Saturday, February 29, 2020

10cc - 1980-04-30 - Rheingoldhalle, Mainz, Germany

Rheingoldhalle, Mainz, Germany
FM Broadcast Recording, Very Good Quality
("William Tell" Edition Recording)
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

OK, here's one more 10cc show. After the successful 1977 Deceptive Bends tour and release of the live album Live and Let Live, the group returned to the studio with the same band musicians as the tour, except that keyboardist Duncan MacKay replaced Tony O'Malley. The result was Bloody Tourists (1978), which produced another hit in the reggae-styled "Dreadlock Holiday" and also did well on the charts. But that success was short-lived, as in January 1979, the band suffered a major setback, in that Eric Stewart wear was involved in a serious car accident, damaging his ear and head, rendering him unable to go anywhere near music for more than 6 months. By the time the band was able to get back to working on their next album, their musical momentum had stalled, changes in the music business and musical tastes (punk and new wave had taken over rock) had reduced their popularity, and they would never again the level of their previous successes. The album, Look Hear? (1980), failed to produce any hits and stalled on the charts, and although solid, was the beginning of the end for the band. Stewart and Gouldman jettisoned the rest of the band (using session musicians) for the next album, Ten Out of Ten (1981), and also tried adding songs from guest Andrew Gold for the US version of the album, but it failed to attract much attention. Their next album, Window in the Jungle (1983), also was not successful, and the 1983 tour was the last from the band before going dormant and pursuing solo projects for the next several years. As mentioned in an earlier post, 10cc did get back together in 1991 for a new album (with limited involvement from Godley and Creme) and continuation through 1995, as well as subsequent touring bands fronted by Gouldman also billed as 10cc. Anyway, this 1980 tour was the last while the band was still flying relatively high. This is a very good recording from an FM broadcast. Although the setlist does feature many (6) lesser-known songs from the current Look Hear? album, it also features a nice selection of hits from previous albums as well, and it is a very fun show.   

01. L.A.Inflatable
02. Wall Street Shuffle
03. One Two Five
04. I'm Mandy Fly Me
05. Lovers Anonymous
06. How'm I Ever Gonna Say Goodbye
07. Good Morning Judge
08. From Rochdale To Ocho Rios
09. Art For Art'S Sake
10. It Doesn'T Matter At All
11. The Things We Do For Love
12. Don't Send Me Back
13. Deadlock Holiday
14. Feel The Benefit (Pt.1-3)
15. I'm Not In Love
16. Rubber Bullets/Life Is A Minestrone
17. Roll Over Beethoven

ERIC STEWART – Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals
RICK FENN – Guitar/Vocals
DUNCAN MACKAY – Keyboards/Vocals
STUART TOSH – Drums/Vocals

FLAC - 10cc_1980-04-30_Mainz,Germany_FLAC.rar

mp3 - 10cc_1980-04-30_Mainz,Germany_mp3.rar

Sunday, February 23, 2020

10cc - 1977-10-04 - Koseinenken Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Audience recording, good quality

Mp3@320 kbps

Here's more 10cc. As mentioned in the last post, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left the band shortly after recording the album How Dare You? (1976), which is considered by many as their best album. But the growing distance between the two sets of songwriters (Stewart and Gouldman vs. Godley and Creme) regarding the music and vision for the band had become too much. Godley and Creme, always on the more experimental and avant-garde side, left to work on their own project, which became the  3-album concept opus Consequences (1977). Stewart and Gouldman, with the more pop song sensibilities, continued on as 10cc. But now without Godley and Creme, they were determined to show the world that the band could continue just as strong as previously (some critics had already dubbed the new version of the band 5cc). So, Stewart and Gouldman put everything they had into their next album, even playing all the instruments (except for Paul Burgess on drums). The new album, Deceptive Bends (1977) would be their most successful yet, with the hits "The Things We Do Love" "Good Morning Judge", and "People in Love", and much critical acclaim. Personally, this is my favorite 10cc album. But although they could record the album as a trio, additional musicians were needed to perform the songs live. So, for their Deceptive Bends tour, a "touring band" adding Rick Fenn, Tony O'Malley, and Stuart Tosh was established to cover all the parts and fill out the sound. The tour was a major success and resulted in the release of the first live album Live and Let Live (1977) which was recorded on this tour. The setlist focuses strongly on the new album, including 8 of the 9 songs from Deceptive Bends, along with favorites from the earlier albums. The concert posted here today is from later in the tour, from Japan. It is an audience recording, but overall has quite good sound, and again, there just are not very many unofficial live shows from 10cc available, so this is a nice treat. 

