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Tower of Power followed their self-titled gold album with an even better album that didn't enjoy similar sales success. Back to Oakland had tougher, funkier and better-produced cuts, stronger vocals from Lenny Williams (who was more comfortable as their lead singer), and included an excellent ballad in "Time Will Tell," and a rousing tempo in "Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)." The Tower of Power horn section reaffirmed its reputation in both soul and pop circles, and the album included a powerhouse instrumental.
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1
Oakland Stroke
00:00:52

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Williams, Lead Vocals - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums, Writer - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

2
Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)
00:04:44

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Lead Vocals, Writer - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - JOHNNY WATSON, Writer - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

3
Just When We Started Makin' It
00:06:21

Stephen Kupka, Composer, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Williams, Composer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

4
Can't You See (You Doin' Me Wrong)
00:02:54

Stephen Kupka, Composer, Lyricist, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Williams, Composer, Lyricist, Lead Vocals, Writer - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer, Lyricist - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone - Greg Adams, Arranger

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

5
Squib Cakes
00:07:39

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Lead Vocals - Chester Thompson, Keyboards, Writer - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

6
Time Will Tell
00:03:09

Stephen Kupka, Composer, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Williams, Lead Vocals - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

7
Man from the Past
00:03:58

Stephen Kupka, Composer, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Williams, Composer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

8
Love's Been Gone so Long
00:04:44

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Williams, Lead Vocals - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

9
I Got the Chop
00:02:57

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Williams, Lead Vocals - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

10
Below Us, All the City Lights
00:04:16

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Williams, Lead Vocals - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

11
Oakland Stroke Additional
00:01:45

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Williams, Lead Vocals - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Hubert Tubbs, Vocals - Carmen Grillo, Guitar - Barry Danielian, Trumpet - Ellis Hall, Keyboards - Rick Waychesko, Flugelhorn - Lee Thornburg, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums, Writer - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Lenny Pickett, Clarinet, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Trombone - David Mann, Saxophone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - John Scarpulla, Saxophone - Herman Matthews, Drums - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Bill Churchville, Trumpet - Danny Hoeffer, Guitar - David Barlett, Drums - Edward mcGhee, Vocals - Jeff Tamieler, Guitar - Jesse McGuire, Flugelhorn - Michael Jeffries, Vocals - Mick Mester, Drums - Nick Milo, Keyboards - Norbert Satchel, Saxophone - Rufus Miller, Lead Vocals - Russ McKinnon, Drums - Tom Bowes, Vocals - Mark Sanders, Drums - Brent Carter, Vocals - Richard Elliot, Saxophone

© 1974 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

Tower of Power followed their self-titled gold album with an even better album that didn't enjoy similar sales success. Back to Oakland had tougher, funkier and better-produced cuts, stronger vocals from Lenny Williams (who was more comfortable as their lead singer), and included an excellent ballad in "Time Will Tell," and a rousing tempo in "Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)." The Tower of Power horn section reaffirmed its reputation in both soul and pop circles, and the album included a powerhouse instrumental.
© Ron Wynn /TiVo

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