L (Godley & Creme album)

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L
Lalbum.svg
Studio album by
Released1978
RecordedMarch–June 1978; Surrey Sound Studios
GenreArt rock
Length34:22
LabelMercury Records
ProducerKevin Godley, Lol Creme
Godley & Creme chronology
Consequences
(1977)
L
(1978)
Freeze Frame
(1979)
Singles from L
  1. "Sandwiches of You" / "Foreign Accents"
    Released: 1978[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[2]
Birmingham Post[3]
Record Mirror[4]

L is the second album by Godley & Creme. It was released in 1978. At 34 minutes, it is less than a third as long as the group's previous effort, the ill-received triple concept album Consequences (1977). Despite this, L was also not received well commercially.

The songs contain much variation and artistry, dissonances, complex time signatures and melodies, poetic lyrics, and some echoes from Frank Zappa's Over-Nite Sensation (1973). Zappa is even name-checked on the song "Art School Canteen." The album was played almost completely by Godley and Creme, except for saxophones, and a brief vocal cameo by Paul Gambaccini.

The lyrics retained the satirical stance of some 10cc material, with songs such as "The Sporting Life" and "Art School Canteen", which deal with suicide and art school angst.

The album cover depicts an "L-plate", used in some countries to designate vehicles with novice drivers ("Learner"). Although the duo were generally known as 'Godley and Creme', the original cover merely repeats their surnames around its perimeter (on the back) and delineates their 'group' name as 'Godley + Creme' on the spine.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
  1. "The Sporting Life" – 7:25
  2. "Sandwiches of You" – 3:17
  3. "Art School Canteen" – 3:00
  4. "Group Life" – 4:11
Side 2
  1. "Punchbag" – 4:44
  2. "Foreign Accents" – 4:37
  3. "Hit Factory/Business Is Business" – 7:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Kevin Godley – vocals, drums, xylophone, roto-toms, percussion, congas, triangle, high-hat, tonal percussion, snare drum, bongos; bass guitar on 'Group Life'; Clavinet on ‘Punchbag’
  • Lol Creme – vocals, piano, Rhodes electric piano, guitars, Kramer bass guitar, Gizmo, Farfisa organ, Guild 12-string acoustic, Guild acoustic bass guitar, Clavinet; drums on ‘Hit Factory’
  • Andy Mackay – baritone, tenor, soprano and alto saxophone
  • Paul Gambaccini – Bad Samaritan voices on "The Sporting Life"
  • Jonathan Handelsman – alto and soprano saxophone on "Group Life"
  • Chris Gray, Nigel Gray – engineers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vance, Joel (February 1979). "Creme Godley". Stereo Review. 42: 110.
  2. ^ Allan, Mark. L at AllMusic
  3. ^ Cowen, Andrew (14 August 2004). "CD Reviews: It's too little and too late". Birmingham Post. Birmingham Post and Mail: 52 – via ProQuest.
  4. ^ Smith, Robin (19 August 1978). "Driving without L plates at last" (PDF). Record Mirror: 24 – via World Radio History.