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This is the second and last Gnidrolog album (not counting the 'Live' album of the same year) before they split for a long 17 years. Apart from Gnidrolog, these first of all are UK (after "Danger Money"), Argent (after "Counterpoint"), Light (after "Light"), and a few more, maybe.
First off, "Lady Lake" is the work of unique originality. In spite of the presence of already universally recognized (a lot of) Titans and (lots of) other quite strong and original bands cultivating the same fields of Progressive Rock, "Lady Lake" is full of Inspiration and free of influences.
This is an album of excellent sound quality, which is quite rare for those years. As a real Classic For the Future, "Lady Lake" today is even more than simply listenable work (of genius). While all its vocal themes are excellent, all the instrumental parts within each separate song are simply outstanding with their powerful (real!) jams, full of incredible, diverse interplays between all the instrument(alist)s but especially between saxophones / flutes and lead guitar.
Twin-brothers Stewart (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Colin Goldring (rhythm guitar, lead vocals) composed all these songs separately from each other, too, as they were / still are going quite diffferent ways in composing. And if instrumental arrangements (that are made by all the band members, though) in all their songs have some obvious similar structures, Colin prefers more melodic vocal themes, whereas Stewart uses his brother's lyrics for more adventurous singing. The final song is a purely instrumental piece played virtuostically by Stewart on acoustic guitar only. This is one a few real gems of that 'style' together with Mood For the Day (by Steve Howe, from "Fragile", Yes-1972-I), Horizons (by Steve Hackett, from "Foxtrot", Genesis-1972), ...
01. I Could Never Be A Soldier 11:38
02. Ship 6:42
03. A Dog With No Collar 2:07
04. Lady Lake 8:55
05. Same Dreams 2:47
06. Social Embarrassment 6:31
Stewart Goldring - Lead Guitar;
Colin Goldring - Rhythm guitar, vocals, recorder, tenor horn;
Nigel Pegrum - Percussion, flute, oboe;
John Earle - Soprano, tenor, baritone saxes, flute, lead vocal on "Social Embarrassment";
Peter Cowling - bass guitar, cellos
see also: Gnidrolog ~ 1972 ~ In Spite of Harry's Toe-nail