Monday, July 21, 2008
TOWER OF POWER: THE EAST BAY ARCHIVE VOLUME 1
"The East Bay Archive Volume 1" produced by David Garibaldi, was recorded in Boston on April 23, 1973, jus weeks before another landmark album Tower of Power album would be released. The original recording is part of David Garibaldi’s personal collection of rehearsals and Tower of Power live shows. The April 1973 show is being featured on "The East Bay Archives Volume 1", that includes band members Emilio Castillo, Doc Kupka, Rocco Prestia, David Garibaldi, Greg Adams, Mic Gillette, Lenny Pickett, Bruce Conte, Chester Thompson, Brent Byars, and Lenny Williams. "The East Bay Archives Volume 1" includes every song that was on the "Tower of Power" album, with the exception of ‘Clever Girl", and "Will I Ever Find Another Love". There are 18 songs on this double CD release, including a never before released instrumental written by Chester Thompson entitles "Check It Out". Note that the "Tower of Power" album was the third release for the Oakland-based band and it was their most successful album to date. It was released in the spring of 1973 and the album peaked at #15 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart at the time, and it received a gold record award for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. The album also spawned their most successful single "So Very Hard To Go". The album also charged two other singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "This Time It’s Real" and "What Is Hip?" The East Bay Archive Volume 1" is set for release on August 26.