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Lightmen Plus One
Energy Control Center  
Now Again Records
Catalogue Number
Release Date
October 2, 2020


Press Release

Presented In A Tip-On Gatefold Jacket. Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from the unlikely city of Houston, Texas: the definitive issue, mastered from the original tapes. Bonus LP / CD 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.

  1. 1 Wench 2:00
  2. 2 Blues For Curtis 2:00
  3. 3 Cold Blair 2:00
  4. 4 Energy Control Center 2:00
  5. 5 Leo 2:00

LP Tracklisting: 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 Gun,
D6 Thomas Meloncon - Waiting On Your Mind,
D7 Thomas Meloncon - 400 Years ////

CD Tracklisting:

Disc One:
Blues For Curtis,
Cold Bair,
Energy Control Center,
Jupiter's Child,
The Phantom.

Disc Two:
Leo (Alternate),
All Praises To Allah (Alternate),
Cold Bair (Alternate),
The Phantom (Alternate),
All Praises To Allah (7" Single Version),
Thomas Meloncon - Ain't Gonna Wait Too Long,
Thomas Meloncon - Bullets Of A Gun,
Thomas Meloncon - Waiting On Your Mind,
Thomas Meloncon - 400 Years

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