Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tower of Power - East Bay Grease (1970)

This may very well be the first legit funk album posted on this blog. I don't believe there's any other album worthy of such a title. This huge, horn-based band out of Oakland really brought soul into my life. These dense, saturated songs are, in my opinion, the epitome of funky soul music. It's too bad they had to slowly turn into a disco band but no worries, this is from when the band was still pure and untainted by the nonsense that was the 70's. The last song is pretty lame but who cares, just listen to the first 5 over and over again and I promise you won't be disappointed. Just try not to get the first song stuck in your head or hum the horn parts in the shower, I dare you.

  1. "Knock Yourself Out" - 7:08
  2. "Social Lubrication" - 7:28
  3. "The Price" - 6:09
  4. "Back On The Streets Again" - 5:50
  5. "The Skunk, The Goose, And The Fly" - 5:55
  6. "Sparkling In The Sand" - 9:06
East Bay Grease

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