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Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 Enhanced

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Now, Egon presents the definitive anthology of the Kashmere Stage Band as a deluxe 2-CD release. Disc one includes remastered versions of both released and unreleased studio tracks. Disc two contains never-before-heard live performances and, as an enhanced CD, a mini documentary that offers a glimpse into the reissue process that produced the anthology, shot by veteran photographer B+. The 40-page booklet contains extensive liner notes, interviews, archival photos, memorabilia and full annotation.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Boss City
  2. Burning Spear
  3. Take Five
  4. Super Bad
  5. Keep Doing It
  6. Thunder Soul
  7. Do You Dig It, Man?
  8. Headwiggle
  9. AL's Thing
  10. Do Your Thing (previously unissued extended version)
  11. Scorpio (previously unissued extended version)
  12. Thank You (previously unissued extended version)
  13. All Praises
  14. Shaft
  15. Kashmere
  16. $$ Kash Register $$
  17. Zero Point - Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 (45 version previously unreleased)
  18. Getting It Out Of My System

Disc: 2

  1. Intro (live)
  2. Zero Point (live)
  3. All Praises/Zero Point (Reprise live)
  4. Intro (live)
  5. Do You Dig it, Man? (live)
  6. Don't Mean A Thing (live)
  7. Thank You (live)
  8. Ain't No Sunshine (live)
  9. Do You Dig It, Man? (live)
  10. All Praises (live)
  11. Thank You (45 version)
  12. Zero Point (LP version)
  13. Do Your Thing (instrumental)
  14. Getting It Out Of My System (alternate take)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Now Again
  • ASIN: B000FVGLDY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I heard a preview on NPR for a story they would be airing during All Things Considered that evening. It was about the Kashmere Stage Band. I only heard the teaser, but it was enough to get me to go online and find the CD on Amazon. I immediately sent the link to my husband, and he bought the CD as soon as he checked it out.

Well it's been about 4 days with our discovery, and let me tell you, the NPR teaser didn't begin to do these kids any justice. Every time I listen to a song I marvel at the technical skill, musicality, and emotion of the KSB. If you like jazz, funk, or soul then you will be hooked as well.
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I just heard cuts from this album on NPR tonight, and I HAD to own it! This album selection is absolutely the best thing I've heard in years. In fact, it's in music, one of the few things I've been excited about it years! Thank you, Conrad, for re-releasing these brilliant pieces and for dedicating your life to teaching music to kids, and an adult now (me).
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I listened to the segment about the Kashemere Stage Band on NPR and was definitely amazed...

Listening to many of their tracks if no one told you would you believe that this was... high school band club???

Think... band clubs - - you know really bad big band arrangements with drummers who hit the high hat on the one and three and sometimes knocking over the crash cymbal, the note flubbing brass section and the greasy haired music teacher with the horn rimmed glasses named Mr. So and So always sending you to the office for sleeping or making fake f*rting sounds in class to relieve the bordom - - But what a minute, this is the deep south, late 60's/early 70's... enter an inspired bandleader who played with the greats, got inspired by the new sounds (Otis Redding, JB, etc.) and had a dream and vision to unite these guys, create timeless music that people would be listening to down the line, give them something to work hard on and be proud of... and KICK BUTT - - first in BAND competitions around the world, but then in record stores and on the radio. Alas, Conrad Johnson did it... creating a band feared as an undefeatably tight funk unit... and with a rhythm section so strong, long after the group fell into obscurity, rap DJs were sampling it.

On this record you'll hear the sounds behind the story (*Somebody needs to make Kashmere's story into a movie - - talk about a man inpsiring young kids to do their best !!) - - Johnson not only took his guys into the studio but recorded just about every performance (and apparently put a lot of work into his charts too - - amazing, considering that now-a-days most band directors just order them over the net.
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This is how I remember the original material....I previously owned the original releases of this music. I am a former student of Kashmere and purchased these albums as they were released. I'm not disappointed in the re-releases.
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The story of the Kashmere Stage Band and its director, Conrad Johnson, is a heart-warming and inspiring story. It shows what a teacher and students can accomplish if they meet each other half-way.

The booklet included in this compilation is very insightful and includes an interview with Prof Johnson. The DVD includes three short documentaries that show the acquisition of the recordings, an appearance on a local Houston TV show, and an interview with Prof Johnson, which also includes footage of the band’s trip to Europe.

Then there is the music . . . the musicianship is stellar. It’s hard to believe you are listening to high school students! If you’ve ever attended a school music festival you’ll understand why this group stood out! The music is definitely tight, funky, and inspired. Grooves abound, horns blaze, and guitars riff. However, 40-plus years later the music also sounds a little dated. The songs reflect the times in which the band was at its peak (1968-1974). Played back to back, the songs begin to sound the same; almost redundant. Several songs are instrumental versions of pop hits from that period. Other songs are horn riffs with unison parts, and Prof Johnson supplied a good amount of originals.

The Kashmere Stage Band was definitely unique for its time. In some ways, even ground breaking. This compilation represents a moment in time in which we can reminisce, as well as relish the accomplishments of a talented and caring teacher and his willing and talented students.
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I saw the "Thunder Soul" documentary @ The Pan African Film Festival this past February, 2011 where it won "Best Documentary". This was an amazing story of The Kashmere High School Stage (Funk) Band in Houston, Texas who from 1968-1974 took the nation by storm and rocked it! I mean rocked it like Earth, Wind & Fire, The Bar Kays, The Markeys etc. So, I just had to find the recordings of this band. This stage band beat out the best bands in the country and played overseas to rave reviews. Know what else? This Funk band was tight! The horn section really swung-- especially with those long notes. And, the young sistah on the flute blew me away! The production is so savvy and professional I had to keep reminding myself that it was a "high school" band. I've had the CD in my car ever since I got it! The recording is outstanding. You MUST hear this with your own ears to believe it! Clearly, these kids were young, gifted and . . . well you know the rest. I have only two more words for you: GET IT!!!
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