Sheet Music (album)

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Sheet Music
10ccSheetMusic.jpg
Studio album by 10cc
Released28 May 1974[1]
Recorded1974
StudioStrawberry Studios, Stockport, Cheshire, England
Genre[2]
Length37:12
LabelUK (original release)
Mercury (1982 reissue)
Repertoire (2000 German CD reissue)
Producer10cc
10cc chronology
10cc
(1973)
Sheet Music
(1974)
The Original Soundtrack
(1975)
Singles from Sheet Music
  1. "The Worst Band in the World" b/w "18 Carat Man of Means"
    Released: January 1974
  2. "The Wall Street Shuffle" b/w "Gismo My Way"
    Released: May 1974
  3. "Silly Love" b/w "The Sacro-Iliac"
    Released: August 1974

Sheet Music is the second album by the English rock band 10cc. It was released in 1974 on UK records (No: UKAL 1007) and yielded the hit singles "The Wall Street Shuffle" and "Silly Love". The album reached No 9 in the UK and No 81 in the United States. It was produced by 10cc, engineered and mixed by Eric Stewart.

Stewart nominated Sheet Music as his favourite 10cc album to record[3]. Graham Gouldman has also expressed that he considers Sheet Music the group's "best album, epitomising what 10cc was all about. Unique songwriting and production."[4]

Production[edit]

The album was produced by 10cc, engineered and mixed by Eric Stewart. In a 2006 interview ex-drummer Kevin Godley said: "We’d really started to explode creatively and didn’t recognise any boundaries. We were buzzing on each other and exploring our joint and individual capabilities. Lots of excitement and energy at those sessions and, more important, an innocence that was open to anything."[5]

While 10cc were recording the album during the day, Paul McCartney was using the studio in the evenings to produce his brother Mike's album, McGear. Graham Gouldman remarked how the band used Paul's drum kit for their album, and how Paul's influence was certainly felt while making the record.

The subject of the song "Clockwork Creep", which ends side one of the album, is a bomb describing its final minute in its countdown to detonation aboard a jumbo jet.[6]

Reception[edit]

Charley Walters in his 1974 Rolling Stone review felt that the band had "concocted standard pop into their own inventive, even sophisticated, art", and that while not typical pop music it would be popular with AM-oriented DJs and their listeners.[7] Billboard felt the band had a "certain zany feeling", but that "their songs are far from silly when carefully listened to" and they had "some of the most innovative vocal techniques and instrumental arrangements around".[8]

Singles[edit]

Three singles were taken from the album and were all released in 1974. "The Worst Band in the World" failed to chart, while "The Wall Street Shuffle" made number 10 in the UK and number 1 in the Netherlands. "Silly Love" made number 24 in the UK.

Legacy[edit]

Dave Thompson in a summary of the album for Allmusic felt that it had staying power and that it was "perhaps the most widely adventurous album of what would become a wildly adventurous year".[9] George Durbalau in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die felt it was "a piece of well-crafted, highly idiosyncratic pop" and was "in a word, inventive".[10]

This album in its entirety, including all of the Bonus cuts from the 1993 release and the 2007 release appear, along with 10cc's first album, "10cc" and all it's released Bonus cuts, on "10cc - The Complete UK Recordings," on Varèse Sarabande Records.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."The Wall Street Shuffle"Stewart with Gouldman3:54
2."The Worst Band in the World"
Creme with Gouldman2:49
3."Hotel"
Godley with Gouldman4:54
4."Old Wild Men"
  • Creme
  • Godley
Stewart and Godley3:21
5."Clockwork Creep"
  • Creme
  • Godley
Creme, Godley, and Stewart2:46
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Silly Love"
  • Stewart
  • Creme
Creme with Stewart4:01
7."Somewhere in Hollywood"
  • Creme
  • Godley
Godley with Creme6:39
8."Baron Samedi"
  • Stewart
  • Gouldman
Stewart with Gouldman3:46
9."The Sacro-Iliac"
  • Gouldman
  • Godley
Gouldman and Godley2:33
10."Oh Effendi"
  • Stewart
  • Godley
Godley and Stewart2:49

1993 CD release bonus track[edit]

  1. "Waterfall" (Stewart, Gouldman) – 3:43

2007 CD release bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "18 Carat Man of Means" – 3:27
  2. "Gismo My Way" (Instrumental) – 3:43
  3. "The Worst Band in the World" (Radio Version) – 2:49

This album in its entirety, including all of the Bonus cuts from the 1993 and 2007 release appear, along with 10cc's first album, "10cc" and all it's released Bonus cuts, on "10cc - The Complete UK Recordings," on Varèse Sarabande Records.[11][12]

Personnel[edit]

10cc

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10cc to celebrate Sheet Music's 40th anniversary at Royal Albert Hall gig". Express.co.uk. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  2. ^ Grimstad, Paul. "What is Avant-Pop?". Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  3. ^ https://thestrangebrew.co.uk/eric-stewart-1/
  4. ^ "10cc: music". 10cc Official Website. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kevin Godley interview". Muzikreviews.com. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  6. ^ Lester, Paul (22 November 2012). "10cc: 'It was a tragedy we didn't stay together'". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  7. ^ Charley Walters (12 September 1974). "10cc – Sheet Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  8. ^ "10cc – Sheet Music". Billboard. 1974. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  9. ^ Dave Thompson (2012). "Sheet Music – 10cc | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 April 2012. Dave Thompson
  10. ^ George Durbalau. "1001 Albums: You Must Hear Before You Die". Books.google.co.uk. Octopus Publishing Group. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  11. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "10cc: The Complete UK Recordings 1972-1974" (review; CD release date, 16 March 2004). AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  12. ^ "10cc: The Complete UK Recordings". Varesesarabande.com (publisher's product description). Retrieved 31 August 2017.

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