NPR Tiny Desk Performance

When the 10 members of Tower of Power were in place behind Bob Boilen's desk, strategically positioned around the band's famous five-piece horn section, their first collective blast three beats into the sound check literally made the video crew jump. It was more a force of nature than a sound, and an impressive display of the "five fingers operating as one hand" concept of band cohesiveness.

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Diane Ricci
The actual Tower of Power Anniversary date is Aug. 13, 1968.

"The actual Tower of Power Anniversary date is Aug. 13, 1968. Back then our band was called The Motowns and we’d been playing under that name for over a year when I met Doc on the 4th of July weekend at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA. He went by the name Steve Kupka back then and he was the first “Hippie” I’d ever met. 

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Diane Ricci
Downbeat reviews Soul Side of Town

No signs of rust surface on Soul Side Of Town, Tower Of Power’s first album in eight years.

A shiny mix of taut instrumentals, soaring, medium-tempo ballads and tunes suggesting actual locales and characters, this 50th-anniversary recording affirms the trademarks of the meticulous 10-piece ensemble: a razor-sharp horn section of distinctive saxophone drama, versatile lead vocalists, song titles demanding the listener join in the fun and just enough variety to avoid predictability.

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Diane Ricci
Tower of Power - Soul Side of Town (Advance Review)

Fifty years have passed since the year 1968, and there have been plenty of retrospectives about the events from that tumultuous year. A book was written about the Tet Offensive and a commemoration took place in Memphis on April 4 – the day 50 years ago when the Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated.

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Peter Rinker