Kashmere Stage Band – Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974

January 01, 1970

(Now Again/Stones Throw)

 

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Originally released in 2006 as a 2CD set, Texas Thunder Soul has now been
re-animated with a bonus DVD (also available on 3LP/DVD), and it has got to be
some of the funkiest, stankiest, most high-steppin’ shit since the Bootsy
Collins tour last year.

 

The Kashmere Stage Band blasted off at the behest of
Kashmere High bandleader Conrad O. Johnson, eventually mustering 8 albums and 3
45s; the best tracks, such as a galloping, Funkadelicafied cover of “Take Five”
and a sizzling, dead-on version of “Shaft,” are collected here. The huge (like,
25+ players) ensemble also shows off its live chops on Disc 2’s previously
unreleased concert recordings-“Don’t Mean A Thing” (1971, Beaumont,
TX) and “Ain’t No Sunshine” (1973, Huntsville, TX)
are particularly potent.

 

The DVD is intended to complement the Jamie Foxx-produced
documentary Thunder Soul: The True Story
of Conrad Johnson and the Kashmere Stage Band
and features two short films
(one of them a Flying Lotus-edited making-of about the Foxx doc) plus a live
performance of the group from a ’72 NBC jazz special. Soul, jazz and funk fans:
you want this.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Shaft,” “Ain’t No Sunshine (live)” FRED MILLS

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