Graham Gouldman's I Have Notes: the 10cc songwriter-in-chief gets his pals in

I Have Notes is the sixth solo album from one of the UK's foremost composers of seven-inchers

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Back when Manchester group The Mockingbirds were Top Of The Pops studio warm-ups, their manager suggested For Your Love, written by their guitarist Graham Gouldman, should go to The Beatles. Instead The Yardbirds made it theirs, and Gouldman’s, first top-10 hit. 

As might be expected from one of our foremost seven-inch single composers, the songs in this collection are similarly short and sweet. 

Graham Gouldman and Brian May - Floating in Heaven (Official Video) - YouTube Graham Gouldman and Brian May - Floating in Heaven (Official Video) - YouTube
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Couldn’t Love You More begins like Blackbird and has McCartneyish vocals, with Ringo on drums. Rock guitar royalty includes Brian May on Floating In Heaven, Hank Marvin on When You Find Love, and Albert Lee pops up on an Everlys-inspired number. 

Lovelorn intrigue darkens the mood on I’m Lazy, a new recording of a 10cc demo from 1982. A live version of Heart Full Of Soul (another 60s hit for The Yardbirds) wraps up neatly where it all began.

Claudia Elliott

Claudia Elliott is a music writer and sub-editor. She has freelanced for BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the 60s, Uncut, History of Rock, Classic Rock and The Blues magazine. She is a 1960s music specialist.