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").
On their second album, 1969's "Suite Feeling", Lighthouse reached the height of their most experimental phase. Particularly on the ten-minute instrumental "Places on Faces Four Blue Carpet Traces," the jazz-rock-classical ensemble stretched out with graceful, passionate improvisations that had seldom been heard in rock arrangements. Other songs such as "Feel So Good," "Places on Faces," and "Could You Be Concerned" were among the most popular staples of their early concerts, which established them as favorites on North America's mushrooming rock festival circuit. The record also featured some of their most classical-influenced pieces, "Presents of Presence" and "Taking a Walk." They also put their individual stamp on covers of the Band's "Chest Fever" and, most adventurously of all, the Beatles' "A Day in the Life."
Prog Temple present a reissue of Lighthouse's Good Day, originally released in 1974. Having been named "Vocal/Instrumental Group of the Year" for the third time at Canada's prestigious Juno Awards in 1973, Lighthouse entered Thunder Sound in Toronto the following year to record their final album. Downplaying the horn-heavy sound that had previously defined them, it's a taut set of progressive rock with prominent synth and it sees founder member and drummer Skip Prokop switching to lead guitar. It makes its long-overdue CD debut here. Includes background notes and images.