Urban Renewal

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Tower of Power was very much in its prime in 1974, when the Bay Area outfit tore up the soul charts with the outstanding Urban Renewal. Lenny Williams, a passionate, wailing, gospel-influenced dynamo of a singer, had joined Tower the previous year, and he worked out remarkably well; whether digging into tough funk or romantic ballads, Williams is in top form. Funk doesn't get much more invigorating than horn-driven gems like "Maybe It'll Rub Off," "Give Me the Proof" and "Only So Much Oil in the Ground" a commentary on the mid-'70s energy crisis, and soul ballads don't get much richer than "Willing to Learn" and "I Won't Leave Unless You Want Me To." Tower an influence ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Tower of Power was very much in its prime in 1974, when the Bay Area outfit tore up the soul charts with the outstanding Urban Renewal. Lenny Williams, a passionate, wailing, gospel-influenced dynamo of a singer, had joined Tower the previous year, and he worked out remarkably well; whether digging into tough funk or romantic ballads, Williams is in top form. Funk doesn't get much more invigorating than horn-driven gems like "Maybe It'll Rub Off," "Give Me the Proof" and "Only So Much Oil in the Ground" a commentary on the mid-'70s energy crisis, and soul ballads don't get much richer than "Willing to Learn" and "I Won't Leave Unless You Want Me To." Tower an influence on everyone from L.T.D. to the Average White Band recorded a number of essential albums in the '70s, and Urban Renewal is at the top of the list.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1993
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992634922
  • Catalog Number: 2834
  • Sales rank: 45,116

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tower of Power Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Lenny Williams Vocals
Marilyn Scott Background Vocals
Bootche Anderson Background Vocals
David Bartlett Drums, Vocals
Emilio Castillo Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Carter Collins Conga
Bruce Conte Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Garibaldi Drums
Mic Gillette Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Francis "Rocco" Prestia Bass
Chester Thompson Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, bass pedals
Gerald Vinci Concert Master
Pepper Watkins Background Vocals
Stephen Kupka Baritone Saxophone
Greg Adams Trumpet, Conductor, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Tower of Power Producer
Emilio Castillo Producer
Alan Chinowsky Engineer
Tom Flye Engineer
Bruce Steinberg Art Direction, Cover Design
Chester Thompson Arranger
Greg Adams Arranger, String Arrangements
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