The Original Soundtrack

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Not to be confused with Original Soundtrack (album).
The Original Soundtrack
Studio album by 10cc
Released March 1975
Recorded 1974 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, Cheshire, England
Genre Rock, art rock
Length 41:46
Label Mercury
Producer 10cc
10cc chronology
Sheet Music
(1974)
The Original Soundtrack
(1975)
How Dare You!
(1976)
Singles from The Original Soundtrack
  1. "Life Is a Minestrone" b/w "Channel Swimmer"
    Released: 28 March 1975
  2. "I'm Not in Love" b/w "Good News"
    Released: 23 May 1975
  3. "Life Is a Minestrone" / "Lazy Ways"
    Released: August 1976 (US Double A-Side)

The Original Soundtrack is the third studio album by the English art rock band 10cc. It was released in 1975 and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart. The Original Soundtrack includes the singles "Life Is a Minestrone" and "I'm Not in Love", the latter of which is the band's most popular song.

The album was recorded and produced by the band at Strawberry Studios in 1974 with Eric Stewart engineering and mixing. The album received good reviews when originally released on LP and cassette by Mercury Records in March 1975. The album has since been reissued on several occasions with bonus tracks and has been remastered. The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis and illustrated by artist Humphrey Ocean.

Background[edit]

The album was the first to be released by Mercury Records after signing the band for $1 million in February 1975. The catalyst for the deal was the fact the record executives had heard one song – "I'm Not in Love". Eric Stewart recalled:

At that point in time we were still on Jonathan King's label, but struggling. We were absolutely skint, the lot of us, we were really struggling seriously, and Philips Phonogram wanted to do a deal with us. They wanted to buy Jonathan King's contract. I rang them. I said come and have a listen to what we've done, come and have a listen to this track. And they came up and they freaked, and they said, "This is a masterpiece. How much money, what do you want? What sort of a contract do you want? We'll do anything, we'll sign it." On the strength of that one song, we did a five-year deal with them for five albums and they paid us a serious amount of money.[1]

The rest of the album, which was already complete, was released just weeks later.

The album's opening track, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme's "Une Nuit A Paris", is an nine-minute, multi-part "mini-operetta". Its melody can also be heard in the overture to Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera.

Stewart recalled the inception of the single "Life Is a Minestrone" in a BBC Radio Wales interview:

"We'd finished in the studio, Strawberry Studios, we'd finished recording and Lol was staying with me at the time... and we were driving home and listening to BBC radio and this guy says 'mmmrrhhr mmhmrmr strone' and Lol says, 'Did that guy say life is a minestrone?' I said I don't know but what a great song, what a great idea for a song, what a great title. Life is a minestrone, isn't it. It's a mixture of everything we pile in there and of course once we sat down to start writing 'Life Is a Minestrone,' well, what's death? Death's got to be a cold lasagna, you know, 3 days old, stuck in the fridge, you don't want to eat it, and once you get on, on a roll like that about food and, and feeling, we had it written in a day."[citation needed]

The album's most famous song, "I'm Not in Love", was built around a simple title by Stewart.[citation needed] The song is noted for its innovative production, especially its richly overdubbed choral backing.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau D+[3]

The Original Soundtrack was a critical and commercial success reaching No. 4 in the UK[4] and No.15 in the US.[5]

Ken Barnes gave the album a rave review in Rolling Stone, commenting, "Musically there's more going on than in ten Yes albums, yet it's generally as accessible as a straight pop band (though less so than the two preceding 10cc LPs)." He particularly praised the album for being ambitious without being excessive or pretentious, and for its lyrical content.[6]

Robert Christgau panned the album, remarking of the song "I'm Not in Love": "stretching your only decent melody (a nonsatirical love song) over six tedious minutes, is that a joke?"[3]

The first single "Life Is a Minestrone" was another UK Top 10 for the band, peaking at No. 7.[4] Their biggest success came with the song that sold the album, "I'm Not in Love", which gave the band their second UK No. 1 in June 1975, staying there for two weeks.[4] The song also provided them with their first major US chart success when the song reached No. 2.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Une Nuit A Paris" (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme) – 8:40
    • Lol Creme – Vocals, Pianos, Vibes, Percussion
    • Eric Stewart – Vocals, Steel Guitar
    • Graham Gouldman – Vocals, Bass, Percussion
    • Kevin Godley – Vocals, Drums, Timpani, Percussion
  2. "I'm Not in Love" (Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman) – 6:08
    • Eric Stewart – Lead Vocal, Electric Piano
    • Graham Gouldman – Guitar, Bass, Backup Vocals
    • Kevin Godley – Moog, Backup Vocals
    • Lol Creme – Piano, Backup Vocals
  3. "Blackmail" (Gouldman, Stewart) – 4:28
    • Lol Creme – Vocals, Organ
    • Kevin Godley – Vocals, Drums
    • Eric Stewart – Vocals, Guitar, Steel Guitar, Piano
    • Graham Gouldman – Vocals, Guitar, Bass

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Second Sitting for the Last Supper" (Stewart, Creme, Gouldman, Godley) – 4:25
    • Eric Stewart – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Backup Vocals
    • Kevin Godley – Drums, Percussion, Backup Vocals
    • Lol Creme – Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Backup Vocals
    • Graham Gouldman – Guitar, Bass, Backup Vocals
  2. "Brand New Day" (Godley, Creme) – 4:04
    • Kevin Godley – 1st Lead Vocal, Marimba, Bass Drum, Timpani, Cellos, Backup Vocals
    • Eric Stewart – 2nd Lead Vocal, Guitar, Backup Vocals
    • Lol Creme – Pianos, Gizmo, Violins, Moog, Backup Vocals
    • Graham Gouldman – Bass, Double Bass, Backup Vocals
  3. "Flying Junk" (Gouldman, Stewart) – 4:10
    • Eric Stewart – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Electric Piano, Piano
    • Graham Gouldman – Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Six String Bass, Autoharp, Backup Vocals
    • Lol Creme – Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Autoharp, Backup Vocals
    • Kevin Godley – Drums, Percussion, Backup Vocals
  4. "Life Is a Minestrone" (Creme, Stewart) – 4:42
    • Lol Creme – Lead Vocal, Piano, Electric Piano, Percussion, Guitar, Backup Vocals
    • Kevin Godley – Drums, Timbali, Percussion, Backup Vocals
    • Eric Stewart – Guitar, Backup Vocals
    • Graham Gouldman – Bass, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backup Vocals
  5. "The Film of My Love" (Godley, Creme) – 5:07
    • Graham Gouldman – Lead Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Mandolins
    • Eric Stewart – Guitar, Organs, Percussion, Backup Vocals
    • Lol Creme – Piano, Percussion, Mandolins, Backup Vocals
    • Kevin Godley – Bongos, Percussion, Backup Vocals

Japan bonus tracks[edit]

09. "Life Is a Minestrone (Single Edit)"
10. "Channel Swimmer"
11. "I'm Not in Love (Single Edit)"
12. "Good News"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I Write The Songs". Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ The Original Soundtrack at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b Robert Christgau. "Album: 10cc: The Original Soundtrack". Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "10 C.C.". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "10cc Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Barnes, Ken (19 June 1975). "Album review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. 
  7. ^ 10CC Hot 100 chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved 13 October 2013.