Ronnie Lane

Lucky Seven

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The British NMC label has been delving into Ronnie Lane's recorded archives to assemble a series of posthumous albums, and this one is a miscellany. The main portion of it is the last seven tracks (tracks ten through 16), which are drawn from sessions recorded in July 1977 intended for an album that emerged eventually as Lane's final solo album, See Me (1980). Lane was accompanied by his friend Eric Clapton on the sessions, and the two eventually aborted the recordings and went on tour instead. The four tracks before those (Tracks six through nine) are performances by a late Lane ensemble from May 1981 called Ronnie Lane's Big Dipper and include re-recordings of songs from Lane's Faces days, "Debris" and "Stone." The first five tracks are demos, live versions, and alternate takes of Small Faces ("All or Nothing"), Faces ("Ooh La La"), and Lane solo ("The Poacher," "How Come," "Anymore for Anymore") songs. So, while some of Lane's better compositions are featured, this is really a collection of outtakes and rehearsals (no great lost Clapton guitar solos), making it an album for Lane completists.

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