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Soul with a Capital "S": The Best of Tower of Power

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The crucial subtitle missing is that this is the best of Tower of Power on Columbia, not a career-spanning anthology that takes in their material with other labels. Since their most popular stuff was done for Warner Brothers, that creates quite a problem when you're representing this material in particular as their best. With the understanding that this disc is… See more details below

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The crucial subtitle missing is that this is the best of Tower of Power on Columbia, not a career-spanning anthology that takes in their material with other labels. Since their most popular stuff was done for Warner Brothers, that creates quite a problem when you're representing this material in particular as their best. With the understanding that this disc is limited to their Columbia catalog, it's a decent selection, through chronologically haphazard, drawing from the '90s, the late '70s, and nothing else. For the most part it's competent funk, a little too heavy on the feets-don't-fail-me now braggadocio, as on "Attitude Dance." Yes, there are versions of their well-known "So Very Hard to Go" and "What Is Hip?," but take caution: these are 1998 live recordings, not the famous originals. There's a previously unreleased alternate mix of "I Love That Girl So Much" from the sessions for their 1979 album, Back on the Streets, and it would be a pretty heavy price to pay for the whole disc just to get that one track, even for insistent completists. Very Best of the Warner Years and the more extensive What Is Hip? remain far better best-of compilations on this band.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998615526
catalogNumber:
86155

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tower of Power   Primary Artist
David Mann   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Brent Carter   Vocals,Background Vocals
Emilio Castillo   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Bruce Conte   Guitar,Background Vocals
Victor Conte   Bass,Background Vocals
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Vocals
David Garibaldi   Drums,Syndrum
Carmen Grillo   Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Grove   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Michael Jeffries   Vocals,Background Vocals
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Baritone Saxophone,Background Vocals
Herman Matthews   Percussion,Drums
Nick Milo   Organ,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Lyricon
Francis "Rocco" Prestia   Bass
Norbert Stachel   Tenor Saxophone
Chester Thompson   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,bass pedals,fender rhodes,Polymoog,Mini Moog,Arp Strings
Danny Hoefer   Electric Guitar
Lee Thornberg   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Greg Adams   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Bowes   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Churchville   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Background Vocals
Russ McKinnon   Percussion,Drums
Ron E. Beck   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Perez   Alto Saxophone
Jesse McGuire   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Jeff Tamelier   Guitar,Background Vocals
John Scarpulla   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Edward McGhee   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Producer
Tower of Power   Producer
David Mann   Horn Arrangements
Paul Serrano   Engineer
Richard Evans   Producer
Emilio Castillo   Producer
Alan Chinowsky   Engineer
Biff Dawes   Engineer
Maureen Droney   Engineer
Ken Kessie   Engineer
Joseph M. Palmaccio   Mastering
Schmitt   Engineer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Greg Adams   Horn Arrangements
Ron E. Beck   Contributor
Dave Eskridge   Horn Arrangements
Fong Y. Lee   Packaging Manager

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