Lake – Lake II (1978)

Lake is a German rock music band that formed in the early 1970s under the name Tornados, changing their name to Lake in 1973. They mostly covered material by other bands in their early years.

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They achieved modest success in much of Europe from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, particularly in Germany where they were named artist of the year by the German Phono Academy in 1977.

Lake was one of the great unknown bands of the 1970s. The group combined strong pop melodies with definite progressive rock-oriented arrangements. This album, obviously the group’s second, features a lot of different textures. From the pop/rock-oriented “Welcome to the West” to the Elton Johnish ballad “Love’s a Jailer,” this entire album is a treat. Although the majority of the disc is in a definite singalong sort of pop style, there are still some quite meaty instrumental sections that lead to the progressive rock reference.
The music here is quite strong prog-oriented pop with a very unique guitar sound, and the vocals seem to call to mind a combination of Journey‘s Steve Perry and YesJon Anderson.

Tracklist

  1.  “Welcome to the West” – 5:07
  2.  “See Them Glow” – 4:59
  3.  “Letters of Love”- 3:40
  4.  “Red Lake”  (J. Hopkins-Harrison, Geoffrey Peacey) – 4:57  (background vocal: Beach Boy Carl Wilson)
  5.  “Love’s the Jailor” – 4:29
  6.  “Lost by the Wayside”  (J. Hopkins-Harrison, Geoffrey Peacey) – 4:25
  7.  “Highway 216” – 3:37
  8.  “Angel in Disguise” – 4:28
  9.  “Scoobie Doobies”  (J. Hopkins-Harrison, Geoffrey Peacey) – 7:44

All tracks written by Detlef Petersen and James Hopkins-Harrison except as indicated

Personnel

  • Dieter Ahrendt – drums and percussion
  • Alex Conti – guitar and vocals
  • James Hopkins-Harrison – lead vocals
  • Geoffrey Peacey – keyboards, vocals, and guitar
  • Detlef Petersen – keyboards and vocals
  • Martin Tiefensee – bass guitar

Produced by Detlef Petersen and Lake
Engineered by Geoffrey Peacey
Recorded at Russl Studios, Hamburg, Rockfield Studios, South Wales, Caribou Ranch, Colorado
String arrangements on “Love’s the Jailor” by Peter Hecht
Mixed at Caribou Ranch, Colorado, and Russl Studios, Hamburg
Cover illustration by James McMullan
Design by Paula Scher

Notes

Released: 1978
Genre: Rock, pop
Length: 43:26

Label – Columbia Records

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