The Oakland Zone

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
No band plays old-school funk like Tower of Power. Now in its 35th year, this venerated band still has the grit and incomparable tightness of the classic R&B units of the 1960s and 70s. Not that the band sounds dated; reunited with their great drummer Dave Garibaldi last heard on 1979’s Back on the Streets and introducing a terrific lead singer, Larry Braggs -- not to mention the super bassist Francis Rocco Prestia and that celebrated horn section -- TOP are buffed to a shine. New funky tunes such as “Pocketful of Soul,” “Oakland Zone,” “Page One,” and the hit-worthy “Could’ve Done It Better” and “Happy ‘Bout That” are up there with the band’s classics, while the...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
No band plays old-school funk like Tower of Power. Now in its 35th year, this venerated band still has the grit and incomparable tightness of the classic R&B units of the 1960s and 70s. Not that the band sounds dated; reunited with their great drummer Dave Garibaldi last heard on 1979’s Back on the Streets and introducing a terrific lead singer, Larry Braggs -- not to mention the super bassist Francis Rocco Prestia and that celebrated horn section -- TOP are buffed to a shine. New funky tunes such as “Pocketful of Soul,” “Oakland Zone,” “Page One,” and the hit-worthy “Could’ve Done It Better” and “Happy ‘Bout That” are up there with the band’s classics, while the ballad “Remember Love” showcases the adaptable Braggs’s sensational romantic style. In all, this long-established band proves that there’s always a place for classic R&B as long as it's played with from-the-gut power, integrity, and consummate style.
Billboard
Jam-band fans and funk revivalists alike should find much to enjoy here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Top Records
  • UPC: 895333002025
  • Catalog Number: 300202
  • Sales rank: 105,304

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tower of Power Primary Artist
Sid Page Violin
Nikita Germaine Background Vocals
David Garibaldi Drums, Group Member
Armand Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Diane Louie Synthesizer Strings
Tom Politzer Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Francis "Rocco" Prestia Bass, Group Member
John Wittenberg Violin
John Lee Sanders Background Vocals
Adolfo Acosta Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist, Group Member
Jeff Tamelier Guitar, Background Vocals, Soloist, Group Member
Sakai Background Vocals
Mike Bogart Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist, Group Member
Larry Braggs Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Chester Thompson Arranger
Jerry Brown Liner Notes
Emilio Castillo Composer
Tom Flye Engineer
David Garibaldi Composer
Herman Matthews Composer
Lenny Pickett Horn Arrangements
Norbert Stachel Horn Arrangements
Bruce Steinberg Art Direction, Logo Design
Moira Marquis Engineer
Stephen Kupka Composer
John Lee Sanders Horn Arrangements
Dave Eskridge Horn Arrangements
Jeff Tamelier Horn Arrangements
Vlado Meller Mastering
Gordon Brislawn Digital Editing
Eric Frison Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
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