10cc – The Original Soundtrack (Epic #315)

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10cc – The Original Soundtrack (1975)

The Original Soundtrack was 10cc’s  third studio album. It was released in 1975 and peaked at number four 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 was recorded and produced by the band at Strawberry Studios in 1974 with Eric Stewart engineering and mixing. The album received good reviews when originally released on LP and cassette by Mercury Records in March 1975. It has since been reissued on several occasions with bonus tracks and has been remastered. The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis and illustrated by artist Humphrey Ocean.

“I’m not in love’ also featured on ‘The awesome Mix – Vol. 1’ – the soundtrack to the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy – one of my favourite films of the 21st century so far.

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10cc – How Dare You (Epic #314)

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10cc – How dare you (1976)

How Dare You! is the fourth album by 10cc. Released in 1976, it included UK hit singles “I’m Mandy Fly Me” and “Art for Art’s Sake”. It was also the last 10cc album by the original line-up of Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme, with the latter two departing to work on their own musical projects, and eventually becoming music video pioneers. The album was the band’s third with cover artwork by the Hipgnosis creative team.

Carly Simon – No Secrets (Epic #294)

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Carly Simon – No Secrets (1972)

No Secrets is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Carly Simon, released on November 28, 1972 by Elektra Records.

The album was Carly’s commercial breakthrough. It spent five weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and quickly went Gold, as did its lead single, “You’re So Vain”, which remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks, and topped the Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks. In the UK, both the album and it’s lead single reached No.3.

At the invitation of producer Richard Perry, Simon recorded the album at Trident Studios in London, where Perry was keen for Simon to work with engineer Robin Cable. Trident Studios had previously been the venue for the recording of notable albums including The Beatles’ White Album, David Bowie’s Space Oddity and Elton John’s second album.

The photograph for the cover, taken by Ed Caraeff, was shot in front of the Portobello Hotel, on Stanley Gardens in London’s Notting Hill.

Santana – Abraxas (Epic #281)

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Santana – Abraxas (1970)

The playlist at a gig we went to in Brighton last night included Santana’s version of ‘Black Magic Woman’. Rather excellent timing as I’d already scheduled ‘Abraxas’ for an airing in the Epic 2017 series. So here it is.

Abraxas was Santana’s second studio album. Building upon the interest generated by their self-titled first album released in August 1969 and their highly acclaimed live performance at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, the band released Abraxas in September 1970. The album’s mix of rock, blues, jazz, salsa, and other influences was very well received, showing a musical maturation from their first album and refining the band’s early sound.

In 2016, the album was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry due to its “cultural, historic, or artistic significance.

Black Magic Woman was written by Peter Green from the early Fleetwood Mac line-up. So here’s a vid of two 70-year olds performing it. Rather stunning stuff. Partly because it shows Mr Green back on form after the recluse years and partly because it shows that Mr Santana has never lost it! Enjoy.

Sad Cafe – Facades (Epic #278)

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Sad Cafe – Facades (1979)

Sad Café formed in Manchester in 1976 and achieved their peak of popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for the UK Top 40 singles “Every Day Hurts”, “Strange Little Girl”, “My Oh My” and “I’m in Love Again”, the first of which was their biggest hit, reaching number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1979. The band also had two US Billboard Hot 100 hits with “Run Home Girl” and “La-Di-Da”. Frontman Paul Young went on to achieve greater chart success as the co-lead singer (with Paul Carrack) of Mike + The Mechanics

Facades was their third studio album released in 1979.

Sad Cafe – Misplaced Ideals (Epic #277)

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Sad Cafe – Misplaced Ideal (1978)

One of the things about having a passion for music are the little unexpected things that happen from time to time. Like the banning of an album sleeve. It doesn’t happen very often these days but when it does, it tends to make the original suddenly quite collectible; and valuable!

When I got Sad Cafe’s ‘Misplaced Ideals’ in 1978, a couple of days after its release and primarily because we’d seen them play the week before, this was what the album cover looked like…

…but two weeks later, the original was banned, withdrawn from stock and replaced with this (rather blander) version. Reason? Because the stretched face version was considered too grotesque and risqué for the time! The blander version stayed and became the cover for the Stateside release a year later.

The result though was that the album I would have purchased anyway, did (and still have) became instantly collectible and, after just a little while, quite valuable. Conservative estimate now – some 40 years later – £300! Not too shabby!

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (Epic #262)

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The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)

For the last twelve days of September, The JemTunes ‘Epic 2017  project’ features 12 albums from the world’s longest running band – the Rolling Stones.

Sticky Fingers was their ninth British and elventh American studio album released in April 1971. It was the band’s first album of the 1970s and its first release on the band’s newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records, after having been contracted since 1963 with Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US. It is also Mick Taylor’s first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album, the first Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from guitarist and founder Brian Jones and the first one on which singer Mick Jagger is credited with playing guitar.

The original vinyl release (and yes, I still have mine) had a real zip on the fly of the black jeans on the front cover.