10CC – The Original Soundtrack (1975) – Lp
10cc is an English art rock band founded in Stockport that achieved its greatest commercial success in the 1970s. The band initially consisted of four musicians—Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme—who had written and recorded together for some three years, before assuming the name “10cc” in 1972.
Title: The Original Soundtrack
“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 album 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 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.
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.
The album’s most famous song, “I’m Not in Love”, was built around a simple title by Stewart. The song is noted for its innovative production, especially its richly overdubbed choral backing.
The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis and illustrated by artist Humphrey Ocean.
1. Une Nuit A Paris (8:39)
(Part 1 – One Night In Paris)
(Part 2 – Same Night In Paris)
(Part 3 – Later The Same Night In Paris)
2. I’m Not In Love 6:04
3 Blackmail 4:55
1. The Second Sitting For The Last Supper 4:23
2. Brand New Day 4:03
3. Flying Junk 4:10
4. Life Is A Minestrone 4:30
5. The Film Of My Love 5:03