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DAVE LAMBERT


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Framed was a debut solo outing for Dave Lambert, recorded in 1978. Sessions were starting up for what would eventually be released as Heartbreak Hill, and these clashed with Dave's solo album sessions. Dave took the decision to leave Strawbs in order to complete his solo record. The album did well in a number of major markets such as Canada. Eddie Money recorded "Take A Little Bit" as a single, quite a major release as he was quite important at that time. However Polydor declined to release it in the UK. Dave recalls:

"... it was very very strange. My friends were going over to France for the day and picking it up in record shops over there. I just thought it was so absurd that it was released everywhere but here. And that was the downer of it really. It was a great line up on that album, one of the best line ups you could have put together. John Entwhistle helped me on bass, Richard Bennett, who at the time was ... Neil Diamond's co-writer.... We had Denny Seiwell from Wings, ... we had was Lee Sklar, who plays with everybody I think .... We had Barbra Streisand's pianist, Tom, who was Neil Diamond's keyboard player, he did the synthesisers. It was a brilliant line-up, one of those where you couldn't wait to get to work in the morning. It was exciting every day."

Most of the songs on the album are co-written by Lambert with either producer Spencer Proffer or Gary Benson, and, for Strawbs fans, offer a glimpse or two of classic Lambert. Not perhaps as memorable as his Strawbs or Fire material, but enjoyable listening nonetheless. Highlights are "White Knight", "Take A Little Bit Of My Life", the title track and the rather odd "Dorian" where Dave impersonates the Devil himself. It has never had a UK release and, sadly, owing to licensing issues, it seems unlikely it will be re-issued on CD in the near future.

In early 2004, Dave released a solo CD on the Witchwood label Work In Progress, containing some newly recorded material as well as some rarities and outtakes spanning Dave's musical career. The album has been very well received by Dave's many fans, and deservedly so. As well as the rarities, there are three newly composed songs by Dave, and the three solo Lambert tracks from Chiswick - "The Winter And The Summer", "Framed" and "Bovver Blues", and "Live Inside Your Hell Tonight" from Baroque & Roll. The stunning opening track, "The Man I Saw Last Night" has Dave Cousins on backing vocals.

In 2007, Dave staged a pair of reunion gigs for Fire (see the Fire page, and the band also resurfaced for the 40th aniversary celebrations in Twickenham. Dave has also now hooked up with Tom Leary, Graham Taylor and Jon Davie as Zeus, who made their live debut at Twickenham, with a studio album expected some time in 2010, and hopefully some more live shows to come.

See also Fire, King Earl Boogie Band, Lambert Cronk, Zeus


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