10cc : How Dare You and Deceptive Bends : Vinyl Reissues : Proper Music / UMC
Pop, art rock, almost PROG in places and very clever
In the video review I compare my vinyl originals with these new 180g pressings.
Please watch the video above for the review
These two albums are part one of a reissue program that will also see The Original Soundtrack and Bloody Tourists released on 180gm vinyl.
Between these four albums, there are two UK No. 1 singles, five Top 10 hits and seven Billboard Hot 100 entries. Originally released on Mercury Records between 1975 and 1978, these records – The Original Soundtrack, How Dare You!, Deceptive Bends and Bloody Tourists – contain some of the most inventive and elaborate pop music ever to emerge from Britain.
1976’s How Dare You! was the final album to feature Kevin Godley and Lol Creme and brims with melody and invention: I’m Mandy Fly Me is one of the group’s most beautiful, complex ballads, and Art For Art’s Sake offered a swipe at their critics. There’s Python-esque tomfoolery on I Wanna Rule The World, and the straightforward soft-rock of Lazy Ways.
Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman continued as 10cc and made Deceptive Bends (1977), which included two of the group’s most enduring hits, The Things We Do For Love and Good Morning Judge. It closes with the career best-equalling Feel The Benefit; its 11-plus minutes showed that Stewart and Gouldman could perform. art-rock as well as Godley and Creme.
Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine