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Tower of Power- 40th Anniversary [Blu-ray]

4.4 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Blu-ray version of Tower of Power s exciting 40th Anniversary concert release. Die
hard Tower of Power fans gobbled up the CD/DVD & DVD only versions of their 40th
Anniversary concert. Now, by popular demand, Tower of Power is giving their fans
want they asked for: a Blu-Ray version with bonus behind the scenes footage not
found on the CD/DVD & DVD-only releases.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Tower of Power
  • Directors: Tower of Power
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: TOP RECORDS
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009IPQADE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
This DVD has been over 2 years in the making as the concert was held at San Francisco's Fillmore on October 18th, 2008. There have been countless delays and I'm sure the making of the DVD could, in itself, be a documentary. I was there that night in the front row and I can tell you this was an amazing live show. Everyone truly came to play that night, and play hard they did, The concert is packed with ToP alumni (Chester Thompson, Richard Elliott, Greg Adams, and Ellis Hall just to name a few, Lenny Williams was invited but did not go) and special guests, notably Soul Man Sam Moore (even the "ghost" of Bill Graham was there to introduce the band). There were tons of outstanding musicians playing lots of great solos.

THE PERFORMANCES ARE OUTSTANDING!!!! These songs have never sounded better. The sound quality is superb. Video quality is high. Camera work is about a B- but at least it doesn't suffer from 2-second edits common in concert videos.

BUT (big but).... I don't like concert DVDs interrupted by interviews and you probably don't either, but this DVD takes this editing technique to a new level by actually interrupting some songs right in the middle of amazing jams, sometimes two and three times a song, virtually ruining them. RIDICULOUS! Greg Adams says it perfectly at the end of the DVD: "Really, as is fitting, we should let the music speak for itself"!

This is not the whole concert and while some songs and introductions are missing, the songs aren't necessarily in the right order either. The DVD doesn't flow very well.

Sure, it took about the same time to complete as did the Bay Bridge the band drove over to get to this gig, but this DVD set is a funkin' hip groove of monumental proportions - a MUST have, but could have been even better.
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I excitedly pre ordered both the cd and dvd of this concert not realising the cd actually contains a dvd as well. This dvd is exactly the same as the dvd that comes with the cd. Save your money folks and buy the cd which comes with the dvd. It's even cheaper this way! Saying that, brillian concert. Great sounds and so so so much better than previous Tower dvd's that have been released.

40th Anniversary (CD & DVD) The best value!!
Tower of Power - 40th AnniversaryNot good value!!
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I didn't know much about Tower of Power only from reviews and sessions with other great musicians and so after reading positive reviews about this live 40th Anniversary concert had to get a copy for my collection , This Band is well know for the excellent horn section & nice bass guitar keyboards , great drummer guitarists and vocals playing funk soul and just about everything that will keep you foot taping .

The Band 2008 Consist of Emilio Castillo Sax & Composer - Stephen Doc Kupka Baritone Sax - Rocco Prestia Electric Bass - David Garibaldi Drums - Larry Brags Lead Vocals - Roger Smith Keyboards - Tom Politzer Lead Tenor Sax - Adolfo Acosta Trumpet Flugelhorn - Mike Bogart Lead Trumpet , Trombone - Mark Harper Guitar .

Special Guest Musicians are in order of appearance are Jeff Tameliar Guitar Vocals - Ron E Beck Drums Vocals - Russ Mckinnon Drums - Herman Mathews Drums - Mic Gillette Trumpet Tombone Vocals - Greg Adams Trumpet Vocals - Bill Churchville Trumpet Flugelhorn Vocals - Skip Meskuite Tenor Sax Vocals - Chester Thompson Hammond B3 Piano Synthesizer - Ellis Hall Lead & Background Vocals - Nick Milo Hammond B3 Piano Synthesizer - Bobby Sparks Hammond B3 Vocals - Richard Elliot Tenor Sax - Carmen Grillo Guitar Vocals - Mick Mestek Drums - Michael Jeffries Vocals - Brandon Fields Tenor Sax - Norbet Stachel Tenor Sax - Mark Russo Alto Sax - Dave Mathews Piano - Vito San Filippo Vocals and Sam Moore's Lead Vocals on " I Thank You &" Pitiful "

San Mateo Concert Footage includes Lenny Pickett Tenor Sax and Bruce Conte Guitar .
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I ordered the Blu-ray - thinking I was getting a "high-definition" experience... isn't that what they advertise?

Instead, the show is an NTSC 4:3 transfer to 720p - and not a great one at that. There is no DTS or even DTS-HDMA - which one expects when ordering a modern music concert (Most good ones are in this format) - it is AC3 stereo or AC3 surround at a "modest" bit rate. Very disappointing...

Since getting a large screen and surround system, I buy music Blu-rays specifically for the high definition experience - and this is not HD... but unless you really read the "fine print" its easy to think otherwise.... so in my opinion Amazon should take some responsibility here: they put DVD reviews for Blu-ray releases claiming "excellent" video and excellent audio... its like false advertising, except since this is done by the public, I guess Amazon feels its OK for the public to mis-represent the product on their behalf. This happens all the time on Blu-ray releases (with DVD reviews) and unfortunately I missed it this time around... so I take responsibility for that.

Amazon should take responsibility for their web-site - even if the public are making statements on it.
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