What Is Hip?: The Tower of Power Anthology

What Is Hip?: The Tower of Power Anthology

by Tower of Power
     
 

Having played on hundreds of hit records, it was only fitting that this Oakland-based group of studio hornmen should strike out on their own and this two-disc anthology from Rhino captures the ups, downs, ins, and outs of T.O.P.'s 30-year career. In many ways, the group retrospective is not just a document of the group's evolving sound, but a microcosm of the changing… See more details below

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Having played on hundreds of hit records, it was only fitting that this Oakland-based group of studio hornmen should strike out on their own and this two-disc anthology from Rhino captures the ups, downs, ins, and outs of T.O.P.'s 30-year career. In many ways, the group retrospective is not just a document of the group's evolving sound, but a microcosm of the changing sound of R&B throughout the '70s and '80s. The soul band sound of early tracks like "Knock Yourself Out" sound as if the group is doing a muscular workout at a soul music revue and the oily R&B of "Back on the Streets Again" and "Down to the Nightclub" perfectly reflects the post-Motown pre-disco period of early-'70s rhythm and blues. As the songs progress the band goes on to dabble in funk ("You Got to Funkifize"), jazz soul ("Sparkling in the Sound"), and disco before ultimately (and unfortunately) giving way to the slick, hollow production standards of the '80s. Throughout the 35 tracks, however, singer Lenny Williams' voice sparkles and the group's tight musicianship, being honed through years of session work, is undeniable. At two discs, Rhino has made sure not to stretch the music thin and with a relative cost, the anthology is a good entrance to T.O.P.'s long career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227578824
catalogNumber:
75788

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Knock Yourself Out
  2. Back on the Streets Again
  3. Sparkling in the Sand
  4. Down to the Nightclub
  5. You're Still a Young Man
  6. You Got to Funkifize
  7. What Happened to the World That Day?
  8. What Is Hip?
  9. Will I Ever Find a Love?
  10. This Time It's Real
  11. So Very Hard to Go
  12. Soul Vaccination
  13. Below Us, All the City Lights
  14. Can't You See (You Doin' Me Wrong)
  15. Squib Cakes

Disc 2

  1. Oakland Stroke
  2. Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)
  3. Time Will Tell
  4. It's Not the Crime
  5. I Won't Leave Unless You Want Me To
  6. Only So Much Oil in the Ground
  7. Willing to Learn
  8. You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous
  9. Just Enough and Too Much
  10. As Surley as I Stand Here
  11. Stroke '75
  12. The Soul of a Child
  13. You Ought to Be Havin' Fun
  14. Simple as That
  15. Credit
  16. A Little Knowledge (Is a Dangerous Thing)
  17. I Like Your Style
  18. Soul With a Capital S
  19. Souled Out
  20. So I Got to Groove

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tower of Power   Primary Artist
Lenny Williams   Vocals
Richard Elliot   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Lyricon
David Mann   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bud Shank   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Marilyn Scott   Background Vocals
Bootche Anderson   Background Vocals
David Bartlett   Drums,Background Vocals
Harry Betts   Conductor
Frank Biner   Background Vocals
Brent Byars   Bongos,Conga
Brent Carter   Vocals,Background Vocals
Emilio Castillo   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Carter Collins   Conga
Bruce Conte   Guitar,Background Vocals
Victor Conte   Bass
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Willie Fulton   Guitar,Background Vocals
David Garibaldi   Drums,Background Vocals,Vibes,Syndrum
Mic Gillette   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Baritone Horn,French Horn,Piccolo,Bass Trombone,Background Vocals
Carmen Grillo   Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Grove   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ellis Hall   Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Patricia Henley   Background Vocals
Michael Jeffries   Vocals,Background Vocals
Melba Joyce   Background Vocals
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   English Horn,French Horn,Oboe,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Herman Matthews   Drums
Edward McGee   Vocals
Skip Mesquite   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Rufus Miller   Vocals
Richard Perissi   French Horn
Lenny Pickett   Synthesizer,Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Lyricon
Francis "Rocco" Prestia   Bass
Roger Rifkind   Background Vocals
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Marc Russo   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Vito San Filippo   Bass
Tommy Shepard   Trombone
Jay Spell   Piano
Norbert Stachel   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ivory Stone   Background Vocals
Lee Thornburg   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Background Vocals
Hubert Tubbs   Vocals
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Pepper Watkins   Background Vocals
Rick Waychesko   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Ken Balzell   Trumpet
Danny Hoefer   Guitar
Kell Houston   Trombone
Greg Adams   Piano,Strings,Trumpet,Conductor,Flugelhorn,French Horn,Background Vocals,Orchestra Bells
Tom Bowes   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Churchville   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Russ McKinnon   Percussion,Drums
Mick Mestek   Drums
Alice Thompson   Background Vocals
Ron E. Beck   Drums,Background Vocals
Paul Perez   Alto Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal),Tenor Background Vocals
Jesse McGuire   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jeff Tamelier   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mark Sanders   Drums
Rick Stevens   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Scarpulla   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Duke   French Horn

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Producer,Remixing
Tower of Power   Producer,Horn Arrangements
David Mann   Horn Arrangements
Paul Serrano   Engineer
Jeff Lorber   Producer,Engineer
Richard Evans   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Ron Capone   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Emilio Castillo   Producer
Alan Chinowsky   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Production Concept
Barry Danielian   Horn Arrangements
Biff Dawes   Engineer
Maureen Droney   Engineer
Tom Flye   Engineer,Remixing
Jim Gaines   Engineer,Remixing
Mic Gillette   Contributor
Ellis Hall   Producer
McKinley Jackson   Producer
Ken Kessie   Engineer
David McIntosh   Contributor
Alan Meyerson   Engineer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Sharon Rice   Engineer
David Rubinson   Producer,Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Duane Seykora   Engineer
Bruce Steinberg   Art Direction
Chester Thompson   Contributor
Richard Bosworth   Engineer
Phil Jamtaas   Engineer
Kevin Phinney   Liner Notes
Tom Pessagno   Engineer
Ron Pendragon   Engineer
Steve Haselton   Engineer
Randy Faustino   Engineer
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Larry Brown   Producer,Engineer
Daniel Hersch   Remastering
David Bryant   Engineer

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