What Is Hip?: The Tower of Power Anthology

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All Music Guide - Steve Kurutz
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Kurutz
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: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227578824
  • Catalog Number: 75788

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tower of Power Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Dan Hersch Remastering
McKinley Jackson Producer
Ken Kessie Engineer
David McIntosh Contributor
Alan Meyerson Engineer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Sharon Rice Engineer
David Rubinson Producer, Engineer
Al 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
David Bryant Engineer
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    All I did was listen to a 30 second demo, and instantly i fell in love with the band!

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