Listen People - The Graham Gouldman Songbook 1964-2005 Various Artists (Songwriter Series)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDTOP 1487

From the Mockingbirds to McFly, two dozen exemplary songs by one of the UK’s most celebrated writers.

In the mid-60s barely a month went by when Graham Gouldman’s name did not feature in the UK charts under the title of a current hit. The young Mancunican wrote regularly for some of the biggest artists of the time – including Herman’s Hermits, the Mindbenders, the Yardbirds and the Hollies – as well as maintaining his own recording career in several groups, some real and others fictional aggregations that Graham and his chums in what became 10cc invented within the confines of their Strawberry Studios. His prolific nature was matched by a prodigious success rate. Almost everything Graham wrote for the acts that kept coming back for more was a hit somewhere in the world.

If anyone is overdue for inclusion in Ace’s Songwriter Series, it is Graham Keith Gouldman. “Listen People” brings together two dozen of his finest and most successful songs from a career that’s about to enter its 55th year, mostly performed by those who took them into the charts. It starts with his first recorded song, by his group the Mockingbirds from 1965, and ends with a collaboration with noughties teen sensations McFly. As you will hear from this carefully chosen selection, Graham has stayed totally in step with musical trends throughout his career.

Of Graham’s peers, probably only Paul McCartney, Ray Davies, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards can lay claim to similar songwriting longevity. Like those veterans, Graham is still out there on the road, successfully plying his trade with two separate shows – one featuring the hits of 10cc and the other focusing on the hits he wrote for others, including many of those heard here. In fact, as this is being written he’s packing his bags for a Scandinavian tour, with more gigs already scheduled for 2018.



Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview That's How (It's Gonna Stay) - The Mockingbirds

  • 02 Preview Bus Stop - The Hollies

  • 03 Preview For Your Love - Larry Williams & Johnny Guitar Watson with The Stormsville Shakers

  • 04 Preview I'm 28 - Toni Basil

  • 05 Preview Evil Hearted You - The Yardbirds

  • 06 Preview Look Through Any Window - Gary Lewis & The Playboys

  • 07 Preview Pamela, Pamela - Wayne Fontana

  • 08 Preview Tallyman - Jeff Beck

  • 09 Preview Listen People - The Outsiders

  • 10 Preview I'm Gonna Take You There - Dave Berry

  • 11 Preview The Cost Of Living - The Downliners Sect

  • 12 Preview People Passing By - High Society

  • 13 Preview The London Look - Herman's Hermits

  • 14 Preview Uncle Joe, The Ice Cream Man - The Mindbenders

  • 15 Preview Behind The Door - Cher

  • 16 Preview No Milk Today - Graham Gouldman

  • 17 Preview Have You Ever Been To Georgia - The Peddlers

  • 18 Preview I'm Not In Love - Dee Dee Sharp

  • 19 Preview The Things We Do For Love - 10cc

  • 20 Preview Heart Full Of Soul - Rush

  • 21 Preview East West - Morrissey

  • 22 Preview Right Between The Eyes - Wax

  • 23 Preview Treachery - Kirsty MacColl

  • 24 Preview I've Got You - McFly

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Press quotes


"By mixing the definitive hit versions of Gouldman landmarks with less-obvious readings and a bunch of rarities, the sense of familiarity and surprise never lets up, merely hammering home the singular genius of one of this country’s greatest songsmiths." ★★★★★


"Listen People is as incontestable a debate-ender as a mic drop with a BOOM speech bubble next to it. How did we ever take this stuff for granted?" ★★★★

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