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Lake - 1981 Hot Day

ALBUM: Hot Day
SERIAL: CBS 85 030
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: James Hopkins-Harrison - vocals * Erlend Krauser - guitars, vocals * Achim Oppermann - guitars, vocals * Frank Hieber - keyboards, vocals * Josef Kappl - bass, vocals * Dieter Ahrendt - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sandford And Sound * 02 Escape * 03 Everyone * 04 Silicone Sally * 05 Goodbye Alexander * 06 The Sound Of America * 07 Cities On Fire * 08 Band At The top * 09 We Can Try


For their 5th release, 'Hot Day' (1981), Lake got Jo Kappl (bass) and Erlend Krauser (guitar) in to complete the line-up, which had already been altered severely from the original line-up by the time 'Ouch' was released in 1980.

The Songs
Krauser, for one, makes his mark immediately with a distinct lead guitar theme on the uptempo pop rock opener, 'Sanford and Son'. It's a catchy tune, but it does get a little unsubstantial the moment 'Escape', the second track, kicks in. Lake pull all the plugs for a prime time AOR/melodic hard rock tune on this one: Stabbing keys, razor sharp guitar punctuations and huge vocals ... all with a deep sense of melody and a downright BRILLIANT guitar solo courtesy of Mr. Krauser! Probably my fave Lake song ever, save for a few moments from the debut. All the more of a plunge with track 3, though: 'Everyone' goes nowhere in an unfocused and very poppy fashion, whereas the guitar/goodtime piano driven 'Silicone Sally' luckily gets the album back on track in catchy fashion. 'Goodbye Alexander', on the other hand, sees Lake almost in pomp rock territory, with both excellent melody lines and an ambitious arrangement, making intelligent use of guitar/synth interplay ... classy stuff! The pace then slows down for 'The Sound of America' and 'Cities', which are both mid-paced pop rock tunes. I prefer the latter, which is wonderfully summer-like in its atmosphere. For 'Band at the Top', Krauser is solidly back in focus, but the song, albeit uptempo and driving, strikes me as a little too much 'AOR by numbers'. On the final track, 'We Can Try', Lake launch into the slow, majestic type of song and arrangement they would also close their final three albums with. 'We Can Try' is okay, but I must admit it fails to go beyond that as far as my musical tastes go.

In Summary
All in all a somewhat uneven album, but I would argue that the standout tracks are REAL standouts! Figure out the rest of the equation yourself!

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#1 | swazi on October 29 2011 12:50:07
Was this ever released on CD ? On Renaissance Records like some of the other Lake releases ? It's the only one that I am still missing in my collection.
#2 | gdazegod on October 29 2011 12:55:39
Not as far as I'm aware. Just the CBS LP, serial: CBS 85 030
#3 | Eric on October 29 2011 13:41:14
The Renaissance reissues stopped with 'Ouch!' and I'm not aware this gem's been reissued either. All the later Lake albums are in need of new reissues and I'd like to see the early pre-debut singles as bonus tracks somewhere...
#4 | swazi on October 29 2011 17:07:23
I just noticed that their 2006 release "The Blast of Silence" is not on GD yet. A serious mistake that should be corrected in the near future. Really good stuff!
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