Greg Lake – Greg Lake/Manoeuvres
Finally, two of Greg Lake’s most sought after solo affairs have been released as a two CD set with four bonus tracks.
The two albums are respectively called “Greg Lake” and “Manoeuvres”, and they both show Lake’s superb songwriting talents and flawless musicianship. His guitar playing alone gives his songs so much depth, especially with this very emotionally driven singing accompanying the solid musicianship.
What made Greg so unique was the fact that he never followed any mainstream music convention, and just went his own heart for the memorable vocal passages and guitar parts.
“Love You Too Much”, “It Hurts”, “Long Goodbye”, “For Those Who Dare” and “You’re Good With Your Love” are just few of the classics, which showcase Lake’s wealth of musical talent on the Greg Lake CD.
On the other hand, second CD “Manoeuvres” shows his more emotional side, but with a great rock sound to it.
“Haunted” was a memorable song with its somewhat upbeat manner, but with interesting vocal and guitar harmonies.
The songs on this CD have a very concrete eighties sound to them, as they were originally recorded in the early 1980s, but now reissued with bonus tracks and as a double CD set. This is a great idea, as it shows some of Lake’s best solo efforts after ELP’s disbanding.
This two CD set comes nicely packaged with a color booklet, rear color photos of Lake, with liner notes behind the records featured here. If you’re into songs with positive and upbeat feelings, then this is something that’s sure to impress.
It’s very unfortunate, Greg Lake passed away late last year, but his spirit lives on through his worldly and enchanting compositions. Creative Musical Arts Sarjoo Devani