Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Men Of Lake

Eclectic Prog

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Men Of Lake Music From The Land Of Mountains, Lake And Wine  album cover
3.28 | 15 ratings | 4 reviews | 31% 5 stars

Write a review

from partners
Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Waltz From The Land Of Mountains, Lake And Wine (1:31)
2. Rockbound (5:40)
3. Nothing At All (4:22)
4. Words In The Rain (7:25)
5. Alice's Thread (3:35)
6. Sailors Way (6:35)
7. Back From Ayu (3:49)
8. Peace Has A Flower In Her Chest (5:28)
9. Rivarberry (3:21)
10. Lady Day Dream (7:39)
11. Happy Hours (3:46)

Total Time: 53:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Maurizio Poli / vocals, Hammond organ, synthesizers Moog, piano
- Mauro Borgogno / guitars
- Marco Gadotti / bass
- Claudio Oberti / drums

- Francesco Pisanu / electric & grand piano
- Vadim Frei / sax, flute
- Davide Lorenzato / flute
- Martino Nicolodi / brass
- Massimo Simoncelli / horn

Releases information


Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
Edit this entry

Buy MEN OF LAKE Music From The Land Of Mountains, Lake And Wine Music

More places to buy MEN OF LAKE music online

MEN OF LAKE Music From The Land Of Mountains, Lake And Wine ratings distribution

(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(23%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

MEN OF LAKE Music From The Land Of Mountains, Lake And Wine reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Progbear
3 stars Definitely an offbeat blend of influences here: proto-prog, some symphonic prog, jazziness and folk. Apart from the fact that they sing in English with a rather strong Italian accent, they don't sound especially Italian. The British proto-prog sound of bands like Spring, Cressida and Fantasy were a big influence here, alongside the usual Anglo-Sympho of Genesis and the like. There's also a slick jazziness about much of this that makes me think that perhaps Steely Dan were also an influence. You won't find blazing fusion complexity here, though, melodicism is their strong suit. It's all rather mellow and laid-back and won't appeal to everyone. But it's rather charming in its unassuming nature. If it's a humble, tuneful prog album you want, you've found it.

Keys seem to largely be made up of organ and piano. Lots of acoustic guitar, giving this a very folky feel at times. Guest players on woodwinds and horns add a classical touch.

Review by kenethlevine
3 stars Men of Lake altered their style quite dramatically for this release, which appears to have been their swan song. The main change, at least on the surface, is the reduced importance of the organ and the general lack of that big Hammond sound, in favour of electric guitar. It's hard to say what they sound like here, but the name Dire Straits keeps coming back. Please think of that only as a starting point, but at times the band adopts a laid back vocal and guitar style, and a slightly jazzy feel that is reminiscent of that British band. This is especially so on some of the better tracks here, like "Nothing at All", "Words in the Rain", "Sailor's Way" and "Lady Day Dream". At times the guitars are also in the style of Andy Latimer from Camel, especially in the break on "Sailor's Way".

I am tempted to reward an extra star for the band's willingness to evolve, but Men of Lake continues to be plagued by some degree of inconsistency, so that there are just too many lesser tracks and segments to justify an excellent rating, even if certain songs and many moments would be worthy. One problem is that, on too many of the best songs, they abandon the mellow mood midway through in a way that is somewhat lacking in subtlety and evolution. In all, "Music from the Land of..." is a good album that shows Men of Lake going out on a high note, even if not with their "signature" sound. It definitely keeps the band's reputation afloat.

Latest members reviews

2 stars I recently bought this album. There are links with canterbury music, ok. They are some intelligent orchestration sometimes. BUT what i don't understand why some caravan-esque themes are lost into typical 80's POP MUSIC. The singer is poor and sing with a loud an unconvinced voice during typic ... (read more)

Report this review (#120067) | Posted by [email protected] | Saturday, April 28, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Another masterpiece from the 90's. I consider them one of the best Italian bands from the 90's (if not the best). In this album you find an splendid brass section including trumpet, flute, etc. Here you find "Canterbury" and "jazz" elements. I consider a great step forward, at least for the ... (read more)

Report this review (#59012) | Posted by | Saturday, December 3, 2005 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of MEN OF LAKE "Music From The Land Of Mountains, Lake And Wine "

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.