Lawrence Davis - Davis

EricEric USA
edited August 2021 in year-1983

Lawrence Davis - Davis

ARTIST: Lawrence Davis
ALBUM: Davis
LABEL: Platinum Boulevard Records
SERIAL: LRD 101753 A
YEAR: 1983

LINEUP: Lawrence Davis - lead & backing vocals, guitar, bass, piano * Randy Davis, William Morse - bass * Brent Zane - drums * Mark Ishikawa, Jeff Nelman - keyboards, piano * Dee De Harpham - flute * Sandy Selby - lead vocals * Laurie Scott, Lynn Wade - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Know How To Love Me * 02 Son Of A Rock N' Roll Man * 03 Your Eyes Don't Lie * 04 When I'm With You * 05 I Don't Need Your Loving * 06 Live A Little * 07 I Heard The Song * 08 Lead Me On * 09 Special Girl * 10 I Used To Kiss Her On The Lips * 11 Time Flies * 12 Golden Diamond Studded Cane * 13 Reflecting


When I bought this LP for a whopping $3.67 at a local second hand shop; my hopes were not very high based on the album's photo and hopelessly cheesy song titles yet I couldn't resist, proving once again I should never judge a record by its cover.

Who was Lawrence Davis? It doesn't appear he recorded anything else but these days can be found running a recording studio in Reno, Nevada, the same ramblin' gamblin' city where this album was pressed and released although why there is no date on the sleeve is confounding.

From the looks of the leather jacket, mustache and coiffure reminiscent of Tim Feehan's 'Carmalita' period, I'll take liberties placing it at 1983.

The Songs

A still-sealed copy of 'Davis' hovers around the $150-$200 range at both eBay and Music Stack so my three-spot was well spent, but is it worth the silly money vendors are boldly charging? If you're into privately released pop ala Coast, Games, McElroy Brothers and Spice or the classic 1976 C.B. Victoria album then yes, Lawrence is your man.

Penning all thirteen tracks, Davis is a competent vocalist combining raspy Ian Lloyd with Donny Osmond's honey-coated tenor while the songs run the gamut between the horn rock of 'You Know How To Love Me' to straight good-time boogie on 'Son Of A Rock 'N Roll Man' and even a little Freddie Mercury dandyism on 'Live A Little'.

Yup, there's something for everyone with a penchant for classic pop sounds (before the new wave tsunami) and side two's 'Lead Me On' is one of the record's finest moments reminding me of long lost melody-blessed Wisconsin band The Movies who we've reviewed elsewhere on these pages.

Heck, there's even a sugar-sweet duet with a female vocalist highlighted by a surprising Apollo 100 baroque-styled middle eight although the chorus is just a wee too close to the theme song from slap-stick '70s TV sitcom 'Three's Company' for my comfort zone.

In Summary

While occasionally drifting into beige MOR, all in all Lawrence Davis is a nice find and I can understand collectors gravitating to the record although sadly the going prices as with so many rarities these days short of a download, might be prohibitive for those with just a passing interest.

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    This has to be the most obscure album ever made. Trying to find information on it is nigh on impossible, let alone find a copy for download.

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    gdazegodgdazegod Antipodes

    Well Alun, I would say a little treasure hunt over the border to Nevada might be in order in a quest to secure this rarity.

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