Lighthouse — Lighthouse 1969 (Canada, Psychedelic/Jazz Rock)

Исполнитель: Lighthouse
Откуда: Canada
Альбом: Lighthouse
Год выхода: 1969
Жанр: Psychedelic/Jazz Rock
Формат: MP3 CBR 320
Размер архива: 114 МB

«Lighthouse» (Маяк) — джаз-рок-группа из Торонто (провинция Ontario), которая выигрывала премию Juno Awards (Best Canadian Group Of The Year) в 1972, 1973 и 1974 годах. Годы активности — 1968-1976, 1982, 1992 — по настоящее время. Группу создали в 1968 году ударник/вокалист Ronn «Skip» Prokop (ex- «The Paupers») и клавишник Paul Matthew Hoffert.


Toronto rock orchestra, formed in 1968 by the drummer-singer Skip (Ronn) Prokop and the keyboardist-vibraphonist Paul Hoffert. Organized as a 13-piece band, it comprised a rock nucleus of Prokop, Hoffert, the singer Pinky Dauvin (replaced in 1970 by Bob McBride), the guitarist Ralph Cole, and the bass guitarist Grant Fullerton, as well as string and reed/brass «sections» made up of Toronto studio and jazz players.

Lighthouse made its debut 14 May 1969 at the Rock Pile (Masonic Temple) in Toronto and performed 15 May at the Boston Pop Festival, 25 May at Carnegie Hall (returning in 1972, when it recorded the LP Lighthouse Live!), and later in 1969 at the Newport Jazz Festival. To the high energy of rock, Lighthouse added skilfully conceived string and horn arrangements (by Hoffert, the saxophonist Howard Shore, and others) and improvised solos by Cole, Hoffert, Prokop, and the jazz players (at various times the trumpeters Fred Stone, Bruce Cassidy, and Mike Malone, and the saxophonists Shore, Dale Hillary, and Keith Jollimore, among others).

Lighthouse performed widely 1969-74 in North America. In 1970 it travelled to Japan and to the Isle of Wight Pop Festival, appeared with the Toronto Symphony (twice), the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati and Philadelphia orchestras, and toured with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet production of Ballet High, by choreographer Brian Macdonald to Hoffert’s paraphrase of Ravel’s Bolero. With its trademark full orchestra sound, the band’s initial success in live performance with Lighthouse Live, the group’s first platinum album, was soon supplemented by the popularity of its recordings (for GRT) of «Hats Off (to the Stranger),» «One Fine Morning,» and «Take It Slow» (1971), «Sunny Days» (1972), «You Girl» and «Pretty Lady» (1973), and «Can You Feel It?» (1974).

Lighthouse, which was reduced to 10 musicians by 1972, underwent frequent personnel changes. Prokop and Cole were the only founding members remaining at the band’s dissolution after a lengthy Canadian tour in 1974. Lighthouse was revived under Cole’s direction in 1975 and 1978-9, and reunited for two concerts at Ontario Place in 1982 which were recorded as part of a CBC program.

Lighthouse received Juno Awards for outstanding group performance of the year (1971) and as vocal/instrumental group of the year (1972) and group of the year (1973).

Ten Lighthouse members reunited in 1992 including original members Skip Prokop, Paul Hoffert, and Ralph Cole. To commemorate Lighthouse’s 40th anniversary, 40 Years of Sunny Days was released in 2009; the CD and DVD featured 16 re-mastered original songs and new performances of the same songs. In 2006, the rights to the Lighthouse catalogue were purchased by ole.


01. Mountain Man — 4:26
02. If There Ever Was A Time — 5:02
03. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed — 3:06
04. Never Say Goodbye — 3:25
05. Follow The Stars — 4:15
06. Whatever Forever — 5:03
07. Eight Miles High — 5:13
08. Marsha, Marsha — 3:26
09. Ah I Can Feel It — 4:51
10. Life Can Be So Simple — 4:01
11. If There Ever Was A Time (Single A-Side, 1969) — 2:55
12. Eight Miles High (Single B-Side, 1969) — 3:24

Skip Prokop (Ronn Prokop) — leader, drums, vocals, producer
Paul Hoffert — musical director, keyboards, vibes, producer
Ralph Cole — guitar, vocals
Grant Fullerton — bass, vocals
Pinky Dauvin — percussion, vocals
Ian Guenther — violin
Don DiNovo — violin, viola
Don Whitton — cello
Leslie Schneider — cello
Freddy Stone — trumpet, flugelhorn
Arnie Chycoski — trumpet, flugelhorn
Howard Shore — alto saxophone
Russ Little — trombone


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