10cc's Graham Gouldman announces new album featuring Ringo Starr, Brian May and Hank Marvin

22 April 2024, 12:45

Graham Gouldman teases new 10cc album!

By Mayer Nissim

Graham Gouldman brings out the big guns for his upcoming solo release.

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Graham Gouldman is best known as a founding member and sole ever-present in 10cc, but he's also released a number of solo works over the years.

His debut actually came before he formed 10cc with 1968's The Graham Gouldman Thing, and he's had the odd album release on his own since then.

And this year will see the release of his sixth solo album, which is called I Have Notes. It comes out on July 5 via Lojinx and is available to pre-order now.

While it's a solo record without his 10cc buddies, Graham has enlisted some all-star talent to help lighten the load.

So you've got The Beatles' Ringo Starr guesting on 'Couldn't Love You More', Queen's Brian May popping up on 'Floating In Heaven' and The Shadows' Hank Marvin on 'When You Find Love'.

We're Alive

The album is trailed by the song 'We're Alive', which you can hear right now.

"I wrote this song in Nashville last year with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gordon Kennedy, both of whom I’ve worked with before," said Graham.

"I just started playing this opening riff, there's some nodding going on, it sounded quite exuberant and so the theme had to be something life-affirming.

"Beth came up with the 'We're Alive' title, and then we finished off the song really quickly together."

Graham Gouldman - I Have Notes
Graham Gouldman - I Have Notes. Picture: LOJINX

He added: "There are certain references, which I love, that are kind of interesting. 'Pull back the sofa, wind up the gramophone'. You know who's got a gramophone? Nobody!

"It's always a real joy to work with Beth and Gordon and I think it shows in the song because it's full of life."

Graham Will be playing songs from I Have Notes alongside classics from his massive back catalogue at a pair of shows at Pizza Express Live in Holborn, London on July 1 and July 2.

Graham Gouldman in concert with 10cc in 2023
Graham Gouldman in concert with 10cc in 2023. Picture: Getty Images

The full tracklisting of I Have Notes is as follows:

  1. Floating In Heaven
  2. We're Alive
  3. When You Find Love
  4. Play Me (The Ukulele Song)
  5. A Christmas Affair
  6. Couldn't Love You More
  7. It's Time For Me To Go
  8. Don't Tell Lies
  9. I'm Lazy
  10. Celestial Light
  11. Say You Love Me Tonight
  12. Heart Full Of Soul (Live)

Despite restarting his solo career, Graham is still very much part of the 10cc lineup.

the band are looking ahead to next year's 50th anniversary of The Original Soundtrack album with a series of UK and US live shows.

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