1 The Second Sitting For The Last Supper
2 You've Got a Cold
3 Honeymoon With B Troop
4 Wall Street Shuffle
5 People In Love
6 Band intro
7 Art For Art's Sake
8 Ships Don't Disappear In The Night (Do They?)
9 I'm Mandy Fly Me
10 Marriage Bureau Rendezvous
11 Good Morning Judge
12 Feel The Benefit
13 Waterfall
14 The Things We Do For Love
15 I'm Not In Love
16 Modern Man Blues

Eric Stewart - Vocals, Guitar, Grand Piano & Keyboard
Graham Gouldman - Vocals, Guitar & Bass Guitar
Rick Fenn - Backing Vocals, Guitar & Bass Guitar
Tony O'Malley - Backing Vocals (lead on AFAS), Piano & Keyboard
Stuart Tosh - Backing vocals, Drums & Percussion
Paul Burgess - Drums & Percussion


Saturday, February 15, 2020

10cc - 1975-11-26 - Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA

Pre-FM Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Listening to the Graham Gouldman acoustic show naturally made me want to hear some 10cc, and their original, unique, sometimes bizarre and sometimes zany take on '70's pop music . There's not many high quality unofficial live recordings from the earlier days of the band, but this is probably the best around. It is a full-length show from their 1975 American Tour, in support of their breakthrough album, The Original Soundtrack (1975), their third official LP. Although the band achieved earlier success in the UK with their first two albums, 10cc (1973) and Sheet Music (1974), it wasn't until Original Soundtrack and their hit, 'I'm Not in Love' that they scored on the US charts. Thus, the 1975 tour was their first tour as headlining act in the US. The set featured songs from their two most recent albums, as well as a preview of a song ('Art For Art's Sake') from their next album, How Dare You (1976), which would be the last album that included original members Godley and Creme. Enjoy this 1975 look at 10cc.

Note: This show has been widely distributed with the date as November 11, 1975, but this is not correct. Verification by tour schedules and various 10cc fan sites shows that the correct date is November 26. (The band started their West Coast shows on 11/13 in Vancouver, and over the next 2 weeks made their way down the coast, through Washington, Oregon, and Northern CA, before their Southern CA date in Santa Monica on the 26th). See pic of backstage pass at bottom of post for date verification.  

01. Introduction (1:31)
02. Silly Love (4:34)
03. Flying Junk (3:54)
04. Interlude (1:39)
05. Baron Samedi (8:56)
06. Old Wild Men (5:11)
07. Interlude – 1 (2:21)
08. The Sacro-Iliac (2:45)
09. Interlude – 2 (0:49)
10. Somewhere In Hollywood (7:08)
11. Interlude – 3 (1:02)
12. Donna (3:37)
13. Interlude – 4 (0:56)
14. Ships Don’t Disappear in the Night (Do They) (5:18)
15. I’m Not In Love (6:34)
16. Interlude – 5 (1:31)
17. The Film of My Love (6:01)
18. Interlude – 6 (1:52)
19. Art For Art’s Sake (6:39)
20. Interlude – 7 (1:01)
21. The Worst Band In the World (3:34)
22. Neanderthal Man (1:27)
23. The Wall Street Shuffle (5:20)
24. Rubber Bullets (12:11)
25. Une Nuit a Paris, Pt- 1 One Night in Paris Pt- 2 The Same Night in Paris (10:33)

Eric Stewart - vocals, guitars, keyboards;
Graham Gouldman - vocals, bass, guitars;
Lol Crème - vocals, guitars, pinao, gizmo;
Kevin Godley - vocals, drums, percussion;
Paul Burgess - drums, percussion

FLAC - 10cc_1975-11-26_Santa MonicaCA_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - 10cc_1975-11-26_Santa MonicaCA_mp3.rar

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Graham Gouldman - Heart Full of Songs Live! - 2013

Graham Gouldman & Friends
Heart Full of Songs Live!
Unknown dates and venues, 2013

