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Lambert, Dave - 1978 Framed



ARTIST: Lambert, Dave
ALBUM: Framed
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1-6193
YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dave Lambert - lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitars * Denny Seiwell - drums * Richard Bennett - electric guitar * Tom Hensley - piano, synthesizers, clavinet, keyboards * Leland Sklar, John Entwistle - bass * Phil O'Kelsey, Randy Bishop - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Take A Little Bit Of My Life * 02 Framed * 03 Remember Me, All Ways * 04 Dorian * 05 This Is My Neighbourhood * 06 Welcome To My Dream * 07 So Lucky * 08 White Knight * 09 Crystal Virgin


Background
Guitarist Dave Lambert's long-running career began with the pop psych/proto-prog band Fire; recording one not-so-hot but collectable Procol Harum-ish LP 'The Magic Shoemaker' in 1970. Joining up with The Strawbs in 1972, his influence can be felt during the bands best period on classic albums like 'Hero and Heroine', 'Ghosts' and my personal favourite but much-maligned 'Deadlines'. That 1978 album with its clever Hipgnosis sleeve would be The Strawbs major label swansong and the last with Lambert, at least temporarily.


The Songs
Intentional or not 'Framed' released later the same year was an extension of 'Deadlines' flirtation with the pop progressive format. While overlooked by radio and record buyers, the set was produced by Spencer Proffer and features movers and shakers John Entwistle and former Wings drummer Denny Seiwell on several tracks. Most of the tunes are co-writes between Lambert and Proffer and if you've never heard Dave's voice imagine Daryl Braithwaite or Terry Slesser and you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect. Bands like Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Spooky Tooth are obvious influences on the opening 'Take A Little Bit Of My Life' which was rightly chosen as a single, too bad no one played it. Those of you who know and admire Boxer's 1979 'Bloodletting' album will find solace in 'Remember Me, All Ways' and the arty 'Dorian' although the second side holds the musical sweet spots. Lightweight and radio-ready 'Welcome To My Dream' is a pleasant diversion before peaking with 'So Lucky'; an inventive and ambitious cut dripping with luscious 10cc vocal arrangements while the pre-neo proggy closer 'Crystal Virgin' could have easily dovetailed on any late '70s Strawbs slab 'o plastic.


In Summary
Lambert returned to The Strawbs fold late in the 1980's and remains with the band today. 'Framed' has never been on CD which is surprising although from what I gather some hardcore Strawbs fans don't care for the album, something I really can't understand but it's their loss as this is a fine collection and worth owning.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on March 24 2013 19:14:42
Good review. I've always had a soft spot for this album.
#2 | Harvey Mettle on March 25 2013 19:00:17
Was this even issued in the UK? The web is flooded with US and Dutch copies...
#3 | gdazegod on March 26 2013 02:02:07
Good point Harvey. Typically, the domestic UK Polydor releases were prefixed with the serial reference POL. Not all mind you, but most..
 
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