Celebrating The Group's 50th Anniversary!
Oakland, California music legends Tower of Power - the most dynamic and distinctive band of survivors in Soul Music is roaring into its unprecedented 50th anniversary with a dynamic album of all new material that finds them as energized and inspired as ever. A labor of love, definitively titled Soul Side of Town, this package is charged with 14 filler-free songs. In the spirit of their enduring theme song "Oakland Stroke" the bookending intro and outro "East Bay" shine a light on elemental instrumental ingredients within the band's signature sound. This astounding and historical release inaugurates Tower of Power's fresh affiliation with Mack Avenue Records, a Detroit-based company renowned for its award-winning dedication to top-tier Jazz that is now extending its support to Soul and Funk giants Tower of Power: a band so one-of-a-kind, it's an institution.
As always, the songs on Tower of Power's Soul Side of Town were primarily composed by the hitmaking team of founding members Emilio Castillo (Detroit-born on 2nd tenor sax) and Stephen "Doc" Kupka (Los Angeles-born on baritone sax) who also hold down the world famous 5-man Tower of Power Horns. For the special occasion of Tower of Power's 50th anniversary, leader Emilio Castillo brought in a most-astute choice in co-producer, Joe Vannelli: an all-around production/engineering/keyboard master best known for the jazz-tinged Soul-Rock Grammy-winning work he performed behind the scenes with his international superstar brother, Gino Vannelli. Also insuring that the sound blasts powerful and clear from your speakers is the presence of mastering engineer Bernie Grundman in the mix. Along with the legendary rhythm section drums and bass lock of David Garibaldi and Francis Rocco Prestia, respectively, these decorated veterans have custom-crafted a hair-raising audio experience that longtime fans, music connoisseurs and a new generation of listeners will groove to for years to come.
• Double LP
• Gatefold jacket
• 50th anniversary of band
• Limited time digital album download
Emilio Castillo, 2nd tenor sax
Stephen "Doc" Kupka, baritone sax
Francis Rocco Prestia, bass
David Garibaldi, drums
Roger Smith, Hammond B3 organ, keyboards
Jerry Cortez, guitar, electric sitar, lap steel, baritone guitar, 12 string guitar
Tom Politzer, 1st tenor sax, alto sax, baritone sax (solo), clarinet, flute
Adolfo Acosta, trumpet, flugel horn
Sal Cracchiolo, trumpet, flugel horn
Marcus Scott, lead and background vocals
Ray Greene, lead and background vocals, trombone
Joe Vannelli, keyboards
Chuck Hansen, bass sax
1. East Bay! All Day!
2. Hangin' With My Baby
3. Do You Like That?
4. On The Soul Side Of Town
1. Do It With Soul
2. Love Must Be Patient And Kind
3. Butter Fried
2. Let It Go
1. When Love Takes Control
2. After Hours
3. Can't Stop Thinking About You
4. East Bay! Oakland Style!