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Lorry - 1980 Be Careful, Too

ALBUM: Be Careful, Too
LABEL: Innovative Communication
SERIAL: KS 80003
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Michael Garrens - lead vocals * Harald Katzschn - guitar, vocals * Rainer Katzschn - guitar, strings * Barry Madelison - bass, percussion * Fred Severloh - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 On The Ground * 02 The Trumpet * 03 On The Road * 04 We Are Free * 05 When Will It Pass * 06 You Can't Hide * 07 Wastin' Time * 08 Be Careful, Too

The Innovative Communication label was set up by German cosmic synth guru Klaus Schulze in 1979 at the prodding of Warner Brothers. A heaven sent opportunity and IC or 'I See' released some interesting albums and to be frank some absolute garbage, in particular the imprints later signings which were clear attempts to cash in on the 80's misguided new age movement. Early on and in between the experimental and synth rock heroes IC naturally gravitated to were rock albums by P' Cock, a synth pop/prog band with AOR tendencies ala Strange Advance and Lorry - a group founded by local musicians from the Hamburg area - home base of IC. Schulze produced all three Lorry albums and lead vocalist Michael Garrens conveniently became IC's accountant. Nice cozy relationship there eh?

The Songs
What I can't understand is what Schulze and the crew at IC saw or heard in this band. Clearly from the first track 'On The Ground', Lorry was influenced by Lake and Garrens voice is highly reminiscent of the late James Hopkins-Harrison. Not a bad prototype to design a band from and this is where Lorry succeeds. I can hear traces of 10cc in the mix as well, but the southern rock sound that creeps into the music seriously threw me off and it's here Lorry become nothing more than raise your stein beer hall band and not a very good one at that. Schulze's production is nothing to write home about either, sounding muddy and dull at times. You would think this alleged electronic genius (never cared for his music) would turn in a state-of-the-art album here, but maybe his stars we not aligned? With that said, there are a few good tunes here other than the opener. 'The Truth', 'When Will It Pass' and 'You Can't Hide' are all passable, but I can't help but think they would have placed better on any early Lake album.

In Summary
I have never bothered seeking out Lorry's other two records 1981's 'Weight Control' and 'Paperback Heroes' from 1982 since there was never enough on this album to hold my attention for very long. German rock completists will want this and naturally hardcore Lake fans should locate a copy for shits and giggles, but for the rest of us 'Be Careful, Too' is far from essential.

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#1 | Eric on January 22 2012 21:51:08
Lorry toured Germany supporting Lucifer's Friend. Wonder what they were like live?
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