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T.O.P.
     

T.O.P.

by Tower of Power
 
This 1993 effort marked a strong comeback for the group, who started with 1991's Monster on a Leash. T.O.P. continues the formula with great results. The reason for the revitalization can be directly attributed to the energetic, Stevie Wonder-influenced lead singer, Tom Bowes. The hard-driving, James Brown-derived funk of "Soul With a Capital S" and "I

Overview

This 1993 effort marked a strong comeback for the group, who started with 1991's Monster on a Leash. T.O.P. continues the formula with great results. The reason for the revitalization can be directly attributed to the energetic, Stevie Wonder-influenced lead singer, Tom Bowes. The hard-driving, James Brown-derived funk of "Soul With a Capital S" and "I Like Your Style" update the band's classic horn-driven sound and is augmented by not only Bowes but Francis "Rocco" Prestia's amazing and soulful bass work. The ballads -- like "Quiet Scream," "Please Come Back to Stay," and arguably the best, "Come to a Decision" -- underscore the fact that this version of Tower of Power was the first in years that was equally adept with slower songs and up-tempo offerings. T.O.P. also has other members doing lead vocal chores. Group co-founder Emilio Castillo leads on the hammy and fun "Come on With It" and guitarist Carmen Grillo assumes lead on the melodic and smooth "You." Former member, saxophonist Lenny "L.P." Pickett, shows up for five tracks. Produced by Castillo, T.O.P. not only made an album to stand with Monster on a Leash, but also other classics like Urban Renewal and Ain't Nothing Stopping Us Now.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1993
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0074645280523
catalogNumber:
52805
Rank:
59645

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Performance Credits

Tower of Power   Primary Artist
Emilio Castillo   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brandon Fields   Saxophone
Carmen Grillo   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nick Milo   Keyboards
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone
Francis "Rocco" Prestia   Bass
Poncho Sanchez   Conga
Lee Thornburg   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Background Vocals
Stephen Kupka   Baritone Saxophone
Greg Adams   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tom Bowes   Vocals,Background Vocals
Russ McKinnon   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Emilio Castillo   Producer
David Coleman   Art Direction
Maureen Droney   Engineer
Carmen Grillo   Producer
Ken Kessie   Engineer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Michael Caplan   Executive Producer
Greg Adams   Arranger
Mick Wiggins   Artwork

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