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|Studio album by|
|Released||11 May 1992|
|Studio||Bearsville Studios (Woodstock, New York, US) |
The Hit Factory (New York City)
River Sound Studios (New York))
Bill Schnee Studio (Los Angeles)
Village Recorders (Los Angeles)
|Producer||Gary Katz, 10cc|
|Singles from ...Meanwhile|
...Meanwhile is the tenth studio album by British rock band 10cc. It was recorded at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York, The Hit Factory, New York, River Sound Studios, New York, Bill Schnee Studio, Los Angeles and Village Recorders, Los Angeles and released in 1992.
Background to recording
The background to reuniting the original 10cc members was the success of the 1987 compilation album Changing Faces – The Very Best of 10cc and Godley & Creme:
[Changing Faces] did really well and we all met up again for a lunch. It was to be presented with these fabulous platinum discs. Also round that time our record company made us a very nice offer that we couldn't really refuse, and the fact that we'd all come together again ... we'd sort of resisted working together again and it seemed like a nice thing to do.— Graham Gouldman
Initially the project looked promising with Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman entering the studio with a stockpile of 22 songs:
We had some good songs, so we felt confident that we could still do it. Polydor were pleased with the demos, and so we did the album.— Graham Gouldman
The band became involved with producer Gary Katz at the request from the band's label Polydor, who was known for his strong association with Steely Dan, a band with whom 10cc were often compared. However, their relationship didn't work out in terms of production and the use of session musicians for which both Gouldman and Stewart expressed their regrets:
Our record company wanted an American producer, they thought it would help break the American market, and once you start to follow things like that, it’s the slippery slope.
We got to the studio, and we had problems with our producer. There wasn’t always harmony and I think it created a very one dimensional album. It’s also got this darkness to it that I don’t like. Some of the songs, particularly 'Welcome to Paradise', which were brilliant when you hear the demos, didn’t translate into the studio.
That and other things combined to make an album which could have been a lot better. There were two things that were wrong for me, I didn’t like his idea of bringing in session men; they weren’t our players, they weren’t our band. Jeff Porcaro was one of the finest drummers in the universe, Freddie Washington the finest bass player. But anyone could have them and I was against this. Gary wanted to use his people, though. He’d always used them, he was very secure with them.— Graham Gouldman
I love the Meanwhile tracks, but wish we hadn't gone to Gary Katz for production. At the time it was thought by Polyglot that we needed 'new blood' to produce us in a different way. I really enjoyed working with other musicians though, especially Jeff Porcaro on the drums, but in retrospect the production mess we got into leaves a bad taste in my mouth."— Eric Stewart
The album also didn't capture the actual reunion of 10cc: Kevin Godley performed lead vocals on "The Stars Didn't Show" and backing vocals on two songs, while Lol Creme supplied backing vocals on six songs. Neither of them contributed to the recording process of the album.
I wasn’t involved with the making of this album at all so I know very little about how it was put together. I was simply asked to sing lead vocal on one song and was flown to New York to record it. The three of us had a lovely reunion breakfast on day one. As I recall all the basic tracks had already been recorded so it was myself, Graham, Eric and producer Gary Katz for two vocal heavy days.— Kevin Godley
In a 2006 interview Kevin Godley recalled the tension in the studio as he participated in the recording of the album:
I do recall a strange atmosphere in the studio. An intangible awkwardness. Everything sounded 'great', everyone got on 'great', but there was an essential ingredient missing. I also sensed G and E growing apart. Gary Katz was acting as a political as well as creative buffer keeping personalities as well as music on course. I’ve never actually heard the complete album, although I did enjoy singing "The Stars Didn’t Show".— Kevin Godley
Both Gouldman and Stewart point to the experience of making ...Meanwhile as the beginning of the end of their partnership and 10cc.
Apart from Kevin Godley's vocals on "The Stars Didn't Show" and a b-side "Lost in Love" with Gouldman singing lead, all of the album's lead vocals were sung by Stewart. Session musicians Jeff Porcaro and Freddie Washington, who were hired by Gary Katz, were featured on all tracks on drums and bass respectively. Notable appearances on the album include Andrew Gold, who collaborated with 10cc and Graham Gouldman in the past, and blues pianist Dr. John. The album's closing song, "Don't Break the Promises", was co-written by Eric Stewart and Paul McCartney during the sessions to McCartney's album Press to Play and later finished by 10cc for the album.
The album's liner notes included the line: "In memory of Hyme "The Rhyme" Gouldman (1908–1991)". Gouldman, an amateur playwright, was the father of Graham Gouldman.
