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Saturday, January 18, 2014 Permalink

Acid Jazz Playlist, January 18, 2014

  

Tower Of Power: Hipper Than Hip

by  Gary G. Vercelli

On a spring evening in 1974, Tower Of Power broadcast a live ”in studio” concert over WLIR FM from Long Island. This was the hottest soul band of the era recorded under studio quality conditions and on that special night TOP was firing on all cylinders! What makes this recording technically superior to a lot of broadcast remotes of the time is that it originated from Ultrasonic Recording Studio, with guests invited for the "live vibe."

For over 40 years, this band of road warriors has covered the globe as ambassadors of East Bay funk. The band has changed some personnel over the years, but this was arguably the strongest line-up ever. The precision and vast power of TOP’s horn section, the flawless super-tight arrangements by Greg Adams, and the expressive voice of Lenny Williams set this band apart from all others.

It’s what Lenny does with ballads like “You’re Still A Young Man” and “Time Will Tell” that make this two CD set a must have.  Also, check out Chester Thompson’s jazz-infused solo on “Just When We Start Makin’ It!”

I’ve often been skeptical of whether live recordings can match studio quality hits of the exact same material.  But, on May 14, 1974 the stars aligned for Tower Of Power in The Big Apple. Although it strangely took 40 years for this broadcast to be commercially released, it was definitely worth the wait!

Playlist

10:00pm
10:00pm
George Duke: Trippin' BUY from DreamWeaver
10:04pm
Fat Freddy's Drop: Clean The House BUY from Blackbird
10:08pm
Us3: Cantaloop (Us3 House Remix) BUY from Hand on the Torch (20th Anniversary)
10:13pm
Francesca Simone ft. Will Randolph, Elise Gold: Welcome Back from Playground
10:17pm
Mocean Worker: My Own Little World (featuring Lyrics Born & Mindi Abair) BUY from Candygram For Mowo!
10:21pm
Mocean Worker: Reykjavik (feat. Rahsaan Roland Kirk) BUY from Cinco De Mowo!
10:23pm
Tower of Power: Time Will Tell BUY from Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (Live On the Air & In the Studio 1974)
10:27pm
Tower of Power: Man from the Past BUY from Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (Live On the Air & In the Studio 1974)
10:31pm
Tower of Power: Down to the Nightclub BUY from Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (Live On the Air & In the Studio 1974)
10:34pm
Tower of Power: Just When We Start Makin' It BUY from Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (Live On the Air & In the Studio 1974)
10:44pm
Los Mocosos: Somos Los Mocosos BUY from Mo Vida
10:48pm
Incognito: Rivers on the Sun BUY from Surreal
10:53pm
Five Corners Quintet (Nicola Conte): 3 Corners [For Friends and Relatives Version] BUY from Modern Sound of Nicola Conte
11:00pm
11:01pm
Amy Winehouse: Stronger Than Me BUY from Frank
11:07pm
India: Yemaya y Ochun BUY from Llego la India Via Eddie Palmieri
11:13pm
Poncho Sanchez: Ha Lese Le Di Khanna BUY from Do It
11:18pm
Charlie Parker: Ko Ko (DJ Spooky's Ali Baba & 50 Thieves Mix) BUY from Re-Bop: The Savoy Remixes (Dig)
11:25pm
Donny Hathaway: Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) BUY from Everything Is Everything
11:30pm
Tower of Power: This Time It's Real BUY from Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (Live On the Air & In the Studio 1974)
11:34pm
Tower of Power: Soul Vaccination BUY from Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (Live On the Air & In the Studio 1974)
11:39pm
Tower of Power: You're Still a Young Man BUY from Hipper Than Hip: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (Live On the Air & In the Studio 1974)
11:45pm
Greyboy feat Shawn Lee: Missin' Something BUY from 15 Years of West Coast Cool
11:50pm
Derrick Hodge: The Real BUY from Live Today
11:55pm
John McLaughlin : Guitar Love BUY from Now Here This