|The Lewis Conection is the first and only album by Minneapolis band The Lewis Connection and was released in the Twin Cities area in 1979 in very limited supply (only around 200 copies are thought to have been pressed). The band contained Sonny Thompson (who would become a member of the New Power Generation many years later), and brothers Pierre and André Lewis.
In late November, 2012, Pitchfork.com reported that re-issue label The Numero Group would re-issue the 1978 album The Lewis Conection on CD format. The release date is set to 12 February, 2013, and will mark the first released of the album, and the track, on CD.
The album contains Got To Be Something Here, written by Sonny Thompson and featuring Prince on background vocals and guitar, marking the first time Prince appeared on a release by another artist, on a track he did not write (although earlier recordings by 94 East were released later).
Prince's contributions to Got To Be Something Here were recorded in late 1976 or early 1977 at Sound 80 while Prince also worked on his own tracks.
The album was only distributed in the Twin Cities area, and it did not enter the charts. It is not known if The Lewis Connection played live to support the album, but it is unlikely Prince would have appeared with them, as he was quite successful in his own right at the time of the album's release in 1979.
Of note is that the band's name was The Lewis Connection, but the album was mistitled The Lewis Conection; despite the error, the album is listed as such here.