The Original Soundtrack

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The Original Soundtrack
10cc-The Original Soundtrack (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
Released11 March 1975 (1975-03-11)
StudioStrawberry Studios, Stockport, Cheshire, England
10cc chronology
Sheet Music
The Original Soundtrack
Singles from The Original Soundtrack
  1. "Life Is a Minestrone"
    Released: 28 March 1975
  2. "I'm Not in Love"
    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 three on the UK Albums Chart. The Original Soundtrack includes the singles "Life Is a Minestrone", and "I'm Not in Love", the band's most popular song.

The album received good reviews when originally released on LP and cassette by Mercury Records in March 1975. It was ranked number 976 in All-Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd. edition, 2000).[1]


The album was recorded and produced by the band at Strawberry Studios in 1974 with Eric Stewart engineering and mixing. 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.[2]

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 a nine-minute, multi-part "mini-operetta". In English, the title (which should be written "Une nuit à Paris" to be correct in French) translates as "One Night in Paris" and the suite is divided into three separate parts:

  • Part 1 - One Night in Paris
  • Part 2 - The Same Night in Paris
  • Part 3 - Later That Same Night in Paris

Lyrically the song tells a tale of a British tourist in Paris, France. The locals attempt to con the man into buying items such as a Swiss watch and photographs. Eventually, the man ends up in the red-light district and although he feels ripped off, sleeps with a prostitute. Due to a series of complications, a policeman arrives on the scene and is shot dead.

The album's most famous song, "I'm Not in Love", was built around a simple title by Stewart which asks the many ways the words "I love you" can be said without uttering them.[citation needed]

The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis and illustrated by artist Humphrey Ocean.


The album has been reissued on several occasions with bonus tracks including b-sides and single edits and has been remastered.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideD+[4]

The Original Soundtrack was a critical and commercial success reaching No. 3 in the UK[5] and No. 15 in the U.S.[6]

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.[7]

Village Voice critic Robert Christgau panned the album, remarking of the song "I'm Not in Love": "stretching your only decent melody (a non-satirical love song) over six tedious minutes, is that a joke?"[4]

The first single "Life Is a Minestrone" was another UK Top 10 for the band, peaking at No. 7.[5] 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.[5] The song also provided them with their first major US chart success when the song reached No. 2.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Une Nuit a Paris"Stewart, Creme, Gouldman, and Godley8:40
2."I'm Not in Love"Stewart6:08
  • Stewart
  • Gouldman
Stewart, Creme, Gouldman, and Godley4:28
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
4."The Second Sitting for the Last Supper"
  • Stewart
  • Creme
  • Gouldman
  • Godley
5."Brand New Day"
  • Creme
  • Godley
Godley and Stewart4:04
6."Flying Junk"
  • Stewart
  • Gouldman
7."Life Is a Minestrone"
  • Stewart
  • Creme
8."The Film of My Love"
  • Creme
  • Godley

Bonus tracks on the 1997 CD edition[edit]

9."Channel Swimmer"
  • Godley
  • Gouldman
10."Good News"
  • Godley
  • Creme

Additional bonus tracks on Japanese edition[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
11."Life Is a Minestrone (Single edit)"
  • Stewart
  • Creme
12."I'm Not in Love (Single edit)"
  • Stewart
  • Gouldman



Chart (1975) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[9] 9
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 3
United States (Billboard 200) 15


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[10] Gold 20,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Rocklist". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ "I Write The Songs". Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. The Original Soundtrack at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 15 March 2019 – via
  5. ^ a b c "10 C.C." The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  6. ^ "10cc Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  7. ^ Barnes, Ken (19 June 1975). "Album review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008.
  8. ^ 10CC Hot 100 chart history, Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 307. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ "Australian Gold for 10cc" (PDF). Cash Box. 29 October 1977. p. 89. Retrieved 25 November 2021 – via World Radio History.