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Lady Lake Import

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1. I Could Never Be A Soldier
2. Ship
3. A Dog With No Collar
4. Lady Lake
5. Same Dreams
6. Social Embarrassment

Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Si-Wan
  • ASIN: B000046PRB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AndyC on February 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was the second album that Gnidrolog cut in 1972, just before going their various ways. Folky in part, jazzy in part, with lots of woodwind from recorder to saxophone, but NO Hammond organ or mellotron, the overall sound is of a quirky, intelligent, blackly humorous denizen of the abyss that lies between Steeleye Span or Jethro Tull and King Crimson or Van Der Graaf Generator. The opener, "Soldier", oscillates between prettily lyrical and rampagingly angry, and is a great anti-war anthem. The rest of the album ranges from almost poppy ("Same Dreams") to spooky ("Lady Lake") to elegiac ("Dog") to the boisterous "Social Embarrassment". Due to the Goldring twins' discovering continued interest in the band on the WWW, they reformed in 1999 and recorded a new album "Gnosis", as well as re-releasing the back catalogue including 'Lady Lake". A real gem that deserves a wider audience. NB: gorgeous cover by Bruce Pennington.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Kleman on March 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't know anything about this group. I bought this album on impulse in a disc-shop in Stockholm, mostly because of the cover and the little bit of tape on it that read 'super english prog'..and I'm glad I did. This album rocks! The first track 'I could never be a soldier' is reason enough to buy it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By King Troll on April 14, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Do you like Gold?
Do you like Rings?
Do you like Pseudo Anagrams?
Are you a conscientious objector?
Do you like Multi instrumentalists?
Do you like Gentle Giant?
Do you like Jethro Tull?
Do you like Wishbone Ash?
Do you like Folky Prog?
Are you a bit Wet?

Then this is for you!
Perhaps one of the lesser known Prog classics, probably because it's not quite classic, but if you like the idea of jazzy/folky prog with hints of the bands mentioned in my opening ramble then this will surely float your boat - just look out for giant hands won't you!

BUY!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yuri Garin on April 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
there's no problem with this english 70's progressive rock group, as it has been said on the first review! "i could never be a soldier" is a real classic! and what can i say about the beautiful "ship"... this is really great 70's stuff!
best regards from brazil!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on February 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you like Henry Cow and Soft Machine, I think you'll really like the experimental ideas Gnidrolog does on Lady Lake (however you pronounce "Gnidrolog", beats me!) There's also some King Crimson influences as well, such as what that band was doing on Lizard and Islands. The jazzy jams are quite exceptional because they sound distinct and quite haunting in spots. It's rare when jazz gives me THAT kind of feeling, but that happens to be the case with Lady Lake. Of course this is probably because the album is part of the Canterbury scene... or maybe not? I can't get any confirmation on that one.

"I Could Never Be a Soldier" (I could never face the enemy) begins with delicate flutes and acoustic guitar and the appealingly weird lead singer who makes me think he'd love to be a member of Gentle Giant! The lyrics are fantastic. "Wait until peace unfolds, you'll see the light won't live the fear of the night". Probably not *exactly* the right lyrics I typed there but oh well. The point is the lyrics do an effective job striking home the message that killing is wrong through the somber and powerful vocal delivery. The soft flute solo that soon follows is beautiful and melodic and when it gets louder and heavier it momentarily loses its focus (despite *sounding* like the band Focus, har har!) But wow is this worth it for the ABSOLUTELY AMAZING guitar solo near the end! Where did THAT solo come from?

"Ship" is simply BEAUTIFUL. It reminds me of southern California like near San Diego and watching the waves in the Pacific Ocean. This is a brilliant example of a feel good 70's atmosphere with great songwriting making you *feel* the beauty. The saxophone is odd the way it's played. Strangely, the atmosphere reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot's "Seven Island Suite".
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