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The Lightmen Plus One – Country Fried Chicken

Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from Houston, reissued for the first time – the third in a series of four expanded reissues of drummer and bandleader Bubbha Thomas’s lauded catalog.

Also Available from Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen:
The Lightmen – Free As You Wanna Be
The Lightmen Plus One – Fancy Pants
The Lightmen Plus One – Energy Control Center
Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen – Creative Music: The Complete Works

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.

This reissue was remastered from Bubbha’s original master tapes. Bubbha and his band’s story is told in great detail by Houston music and cultural historian Lance Scott Walker (Houston Rap / Houston Rap Tapes) and Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt, in a booklet that contains dozens of unpublished photographs. Download card for WAV files and videos of numerous 1970s performances also included.

All four of Bubbha’s 1970s albums will see reissue as expanded albums, with previously unreleased mixes, alternate and unreleased versions, once per quarter, through the end of 2018.

Country Fried Chicken, Thomas’s fourth LP with his Lightmen band and the last of his classic period, is his most accessible, a mixture of funk and spiritual jazz. This version of the album contains a second disc with bonus tracks: alternate, synth-lead mixes of songs from his first two LPs as well as rare and unreleased disco and boogie tracks. (NA 5158)

Side A -Country Fried Chicken (6:12), All In Love Is Fair (5:09), Survival Song (6:51); Side B – Herbs (Of Life) (4:56), Famous Last Words (5:44), Sweet Ray (10:36); Side C – Country Fried Chicken (Youthful Musicians Summer Program) (3:50), Luke 23:32 (Synth Version) (3:06), Ujimma (Synth Version) (3:26), Ashie (Synth Version) (2:51); Side D – Looking Back At Summer (feat. John Henderson) (3:41), Boogie Down (Pt. 1) (3:02), Boogie Down (Pt. 2) (3:59), Let Me Play The Music (4:08)