TOWER OF POWER

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Tower of Power (or TOP for short) is an American R&B-based horn section and band, originating in Oakland, California, that has been performing for over 43 years. They are best known for their funky soul sound highlighted by a powerful horn section. There have been several lead vocalists, the most famous being Lenny Williams, who fronted the band between early 1973 and late 1974, the period of their greatest commercial success. Their biggest hits include "You're Still A Young Man", "So Very Hard To Go", "What Is Hip?", and "Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)."

In the summer of 1968, tenor saxophonist/vocalist Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka, who played baritone sax. Castillo had played in several bands, but it was Castillo's father who told his son to "hire that guy" after a home audition. Together, they would become the backbone of Tower of Power. Within months, the
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TOWER OF POWER East Bay Grease album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
East Bay Grease
Funk 1970
TOWER OF POWER Bump City album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Bump City
Funk 1972
TOWER OF POWER Tower of Power album cover 3.71 | 5 ratings
Tower of Power
Funk 1973
TOWER OF POWER Urban Renewal album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Urban Renewal
Funk 1974
TOWER OF POWER Back to Oakland album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Back to Oakland
Funk 1974
TOWER OF POWER In the Slot album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
In the Slot
Funk 1975
TOWER OF POWER Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now
Funk 1976
TOWER OF POWER We Came to Play album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We Came to Play
Funk 1978
TOWER OF POWER Back on the Streets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Back on the Streets
Funk 1979
TOWER OF POWER Direct (aka Direct Plus) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Direct (aka Direct Plus)
Funk 1981
TOWER OF POWER T.O.P. (1986) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
T.O.P. (1986)
Funk 1986
TOWER OF POWER Power album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Power
Funk 1987
TOWER OF POWER Monster on a Leash album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monster on a Leash
Funk 1991
TOWER OF POWER T.O.P. (1993) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
T.O.P. (1993)
Funk 1993
TOWER OF POWER Souled Out album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Souled Out
Funk 1995
TOWER OF POWER Rhythm & Business album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rhythm & Business
Funk 1997
TOWER OF POWER Dinosaur Tracks album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Dinosaur Tracks
RnB 1999
TOWER OF POWER The Oakland Zone album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Oakland Zone
Funk 2003
TOWER OF POWER Great American Soulbook album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Great American Soulbook
Funk 2009
TOWER OF POWER Soul Side Of Town album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Soul Side Of Town
Funk 2018
TOWER OF POWER Step Up album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Step Up
Funk 2020

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TOWER OF POWER Live and in Living Color album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live and in Living Color
Funk 1976
TOWER OF POWER Soul Vaccination: Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Vaccination: Live
Funk 1999
TOWER OF POWER The East Bay Archive, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The East Bay Archive, Volume 1
Funk 2008
TOWER OF POWER 40th Anniversary The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
40th Anniversary The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
Funk 2011
TOWER OF POWER Hipper Than Hip-Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Live - On the Air & In the Studio 1974) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hipper Than Hip-Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Live - On the Air & In the Studio 1974)
Funk 2013
TOWER OF POWER Live At Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, NY album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, NY
Funk 2015

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TOWER OF POWER Funkland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Funkland
Funk 1974
TOWER OF POWER What Is Hip? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What Is Hip?
Funk 1986
TOWER OF POWER Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now / Back on the Streets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now / Back on the Streets
Funk 1998
TOWER OF POWER What Is Hip?: The Tower of Power Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What Is Hip?: The Tower of Power Anthology
Funk 1999
TOWER OF POWER The Very Best of Tower of Power: The Warner Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best of Tower of Power: The Warner Years
Funk 2001
TOWER OF POWER Soul With a Capital 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul With a Capital "S"
Funk 2002
TOWER OF POWER You Ought To Be Havin' Fun (The Columbia/Epic Anthology) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You Ought To Be Havin' Fun (The Columbia/Epic Anthology)
Funk 2018

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TOWER OF POWER Step Up

Album · 2020 · Funk
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Tower Of Power were a true giant of funk in the seventies, and even if they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2018, they are not going to slow down. Their previous release "Soul Side of Town" was a perfect one, presenting rich sound of funky brass band with excellent vocals and quality songwriting. From very first seconds, their most current album "Step Up" sounds as continuation of that previous one, and it's not strange at all.

The opener "East Bay! All the Way!" jumps right on the dance floor but unexpectedly disappears after less than a minute (very same way as on their previous album). What comes after is "Tower Of Power" at their best - beautiful vocal harmonies, memorable tunes and groovy perfectly arranged music, on the level of their best releases, coming from the 70s.

Under the skin, new album is not actually all that new - it contains solely tracks from the same sessions which gave us their previous release, "Soul Side of Town". Then, its pros and cons lay right in its origin. The material is surprisingly strong since we're speaking about the album of outtakes, some songs are possibly even stronger than some numbers included in "Soul Side of Town". From the other hand, there are no visible difference in sound, arrangements or compositions between current and the previous release. "Step Up" could easily be a second half of imaginary double "Soul Side of Town" set.

Both albums represent best funk and groovy r'n'b coming right from the 70s, the genre's golden age. After many line-up changes, the band still is rooted in their founders Emilio Castillo lead vocals/tenor sax and Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka bari, and the full sound of a twelve-piece band with some guests. There is no particular use of electronics, and no traces of more modern arrangements, but for fans of big sound of funk/r'n'b bands from 70s, (like Earth,Wind & Fire), this music is a real pleasure. If you like it that way, and still didn't listen to "Soul Side of Town", better start there. If you already like "Soul Side of Town", take "Step Up" for another doze of excellent music.

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