TOWER OF POWER: BUMP CITY/TOWER OF POWER Expanded Edition (WSCMR-5146D)

TOWER OF POWER: BUMP CITY/TOWER OF POWER Expanded Edition (WSCMR-5146D)

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Track listing:

Disc 1: BUMP CITY
1. You Got To Funkifize
2. What Happened To The World That Day?
3. Flash In The Pan
4. Gone
5. You Strike My Main Nerve
6. Down To The Nightclub
7. You’re Still A Young Man
8. Skating On Thin Ice
9. Of The Earth

Bonus Track:
10. You’re Still A Young Man (US Warners single)

Disc 2: TOWER OF POWER
1.   What Is Hip?
2.   Clever Girl
3.   This Time It’s Real
4.   Will I Ever Find A Love?
5.   Get Yo’ Feet Back On The Ground
6.   So Very Hard To Go
7.   Soul Vaccination
8.   Both Sorry Over Nothin’
9.   Clean Slate
10. Just Another Day

Bonus Track:
11. What Is Hip? (US Warners single)

• SoulMusic Records is proud to present expanded editions of BUMP CITY and TOWER OF POWER, the first two classic albums by pioneering funk super group Tower Of Power as a 2-CD set with single versions of the hits, “You’re Still A Young Man” and “What Is Hip?”

• Founded by Emilio Castillo and Stephen Kupka, the Bay Area-based horn-dominated aggregation, Tower Of Power’s reputation was steadily growing (following the release of their debut set, “East Bay Grease”) when they signed with Warner Brothers Records in 1972. At that time, the band comprised Rick Stevens (lead vocals) Skip Mesquite (first tenor sax and flute), Castillo (second tenor sax), Greg Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn and piano), Kupka (baritone sax), Mic Gillete (trumpet, trombone), Willie James Fulton (guitar), David Garibaldi (drums), Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia (bass) and Brent Byars (congas).

• BUMP CITY was recorded in Memphis, working with the legendary Steve Cropper and famed Stax engineer Ron Capone and yielded the timeless slow jam, “You’re Still A Young Man” (a US Top 30 pop and R&B hit) and key cuts such as “Down To The Nightclub” and “You Got To Funkifize.”

• The follow-up LP, 1973’s self-titled album introduced music lovers to the soulful vocals of (future solo hitmaker) Lenny Williams via the US Top 20 R&B/pop charted single, “So Very Hard To Go” and the popular funk groove, “What Is Hip?”

• This 2016 reissue includes extensive notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring with quotes from band members Greg Adams and David Garibalid and great remastering by Donald Cleveland.

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TOWER OF POWER: YOU OUGHT TO BE HAVIN' FUN - THE COLUMBIA/EPIC ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5179D)

TOWER OF POWER: YOU OUGHT TO BE HAVIN’ FUN – THE COLUMBIA/EPIC ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5179D)

Track listing:

  • Disc 1:  AIN’T NOTHIN’ STOPPIN’ US NOW – THE COLUMBIA YEARS
    1. Ain’t Nothin’ Stoppin’ Us Now
    2. Because I Think The World Of You
    3. You Ought To Be Havin’ Fun
    4. While We Went To The Moon
    5. We Came To Play
    6. Love Bug
    7. Lovin’ You Is Gonna See Me Thru
    8. Am I A Fool
    9. In Due Time
    10. And You Know It
    11. Rock Baby
    12. Heaven Must Have Made You
    13. By Your Side
    14. Somewhere Down The Road
    15. Doin’ Alright
    16. It’s So Nice
    17. Just Make A Move And Be Yourself
    18. Deal With It
    19. Bittersweet Soul Music 

    Disc 2: SOUL WITH A CAPITAL “S” – THE EPIC YEARS

    1. Soul With A Capital “S”
    2. Please Come Back (To Stay)
    3. You
    4. Souled Out
    5. Recapture The Magic
    6. A Little Knowledge (Is A Dangerous Thing)
    7. Who Do You Think You Are
    8. How Could This Happen To Me
    9. Diggin’ On James Brown
    10. Come To A Decision
    11. Rhythm and Business
    12. That Was Then,This Is Now
    13. Come On With It
    14. You Can’t Fall Up (You Just Fall Down)
    15. Cruise Control
    16. Undercurrent
  • As part of its best-selling anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “You Ought To Be Havin’ Fun  a solid 2-CD by the legendary Tower Of Power, considered one of the premier funk’n’soul’jazz jazz bands of the past four decades.  
  • As its title implies, this 35-track collection focuses on two specific periods of the internationally-renowned group’s career: Disc 1 consists of cuts from “Ain’t Nothin’ Stoppin’ Us Now,” “We Came To Play” and “Back On The Streets,” the three albums released by Columbia Records between 1976-1979; while Disc 2 is derived from four albums – “Monster On A Leash,” “T.O.P.,” “Souled Out” and “Rhythm & Business,” released by Epic Records between 1991-1997.  
  • Formed initially in 1968 in Oakland, California by horn players Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Tower Of Power’s debut set (“East Bay Grease”) was cut for renowned promoter Bill Graham’s San Francisco Records in 1970; after signing with Warner Brothers in 1971, the horn-dominated band scored a string of hit singles (such as the funk classic, “What Is Hip” and the soul ballads, “You’re Still A Young Man” and “So Very Hard To Go”) and best-selling albums for the label (including “Bump City” and “Tower Of Power,” reissued as a 2-CD expanded editions set by SoulMusic Records in 2016 – WSMCR-5146D).  
  • By the mid-’70s, also acclaimed for their exciting live performances, Tower Of Power signed with Columbia Records, self-producing their debut set then working with Stax musical legend Steve Cropper on their second LP and finally with Chicago arranger/producer Richard Evans and Detroit hitmaker McKinley Jackson on their third Columbia album. During the ‘80s, the band toured worldwide extensively before signing a new contract with Epic Records in 1991, resulting in four albums enthusiastically appreciated by TOP’s global audience.  
  • Co-produced by David Nathan and distinguished US writer/musicologist Kevin Goins who provided extensive liner notes which include 2018 quotes from Emilio Castillo and others, YOU OUGHT TO BE HAVIN’ FUN features first class remastering by Donald Cleveland and stellar artwork by Roger Williams.