The best of the post Bloody Tourists 10cc albums, Ten Out Of 10 faired
far better than it’s predecessor Look Hear? just a year earlier. For many, 10cc had
run it’s course and typically the critics ripped the band apart in the 1980’s and beyond.
How unfortunate, because it seems to me Look Hear? and especially Ten Out
Of 10 are quality works and worth the time to give a listen.
A collection of great pop rock, Ten Out Of 10 is a delight from start to finish.
From the reggae influenced opening track Don’t Ask to the bittersweet
Memories with it’s reference to Nights In White Satin, there is no filler on
this album. Sad Cafe’s Vic Emerson plays keys on most of this album and once
again both Manchester bands are forever connected. In fact, some of Ten Out Of
10 sounds like Sad Cafe’s Eric Stewart produced Facades from a
couple years earlier. Ten Out Of 10 was released on CD in Germany and Japan many years ago and you
will pay a hefty sum for a copy these days. I have the Jap CD and a copy of the superb
album cover hanging on the wall of my family room as it is one of my favourite covers of
all time. Good stuff both outside and in.