Friday, 4 December 2009

Tower Of Power "Oakland Zone"

Tower Of Power

"Oakland Zone"
( LP O.R. Music Records, 2003 )
Catalog # 80302

01 - Eastside... 0:53
02 - Give Me Your Love 4:42
03 - Get What You Want 5:04
04 - Could've Done It Better 5:17
05 - This is Type of Funk 5:21
06 - Pocketful of Soul 3:29
07 - Remmeber Love 4:54
08 - Oakland Zone 4:49
09 - Life Is What You Make It 4:51
10 - Happy 'Bout That 4:54
11 - Stranger in My Own House 5:21
12 - Back in the Day 4:34
13 - Page One 5:42
14 - ...the Eastside 1:32

Personnel & Credits:
Emilio Castillo (vocals, tenor saxophone)
Larry Braggs (vocals)
Jeff Tamelier (guitar, background vocals)
Tom Politzer (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet)
Stephen "Doc" Kupka (baritone saxophone)
Mike Bogart (trumpet, flugel horn, trombone)
Adolfo Acosta (trumpet, flugel horn)
Roger Smith (keyboards, background vocals)
Francis Rocco Prestia (bass)
David Garibaldi (drums)

Additional personnel: Sid Page, Berj Garabedian, Arman Garabedian, John Wittenberg (violin)
Diane Louie (synthesizer strings)
Sakai, Nikita Germaine, John Lee Sanders (background vocals)

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.
Steve Futterman, Barnes & Noble

By Celo

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