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Tower of Power is a 10-member horn-based soul band from Oakland, California. Tower of Power recorded live in concert at the Iowa State University, the tracklist features 'Soul Vacation', 'Can't Ya Feel It', 'If You Move, You Lose', 'Only So Much Oil In The Ground', 'Ain't Nothing Stoppin' Us Now', 'PTA', 'Back On The Streets Again', 'Oakland Stroke', 'Drop It In The Slot', 'You Ought To Be Havin' Fun', 'Knock Yourself Out' and may more. Region: Region 0

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EDGKVK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tim From Cincinnati on February 25, 2009
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Just to correct the one reviewer this is not the same Ohne Filter lineup
nor show...Its one of the many formations that TOP has presented over quite a few decades, and i can honestly say thats part of the magic that make them one of America's most exciting Funkiest, Tightest Masters of their Style...I LOVED this performance..Albeit it may not be perfect, but who cares?? Its One very Hot performance with lots of jams, and dead on
TOP music...To answer the one reviewer's questions on why TOP or other acts put out so few dvds is simply this: Most people burn them reducing the profit margin that's supposed to go back to the musicians and producers of the performances..Same with cds...Bands like TOP make their money touring and doing session work...But what a sweet ride this one is.
If you are a True TOP of fan, its well worth the ride for 2hrs..!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Johnson on December 29, 2009
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THE SITE THAT HAD THIS DVD LISTED SHOWED IT AS 2008 SO I THOUGHT THAT WAS WHEN THE SHOW WAS PERFORMED AND TAPED. THIS WAS TAPED FROM A 1987 PERFORMANCE. I STILL ENJOYED IT AS IT IS OLD SCHOOL TOP FEATURING ELLIS HALL AS THE LEAD SINGER BUT I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FEATURING LARRY BRAGS. I ALREADY HAVE THE DCD LIVE IN GERMANY THAT ONE IS 2 THUMBS UP!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary F. Williams on January 6, 2009
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Excellent DVD for an excellent price on Amazon. For music lovers, you get not only to hear, but see them in action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CatRox on September 9, 2014
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First a disclaimer: I worked for TOP in the mid 1980's as their lighting designer/director. Then my hubby worked with the band as an audio engineer for several years afterward.
Ok that said I can't imagine this was released with the band's approval. It looks and sounds like someone burned this to DVD from an old VHS copy.
The playlist on the DVD case is SO far from being right it's pathetic. It's not even close to being in the correct order and doesn't include at least 3 songs. Not only that, the typos and misspellings of some tunes' titles is horrible. Hey whoever put this together...it's Soul VACCINATION not Soul Vacation...seriously???
And then the band photos on the cover don't depict the lineup at the time of filming. They are from a decade or more before.
That said....it's an ok addition to hard core TOP fans' collections. You get to see TOP before they peaked a year or so later when Tom Bowes, Lee Thornburg and Russ McKinnon joined.
The video and sound are ok considering the source material...at least as ok as it will get before someone with real skills gets their hands on this. I have no idea who actually owns the rights to this but if I were TOP I'd be wicked pissed at the poor quality of this release. I just hope they're collecting some residuals or something from this. Otherwise IMHO it's a rip-off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry S. Quintana on July 30, 2013
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Great DVD, great performance as always from Tower of Power. Every TOP fan should have this video! I definitely recommend it.
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TOP has been in business for over 40 years and had both ups and downs. This DVD is from a concert somewhere in the eighties and definately from a "down"-period. Of course they play their a.... off, but it is also clear that both Castillo and Kupka are not in their best form (whatever is the reason for that, well maybe Castillo himself had explained that in the liner notes on the greatest hit album "Soul with a capital S"?). Anyway, to top up the bad experience, the sound quality on this DVD is probably the worst I have ever heard. Volume changes up and down, and the general sound is muddy and unclear. The only reason to buy this DVD must be to have a complete collection of TOP releases.
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I have been a TOP follower for forty years. A professional drummer and teacher by trade, so I dig listening to R&B, Funk, Soul..... These guys are the tightest band in the universe as far as my opinion goes. This DVD contains some amazing footage from (I believe) 1984. Many people have never seen the members in this video. Every musician that has ever been in this group are amazingly talented and well educated in their field. I HIGHLY recommend this video, you should sit back, turn up your surround sound. Your feet will be tapping and your heart beating to the groove of the TOP phat sound.
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When I bought this I must say I was hoping for something better. I know ToP went through lead singers and lineups like lunch but I never saw this one live. The footage looks like and sounds like something left over from the High School Audo Visual Squad. While the performances are decent, inspired even, this DVD STILL doesn't provide me with what I want, Blu-Ray quality video of ToP along with Dolby TruMaster sound. This ain't it.

Worf
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