by Lakeside


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There is no denying that Lakeside are masterful purveyors of pleasant grooves and light electronic trickery. They were masters, too, of creating a party atmosphere. The trouble with that, however, is that what was novel in 1979-1980 was by the middle of the decade routinely commonplace, and Lakeside, who'd earlier taken the marvelous "Fantastic Voyage" to the top of the charts, now found themselves running with the pack. Outrageous continued the band's tradition of thematic covers, this time sending the group down the Nile à la Indiana Jones in a quest for the perfect groove. Indeed, even the inner sleeve furthered the joke with a printed map where "Outrageous" marked the spot with a decisive X. This is because as good as this entire set is, "Outrageous" is by far the standout. Reaching number seven on the R&B charts in spring 1984, the song is typically Lakeside, with a strong bassline and intricately layered construction; even better, it's included on the LP in its glorious 12" version. But the group was whipping out in other directions as well -- especially across the very Euro-discoed "Make My Day," which is replete with Giorgio Moroder-isms throughout. The rest of Outrageous flawlessly falls into place from there, from the more traditional funk stylings of "Restrictions" and on to several ballads, most notably "Baby, I'm Lonely" and the lighter pap of "Something About You," which is a successful combination of both styles. While this cannot be counted among Lakeside's best-ever efforts, Outrageous is still a cohesive slab of smooth, tight rhythms and entertaining melody.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/1994
Label: Unidisc Records
UPC: 0068381717320
catalogNumber: 7173
Rank: 107631

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lakeside   Primary Artist
Norman Beavers   Piano,fender rhodes,Prophet 5,Roland Synthesizer,Ob Xa,Group Member
Marvin Craig   Bass,Group Member
Frederick Lewis   Percussion,Conga,Timbales,Group Member
Tiemeyer McCain   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Johnny Rogers   Piano
Terry Santell   Conga
Monty Seward   Piano
Thomas Shelby   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Stephen Shockley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Roland Synthesizer,Ob Xa,Group Member
Otis Stokes   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Prophet 5,Roland Synthesizer,Ob Xa,Group Member
Aaron Zigman   Emulator
Fred Alexander   Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Lakeside   Arranger,Producer
Barry Conley   Engineer
Dick Griffey   Executive Producer
Connie Hill   Engineer
Leanard Jackson   Engineer
Tiemeyer McCain   Composer
Thomas Shelby   Composer
Stephen Shockley   Composer
Otis Stokes   Composer
Bert Battaglia   Engineer
Dennis Lewis   Art Direction,Cover Illustration
Fred Alexander   Composer
Mark Adam Wood   Composer

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