Sunday, December 24, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Artist:Tower Of Power
Song:Back On The Streets Again
Album:What Is Hip?:Tower Of Power Anthology
This 1999 2CD comp from Rhino is the one to get if you want to hear Tower Of Power in their funky prime. It covers all their 70s hits on Warner Bros. Back On The Streets Again is actually on TOP's very first album East Bay Grease. It was released on Bill Graham's San Francisco label in 1969. The sound is already there but TOP leaders Emilio Castillo & Stephen Kupka are still searching for a lead vocalist. Rufus Miller & Rick Stevens both sing lead on the album. By the time they signed with Warners they settled on Lenny Williams and he's most recognized as TOP's lead singer. If you like funky horns, you will enjoy vintage Tower Of Power. Their more recent recordings don't measure up. They're still out there touring and playing sessions. Here's a European performance video of Tower Of Power performing Soul Vaccination. I don't think there's any 70s video footage of them but this will do.