Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tower Of Power - Bump City (1972 us, fascinating funk Jazzy brass rock)

Bump City is the second album by the long living Bay Area based Soul Funk group Tower Of Power, released in 1972. Tower Of Power are best known for their funky Soul sound highlighted by a powerful horn section and precisely syncopated bass-guitar lines.

One of their biggest hits came off the album: "You're Still A Young Man", recorded in Memphis and with Rick Stevens as lead vocalist. The production and arrangements were much improved over the debut album East Bay Grease from 1970, as was the engineering and overall technical quality. Their lines were crisper, the unison and ensemble passages much sharper, and they were beginning to round into shape.

The album was the first to make an impact in the band's early days, and paved the way to their mid Seventies success with subsequent albums like their self titled third album and Back To Oakland from 1974, both of which feature Lenny Williams on lead vocals.
1. You Got To Funkifize - 4:33
2. What Happened To The World That Day? - 4:14
3. Flash In The Pan - 3:37
4. Gone (In Memory Of Jacqueline Mesquite) (Greg Adams, Skip Mesquite) - 3:43
5. You Strike My Main Nerve (Stephen Kupka, Emilio Castillo, Lenny Williams, Louis Gordon) - 2:55
6. Down To The Nightclub (Stephen Kupka, Emilio Castillo, David Garibaldi) - 2:45
7. You're Still A Young Man - 5:38
8. Skating On Thin Ice - 3:51
9. Of The Earth - 4:31
All songs written by Emilio Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka except where stated.

*Rick Stevens - Lead Vocals
*Skip Mesquite - First Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Vocals
*Emilio Castillo - Second Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
*Greg Adams - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Piano, Vocals
*Stephen "Doc" Kupka - Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
*Mic Gillette - Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Vocals
*Willie James Fulton - Guitar, Vocals
*David Garibaldi - Drums
*Francis Rocco Prestia - Bass
*Brent Byars - Conga Drums, Vocals
*Jay Spell - Piano
*Greg Adams - The Memphis Strings Arranged And Conducted

1970  Tower Of Power - East Bay Grease

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