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Urban Renewal

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Tower of Power was very much in its prime in 1974, when the Bay Area outfit tore up the soul charts with the outstanding Urban Renewal. Lenny Williams, a passionate, wailing, gospel-influenced dynamo of a singer, had joined Tower the previous year, and he worked out remarkably well; whether digging into tough funk or romantic ballads, Williams is in top form. Funk doesn't get much more invigorating than horn-driven gems like "Maybe It'll Rub Off," "Give Me the Proof" and "Only So Much Oil in the Ground" (a commentary on the mid-'70s energy crisis), and soul ballads don't get much richer than "Willing to Learn" and "I Won't Leave Unless You Want Me To." Tower (an influence on everyone from L.T.D. to the Average White Band) recorded a number of essential albums in the '70s, and Urban Renewal is at the top of the list.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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1
Only so Much Oil in the Ground
00:03:47

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Castillo, Composer, Lyricist - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - KUPKA, Composer, Lyricist - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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

2
Come Back, Baby
00:03:20

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals, Writer - Chester Thompson, Organ - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar, Writer - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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

3
It's Not the Crime
00:01:47

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Castillo, Composer, Lyricist - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - KUPKA, Composer, Lyricist - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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

4
I Won't Leave Unless You Want Me To
00:03:31

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, Writer - Castillo, Composer, Lyricist - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - KUPKA, Composer, Lyricist - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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

5
Maybe It'll Rub Off
00:03:14

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ, Writer - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Castillo, Composer, Lyricist - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - KUPKA, Composer, Lyricist - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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

6
(To Say the Least) You're the Most
00:02:28

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - JOHNNY WATSON, Writer

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

7
Willing to Learn
00:04:36

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Castillo, Composer, Lyricist - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - KUPKA, Composer, Lyricist - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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

8
Give Me the Proof
00:02:34

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ - David Bartlett, Writer - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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

9
It Can Never Be the Same
00:04:42

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Castillo, Composer, Lyricist - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar, Writer - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - KUPKA, Composer, Lyricist - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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

10
I Believe in Myself
00:02:01

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Castillo, Composer, Lyricist - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - KUPKA, Composer, Lyricist - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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

11
Walkin' up Hip Street
00:05:49

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ, Writer - Greg Adams, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Brent Byars, Percussion - Bruce Conte, Guitar - David Garibaldi, Drums - Francis Rocco Prestia, Bass Guitar - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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

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Tower of Power was very much in its prime in 1974, when the Bay Area outfit tore up the soul charts with the outstanding Urban Renewal. Lenny Williams, a passionate, wailing, gospel-influenced dynamo of a singer, had joined Tower the previous year, and he worked out remarkably well; whether digging into tough funk or romantic ballads, Williams is in top form. Funk doesn't get much more invigorating than horn-driven gems like "Maybe It'll Rub Off," "Give Me the Proof" and "Only So Much Oil in the Ground" (a commentary on the mid-'70s energy crisis), and soul ballads don't get much richer than "Willing to Learn" and "I Won't Leave Unless You Want Me To." Tower (an influence on everyone from L.T.D. to the Average White Band) recorded a number of essential albums in the '70s, and Urban Renewal is at the top of the list.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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