Energy Control Center

Lightmen Plus One

Energy Control Center

  • Label: Now Again
  • Catalogue number: NA5157LP
  • Format: 2 x LP + book
  • Genres: Beats, Funky Jazz, Instrumental, Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Modal Jazz, Rare Grooves, Spiritual Jazz
  • Origin: United States



  1. Wench

  2. Blues For Curtis

  3. Cold Blair

  4. Energy Control Center

  5. Leo

  6. Jupiter’s Child

  7. The Phantom

  8. Leo (alternate)

  9. All Praises To Allah (alternate)

  10. Cold Blair (alternate)

  11. The Phantom (alternate)

  12. All Praises To Allah (7” single version)

  13. Me

  14. Thomas Meloncon - ‘Aint Gonna Wait Too Long’

  15. Thomas Meloncon - ‘Bullet Of A Gun’

  16. Thomas Meloncon - ‘Waiting On Your Mind’

  17. Thomas Meloncon - ‘400 Years’

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