Lake was/ is (?) a German rock/pop/ art-rock band with a Scottish lead singer : James Hopkins-Harrison (whom sadly passed away in 1991) this double album in one cd, holds their "Ouch!" & "Hot Day" releases and if you are a friend of City Boy, 10cc and Charlie..then you are in for treat of great pop-art-rock tunes galore! They master the trade of good songwriting and musical excellence, giving you, the listener superb music and plenty of earhangers, that you will find yourself humming in the morning bath!
Now as implicated, this band is not as such progressive, they are what we call Art-rock an appendix to the wide range of crossover music that borders the realm of prog, like folk rock, fusion, spacerock, electronic etc.
I dont know the story as to why a Scottish lead singer joined the band, but his rich raw and powerful vocals really shines and delivers the messages of the individual tunes, backed by a perfect band, tight, hard, soft and even brilliant at places.
So 2 brilliant albums on one cd, if you, like me love great pop art-rock tunes, then this is surely for you!!
Lake have had a few reunion periods, but it seems they never came close to the brilliance of yesteryear!