Exposé Online banner

Greg Lake — Greg Lake / Manoeuvers
(Creative Musical Arts MR003, 1983/2015, 2CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2016-07-25

Greg Lake / Manoeuvers Cover art

By the dawn of the 80s, after ELP had run its course and called it a day, singer, guitarist and bassist Greg Lake, now a man without a band, was searching for a new direction. As a general rule, former prog rock musicians weren’t faring so well during this period, seen widely as dinosaurs from an earlier era, but Lake had to do something, so these two albums, from 1981 and 1983 respectively, are his best effort to remain relevant in a changing musical climate, before joining Asia as a replacement for John Wetton (albeit briefly) and then rejoining his old pal Keith Emerson in Emerson, Lake and Powell. For these two LPs, Lake gave mainstream rock his best shot, and for the most part, in the context of the times, he does a commendable job. The vocals are unmistakably his, always his strongest suit, and the songwriting is decent as well. Spending a lot of time in LA during this period, he assembled a solid group of players on these two albums, including most of the band Toto (minus their singer, of course), as well as ex-Thin Lizzy guitar ace Gary Moore, keyboardist Tommy Eyre, and others. Most of the tunes are Lake originals, with some occasional covers thrown in, plus one unfinished Bob Dylan tune “Love You Too Much” finished by Lake on the self-titled album. Both discs contain bonus tracks that have previously appeared on rarities albums (most from From the Underground Vol.2). Overall, the two discs here are solid efforts, even if their timestamp is a bit dated. If you owned these on vinyl back in the day, you’ll surely want this two disc set. If you’re not familiar with these, just remember you are on the mainstream rock express travelling back in time some 33+ years.


Filed under: Archives, 2015 releases, 1983 recordings

Related artist(s): Greg Lake

Latest news

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - A Propos d'Ange – In the history of French rock, two names stand out among all others in terms of leadership, originality of style, and influence over all that would follow. Magma's contribution is well known, having...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues