Urban Renewal

Urban Renewal

by Tower of Power
     
 
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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1993
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992634922
catalogNumber:
2834
Rank:
54636

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Performance Credits

Tower of Power   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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