From page 97 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
Oxford New Theatre
Precision tooled pop from an old cc.
With Graham Gouldman being the only original member of the group on this tour, it could be more accurately billed as 2.5cc, or even 10gg, but in the event the evening is still a success.
Gouldman begins with an acoustic set, bringing on his band one by one as he unveils 60s gems from when he was punting classy items to Wayne Fontana, the Yardbirds, Hollies and Herman’s Hermits. Pamela, Pamela , Bus Stop , For Your Love and the proto-Brit Pop No Milk Today are perfectly presented as he revisits his back pages before returning to a 10cc greatest hits package that doesn’t veer from the script.
Gouldman and co place their emphasis on craft and technique rather than soul and sweat, but that’s surely the point of 10cc who were, in a way, England’s answer to Steely Dan. ( And in many other ways, not – Reviews Ed. ) I’m Mandy, Fly Me , Good Morning Judge and Art For Art’s Sake are immaculately rendered, while everything about the show, from the positioning of the guitars to the brief anecdotal introductions, is just so. Evidently Gouldman likes to keep his house in order and the audience reserve their excitement for Donna and I’m Not In Love . No unpleasant surprises.