One of the finest (Jazz) Rock bands from Canada.
Drummer Skip Prokop formed Lighthouse in 1968 and began adding members soon after: guitarist Ralph Cole (whom Prokop had played with in the Paupers), Grant Fullerton, Pinky Dauvin, saxophonist Howard Shore, cellist Dick Armin, violinist Don DiNovo, keyboard player Paul Hoffert, saxophonist Keith Jollimore, vocalist Bob McBride, trumpeter Peter Pantaluk, trombonist Larry Smith, and bassist Louis Yackniw. The band released two albums on RCA in 1969 and played at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals and the Isle of Wight Festival, though they had turned down Woodstock. In late 1970, RCA released Lighthouse’s third album, Peacing It All Together, then dropped the band, who then signed to GRT. 1971 brought One Fine Morning and Thoughts of Movin’ On, and in 1972, the group released Lighthouse Live! and Sunny Days. The band lost members, beginning in 1973 when Paul Hoffert left, followed by Bob McBride and Skip Prokop in 1974; the group eventually disbanded in 1976.
Lighthouse had released Can You Feel It (1973) and Good Day (1974), and in 1975, The Best of Lighthouse appeared. Original members re-formed for live shows in 1982 and 1993, and another greatest-hits album, The Best of Lighthouse — Sunny Days Again, was issued in 1989. Postcards from Heaven followed in 1998. Both Bob McBride and Skip Prokop had somewhat successful solo careers. Sadly, Bob McBride lost his battle with substance abuse on February 20, 1998. He was 51. (by John Bush)
But the band play on and on …
In April 2013, Skip Prokop suffered from ventricular tachycardia. A device was implanted to regulate his heart. Prokop toured with Lighthouse throughout 2013 but was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, then suffered more heart trouble requiring bypass surgery. He officially retired from music in 2016 and died at the age of 73 on August 30, 2017 from heart complications. He was replaced by his son, Jamie Prokop.
The band’s most recent compilation album, Icon, was released on August 10, 2018.
They continue to perform and tour extensively across Canada. (wikipedia)
And here´s their 8th album, a live double album: This was the first time a Canadian album went platinum.
I have a special place for this album because of two reasons. I listened to the original concert which was broadcasted on a local FM station while I was at a drive-in movie back in ’72. Along with Tom Northcott and magician Doug Henning, they were the first concert I went to at the old Memorial Gardens in Victoria B.C.
This is a stong performance which yields such classic songs as “Eight Miles High”, “Take it Slow (Out in the Country)” and “One Fine Morning”. Lighthouse has great arrangements on all their songs especially the melodic “Sweet Lullabye” and “1849”. They tear a strip off on other notables such as “Insane” and “Rockin Chair”. Bob McBrides voice is powerful and blends well with the symphonic sounds of Canada’s premiere rock orchestra.
If you listen to the introduction, they were hell bent on making the return to Carnegie Hall a triumph and the audience knew they were in for a great evening of music. Although slightly different order of the songs from the original vinyl, nothing is lost in the text. If you like Chicago, you’ll love Lighthouse. (Dale Caudwell)
In other words: Excellent stuff !
Recorded live at the Carnegie Hall, New York, February 6, 1972
Richard Armin (cello)
Ralph Cole (guitar, vocals)
Paul Hoffert (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion)
Keith Jollimore (saxophone)
Mike Malone (trumpet)
Bob McBride (vocals, percussion)
John Naslen (trumpet)
Don DiNovo (violin)
Skip Prokop (drums, percussion, vocals)
Howard Shore (saxophone, flute, vocals)
Larry Smith (trombone, vocals)
Louis Yacknin (bass)
01. Intro 0.35
02. I Just Wanna Be Your Friend (Prokop/McBride) 3.09
03. Take It Slow (Out In The Country) 3.34
04. Old Man (Smith) 7.45
05. Rockin’ Chair (Prokop/Cole) 3.51
06. You And Me (Shore) 9.15
07. Sweet Lullaby (Prokop) 5.18
08. 1849 (Prokop/Cole) 6.49
09. Eight Miles High (McGuinn/Crosby/Clark) 18.10
10. Insane (Prokop/McBride) 4.48
11. One Fine Morning (Prokop) 5.19
“Been on the road 15 days all over the south. I all want you do is have one good hot shit time, man.” (Great opening banter for a great LP!!!!)
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