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Lazy Racer - 1979 Lazy Racer




ARTIST: Lazy Racer
ALBUM: Lazy Racer
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: SP 4768
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kelly Harland - vocals * Bill Lamb - vocals, guitar * Tim Renwick - guitar, vocals * Tim Gorman - vocals, keyboards * Dave Markee - bass * Henry Spinetti -drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Keep On Running Away * 02 Alone In A Lonely World * 03 Limelight * 04 Safe Harbor * 05 Waiting For The Night * 06 One Heartache * 07 Every Other Day * 08 Good For You Darlin' * 09 Heart With Your Name On It * 10 Today More Than Ever


Background
Essentially a studio project put together by renowned British producer Glyn Johns best known for his legendary work with The Who, Steve Miller Band and Eric Clapton. Lazy Racer released two albums on A&M that received kudos from the critics, but never sold many records probably due to them never having played a live gig. Whatever the reasons for their lack of success, Lazy Racer were unique featuring three lead vocalists. Tim Renwick, who's impressive resume includes Procol Harum, Roger Waters and Elton John among other notables, Bill Lamb who released a half way interesting album in 1983 called 'Riff Rockin' and Kelly Harland, the sole female member of the group.


The Songs
Very much in the Southern California 70's sound and conjuring up memories of Starland Vocal Band's 'Late Night Radio' album and Fleetwood Mac's 'Bare Trees' period when Kelly Harland handles the vocal duties, sprinkled with a little Steely Dan instrumentally. In other words, if you are looking for power AOR, I suggest passing on this album. If you enjoy tasty rock with a jazzy, country, bluesy edge or if mid-70's Eagles are your bag, then Lazy Racer might light your fire. Yes, its ballad heavy with the closing two tracks 'Heart With Your Name On It' and 'Today More Than Ever' taking top prize in this category, but the album never really leaves the starting line in my opinion. Nothing here screams 'Great record!' and artists like Firefall and Linda Ronstadt did this type of music so much better back in the day.


In Summary
I know west coast fans will dig this album as well as the bands follow-up 'Formula 2' and yes, I admit liking both records more now than I did when they first were released all those years ago, but they are not something I play very often. Your mileage may vary.


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Comments

#1 | Eric on October 25 2009 20:53:53
Guitarist Tim Renwick released a solo album in 1980 on RCA. Just scored a copy and might review it...
#2 | gdazegod on April 22 2011 12:10:57
Singer Kelly Harland released a single called 'All I Wanna Do' in 1982, with most of TOTO as a supporting cast. Unfortunately Epic Records weren't in great financial shape at the time, so the forthcoming album which was recorded - was never released.
#3 | gdazegod on April 22 2011 12:15:55
YouTube Video:
#4 | gdazegod on April 22 2011 12:24:59
Because we haven't reviewed their second LP 'Formula 2', I thought it might be good idea to put the video for the track 'Heart Of Hearts' up here for people to view..

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#5 | dangerzone on April 22 2011 14:39:54
Gorman of course played keyboards with The Who for decades on their various tours.
#6 | octanoid77 on April 16 2012 00:08:23
could anyone share this record?
#7 | super80boy on May 01 2016 19:53:42
The band's 1980 sophomore outing is better than this debut. There are only a couple of good moments here, like the emotive 'Limelight' and it's busy keyboard solo.

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