The Very Best of Tower of Power: The Warner Years

The Very Best of Tower of Power: The Warner Years

by Tower of Power


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Usually, it's not a good sign if a band is generally known for augmenting artists instead of their own records, but Tower of Power was really a very good horn section, and they did make records that held their own. Of course, "What Is Hip?" was the biggest single they ever had, but they also had several other smaller hits that captured their sleek, stylized soul-funk quite well, such as "Soul Vaccination." Pretty much all of those songs are captured on Rhino's 2001 anthology The Very Best of Tower of Power: The Warner Years, which spans 16 tracks and contains almost all the highlights of their '70s records. Yes, the 1999 double-disc set What Is Hip? is more comprehensive, but that's really for serious listeners. For listeners that want a lean dose of the TOP's prime, this is the best collection on the market.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2001
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227434526
catalogNumber: 74345
Rank: 29206

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tower of Power   Primary Artist
Lenny Williams   Vocals
Bud Shank   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Marilyn Scott   Background Vocals
Bootche Anderson   Background Vocals
David Bartlett   Drums,Vocals
Ron Beck   Background Vocals
Harry Betts   Conductor
Frank Biner   Background Vocals
Brent Byars   Bongos,Conga,Vocals
Emilio Castillo   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Carter Collins   Conga
Bruce Conte   Guitar,Vocals
Willie Fulton   Guitar,Vocals
David Garibaldi   Drums
Mic Gillette   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Baritone Horn,French Horn,Bass Trombone,Vocals,Piccolo Trumpet
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   English Horn,Oboe,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Skip Mesquite   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Richard Perissi   French Horn
Lenny Pickett   Clarinet,Flute,Contrabass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Lyricon
Francis "Rocco" Prestia   Bass
Roger Rifkind   Background Vocals
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Tommy Shepard   French Horn
Jay Spell   Piano
Chester Thompson   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,bass pedals,fender rhodes,Arp Strings
Hubert Tubbs   Vocals
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Pepper Watkins   Background Vocals
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Kell Houston   Trombone
Alice Thompson   Background Vocals
Rick Stevens   Vocals
David Duke   French Horn

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Engineer
Tower of Power   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Ron Capone   Producer,Engineer
Emilio Castillo   Producer,Liner Notes
Alan Chinowsky   Engineer
Tom Flye   Engineer
Jim Gaines   Engineer
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Composer,Liner Notes
David McLees   Executive Producer
Kevin Phinney   Liner Notes

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rocarmani More than 1 year ago
'Doc' Kupka gets hip to Tony Adamo's "What Is Hip" "I love Tony's version of "What Is Hip?". He evokes the beatnik-bongo days of my youth and gives a whole new slant to a hard-charging funk tune. Congrats to both Tony Adamo and Jerry Stucker!" Stephen 'Doc' Kupka, Tower of Power co-founder Strokeland Record Artist Tony Adamo "This Time It's Real" Tony Adamo and producer Jerry Stucker have re-imagined two classic Tower of Power hits in a fresh, hip, and icy cool style that you've just got to hear. Just released is Tony's hot new remake of the classic Tower of Power tune "WHAT IS HIP?" and it's available TODAY for download as an MP3 file. Strokeland's own Stephen Kupka, the Funky Doctor, plays on the track along with jazz great Eddie Henderson on trumpet. Already released here on Strokeland is Adamo's cool rendition of "THIS TIME IT'S REAL", another great classic Tower of Power tune. This smooth, funky arrangement by Jerry Stucker, covered by Strokeland Records artist Tony Adamo, was written by Tower of Power co-founders, Stephen 'Doc' Kupka and Emilio Castillo. Mic Gillette, who has arranged and recorded on six Adamo/Stucker songs, wrote a funk show-time arrangement for this new cover and laid down the brass. Tom E. Politizer of TOP was brought in for the lead solo, and Doc Kupka, the Funky Doctor himself, anchored the horn section.