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listen  1. Soul With A Capital 'S' (Live) 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Like Your Style (Live) 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Soul Vaccination (Live) 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Down To The Night Club (Bump City) (Live) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Willin' To Learn (Live) 6:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Souled Out (Live) 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Diggin' On James Brown (Live) 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. To Say The Least You're The Most (Live) 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. You Strike My Main Nerve (Live) 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Can't You See (You Doin' Me Wrong) (Live) 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. You Got To Funkifize (Live) 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. So Very Hard To Go (Live) 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. What Is Hip? (Live) 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. You're Still A Young Man (Live) 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. So I Got To Groove (Live) 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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 (August 3, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 3, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000JQFW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tower Of Power ~ Soul Vaccination: Live

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Recorded live in 1998 as Tower of Power celebrated its 30th anniversary, Soul Vaccination displays the band's strengths as well as its weaknesses. The strengths are many, starting with one of the finest horn sections in the business. After all their years together, the three saxes and two trumpets have achieved a blend that gives them the power of a much larger section, and yet they have a tightness that even a smaller horn section would be lucky to achieve. And with the recent return of original drummer David Garibaldi and with the continued presence of bassist Francis Rocco Prestia, the band benefits from one of the great funk/soul rhythm teams of all time. But much of the album lacks a sense of purpose. Rather than using the funky licks and syncopated grooves to bring out the meaning of the song itself - which is the true power behind the type of soul music to which Tower of Power aspires - songs such as "Soul With a Capital S," "Soul Vaccination," "You Got to Funkifize," "What Is Hip?," and "So I Got to Groove" are funk for the sake of funk. And as heartfelt as "Diggin' on James Brown" may be, it's the surface attitude without the inner essence of the Godfather of Soul. Much more successful are tracks such as "Down to the Night Club," where the music combines with the lyrics to create a sense of place, and the ballads "Willin' to Learn" and "You're Still a Young Man," in which the musicians serve the song's emotion.

REVIWER: Rick Mattingly, JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz

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This is the best live CD i have ever heard.
jeanne
What is really incredible is the way that this recording managed to capture the fire of the live performance of the band.
Michael Lloyd
If you want something to dance to, this album will do it for you.
mike ewen (katluvr@nettally.com)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lloyd on May 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you could only use one word to describe the way that Tower of Power plays music, what would it be? Words like funk, soul, and horns may come to mind. But the word that I would use to describe their playing have to be groove. But Tower of Power doesn't just groove, they groove hard, and their groove is really tight. And what better way than to experience their great groove music than at a live performance.
One of the really great things about this album are the fact that a lot of the original musicians from the group are back in the band. Emilio Castillo is on tenor saxophone and vocals as usual. Holding down the bottom is "Doc" Kupka on bari sax. And in the rhythm section are Francis Rocco Prestia on bass and David Garibaldi on drums. Just this core is great musicians makes this a great album from start to finish.
One great thing that Tower of Power can do really well is play up tempo groove tunes extremely tightly. Among the tunes like this include "Soul with a Capital `S', "Soul Vaccination," "Souled Out," "Down to the Nightclub," "What is Hip," and "So I Got to Groove." The great horn section, consisting of Castillo, Kupka, Norbert Stachel on solo Tenor Saxophone, and Jesse McGuire and Bill "Churchy" Churchville on trumpets, along with the great vocals of Brent Carter help to fuel the fire to this incredibly hot album. Stachel's tenor solos on this album are great, and show his incredible control of the altissimo register. On their up tempo groove tunes, it is impossible not to want to bop your head while listening to this music.
Tower also plays a pretty good number of medium tempo tunes that groove just as hard as the more up tempo tunes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Grimes on November 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The first time I got this CD on my car stereo and cranked it up, I ended up in the backseat. Words really do not describe the feelings I had hearing this CD for the first time. I was crying and laughing at the same time. This is a true gift from a group that has gotten better and better throughout the years. The quality of recording is unparalleled; the musicianship is first rate - I could go on and on. Its the best TOP CD of its kind. One of the other reviewers mentioned playing this CD on a good system. I found that to be true. The bass runs alone will shake the foundation of your house down. I have loved this band since their first album in 1971, and even more so now. God bless them, one and all, for giving us this music we can let ourselves go to!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike on July 10, 2000
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If, like me, TOP doesn't seem right to you without Lenny Pickett, Chester Thompson, David Garibaldi and Francis Rocco Prestia, take heart! Garibaldi and Prestia anchor this outstanding TOP incarnation with their best playing ever. Lead singer Brent Carter is, as another reviewer so accuately put it, a combination of Lenny Williams and Hubert Tubbs. Great voice. Guitarist Jeff Tamelier sounds like a somewhat sharper Willie James Fulton. A perfect reminder of TOP's earliest glory days. The horn section is, of course, amazingly tight, and trumpet players Jesse McGuire and Churchy Churchville are very reliably stratospheric. Flawless execution. Naturally, sax player Lenny Pickett is missed, but Norbert Stachel cuts a couple of decent solos. If only Hammond organ genius Chester Thompson weren't spending so much time on Santana. I can only hope that someday his unique talents will make a return to TOP. Nevertheless, even if your favorite TOP albums are 25 years old, you can be confident buying this one. It has that "genuine" Tower of Power sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2000
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This is the best TOP recording I have heard in many years! Im am a trumpet player and the horn section on this CD is amazing! They are so tight and put a huge smile on you face. I have been a Tower fan for many years and have been dissapointed with some of their latest studio releases. This CD was worth the wait. Is simply the best is many many years!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2000
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This has to be one of the BEST live albums ever. From the introduction to the last note this disc does not disappoint. I am a new fan of TOP, the first time I saw them was in '97 but I've been hooked ever since. This disc makes you feel like you're in the front row with the sound system aimed right between your ears.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RickToye on August 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I am the worlds biggest critic and lover of soul, funk and r&b music, but I yield without question to this cd by the Tower Of Power. There is not one single flaw or bad lick on this recording. I am a 50 year old, field grade officer in the DC National Guard. My staff has never known me to play anything so much, so loud, and every cut sounds so damn good. In spite of their constant personnel changes, The Tower of Power is still "off the hook". I previewed "Live and in Living Color", some time ago with total exitement, but this new CD is just indescribable! WARNING: If you can't handle a reeaall tight soul/funk band, don't listen to this CD! Guranteed chills, shakes, and you will dance, you MOTHER!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Hendricks on August 25, 2001
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Perhaps only God and Rick Mattingly know what the true 'meaning' of T.O.P.'s songs is, but I find "funk for the sake of funk" to be a perfectly sufficient raison d'etre. I would like to suggest that Mr. Mattingly put aside all of his over-educated B.S., funk the dumb stuff and do like Miles Davis said and "Get Up With It!"
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