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Editors’ Notes

The tireless dollar-bin scourers over at Stones Throw have assembled yet another astonishingly packaged collection of funk rarities in the form of Texas Thunder Soul, an exhaustive two-disc overview of the phenomenal Kashmere Stage Band, a Houston High School band who churned out some of the heaviest funk ever recorded during their all-too-brief lifetime. Masterminded by bandleader Conrad O. Johnson, who worked up funky big-band arrangements of pop hits and soul classics for his young charges, the Kashmere Stage Band boasted a truly monstrous sound that continues to astound after the passage of nearly four decades. The band’s storming take on “Super Bad” alone makes this record a must-own, but though the Kashmere Stage Band were stellar interpreters of other people’s material, the presence of a couple of funky original tunes, like the bass heavy “Headwiggle,” makes a strong case for Conrad Johnson’s songwriting skills. A truly unique record and a compelling slice of musical history, Texas Thunder Soul sheds light on a previously forgotten chapter of soul history.

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Great album

During the 70's the Westbury High stage band considered Kashmere to be our rival, but as we competed, we never really had a chance to hear their collection. Now I have and can say this is an excellent compilation and showcases their fine talent. I enjoyed the high level of energy and musicianship of the band. How can you not listen to Do You Dig It, Man and Zero Point over and over!

Thunder Soul

i'm a native of austin, texas. i graduated high school in 1970...i am floored that i had not heard of the kashmere stage band or the movie until recently when i heard about it on npr. i just got home from checking out the movie...and i came straight to i.tunes to buy everything here. the movie is great, the musicians genuine and "prof" straight outta the mold that made boys and girls into men and women...

love it, gotta have it, soul baby, soul!

Best band I have ever heard

The songs are AWESOME! Thank you pandora for finding me the best band ever. I love all of their songs.

Texas Thunder Soul (1968-1974), Kashmere Stage Band
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