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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Lighthouse - Thoughts Of Movin' On (1971 canada, beautiful brass rock with prog traces, 2016 edition)

This 1971 Lighthouse album was produced by Jimmy Ienner. The album starts out on a strong note with "Take It Slow (Out In The Country)." It boasts a memorable melody and an impassioned lead vocal by Bob McBride, and should have been a big hit. The same could be said for the song "I Just Wanna Be Your Friend," which was written by Keith Jollimore and Larry Smith. Another highlight of the album is the love song "I'd Be So Happy." That song was covered by Three Dog Night, but has inexplicably not appeared on any Lighthouse compilation.

The late Bob McBride wails away on the rockers "What Gives You The Right," "Fly My Airplane," and "Insane." Bob also turns in heartfelt vocals on the power ballads "I'm Gonna Try To Make It" and "Walk Me Down" (written by Bob McBride). My least favorite track is "You And Me," written and sung by Howard Shore. Howard is a much better saxophonist than a vocalist. 

The rocking "Rockin' Chair," co-written and sung by Skip Prokop, is almost a novelty song. Although somewhat uneven, this album is an essential purchase for all fans of Lighthouse, along with the albums "One Fine Morning" (1970), “Lighthouse Live!” (1972), and "Sunny Days" (1972). 
by Michael King 

1. Take It Slow (Out In The Country) (Ralph Cole, Larry Smith, Keith Jollimore) - 3:12
2. What Gives You The Right (Howard Shore) - 3:23
3. You And Me (Howard Shore) - 4:51
4. Fly My Airplane (Paul  Hoffert) - 3:46
5. I'd Be So Happy (Skip Prokop) - 4:05
6. I Just Wanna Be Your Friend (Skip Prokop, Bob McBride) - 3:10
7. I’m Gonna Try To Make It (Larry Smith, Keith Jollimore) - 3:54
8. Rockin’ Chair (Skip Prokop, Ralph Cole) - 3:39
9. Walk Me Down (Bob McBride) - 3:51
10.Insane (Skip Prokop, Bob McBride) - 3:57

*Skip Prokop - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
*Paul Hoffert - Keyboard, Vibes
*Ralph Cole - Guitar, Vocals
*Louie Yacknin - Bass
*Bob McBride - Lead Vocals, Percussion
*Don Dinovo - Electric Violina
*Dick Armin - Electric Cello
*Mike Malone - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
*Keith Jollimore - Sax, Flute, Vocals
*Howard Shore - Sax, Flute, Vocals
*Larry Smith - Trombone, Vocals

1969  Lighthouse (2012 extra tracks edition)
1969  Lighthouse - Suite Feeling (2010 Korean remaster)
1970  Peacing It All Together (2010 korean remaster)
1971  One Fine Morning
1972  Sunny Days (2008 RDI issue)
1973  Can You Feel It?  (2008 RDI issue)
Related Acts
1967  The Paupers - Magic People
1968  The Paupers · Ellis Island  (2008 remaster)
1969  The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper
1969  Michael Bloomfield with Nick Gravenites And Friends - Live At Bill Graham's Fillmore West (2009 remaster and expanded) 

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kobilica said...

HI!"MARIOS" Beautiful sunday morning start to me, with this album.Thank you so much...

mscmichael said...

Thanks a lot...

Alexandr Markevich said...

Thanks, Marios.

Mike F. said...

Thanks a lot for this but howzabout an upload of their Live 2 lp set? That's the one album by these guys that is impossible to find online (at least impossible to find without a link that will connect you to foreign porn sites or shut down your computer).

juan manuel muñoz said...

many thanks, cheers

Doug said...

Thanks Marios!

Tanktop said...

LOVELY, LOVELY...thanks so much, Marios:)
WONDERFUL music to be savoured every day!