The cover photography was supplied by the Prefecture de Police, Paris.
Release and reception
By the time the album was completed and ready to release there had been changes at Polydor and the new regime didn't believe it would be a hit, and spent very little to promote it. In a hospital radio interview in 1993, Graham Gouldman said: "Polydor spent £750,000 to make it and £7,500 to promote it."
The album narrowly missed the Top 75 album chart in the UK (though it made No.66 in the Network chart – an alternative to the official chart). Two singles were picked up from the album. The first was "Woman in Love" backed with the non-album track "Man with a Mission". The single included the album version of the track rather than the single edit that was issued to radio. The second single, "Welcome to Paradise", a favourite of both Eric and Graham's followed, included the album version of the title track, with two further non-album tracks: "Don't" and "Lost in Love". Both singles failed to chart
Stewart and Gouldman stated that there were additional songs planned as singles from '...Meanwhile'. Graham Gouldman was interviewed by Mark Wardle on Tarka Radio – a hospital radio station – in 1993 and stated that "Don't Break the Promises" would have been the third single, and then "The Stars Didn't Show" and "Wonderland" as fourth and fifth possible singles. Due to the lack of success of the first two singles, these were cancelled.
Later that year, Polydor, who the band had signed a five-album deal with, didn't take up their option and dropped the band.
The album was reissued in 2008 with single edits and b-sides as bonus tracks.
|1.||"Woman in Love"||6:11|
|3.||"Fill Her Up"||4:08|
|5.||"Welcome to Paradise"||6:14|
|6.||"The Stars Didn't Show"||4:51|
|7.||"Green Eyed Monster"||4:44|
|8.||"Charity Begins at Home"||4:55|
|9.||"Shine a Light in the Dark"||5:42|
|10.||"Don't Break the Promises" (Stewart, Paul McCartney, Gouldman)||6:22|
Bonus tracks on 2008 reissue
|11.||"Man with a Mission"||5:54|
|13.||"Lost in Love"||4:58|
|14.||"Welcome to Paradise (7" Edit)"||4:05|
|15.||"Woman in Love (DJ Edit)"||4:21|
Bonus tracks on 2008 Japanese reissue
|11.||"Woman in Love (Radio Edit)"||4:01|
|12.||"Man with a Mission"||5:54|
|13.||"Welcome to Paradise (7" Edit)"||4:05|
|15.||"Lost in Love"||4:58|
|16.||"Woman in Love (DJ Edit)"||4:21|
- Eric Stewart – lead vocals (tracks 1-5, 7-10), slide guitar & strings (track 1), Fender Rhodes electric piano (tracks 1, 2, 5), grand piano
- Graham Gouldman – guitars (tracks 1-10), backing vocals (tracks 1-9)
- Lol Creme – backing vocals (tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9)
- Kevin Godley – lead vocals (track 6), backing vocals (tracks 5, 8)
- Additional personnel
- Jeff Porcaro – drums, percussion
- Freddie Washington – 5-string bass guitar
- Michael Landau – lead guitar (tracks 2, 5, 6, 9, 10), rhythm guitar (track 7)
- David Paich – Hammond B3 organ (tracks 2, 6), melody synth (track 5), string synth (track 10)
- Bashiri Johnson – percussion (tracks 5, 6, 9), tambourine (track 7)
- Andrew Gold – 12 string guitar (track 8)
- Dr. John – grand piano (tracks 3, 4, 8)
- Paul Griffin – synthesizers (track 5)
- Jerry Hey – horn arrangement & trumpet (tracks 5, 7)
- Gary Grant – trumpet (tracks 5, 7)
- Dan Higgins – saxophone (tracks 5, 7)
- Frank Floyd, Fonzi Thornton, Curtis King, Tawatha Agee, Vaneese Thomas – backing vocals (track 5)
- Kim Hutchcroften – saxophone (track 7)
- Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone (track 7)
- Gordon Gaines – lead guitar (track 8)
- AllMusic review by Dave Thompson
- "Eric Stewart & Graham Gouldman interviewed on radio". The10ccfanclub.com. 1992.
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- "Eric Stewart's reply to question at his website". Archived from the original on 25 May 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2006.
- "Kevin Godley interview". Muzikreviews.com. Archived from the original on 8 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
- Harris, Will (7 September 2007). "A Chat with Graham Gouldman". Bullz-Eye.com. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
- 10cc - ...Meanwhile (1992) album credits at AllMusic
- 10cc - ...Meanwhile (1992) album credits at Discogs