Tower of Power

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Tower of Power (or TOP for short) is an American R&B-based horn section and band, originating in Oakland, California, that has been performing since 1968. They are best known for their funky soul sound highlighted by a powerful horn section and precisely syncopated bass-guitar lines. There have been multiple lead vocalists, the most well-known being Lenny Williams, who fronted the band between early 1973 and late 1974, the period of their greatest commercial success. Their highest charting songs include "You're Still a Young Man", "So Very Hard to Go", "Soul With a Capital S", "Soul Vaccination", "What Is Hip?", and "Don't Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream)".

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1970 East Bay Grease 2
1972 Bump City 5 2
1973 Tower of Power 4 2
1974 Back to Oakland 2
1975 In the Slot 2
1975 Urban Renewal 2
1978 We Came to Play 2
1981 Direct 3 1
1987 Power 1
1991 Monster on a Leash 3 1
1993 Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now 1
1993 Back on the Streets 1
1993 T.O.P. 1
1995 Souled Out 1
1997 Direct Plus! 1
1997 Rhythm & Business 1
1998 Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now / Back on the Streets 1
2003 The Oakland Zone 1
2009 Great American Soulbook 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Dinosaur Tracks 1
1999 What Is Hip?: The Tower of Power Anthology 1
2001 The Very Best of Tower of Power: The Warner Years 2 1
2002 Soul With a Capital "S" 1
2003 Havin' Fun 1
2006 What Is Hip? 1
2011 Original Album Classics 1
2013 Original Album Series (Tower of Power) 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Soul Vaccination: Live 1
2008 The East Bay Archive, Volume 1 1
2011 40th Anniversary: The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco 1
2013 Hipper than Hip 1
Live - Ultrasonic Studios 1
Soul Vaccination: Live 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 You 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Oakland Zone 1
1998: Stockton, Ca, Usa 1

Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1976 Live and in Living Color 3

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