Reviews and Commentaries for the Music of 10cc
- You’ll find solid sound on both sides of this outstanding early UK pressing of 10cc’s fourth album, How Dare You!
- This wonderful LP will show you that 10cc’s commitment to Audiophile Recording Quality was – at the time – beyond reproach
- Forget the dubby domestic stuff and the no-doubt-awful Heavy Vinyl, this early British pressing is huge, spacious and rich, with prodigious amounts of bass, like no other copy you’ve heard
- 4 stars: “…a well-crafted album that shows off 10cc’s eccentric humor and pop smarts in equal measure… it remains a solid album of witty pop songs that will satisfy anyone with a yen for 10cc.”
- If like us you’re a fan of Arty Rock from the ’70s, this is a killer album from 1976 that belongs in your collection.
- The complete list of titles from 1976 that we’ve reviewed to date can be found here.
With this superb British pressing, some of you who might consider yourselves more devoted fans of the band will finally be able to hear what a good recording this is. The typical domestic copy is a disaster as are some of the British originals and reissues; we should know, we cleaned them, played them and heard them for ourselves.
If you know anything about this band, you know their recordings are often amazing Demo Discs. We’ve done shootouts for all their most important titles and the sound on the best copies is OUT OF THIS WORLD.
If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, this is definitely one to check out. I don’t know of any other album like it.
Best sound on side one: “Lazy Ways.”
Best track on the album: “Rock ‘N Roll Lullaby.”
A Fan Favorite
How Dare You! has always been one of my favorite 10cc albums; I actually have the CD in my car so I can listen to it as often as I like.
That said, I would note that, although most of the album is made up of melodic pop of the highest quality, it does contain some offbeat material that will find its strongest appeal among real 10cc fans.
Sheet Music (1974) and The Original Soundtrack (1975) are more accessible for those of you who are looking to hear the best music the original lineup of the band has to offer. After that, I would point you to the reformed band doing Deceptive Bends from 1977, which is pretty much the last good album the band made.
All three are Must Owns in my book.