Ring Around the Sun
Lenny Laks was the lead singer for the New York-based Hamilton Face Band in the mid-late 1960's. He recorded for Mercury Records and for Bell Records. He was a staff writer for United Artists in the 70's, a freelance rock performer and writer in the 80's, he had a classic mid-life crisis in the 90's, and discovered overnight success in the 21st century. Other bands he performed with and/or founded include the Mendocino All-Stars, Cheese, The Monday Night Seagull Band, and Lax-Deluxe. We don't really know why...but he is listed in the Psychedelic Encyclopaedia of Rock N Roll. Ooo-wee. 'Ring Around The Sun' is Lenny Laks' long-awaited album of original songs from now and from long ago. The ten songs, recorded locally at Peter Temple's studio in Albion, CA, feature stellar work from Lenny (voice, guitar & bass) and his major cohorts Stevie Gurr (guitars, harp, vocals), John Bush (bass, sax, keys), Michael Lono Bissen (drums). It includes Mendocino Coast musicians Michael Ward (guitar),Kirk Handley (keys)and Steve Davidson (congas). Says Lenny: 'Recording this CD has been one of the most intense and gratifying experiences of my life. The music that is my compass is from Ray Charles, James Brown, James Taylor, Pops Staples, The Beatles, George Jones, Miles Davis, Snooks Eaglin' and Stevie Wonder. The short list. I am so thankful for the amazing amount of help from my musician friends who worked for pocket change, or in many cases no money at all. And believe me it was work. 'cause I am not easy to please. They gave me some very soulful performances, and made my every trip to the studio... a gas. 'My favorite tunes on this collection are Toy Soldiers, Just Another Lesson, and Help Me With This Rock. I hope you find yours... 'Please work for peace and keep on.' Lenny Laks *** Ring Around The Sun *** L2 Music (2005) L2M 1001.