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The renowned horn-driven funk outfit Tower of Power has been issuing albums and touring the world steadily since the early '70s, in addition to backing up countless other musicians. The group's leader since the beginning has always been tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo, who was born in Detroit, but opted to pursue his musical dreams in Oakland, CA. It was in Oakland that Castillo put ... Read more in Amazon's Tower Of Power Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • ASIN: B00171LF8M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

1. Just Enough and Too Much
2. Treat Me Like Your Man
3. If I Play My Cards Right
4. As Surely as I Stand Here
5. Fanfare: Matanuska
6. On the Serious Side
7. Ebony Jam
8. You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous
9. Vuela Por Noche
10. Essence of Innocence
11. Soul of a Child
12. Drop It in the Slot

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Tower of Powers' 1975 funk classic is a real education. You can hear the influence they have on bands like Jamiroqui. Emilio Castillos' production brings out the full range of sounds from the ten piece band, from tight sounding horns from Lenny Pickett, Emilio Castillo, Steve Kupka, Mic Gillette and Greg Adams, to the funky low end of the rhythm section of David Garibaldi and Francis Rocco Prestia. Track highlights include 'Just Enough And Too Much' and 'Drop It In The Slot'. Overall........an absolute essential piece of work from the west coasts' finest.
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From the golden-age of large-scale 70s funk bands, righteous rhythm section brothers 'Rocco' Prestia and Dave Garibaldi prove the Chili Peppers right: funk is colour blind. ToP also prove that chops-heavy muso-funk can still kick ass, with tracks like 'In The Slot' and 'On The Serious Side'. The strangely fractured grooves Garibaldi comes up with are stunning, combining cleverness and skill with exactly equal amounts of soulful feel and musicality, locking in beautifully with Prestia's nimble finger-poppin' bass. Sometimes musicians chase down the chops at the expense of the whole, killing the feel with an egotistical call for attention. But in the right hands genius level playing simply takes the whole music to another level. This is, for me, an example of when this kind of thing just works beautifully.
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Amazon.com: 18 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Tower of Power's best album - A Funk Masterpiece. 30 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This, the last Tower of Power studio album before the disco era 1976-1979, is truly a masterpiece. Including "Ebony Jam", "On The Serious Side", "Just Enough And Too Much" and the ultimate party-disco-funk tune "Drop It In The Slot", this album shows Tower of Power from their very best side... Chester Thompson's clavinet and Hammond-solos, Lenny Picket's tenor sax... the legendary rhythm and horn sections, and the great great Hubie Tubbs on lead vocals. If I could give six stars I would.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Classic and Best TOP line-up 29 May 2001
By musicmaniacfromNY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who really knows TOP, knows, that Lenny Williams was the most incredible lead vocalist TOP has had, or will ever have. With that being said, new vocalist Hubert Tubbs had a tough act to follow, and filled the space admirably. His vocals on this album really are soulful, gruff, funky and moving. The songs here, 3 or 4 being instrumentals, are all first-rate TOP. The horn and rhythm section on this album is the BEST that TOP has ever had, period! Along with the albums "Bump City", "Tower Of Power", "Back To Oakland", "Urban Renewal" and "Live And In Living Color", this album is truly a gem among those other TOP classics!! And most important, it is funky like a mo-fo!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
SUPERIOR-SOUNDING JAPAN 2008 REMASTER NOW AVAILABLE 15 Sept. 2008
By BOB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In 2008, WEA Japan released the entire WB Tower Of Power catalog in remastered form. All of the albums benefit from new mastering, and are worthwhile acquisitions for fans.

I found all of the remastered material to be superior to the Rhino 2CD "What Is Hip?" 1999 compilation set, except, surprisingly, for the material from the 3rd album, which sounds better on the Rhino.

Amazon does a haphazard job of stocking these remasters, so you may have to seek them from Japan-based retailers. Also, Amazon's prices are at least a third higher than buying direct from Japan, although shipping costs will cut into that percentage.

Here are the links for the `08 remasters:

East Bay Grease
Bump City
Tower Of Power
Back To Oakland
Urban Renewal
In The Slot
Live And In Living Color

Again, it's sad that American consumers have to obtain better sounding CD's from another country. WEA, and now WMG, have long maintained a corporate policy of not upgrading their catalog under the "they're-gonna-buy-it-anyway-so-why-waste-profits" philosophy, no matter that rival Sony has made a lucative business model out of remastering nearly the entire Columbia records catalog. Although this internal policy was mandated by the WEA regimes of the past, Edgar Bronfman, the current WMG chief, has maintained the status quo.

So, Tower Of Power now joins fellow WEA artists Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, The Doobie Brothers, Tower Of Power, Neil Young, Van Dyke Parks, Little Feat, Van Morrison, America, Annie Haslam, Everything But The Girl, Roberta Flack, Todd Rundgren, Cold Blood and Paul Butterfield, just to name a few, whose catalogs either partially or wholly exist in better audio in Japan than here in the U.S.

It's a pathetic and frustrating situation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Last great TOP studio album. 9 May 2006
By Manuel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let's face it, the REAL reason why I gave this one four stars instead of five is because LENNY WILLIAMS IS NOT ON IT, LOL!!! Nothing against Hubert Tubbs or anything of the sort (he does a really admirable job here and certainly wound up having the longest tenure with the group as their frontman for that matter), but Lenny was truly one-of-a-kind and IMHO the ONLY lead vocalist the band ever needed in the first place.

With that "minor" quibble out of the way, I must say there's no real letdown from start to finish on 'In The Slot'. The grooves are as tight and muscular as anything found in TOP's previous albums. The ballads are especially well-crafted (in particular Soul Of A Child, now one of my all-time favorites from them) and really show off a side of the band that sometimes gets overlooked amid their trademark horn-driven jams.

Whether you're new to the band or a longtime fan, this album is as essential as any of their classic stuff they cut during their highly productive stint on the Warner Bros. label. This being the last studio effort they released for them (a critically-acclaimed live album would follow soon after to opt out of their contract with the label), they certainly went out guns blazin'!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Ahead of their time 24 Feb. 2006
By Daniel H. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Growing up in the SF Bay Area in the 70's, TOP was all the rage, and many of us got to see them live.

Years later, knowing something about music and hearing them again, I was knocked out at how complex and rich their tunes were. Composers Castillo and Kupka were (are) truly musical geniuses who were way ahead of their time. Who else in popular music was using those jazzy chords and licks and screaming horns? I can only think of a few - Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chicago, and Earth, Wind and Fire come to mind.

Sadly, TOP's marketing never matched their musical skill - they should have been a huge nationwide hit group as big as any of the above-named, but most of my East Coast friends have no clue about them (okay, they're mostly white people).

ANYWAY - I had thought "In the Slot" was an average TOP album, but re-listening to gems like the opener, "Just Enough and Too Much," and great ballads "As Surely As I Stand Here" and "The Soul of a Child," I want to put it up near my personal favorite, "Tower of Power" (the 3rd album). These guys just cook, and it's futile trying to describe them to those who haven't heard. I just stick the headphones on their head and let it rip.
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