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Lancee - 1980 Models

ARTIST: Lancee
ALBUM: Models
LABEL: CBS Holland
SERIAL: 84118
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Ferdy Lancee - guitar, vocals * Frank Klunhaar - keyboards * Marcel Lahaye - keyboards * Pieter Korremans - bass * Jos V.D. Dries - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 In The Nite * 02 Melancholy Avenue * 03 Rich * 04 Old Rockers Never Die * 05 Johnny * 06 The Battle Of My Lonely Guitar * 07 Goodbye My Love * 08 The Better Life * 09 I Wish I Were Like You * 10 Space Rat

Interesting melodic rock from The Netherlands, Ferdy Lancee released a brace of pop singles prior to his first long player 'Ferdy' released in 1977. Apparently dubbed 'the Dutch Peter Frampton' by Holland's music press, the two albums 'Models' and 1981's 'The Bridge' released as Lancee seems to have been more of a band project although it's unknown how successful they were. Of the other Lancee members the only name I recognize here is Frank Klunhaar who was the mastermind behind glam rock sensation Pantherman who these days has a small cult following among Nederglam junk shop collectors.

The Songs
'In The Nite' opens the record with a thumping hook and typically AOR chorus and we're off to a fine start. Ferdy's voice is perfect for the material and naturally with two keyboard players there are going to be traces of melodic progressive rock ala fellow countrymen Kayak and Taurus found on cuts like 'Melancholy Avenue' and 'Rich' which gives Ferdy a chance to showcase his considerable chops. 'Goodbye My Love', the poppy 'The Better Life' and the ballad 'I Wish I Were like You' carry traces of Lake and even Genesis at their most commercial and all these influences come together on the final cut 'Space Rat' turning out a minor melodic progressive rock tour-de-force along the lines of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' and Planet P.

In Summary
A very likable album as is their follow-up 'The Bridge' and I'm pleased I've had the chance to hear both. As I've said before, at one time the Dutch excelled at the AOR meets prog sound and Lancee are another example and a good one at that.

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#1 | gerard on December 22 2009 23:48:09
Nice to see this review, Eric!
#2 | tonissive on December 23 2009 19:42:15
supertramp influences come to my mind also listening this album,very good review eric
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