bought it in the 1970s, much as I did with 10cc's other albums when I bought them. 'Sheet Music' is widely thought of as their peak, partly because they widened the scope and invention that they displayed on their debut, and partly because their sense of humour began to make way for cynicism on subsequent albums. Although they're thought of as two songwriting teams, especially after Godley and Creme moved on in 1976, every permutation of songwriter pairings occurs on this album.
The band tackle a bewildering array of subjects. The big rock hit, 'Wall Street Shuffle' covers the well-worn subject of greed. Less obvious is the voodoo of 'Baron Samedi,' complete with fast, exotic percussion. The increasingly relevant 'Old Wild Men,' which brought to mind the Rolling Stones, is a beautiful piece of music, although the Stones have long outlived 10cc. 'Oh Effendi' is an hilarious piece about political shenanigans in the Middle East. Graham Gouldman's paean to indifference, 'Sacro-Iliac,' is surprising for its simplicity.
The centrepiece, though, is the tender homage to old movies, 'Somewhere In Hollywood,' a six-minute pop epic featuring superb mood and tempo changes, something that 10cc usually did wonderfully. They always gave due care to the construction of each track, so there's no padding. In addition, there are two fine bonus b-sides. The instrumental, 'Gismo My Way,' featuring the gadget Godley and Creme were developing, is superb. 'Sheet Music' is one of the essential pop albums of all time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2012
Only a band totally confident in its own abilities could produce a song called "The Worst Band in the World" and not only get away with it but make it into an absolute classic. 10cc are that band and this album, "Sheet Music" is a triumph of intelligent songs that sparkle with fiendishly funny lyrics melded to razor sharp rock tunes.
I have the album on my stereo as I write this and even after nearly 40 years it still sounds fresh and relevant; tracks like "Clockwork Creep" and "Oh Effendi" could have been written yesterday inspired by current events.

BUY THIS ALBUM NOW it is an absolute must for anybody interested in the music of the 60s and 70s.

I find it hard to understand why 10cc don't have a far greater profile; perhaps they are just too clever for the majority.

As a quick afterthought I am generally against so called "bonus tracks" being added to re-releases, tracks deemed not good enough for the original release or out-takes etc., but the 3 on this CD are actually up to the overall standard of the album and are well worthy of inclusion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2008
Like some of the other reviewers for this album, I had the vinyl when I was young. I liked it but it was only when I listened to it with older ears that I realised how truly brilliant it was/is - I 'got' the references and jokes; but more than that, I was able to immerse myself in the nostalgia and wistfulness of songs like 'Somewhere In Hollywood' and 'Old Wild Men', and see how hilarious (but still rockin'!) 'Worst Band In the World' (wonder if Malcolm McLaren listened repeatedly to this song...) and 'Silly Love' are.

Clever without being pretentious, they were four talented musicians and songwriters who couldn't put a foot wrong - if you haven't at least listened to their first four albums (before Godley and Creme departed) you're missing out on some of the best music of the 70s or any other decade: their 1973 self-titled album (perhaps a little too jokey for mine, but still great), Sheet Music (perfect, less referential and more original and mature), The Original Soundtrack (anyone with anything resembling a heart should buy this album for the song 'I'm Not In Love' alone) and How Dare You (probably the most accessible of the four; still very artistic and smart though).

My only complaint with this CD is a technical gripe - I've got the Repertoire version released in 2000 and there's some less than wonderful remastering on a few tracks. 'Silly Love' suffers in particular - on vinyl it used to have really punchy, up-front guitars, but now it sounds like a blanket's been thrown over the mix on this track - the drums have been made to sound sort of distracting and 'doofy' too. Still an amazing song though. But Eric Stewart must be peeved at what's been done to some of his awesome production work. I'd love to hear (and buy of course) a properly remastered version of this incredible album. If anyone has both the new Glam / 7t's version and the Repertoire one could they please let me know via 'comments' at the end of the review if anything's been done to fix it...?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2011
This just has to be one of the greatest albums EVER, by any group. I first bought it in the 70's, when, in my opinion, music was at its best. All tracks written by the guys, with such diverse music and lyrics. To me, they still remain one of the best bands, ever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2002
Sheet Music is the second 10cc album and reinforces the standing of the band that produced the excellent single Rubber Bullets.
This is the orginal band line up of Lol Creme, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley and Eric Stewart. Although this work is considered pop rather than the rock or progressive, the musical ability of the combo is equalled by their superb lyrics.
Three of their major hits - The Wall Street Shuffle, The Worst Band in the World and Silly Love - are to be found here. All of the tracks still sound fresh, even afer over 25 years - a remarkable tribute to their abilities.
Although, in my opinion, this album is not as good as the following one, The Original Soundtrack, it is still a most enjoyable listen with many great tunes, great guitar riffs and lyrics that make you sit up and pay attention.
Go on treat yourself, buy this album, you wont regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2009
10cc were just about the most original and inventive British pop rock band of the late 70's and 80's and this album is a classic. One only has to hear the first few bars of so many of their songs to know what it is. Wall Street Shuffle, Hotel, Worst Band in the World and Eric Stewart's guitar on Old Wild Men. Must have influenced so many bands that followed. Pure entertainment all the way.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2007
One of the great albums of all time. If you're new to 10cc and don't know about the band, this, many would say, is their best offering. All killer and no filler, as someone else once said! From the first track to the last, this album fills your head with glorious and melodic pop/rock.

A masterpiece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2007
Quite simply a classsic 70's rock pop album, 10cc best, I loved playing my brothers copy when this came out in 73, very 10cc sounding and very melodic, Silly Love has got to be the best rock riff ever, now to reveal where that cover photo was taken, It was taken in the Odeon cinema in Wood Green north london, I know this because my brother worked there and I used to go there my self and thats exactly how it looked as you went up the stairs to the big screen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2008
When the 1st album 10cc came out on the back cover there is a quote by John Peel, it says I,d love to hear a 10cc album . this their second album is perfect, 10cc were a very witty clever sarcastic four piece who very nearly got it always right. to have hit albums and singles is no mean feat I recommend this as a brilliant introduction to the world of thoughtful clever Pop Rock music album style!..here is the bit I add to say having just bought `In concert` a 1975 live original four piece, ( king biscuit issue) I`m gushing with joy a must have as a follow up to `Sheet music`.
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