In the Slot

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
In the Slot came off a four-year string of classic singles and albums. As Bump City era lead singer Rick Stevens exited, the phenomenal Lenny Williams replaced him. With Williams, Tower of Power became a hit-making machine as albums like Back to Oakland and Urban Renewal became R&B standards. In the Slot marks the first album of vocalist Hubert Tubbs. he possessed a throaty more muscular voice a few shades lower than his predecessor. While it was serviceable, Tubbs' voice didn't have the same grace and agility as Williams'. On the rollicking "Just Enough and Too Much" the difference is slight and the track is one of the band's most potent tracks. The ballads were where ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
In the Slot came off a four-year string of classic singles and albums. As Bump City era lead singer Rick Stevens exited, the phenomenal Lenny Williams replaced him. With Williams, Tower of Power became a hit-making machine as albums like Back to Oakland and Urban Renewal became R&B standards. In the Slot marks the first album of vocalist Hubert Tubbs. he possessed a throaty more muscular voice a few shades lower than his predecessor. While it was serviceable, Tubbs' voice didn't have the same grace and agility as Williams'. On the rollicking "Just Enough and Too Much" the difference is slight and the track is one of the band's most potent tracks. The ballads were where the contrast is most striking. "As Surely As I Stand Here" and the "The Soul of a Child" display not only a drop off in lyrical quality, but also the clearest indication that the band did indeed miss Williams' skill at making even bromides ring. Oddly enough, the great and too brief B-side "Stroke '75" wasn't included here. After many failed attempts, band and singer do end up on the same page. On "Drop It in the Slot" and "On the Serious Side" the groups' trademark rhythm section and the horns come on stronger and match Tubbs' more volatile style. This effort in effect put an end to the string of "classic" albums from the group. In The Slot, despite its enviable firepower, finds the band missing Lenny Williams' skill at putting all of the pieces together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1993
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 075992635028
  • Catalog Number: 895068

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tower of Power Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Marilyn Scott Vocals, Background Vocals
Bootche Anderson Vocals, Background Vocals
David Bartlett Vocals, Background Vocals
Ron Beck Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Frank Biner Vocals, Background Vocals
Emilio Castillo Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals
Bruce Conte Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Garibaldi Drums
Mic Gillette Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn, Bass Trombone, Background Vocals, Piccolo Trumpet
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Lenny Pickett Clarinet, Flute, Contrabass Clarinet, Piccolo, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Lyricon
Francis "Rocco" Prestia Bass
Roger Rifkind Background Vocals
Chester Thompson Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Clavinet, bass pedals
Hubert Tubbs Vocals
Pepper Watkins Vocals, Background Vocals
Greg Adams Trumpet, Conductor, Flugelhorn, Horn
Technical Credits
Tower of Power Arranger, Producer
Emilio Castillo Producer
Alan Chinowsky Engineer
Tom Flye Engineer
Bruce Steinberg Art Direction, Cover Design
Chester Thompson Arranger
Greg Adams String Arrangements
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