October 5, 2012 – 4:30 am

ROCCO PRESTIA R.I.P. 1951 - 2020

Tower of Power bassist and fingerstyle funk master Rocco Prestia has died on September 29 at the age of 69. Prestia had been battling various illnesses since 2001 - in 2014, he underwent a “lifesaving” kidney transplant. Tower of Power bandleader Emilio Castillo confirmed the news on the band’s official Facebook page, writing: “Our dear “Rocco” passed away last night, peacefully with his family by his side at a hospice in Las Vegas.

“As a bass player he was totally unique and as a person he was one of a kind. He fought a long fight over the last 20 years and now he’s with the Lord and heaven is his home. To say that Francis Rocco Prestia was a huge part of the Tower of Power sound is a gross understatement. When people listened to Tower of Power it was always Rocco that they walked away talking about and he had a major impact on the music world.” -

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Hempstead 1974 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Ultrasonic Studios, Hempstead; May 14, 1974. Very good to excellent Pre-FM.

Former Tower Of Power guitarist, Bruce Conte (right), was diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago. Conte is also an insulin-dependant diabetic and has been dealing with health issues for years. On, Conte wrote: “The meds are very expensive but the good news is that I can stay alive as long as I continue taking them. I don’t have health insurance because of being diabetic. I am starting to get some help from some of my friends to get me through these hard times. I appreciate any help given.”

Click here for more information and to donate to help Conte pay his medical bills.

Thanks to Dave who shared this funky 1974 show on the net in 2006. (Guitarist Bruce Conte was most likely in the lineup as he was in the group from 1972 to 1979.) Dave posted: “I got it from the audio engineer who worked the show. If you only want one show by Tower Of Power, this is it!”

Artwork (modified here) from rockrarecollectionfetish.blogspot - Thanks!

WLIR Pre-FM master reel > reel > Philips standalone audio CD recorder > Audio CD > Sony Screenblast Sound Forge 7.0 for extraction > retracked with CD Wave Editor > Flac

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Intro (750k)
Track 102. Oakland Stroke (3.2MB)
Track 103. Squib Cakes (15.5MB)
Track 104. This Time It’s Real (6.4MB)
Track 105. Soul Vaccination (8.6MB)
Track 106. You’re Still A Young Man (8.8MB)
Track 107. Clean Slate (9.8MB)
Track 108. So Very Hard To Go (8.2MB)
Track 109. Get Your Feet Back On The Ground (8.4MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Time Will Tell (6.2MB)
Track 202. Man From The Past (6.9MB)
Track 203. Down To The Nightclub (4.2MB)
Track 204. Just When We Start Makin’ It (12.7MB)
Track 205. Knock Yourself Out (30.0MB)
Track 206. What Is Hip? (10.7MB)
Track 207. Outro (1.9MB)

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  1. 11 Responses to “TOWER OF POWER - HEMPSTEAD 1974 [ROCCO PRESTIA R.I.P. 1951 - 2020]”

  2. sweet! always love me some TOP. many thanks big-O…

    By Billy Jack on Oct 5, 2012

  3. All the Hempstead Studio stuff has been great ! Thanks !

    By Mark on Oct 5, 2012

  4. Sorry to hear about Bruce’s condition. I did an immediate donation…
    Very cheap payback after all the great music TOP and BigO have given us…

    By DanC on Oct 5, 2012

  5. Right on, mark! i recently downloaded a little feat show from ‘74 at the same venue that darth recommended on, and it’s smoking as well. great performances and sound quality. ultrasonic studios must have had some kind of cosmic voodoo vortex thing going on back then…

    By Billy Jack on Oct 5, 2012

  6. hempstead is 19 miles from queens

    By barth on Oct 6, 2012

  7. hempstead is 19 miles from queens,

    no..queens is 19 miles from hempstead!

    By wurm on Oct 6, 2012

  8. stop harassing me!!!

    By barth on Oct 6, 2012

  9. okay!
    I win!

    By wurm on Oct 6, 2012

  10. great stuff , not a lot of Tower Power stuff from their early days and this one is considered one of the best. thanks.

    By bill m on Oct 6, 2012

  11. Marvelous show, and a fine recording, even at MP3 224 kbps. Thanks so much for this!

    By J Hand on May 19, 2017

  12. Hello BigO…PLEASE fix your “human verification” system…it’s very difficult to visit the site now. Thanks.

    By Don on Oct 10, 2020

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