Lake is the self-titled first studio album by Lake, released in Germany in 1975 and the USA in 1976. I saw Lake open for another act at the Omni, Atlanta, Georgia in the late ’70s. The band was formed in 1973, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. Lake produced their first album on their own and found perfect conditions for that at the Sawmill Studios in Cornwall, England.
Most of the tracks on this debut were written by Detlef Petersen and James Hopkins-Harrison. The single “Time Bomb” soon reached the US Billboard Top 40, eventually peaking at #13. The album itself would reach number 22 on the US charts.
Lake also participated in the well-known “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” TV show, playing to a broad spectrum of viewers all over America. I love this album from this rocking band. The cover of this and their future LPs are all very cool.
My favorites are the opener “on the Run” and the progressive rocker “Between the Lines” which has a very cool keyboard solo, a false ending, and a guitar solo that has some other popular tunes mixed in – very fun.
Personnel and Album Info (from Wikipedia)
- Martin Tiefensee – bass guitar
- James Hopkins-Harrison – lead and backing vocals
- Alex Conti – guitar, vocals
- Dieter Ahrendt – drums, percussion
- Geoffrey Peacey – keyboards, vocals, guitar
- Detlef Petersen – keyboards, vocals
Produced by Detlef Petersen, except “Time Bomb”, produced by Geoffrey Peacey and James Hopkins-Harrison
String arrangements by Peter Hecht
Mixed at Peer Studios (Hamburg) by Geoffrey Peacey and Detlef Petersen
Engineered by Jerry Boys, except “Time Bomb” by Geoffrey Peacey and “Jesus Came Down” by Volker Heintzen
Cover illustration by James McMullan
Design by Paula Scher
LP: Columbia Records PC 34763
CD: Renaissance RMED0123
“On the Run” – 4:06
“Sorry to Say” – 3:05
“Time Bomb” (James Hopkins-Harrison, Geoffrey Peacey) – 3:16
“Chasing Colours” – 3:47
“Do I Love You” – 4:05
“Key to the Rhyme” – 4:34
“Jesus Came Down” – 3:42
“Between the Lines” (D. Petersen, J. Hopkins-Harrison, G. Peacey, Alex Conti, Martin Tiefensee, Dieter Ahrendt) – 10:22