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The story of this obscure Dutch band starts when Prog Rock was in the peak of the creativity back in 1973 in the traditional town of Deventer in the Netherlands from where all the members are, the name was chosen in reference to the famous album of the Welsh band GNIDROLOG, but it was not the original, during their first gig in a Deventour venue called "The Bottle" as a Progressive Blues Oriented band (In the vein of pre "Benefit" JETHRO TULL), they were known as SESSION and in the middle of it they decided to change their name to LADY LAKE.

Being that all the members were from the same town, they had grew together listening to the pioneers of Prog, so it was not hard for Toon Heisterkamp (guitar), Ronnie Breurman (bass), Hans van Bockel (guitar), Fred Rosenkamp (guitar), Gerbert de Ruiter (sax, flute, guitar) and Peter Schoemaker (drums) to work with comfortably since the start, but the band simply disappeared in 1974.

In the same town, another young bands called DELAY was being formed simultaneously and comparisons between the two started, but in 1976 the keyboardist Leendert Korstanje leaves DELAY and approaches to Fred Rosenkramp so they decide to form a new band with Eddy Bakker (bass) and Joop van Leeuwen (drums) that takes the name of LADY LAKE because it was already famous in Deventour.

At the end of 1977 LADY LAKE made a short trip to a neighbor town to record their debut album "No Pictures" in Mira Sound Studio, they only released about 1,500 copies and a good number of them was sent to Sweden and Norway..

"No Pictures" (The name was chosen as a joke because a local newspaper didn't published some photos of them) is a very rich album in musical influences, the main structure is Symphonic as most Prog bands from The Netherlands but includes a great range of atmospheres, which go from Psychedelia to Hard Rock in the vein of Kansas, not a masterpiece but worth getting it.

The story continues with the band touring with other Dutch bands with constant changes in their lineups but seems they never intended to be a 100% professional band, in 1995 MUSEA approaches to LADY LAKE to manifest the interest in upgrading "No Pictures" to CD with bonus material, after finding the master tapes damaged they were disappointed but due to modern techniques the were able to restore them and add some material from 1979 and later, so at last in 1997 we can get a new version of an old classic.

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4.06 | 33 ratings
No Pictures
3.40 | 23 ratings

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3.04 | 6 ratings

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 No Pictures by LADY LAKE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.06 | 33 ratings

No Pictures
Lady Lake Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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4 stars The original LADY LAKE were formed in 1973 in the town of Deventer,named after the second album of UK progsters ''Gnidrolog''.This short-lived act suddenly disappeared a year later,but in 1976 keyboardist Leendert Korstanje,coming from a band named ''Delay'' joined forces with original LADY LAKE guitarist Fred Rosenkamp to form a second version of LADY LAKE,recruiting Joop Van Leeuwen on drums and Eddy Baker on bass.The band recorded ''No pictures'' in 1977 and survived until 1982.A later re-formation at the dawn of the 90's was the reason for their debut to re-realesed by Musea Records with a different cover,adding also five new tracks as extra material.

Influenced by the likes of CAMEL and in a lesser extent FOCUS and GENESIS,LADY LAKE offer extremely well-arranged and highly melodic progressive rock with a variety in moods and atmospheres.The ultra-sensitive guitar work of Fred Rosenkamp will definitely remind you of CAMEL's Andy Latimer,presenting a very melodic style with nice harmonies,a slight Canterbury feel and even some bluesy touches.A few pastoral passages with calm guitar playing is very close to early GENESIS,while some jazzier parts remind of JAN AKKERMANN.Keyboards come as an absolutely fascinating element of LADY LAKE's music with superb atmospheric parts and lots of good solos.The original album is finally an excellent addition to any prog collection (if you can find it),but the Musea re-release is even better,offering some bonus tracks, sounding if the band never stopped playing together.Top notch melodic symphonic prog with slight bluesy influnces,ANDY LATIMER-like guitars,a great rhythm section,some groovy passages and tons of memorable melodies.LADY LAKE's return has to be a regarded as a fantastic discovery among the prog fans.Everything in here is amazingly well-crafted and perfectly executed.A future classic maybe?...4 shining stars please!

 Unearthed by LADY LAKE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.04 | 6 ratings

Lady Lake Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars As I told in an earlier review, I was impressed by seeing this Dutch trio on stage at about two years ago during a Dutch progrock festival (also with Plackband and Knight Area): a professional attitude, very enthousiastic and, last but not least, also crafted musicians.

Very remarkable and pleasant on this CD (mainly re-recorded material from 1979-1981 era) is the frequent interplay between the powerful and varied guitarwork and the distinctive sound of the string-ensemble, very warm in The Hulk and 22 cm ii (both contain a strongly build-up guitar solo) and I Only Wanted A Girdlfriend (featuring fiery guitar play). The keyboardplayer delivers a tasteful and subtle colouring with the sound of the Minimoog (with echoes from Peter Bardens), Fender Rhodes electric piano and the string-ensemble in Tea Time and Jimmy Wakes Up and in the track Lochem he freaks out with a flashy synthesizer solo. I am deleghted about the howling guitar runs in the composition Must Have Been More Than, it reminds me of Andy Latimer (Camel) his emotional guitar sound. The final two (bonus) tracks are entitled Magic Twanger, the first is a demo tape from 1975 (delicate guitar overdubs with rhythm and solo) and the second a live registration from De Nieuwe Pul in Uden (Holland) from 1998, it sounds very dynamic but both songs have a bit mediocre sound quality (no problem to me!).

I am sure that Unearthed by Lady Lake will please a lot of prog fans that love melodic progrock featuring strong guitarwork, tasteful keyboards and fluent drumming!

 SuperCleanDreamMachine by LADY LAKE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.40 | 23 ratings

Lady Lake Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A few months ago I witnessed a gig from Lady Lake during a Dutch Triple Concert with Knight Area and Plackband. I knew this band from their album "Pictures" from the Seventies but I was really stunned about new music! The members told me that I had to wait a few months until Musea had released their new album, more than 25 years after their debut LP. This night, after my late shift, I decided to listen to it and then to write this review. Well, I have very good news for you because Lady Lake has delivered a wonderful, very melodic album that will appeal to many progheads. The focus is on the guitar, Fred Rosenkamp has a very melodic and varied style (jazzy, rock, symphonic) with obvious hints from Andy Latimer. The music from Lady Lake often reminds me of Camel (and at some moments Focus), especially the changing climates from mellow to compelling and bombastic featuring sensitive and howling guitar, this man knows how to carry us away to progrock heaven! His interplay with the keyboards from Leender Korstanje (beautiful Hammond organ, piano and some fine Mellotron) is warm, delicate and sometimes very moving and drummer Jan Dubbe does a good job. I use to call this 24- carat symphonic rock, HOLLAND IS BACK ON THE TRACK!!

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