A personal view on music, all kinds of music.
Artist: Greg Lake
Album: Songs Of A Lifetime
Label: Cherry Records
Review: Diego Camargo
While Greg tells his stories, they are all great and very, very interesting, but by the second time you listen to it, they’re all boring and old already. Like I said, for you to go to the concert or even watch a DVD that would be great. But to release a CD from it? I don’t get it.
Greg sings basically his solo songs from ELP times like ‘From The Beginning’, ‘Still… You Turn Me On’, ‘C’est La Vie’ and of course, ‘Lucky Man’. He also plays a few classics such as ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ by Elvis Presley and ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’ by The Beatles.
The set also includes the inexplicable presence of ‘Touch And Go’ from the Emerson, Lake & Powell (1986) album. If he wanted to play something from that album it could have been ‘The Miracle’ instead. Other good songs (and fairly pop ones) like ‘A Time And A Place’, ‘The Sheriff’ or ‘Benny The Bouncer’ were forgotten.
In conclusion, don’t get me wrong, Greg Lake is one of the most humble and good guys on Prog World. But we’re talking about music here, and even if he still has a powerful voice, Songs From A Lifetime (2013) doesn’t go anywhere. If you’re not a hardcore fan, or if you weren’t in the one of the shows… avoid it.
You can preview the song ‘Camelot’ on our Podcast #8 HERE.