Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Tower of Power 1973

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and that being said songs recorded by the Tower of Power have been often duplicated but never replicated.It seemed like only yesterday at the Blaisdell Arena when the Tower of Power from Oakland, California opened up for the Doobie Brothers. I was fortunate enough to see the Tower of Power in action with a power line-up that included Lenny Williams on lead vocals, Bruce Conte on guitar, Greg Adams on trumpet/flugelhorn, Mick Gillette on trumpet/trombone, Lenny Pickett on lead tenor saxophone, Chester Thompson on organ, David Garibaldi on drums and Brent Beyers on percussion, along with TOP holdovers Emilio Castillo on sax/vocals, Rocco Prestia on bass and Doc Kupka on bari sax. These cats really blew those in attendance away. To this day TOP is still a top act, but this particular line-up was special and the sounds and recordings only go to prove that point. TOP, the Tower of Power indeed. Click on the link below for footage of TOP as they appeared in 1973 on Soul Train. Cool!!!



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