10-23-12 10cc – The Original Soundtrack
Boozoo Chavis born 1930, Dwight Yoakum born 1956.
Having been a neophyte progressive rock devotee, I “missed” 10cc the first time around. I read about them, saw their records in the bins; I never cared for their big hit (“I’m Not In Love”), so…I never heard “The Original Soundtrack” until about a decade ago.
“The Original Soundtrack” is probably their best known LP, largely due to the massive hit single – but it is a snappy “Excellent 1975 Rock Music” album, despite “I’m Not In Love”. My suggestion: Do what I did recently, program that song out of the playlist!
LP ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, THE MERCURY US SRM-1-1029
1975 8 TRKS insert
LP ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, THE re-issue MERCURY EU 753129586
1975 8 TRKS “Back to Black” 60th vinyl annv. Issue
CD ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, THE (SHM-CD Kami) MERCURY JPN UICY-93814
1975 12 TRKS (’08 issue) (4 x bonus tracks)
SA ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, THE (SHM-SA-CD Kami) NH UNIVERSAL JPN UIGY-9033
1975 8 TRKS non-hybrid SA-CD (’10 issue) kami sleeve
I’ve got a selection of listening options available, for this title; original U.S. LP, or a new-fangled Euro LP pressing, in the “Back To Black” series. In the digital sweepstakes, I am not hurting: I have a Japanese paper sleeve SHM-CD (2008 24bit re-master) and an SHM-SA-CD (“Single Layer” 2010 DSD re-master).
Why have two different Japanese CD’s of the same album? Well, there’s no denying that the SHM-SA-CD sounds absolutely spectacular – those Manchester guys really knew their stuff, when writing and recording this one. Sharp stuff! I don’t even wonder about the Steve Hoffman re-mastered “Gold Disc” anymore – the SHM-SA-CD chumps everything but the mixed master tape!
But…the regular SHM-CD ’08 re-master has 4 x bonus tracks not found on the glorious ’10 SHM-SA-CD!
9. Life Is A Minestrone (Single Edit)
10. Channel Swimmer
11. I’m Not In Love (Single Edit)
12. Good News
Maybe I should also do a shoot out with the divergent LP versions I have? Naw, as I am missing a Mercury UK LP original pressing – I bet that’s mastered pretty hot. Still, my phonograph can really surprise me. But I bet I don’t need to even play my US LP; the quality of the pressing will doubtlessly leave something to be desired.
Maybe I should make a version of the CD (to listen in the car) that replaces “I’m Not In Love” with one (or both) of the B-Sides?