A Northern soul duo who recorded the single "Lifted" in 1995 but had to wait two years for it to become a hit, the Lighthouse Family was formed in Newcastle by vocalist Tunde Baiyewu and programmer/keyboard player Paul Tucker. Both had been born in London, though Baiyewu lived in Nigeria for ten years before returning to attend college in the north, where he met Tucker.
Anyone who enjoyed the Lighthouse Family's previous two albums is bound to enjoy this one. Seemingly buoyed after a four-year break, their third and indeed final album, Whatever Gets You Through the Day, was actually their most inventive.
Whatever Gets You Through the Day was the third and final album released by UK duo Lighthouse Family in 2001 on Wildcard / Polydor. The album produced one Top 10 hit ("I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be) Free / One", one Top 30 hit "Run" and one Top 60 single "Happy". It reached Platinum status.
Ocean Drive is the debut album released by UK duo Lighthouse Family in 1995 on Wildcard / Polydor Records. The album produced one Top 10 hit ("Lifted") and three Top 20 hits ("Ocean Drive", "Goodbye Heartbreak" and "Loving Every Minute").
This two-fer CD pairs 1972's Live at the Lighthouse with the less impressive, though still worthy, 1974 album Kharma, which was recorded at that year's Montreux Jazz Festival. As the head of a sextet on Live at the Lighthouse, Earland spearheaded some first-class soul-jazz, which integrated some funk and rock of the early '70s without sounding like a watered-down cocktail of all those styles (as many other soul-jazz-pop albums of the time did). The horn section of James Vass on sax and Elmer Coles on trumpet leaned more toward soul than jazz, as heard on the opening instrumental cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "Smilin'." The Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" wasn't the greatest tune to attempt, though Earland gamely put it into a boppish swing arrangement.