Lightmen Plus One

Energy Control Center

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Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from the unlikely city of Houston, Texas: the definitive issue, mastered from the original tapes. Bonus LP disc contains previously unreleased tracks.

Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane.

Energy Control Center, his third LP with his Lightmen band is his masterpiece: deep-set, maverick jazz on part with the best Tribe and Strata East titles. This is a highpoint amongst the best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo.

Contains second disc with bonus tracks: unreleased alternate takes, including two versions of the spiritual jazz classic “All Praises To Allah”, all housed with an extensive booklet with photos and liner notes.


A1 Wench
A2 Blues For Curtis
A3 Cold Bair
A4 Energy Control Center

B1 Leo
B2 Jupiter's Child
B3 The Phantom

C1 Leo (Alternate)
C2 All Praises To Allah (Alternate)
C3 Cold Bair (Alternate)

D1 The Phantom (Alternate
D2 All Praises To Allah (7" Single Version)
D3 Me
D4 Thomas Meloncon - Ain't Gonna Wait Too Long
D5 Thomas Meloncon - Bullets Of A Gu
D6 Thomas Meloncon - Waiting On Your Mind
D7 Thomas Meloncon - 400 Years