The late 1970’s was a good era for music that unfortunately was not played on FM radio. The formats had tightened up and much good music was overlooked. Lake certainly fits this description. They came from Germany and their songs had English lyrics. The musicianship was first rate and the songs had unexpected changes that kept the music interesting and memorable. The band that they remind me most of is Supertramp of the Breakfast in America period however Lake’s first album came out two years before that masterpiece and they have a sound all their own.
The first album has a great single “Time Bomb” and a very unusual track “Jesus Came Down”, a sort of philosophical look of what would happen during the second coming. The album closes with “Between the Lines” a 10 plus minute track that features some great extended solos.
Lake II contains another single worthy song “Red Lake” complete with a Beach Boys style chorus that gets a little help from Carl Wilson. This album tightens up the sound a little and ends with another extended track.
Paradise Island is perhaps the most polished album but the music does not take a pop turn.
There is still plenty here to be enjoyed by serious listeners. The album ends with a stunning song
“Final Curtain” about an old man returning home.
All three albums are worth acquiring. Great cover art too,