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Tower of Power: Back on the Streets

Album Notes

Tower Of Power: Michael Jeffries (vocals); Danny Hoefer (guitar); Lenny Pickett (tenor & alto & soprano saxophones, synthesizer, background vocals); Emilio Castillo (tenor saxophone, background vocals); Steven Kupka (baritone saxophone, background vocals); Mic Gillette (trumpet, trombone, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn, bass trombone, background vocals); Greg Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn, background vocals); Chester Thompson (organ, Clavinet, mini-Moog, Fender Rhodes, piano, background vocals); Vito San Filippo (bass, background vocals).

Additional personnel: Cheryl Lynn (vocals); Greg Crockett (guitar); Gail Levant (harp); Bill Lamb (brass); Eddie "Bongo" Brown, Paulinho da Costa (percussion); The Jones Girls (background vocals).

Producers: Emilio Castillo, Tower Of Power, Richard Evans.

Engineers: Jim Gaines, Paul Serrano.

Recorded at Record Plant, Sausalito, California; Record Plant and United Western, Los Angeles, California; P.S. Studios and Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois.

Digitally remastered by Vic Anesini (January 1993, Sony Music Studios, New York).

The late '70s were the heyday of disco and acts from metal to country found ways to "disco-ize" themselves. Tower Of Power was not immune. It can be said, however, that no disco could be as funky as TOP disco. Sure, that incessant beat, "wanky" guitar, and cheesy strings were there, but the underlying current of Oakland soul was still in charge. To that end, vocalist Michael Jeffries oozes out some slick stylings over those famous horns and bubbling rhythm. Loyal listeners should find this enough to forgive any dabbling with the d-word.

There are still some choice TOP moments to be found among the dated detritus. The shuffling "And You Know It" is up there in stature with many other Tower boogie favorites. The ballad "Heaven Must Have Made You" is, likewise, a worthy addition to the famous TOP canon. The down-and-dirty "It Takes Two (To Make It Happen)" is probably the least disco-like, hearkening back to the group's ultra-funky beginnings. Finally, the closing "Just Make A Move (And Be Yourself)" is a fitting end, and somewhat prophetic, as the group would later return to their heavy funk and smooth soul that is their foundation.


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