Tower of Power: ’50 Years of Funk & Soul – Live at the Fox Theater’ CD/DVD/3-LP Set Coming 3/26


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On March 26, renowned Bay Area soul/funk/R&B ensemble Tower of Power will release 50 Years of Funk and Soul – Live at the Fox Theater, a new live album commemorating two nights of hometown shows in Oakland, Calif., in June 2018.

A press release notes that for these gigs, Tower of Power extended its onstage assemblage with its core 10-piece band plus additional horns and a string section.

More on the performances, per a news release:

Bandleader and saxophonist Emilio Castillo also invited back a few elite ToP alumni, including saxophonist Lenny Pickett (musical director of the Saturday Night Live band); keyboardist Chester Thompson (Santana); guitarist Bruce Conte and former vocalist Ray Greene, who shows off his trombone prowess. They join the renowned modern line-up of the band, featuring co-founder Stephen “Doc” Kupka on baritone sax, longtime drummer David Garibaldi, and lead vocalist Marcus Scott. Adding a bittersweet tinge is the presence of founding bassist Francis “Rocco” Prestia, who passed away in September 2020.

“People come up to me all the time and say, ‘Wow man, 50 years! We can’t believe it,’” laughs Castillo. “You can’t believe it? I’m the one that can’t believe it. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs and learned a lot along the way. We’ve affected a lot of people’s lives and done a lot of work that we’re very proud of. The band has a real family atmosphere. It’s been very rewarding.”

Click here to pre-order 50 Years of Funk & Soul – Live at the Fox Theater on CD/DVD from our Rock Cellar Store
Click here to pre-order 50 Years of Funk & Soul – Live at the Fox Theater on DVD from our Rock Cellar Store

Click here to pre-order 50 Years of Funk & Soul – Live at the Fox Theater on 3-LP from our Rock Cellar Store

Here’s the full track listing for the live album:

1. Stroke ‘75
2. Ain’t Nothing Stopping Us Now
3. You Ought to be Having Fun
4. Soul with a Capital “S”
5. Stop
6. You’re So Wonderful, So Marvelous
7. On the Serious Side
8. Just When We Start Makin’ It
9. Soul Vaccination
10. What is Hip? / Soul Power
11. Do You Like That?
12. Drop It in the Slot

1. Can’t You See (You Doin Me Wrong)?
2. Maybe It’ll Rub Off
3. Don’t Change Horses
4. Squib Cakes
5. On the Soul Side of Town
6. Diggin’ on James Brown (Medley)
7. So Very Hard to Go
8. Knock Yourself Out
9. You’re Still a Young Man
10. Souled Out


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