Acoustic performance
Soundboard recording, excellent quality (promotional release)
Mp3 @320 kbps

Graham Gouldman, best-known as a member of the wonderful band 10cc, established himself as a successful songwriter long before his involvement with 10cc. Although his own early bands did not gain much success (The Mockingbirds, The Mindbenders), in the mid-sixties he wrote a string of hit songs for other bands, including The Yardbirds ('For Your Love', 'Heart Full of Soul', 'Evil Hearted You'), The Hollies ('Look Through Any Window', 'Bus Stop'), Herman's Hermits ('Listen People', 'No Milk Today'), and Wayne Fontana ('Pamela, Pamela'). In 1969, Gouldman entered into an agreement to write bubblegum pop songs for Super K productions, which was a 'creative lowpoint' for him, but he eventually convinced the producers that him and his musician friends could play and record all their songs for much cheaper than bringing in outside musicians, and so they did. This brought together Gouldman with Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme (whom he had worked with previously in various bands) to crank out a large number of pop songs in a short period of time, under many different band names, at Strawberry Studios, and eventually lead to them becoming 10cc, in 1972, with a record deal of their own. And, of course, 10cc went on to much success, with both hit records and critical acclaim over the next several years. But by 1976, Godley and Creme left the group, with Gouldman and Stewart carrying on as 10cc until 1983. Gouldman then teamed with Andrew Gold to form Wax in 1984 and released three albums over the next few years. Then in 1991, the original lineup of 10cc briefly got back together in a semi-reunion (Godley and Creme were basically guesting on a Gouldman-Stewart album) with additional guest artists (such as Jeff Porcaro and David Paich of Toto, Dr. John, and Andrew Gold) for the 10cc 'comeback' album ...Meanwhile (1992). Although Godley and Creme were only involved for a short time, Gouldman and Stewart kept 10cc going for a subsequent tour and another new album in 1995, which was the final album credited to 10cc. After that, Gouldman split with Stewart, but continued to tour sporadically with a 'touring' version of 10cc on and off over the ensuing years. Gouldman released solo albums in 2000 (And Another Thing) and 2012 (Love and Work). The concept for the 'Heart Full of Songs' acoustic shows grew out of the strong audience response from an acoustic section in the middle of the 10cc shows. So, in 2013, Gouldman, along with current 10cc bandmates Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, and Mike Stevens, played a series of acoustic shows featuring songs from throughout all stages of Gouldman's career, from his earliest songwriting days through the 10cc years, to his more more recent solo work. The recording featured here was professionally recorded by Gouldman and his crew, but was never released commercially. It was sold for a short time at HFOS shows in 2014, but has not been available in any form for several years. I got this from the now-defunct Willard's Wormholes site, and the only reason I have not posted it previously is that I was not sure if it could be considered an official release or not. However, the fact that it is not available through any commercial outlets or listed anywhere as an official release, including Gouldman's own website, I presume that this is OK to share. If not, I'm sure I will find out very quickly. The show itself is a delightful event, Gouldman's voice is still strong and clear, and the acoustic arrangements bring a light and refreshing sound to these many fine and familiar songs, and serves as a wonderful celebration and look back at Gouldman's career. Highly Recommended. Gouldman was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2014, and this serves as a fine resume for his songwriting credentials. Gouldman has recently announced a new Heart Full of Songs tour in the UK this year (starting March 2020), as well as a new solo album, Modesty Forbids, to be released at the same time.    

01. Pamela, Pamela
02. Heart Full of Soul
03. Good Morning Judge
04. No Milk Today
05. Sunburn
06. Love's Not for Me (Rene's Song)
07. The Halls of Rock'n Roll
08. Look Through Any Window
09. Daylight
10. Bus Stop
11. Dancing Days
12. Building A Bridge To Your Heart
13. I'm Not in Love
14. Ariella
15. Ready To Go Home
16. The Things We Do for Love
17. Memory Lane
18. For Your Love
19. Donna
20. Dreadlock Holiday

Graham Gouldman - vocals, guitar, bass
Rick Fenn - vocals, guitar
Mick Wilson - vocals, gutitar, percussion, ukelele
Mike Stevens - keyboards, accordian, sax, penny whistle

Graham Gouldman_Heart Full of Songs Live!_2013.rar