Soul Vaccination: The Tower of Power Live: Soul Vaccination: The Tower of Power Live
East Bay Grease. Soul Vaccination was recorded at the fabled Fillmore West in San Francisco and the Fox Theater in Stockton between October 8th and 10th, 1998. The crowds were large and appreciative, a fitting response to a large band so tight the listener will wonder what the big deal with Earth, Wind and Fire was anyway. Lead and produced by original member Emilio Castillo, TOP deliver their best live recording.
Survey. This disc is romping good fun from the early ballad “You’re Still A Young Man” and groove earthquake “Bump City” to the later opener “Soul With a Capitol “S”” and “To Say the Least You’re the Most”. Brent Carter’s lead vocals are high energy and silky smooth, when necessary. Norbert Stachel’s crying, squealing caressing, socking R&B tenor makes the solo parts of this disc along with Jesse McGuire’s trumpet. This band is tight, reflecting almost thirty years of performance.
For those fans not wanting to plunk down 25 bucks for the recently released retrospective, Soul Vaccination offers an exciting and less expensive alternative. Is it Jazz? Who cares— Let’s Dance!
Track Listing: Soul With a Capital
Personnel: Brent Carter: Vocals; Emilio Castillo: Tenor Saxophone, Vocals; Stephen Kupka: Baritone Saxophone; Norbert Stachel: Tenor Saxophone; Jesse McGuire: Trumpet; Bill Churchville: Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Nick Milo: Piano, Vocals,; Francis Prestia: Bass; David Garibaldi: Drums; Jeff Tamelier: Guitar
Record Label: Sony-Legacy Music