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What Is Hip: Live at Iowa State University (2008)

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Thankful You Get to See TOP LIVE on DVD 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
4.0 out of 5 stars READ ALL THE FINE PRINT December 29, 2009
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tower of Power DVD January 6, 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP Great as always! 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Did TOP ok this release?? September 9, 2014
By CatRox
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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'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'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 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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1.0 out of 5 stars What is hip - well this is not hip December 28, 2009
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Audio Quality stinks August 9, 2010
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I was really looking forward to this because I saw Tower of Power live once in an LA club and they were great. I can't watch this, though, because the audio is so bad. There's no left or right; everything is in the middle sounding like a radio with no bass punch. I run the sound through my stereo system, but it sound quality is like its still coming from the TV!?! Just lousy! Spend your money on a CD instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TOP Live January 17, 2013
By Donnie
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Great to see the 'boys' when they were younger, we love this band and the DVD was a terrific gift for my wife!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Tower of Power on heroin -
This is so bad, just symbolic of their bottom - the opposite of the 40th anniversary DVD - where they are healthy and cookin'.
Published 10 months ago by Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I have been looking for
Twentyfive years ago I was at this concert. Now to be able to own it is very satisfying. So nice to find it, click and have it come to my mailbox. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Scott Ingersoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul with a capital TOP
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..... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Keith P. Capsuto
3.0 out of 5 stars "Better than no live footage at all"
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. Read more
Published on March 15, 2011 by David D. Macks
4.0 out of 5 stars Old TOP
I wasn't sure what era this dvd would be from but was pleasantly surprised when I first watched it. This is a great concert from the 70's back in the Tower's heyday. Read more
Published on September 18, 2010 by J. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare beauty
Tower of Power have been around for 40 years now! They've got close to 15 albums but there are very few studio quality DVDs of them. This one is really very good! Read more
Published on May 21, 2010 by Funkster
5.0 out of 5 stars east bay grease!
Having seen Tower of Power 'live' twice & enjoying their music for over 40 years, I'm constantly amazed how tight & musical they play & sing. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by John M. Featherston
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