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Lakeside

  • Fantastic Voyage [Solar, 1980] B
  • The Best of Lakeside [Solar, 1989] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Fantastic Voyage [Solar, 1980]
Surprise--the fast ones are fun, the slow ones aren't. Fast ones might be even more fun if this weren't a band that praises Toto (the dog, but I think they're funning) in the same stanza with James Brown. Slow ones might be some fun if the singers had the style (skill's not the problem) to convey why they bother. B

The Best of Lakeside [Solar, 1989]
Never long on personality, these cogs in Dick Griffey's machine can at least muster a consistent compilation (unlike such rival pros as Atlantic Starr, say). Among their eleven years' worth of occasional hits, only one post-'84, are their signature dress-up number "Fantastic Voyage," "It's All the Way Live"'s primitive forerunner of the "Good Times" bassline, and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" as a moderately personable slow one. B+