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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Making parodies of late 1950s pop songs may not sound like a good premise for an album, but 10cc's debut album is littered with them. What makes them work is the then-futuristic sound that the band conjured up, the sheer guitar sounds, the imaginative vocal arrangements, the wit, and the energy of the whole.
Lol Creme's astonishing falsetto leads the way on the band's breakthrough hit, 'Donna,' while the follow-up number one, 'Rubber Bullets' is a perky take on the subject covered in 'Riot In Cell Block No. 9,' the old Coasters song. The third big hit, 'The Dean And I,' is the slickest track and, arguably, the best song of the three.
'Sand In My Face' is a funny take on bodybuilding, almost as good as the singles. The one flop single, 'Johnny Don't Do It,' doesn't differ enough from its target, 'Tell Laura I Love Her,' but is well done nevertheless. The other songs are not bound in the past. 'Speed Kills' is a startling rocker with a vocal arrangement that sounds as if it was designed for a slower track. Eric Stewart's 'Headline Hustler' points more toward the band's later, more pointed content. 'Fresh Air For My Mama' is a more poignant, delicate song, part of which is cannibalised from a track they recorded in their earlier Hotlegs guise. But the other two songs emphasise the humour of the project, most of it seemingly under the influence of Godley and Creme.
There are also some wonderful b-sides on this reissue, the major highlight being Stewart and Gouldman's country-rock tinged ballad, 'Waterfall.' Anyone who likes melody, wit and invention in their pop music should like this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2009
If you put together four time-served session musicians who had until recently been churning out novelty pop singles for the Kasenetz-Katz partnership and let them loose on an album you'd be forgiven for not expecting too much from them. Instead on this fine debut album 10cc produced, like their name was wryly intended to suggest, a lot more; a surprisingly sparkling set of witty, literate and deft pop songs.

Taken as a whole you can hear the group working out its "sound" whilst trying to engage the public. 10cc's first pair of singles, both excellent 50s parodies -- the doo-wop "Donna" and the generic death song "Johnny Don't Do It" -- appear early and it's hard not to avoid the impression that the group were very aware of the then popularity of glam rock, with its obvious 50s roots. Nevertheless, both songs contain the hallmarks of 10cc at their best; keen observation, mordant irony and humour.

Two other excellent singles, "The Dean And I" and "Rubber Bullets" -- the latter propelled to number one in the charts by a misguided BBC ban -- are included and demonstrate those same 10cc hallmarks without the conceit of parody. If the rest of the tracks aren't quite up to the same high standards nevertheless there's a lot of fine writing and wit so none disappoint. You can also hear the musical ambition of the group developing, a trait that was to be fully realised in the construction and sound of tracks on their future LPs.

This early effort highlighted the unique combination of craft and imagination that the four members of 10cc brought to the group and, even if slightly unfocused, is a rewarding and highly likeable album.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2011
10cc's first album, "10cc" deserves some consideration. This includes all the early singles, "Donna" (almost a direct steal from The Beatles' 50's pastiche, "Oh Darling"), "Rubber Bullets", "The Dean And I" all of which are classic 'American-style' pop songs redolent of the early 60's. "Rubber Bullets" still gets plenty of airplay on the majority of 'golden oldies' radio, "The Dean And I" to a lesser extent.

Other songs, such as "Johnny Don't Do It" which opens the "10cc album", follows the trend of the three singles and "Sand In My Face" is a riposte to the 'Charles Atlas' adverts so commonplace in the 60's and 70's. 'Dynamic Tension can do this for you, dynamic tension - make a man out of you'.

There are a couple of weak tracks, quite obviously album fillers, tucked in here ("Headline Hustler" does not stand out here at all) but, the (original) album closes with the very witty "Hospital Song" with a superb vocal which I'm sure ONLY Kevin Godley could do. Then Eric Stewart shows off his slide guitar prowess on the weaker "Ships Don't Disappear (Do They?) with the wonderful line "better be nice to Vincent Price" and then the wonderful (again American-style - think West Side Story) "Fresh Air For My Mama" where once again, Godley gets to perform the vocal that, probably, only he can do.

I give "10cc' a three star qualification and here's a fine and promising debut and an album with a hint of promise to come. Don't pay a fortune but, still, not to be missed!
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on 14 July 2013
Given the circumstances when this was recorded it's a remarkable album. Some excellent songs - Donna, Rubber Bullets, The Dean and I, The Hospital Song - and one or two that are not up to it. There are some nods towards later developments and, throughout, a feeling that the band put everything into producing a solid work with some great singing. It's stood up to the tests of time very well.
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on 9 June 2015
Great with the single version of rubber bullets ad one of the bonus tracks. One minus is between rubber bullets and the next track there is a very annoying sound gap. I believe rubber bullets should join straight onto the hospital song.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2013
good quilty sound great song writers still good today as they always were,brought bake a lot off memories made me feel old
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2015
very good album
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I already have this album on vinyl from when it first came out .it was brilliant then ,and is still brilliant now.buy it you will not stop listening to it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic 1st album some great songs and witty lyrics buy it if u love 10cc you will love this cd
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2014
an excellent addition to my record collection .
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