Dinosaur Tracks

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
"The Lost Years" might be a fitting subtitle to this 14-track compilation of unissued sides by the legendary Bay Area band. Although nearly a decade passed between the release of Back on the Streets 1979 and Direct 1988, Tower of Power continued to be a fixture on the road. However, due to the fickle nature of the industry at the time, the band could not get a record deal. Dinosaur Tracks gathers the best from the various fits and starts that were documented -- mostly in the early '80s -- and that on the whole have remained unreleased. Although continuing true to its funk-based roots, artistically and musically the vapid nature of post-disco soul music left the band a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
"The Lost Years" might be a fitting subtitle to this 14-track compilation of unissued sides by the legendary Bay Area band. Although nearly a decade passed between the release of Back on the Streets 1979 and Direct 1988, Tower of Power continued to be a fixture on the road. However, due to the fickle nature of the industry at the time, the band could not get a record deal. Dinosaur Tracks gathers the best from the various fits and starts that were documented -- mostly in the early '80s -- and that on the whole have remained unreleased. Although continuing true to its funk-based roots, artistically and musically the vapid nature of post-disco soul music left the band a long way from the fresh and dynamic sound first heard on its debut, East Bay Grease. Tower of Power was no different from the multitudes of other musical units that were stylistically swayed in order to maintain a seemingly relevant sound. In fact, at times the high-gloss productions simply appear to be showcases for synthesizers and horns. "Why Do You Do My Heart Like That," "I Think You'll Like It," and "Can't You Feel It" recall Prince protégés the Time during their reign with Morris Day -- sans the clever lyrics and presumably matching stage outfits. Indeed, there are moments of magic that draw upon the band's formidable skills as a horn-driven rather than horn-riddled unit. "Move You Lose" is a mid-tempo number that features hot solos from Marc Russo tenor/alto sax, as well as a nice vocal arrangement that leans heavily toward the Philly style associated with the productions of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. "I Want to Love You More Than Words Will Ever Say" is another standout track, as Tower of Power's old-school funk is once again refined into smooth R&B grooves. Emilio Castillo second tenor sax/background vocals compiled and produced this collection. His candid liner notes are included in the accompanying 20-page booklet and are an invaluable guide into the state of the Tower during this period. Dinosaur Tracks is limited to an edition of 10,000 copies and is exclusively available via the Rhino Handmade Internet audio salon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • UPC: 081227770327
  • Catalog Number: 7703

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tower of Power Primary Artist
Emilio Castillo Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals, Group Member
Mic Gillette Trombone, Trumpet, Background Vocals, Group Member
Michael Jeffries Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Lenny Pickett Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Marc Russo Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Mark Sanders Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Emilio Castillo Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Michael Jeffries Composer
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Composer
Greg Levias Composer
Chester Thompson Composer
Phil Jamtaas Engineer
Stephen Kupka Composer
Dave Shirk Mastering
Patrick Pending Art Direction
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
Winsor McCay Drawing
Hilary Thompson Composer
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