Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 Enhanced
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The KSB is an interesting band, sounding professional in quality but actually a high-school band. I liked several of the jazz arrangements by the bandleader teacher.Published 8 months ago by dDave
Simply a great album. Stunning in every way when you consider they were just high school kids.Published 13 months ago by L. Araiza
I was expecting a book and got an album. I haven't gotten to listen to it.Published 22 months ago by Kristine Lyons
You can't imagine my delight when Jamie Foxx made certain we could all own Thunder Soul, the dvd of this amazing group of musicians and their even more amazing music teacher. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Audrey Shabbas
Some of the BEST funk music compilation ever made. The documentary for this band is equally amazing and will touch your hearts like nothing else. Read morePublished on June 30, 2014 by Sarah Jones