The best reissue label on this or any other planet, The Numero Group , recently announced the re-release of the lone late '70s LP by Minneapolis funk troupe, The Lewis Connection - a recording long-rumored but never confirmed to have included instrumental contributions by one Prince Rogers nelson. Check out a great track, "Higher," from said LP (pictured above in all its misspelled group name glory), and read on for more on TLC's back-story via TNG.
From The Numero Group:
With insurance money from a recently overturned Buick Century, brothers Andre and Pierre Lewis went on a recording tear through the Twin Cities in 1978, cutting a half-dozen songs in as many studios. Combining the astro-sexuality of Parliament with the sophisticated flammability of Earth, Wind & Fire, the Lewis Connection’s misspelled debut captures the Minneapolis Sound’s founding fathers at the paradigm-shifting confluence of funk, jazz, and pop for which the Land of 10,000 Lakes is famed.
Notorious child prodigies and party animals, the Lewis Connection’s self-titled debut was smoked and snorted by frenzied audiences, with few copies rising to the surface in the intervening decades. Over thirty years later, the seedy masterpieces of Pierre and Andre Lewis remain a freaky hallmark in the canon of Midwestern funk.
The Lewis Connection drops February 12th, 2013.