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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!

 
Saturday, January 18, 2014

Play List

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