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Lava – Prime Time [1982]


LAVA was founded around 1977 in Årdal, Norway, by Svein Dag Hauge (guitars) and Per Hillestad (drums), starting as an instrumental jazz rock band with several line-up changes through the years.

After two LP’s, for this third effort “Prime Time” and with the addition of talented bass player / arranger Rolf Graf and singer Egil Eldøen, Lava changed their musical approach to a more commercial delivery, something that eventually developed into a Westcoast / AOR affair in albums to come during the Eighties.

“Prime Time” still shows the refined, elaborated arrangements from Lava’s origins, but this is a record strongly influenced by earlier TOTO, Airplay, Steve Lukather first works, etc. The musicians in Lava are (the band is still active) widely known for their session work for many Scandinavian artists from the most diverse genres, but also melodic hard rock acts such as Fate, Aina, Tindrum or Ole Evenrude to name some, so expect top notch quality in this department.

Lava’s “Prime Time” is specially recommended for lovers of delicate Westcoast AOR, humming smooth sounds. Very rare LP never released on CD…

Band Members
Egil Eldøen – Lead and backing vocals
Svein Dag Hauge – Guitars
Per Kolstad, Geir Langslet – Keyboards, synthesizer
Sigurd Køhn, Arne Frang, Torbjørn Sunde – Horns
Rolf Graf – Bass
Per Hillestad – Drums, percussion
Sidsel Endresen – Backing vocals

01. Hard Times (5:10)
02. Juliet (4:10)
03. Empty Shadows (2:30)
04. 2.12 (6:30)
05. Prime Time (5:07)
06. Late At Night (2:59)
07. Tea Beat (4:25)
08. Holiday (4:01)

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