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Since 1968, Tower of Power has been performing a high-energy blend of soul, funk and R&B that firmly pushed the sound of horns into the rock era. Founded by saxophonists Emilio Castillo and Stephen "Doc" Kupka in Oakland, CA, the the ensemble found chart success with originals like "So Very Hard to Go" and "What is Hip?" and as a featured horn section for E...

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
What Is Hip?
Tower Of Power Tower Of Power 00:05:04

S. Kupka, Composer, Lyricist - E. Castillo, Composer, Lyricist, Writer - Stephen Kupka, Saxophone - Lenny Williams, Vocals - J.D. Garibaldi, Composer, Lyricist - Chester Thompson, Organ - D. GARIBALDI, 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 - S. Kupda, Writer - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Saxophone - GARIBALDI, Composer, Lyricist - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Arranger

© 1973 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1973 Warner Records Inc.

2
If You Wanna Be a Winner
Tower Of Power Step Up 00:03:21

John David Garibaldi, Composer - Francis Rocco Prestia, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer, Producer - Joe Vannelli, Producer - Roger Smith, Composer - Jerry Cortez, Composer - Arikat Music/Ascap, MusicPublisher - David Garibaldi Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Occor Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Roger Ray Smith Music/BMI, MusicPublisher - Jerry Cortez Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

(C) 2020 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2020 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

3
After Hours
Tower Of Power Soul Side of Town 00:03:33

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

4
Give Me Your Love
Tower Of Power Oakland Zone 00:04:42

David Garibaldi, Composer - Francis Rocco Prestia, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Jeff Tamelier, Composer - Larry Braggs, Composer - Roger Ray Smith, Composer - Mositta Music admin by Lew-Bob Songs (BMI), MusicPublisher - Occor Music admin by Bob-A-Lew Songs (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Sweet Samantha Songs admin by Bob-A-Lew Songs (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - David Garibaldi Music admin by Bob-A-Lew Songs (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Roger Ray Smith Music admin by A-Train Management (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2008 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2008 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

5
Soul Vaccination
Tower Of Power Tower Of Power 00:05:15

Stephen Kupka, Composer, Lyricist, Saxophone, Writer - 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, Composer, Lyricist, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Arranger

© 1973 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1973 Warner Records Inc.

6
You're Still a Young Man
Tower Of Power The East Bay Archive, Vol. I 00:05:49

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

7
Can't Stop Thinking About You
Tower Of Power Soul Side of Town 00:04:54

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

8
Oakland Stroke
Tower Of Power Back To Oakland 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.

9
Let It Go
Tower Of Power Soul Side of Town 00:04:21

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

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10
Only so Much Oil in the Ground (Remastered)
Tower Of Power The Very Best Of Tower Of Power: The Warner Years 00:03:50

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

© 2005 Warner Records Inc. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketi ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc.

11
Loveland
Tower Of Power Great American Soulbook 00:03:25

C. Wright, Composer - B. Williams, Composer - L. James, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Warner-tamerlane Publishing, MusicPublisher - Skidmore Music Company Inc., MusicPublisher - Wright Gerstl Productions, MusicPublisher - D. Trotter, Composer

(C) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

12
Step Up
Tower Of Power Step Up 00:05:09

Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer, Producer - Joe Vannelli, Producer - Roger Smith, Composer - Arikat Music/Ascap, MusicPublisher - Roger Ray Smith Music/BMI, MusicPublisher

(C) 2020 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2020 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

13
Squib Cakes
Tower Of Power Back To Oakland 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.

14
On the Soul Side of Town
Tower Of Power Soul Side of Town 00:06:40

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

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15
Clean Slate
Tower Of Power The East Bay Archive, Vol. I 00:06:13

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

16
Ebony Jam (LP Version)
Tower Of Power In The Slot 00:06:45

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

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

17
Flash in the Pan (LP Version)
Tower Of Power Bump City 00:03:36

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone, Writer - Greg Adams, Trumpet - David Garibaldi, Drums - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Mic Gillette, Trombone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - RON CAPONE, Producer - Rick Stevens, Vocals - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Mark Sanders, Drums

© 1972 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1972 Warner Records Inc.

18
Down to the Nightclub (Live Version)
Tower Of Power Live And In Living Color 00:02:30

Stephen Kupka, Composer, Saxophone, Writer - John David Garibaldi, Composer, Writer - Greg Adams, Trumpet - David Garibaldi, Drums - Tower Of Power, Producer, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer - Mic Gillette, Trombone - STEVE GROVE, Saxophone - MARC RUSSO, Saxophone - Brebt Byars, Drums - Emilio Castilo, Saxophone, Writer - RON CAPONE, Producer - Rick Stevens, Vocals - Skip Mesquite, Flute - Victor Conte, Bass Guitar - Vito San Flippio, Bass Guitar - Willie Fulton, Guitar - Mark Sanders, Drums

© 1976 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1972 Warner Records Inc.

19
Any Excuse Will Do
Tower Of Power Step Up 00:04:40

Stephen Kupka, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer, Producer - Lenny Pickett, Composer - Joe Vannelli, Producer - Arikat Music/Ascap, MusicPublisher - Stephen Kupka Songs/ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Lenny Pickett Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

(C) 2020 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2020 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

20
When Love Takes Control
Tower Of Power Soul Side of Town 00:04:11

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

21
This Time It's Real (Remastered)
Tower Of Power The Very Best Of Tower Of Power: The Warner Years 00:02:53

Stephen Kupka, Composer, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Williams, Vocals - Chester Thompson, Organ - D. Bartlett, Composer, 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, Composer, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

© 2005 Warner Records Inc. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketi ℗ 1973 Warner Records Inc.

22
You Met Your Match
Tower Of Power Great American Soulbook 00:04:38

Lula Mae Hardaway, Composer - Stevie Wonder, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - D. Hunter, Composer - Jobete Music Co. Inc., MusicPublisher - Black Bull Music, Inc., MusicPublisher

(C) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

23
Check It Out (Instrumental)
Tower Of Power The East Bay Archive, Vol. I 00:07:34

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

24
Pocketful of Soul
Tower Of Power Oakland Zone 00:03:29

Stephen Kupka, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer - Herman Matthews, Composer - Arikat Music admin by Bob-A-Lew Songs (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Stephen Kupka Songs admin by Bob-A-Lew Songs (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Doc Huck-A-Buck Music admin by Bob-A-Lew Songs (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2008 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2008 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

25
Look in My Eyes
Tower Of Power Step Up 00:03:44

Francis Rocco Prestia, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Producer - Joe Vannelli, Producer - Thomas William Schuman, Composer - Occor Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kevin Henry Whalum, Composer - JazzBridge Music/BMI, MusicPublisher - Dobizness1st Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

(C) 2020 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2020 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

26
Stop
Tower Of Power Soul Side of Town 00:04:24

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

27
Main Nerve
Tower Of Power The East Bay Archive, Vol. I 00:03:04

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

28
Page One
Tower Of Power Oakland Zone 00:05:42

Stephen Kupka, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer - Jeff Tamelier, Composer - Sweet Samantha Songs admin by Bob-A-Lew Songs (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Arikat Music admin by Bob-A-Lew Songs (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Stephen Kupka Songs admin by Bob-A-Lew Songs (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2008 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2008 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

29
So Very Hard to Go
Tower Of Power Tower Of Power 00:03:37

S. Kupka, Composer, Lyricist - E. Castillo, Composer, Lyricist - Stephen Kupka, Composer, Saxophone, Writer - 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, Composer, Saxophone, Writer - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Greg Adams, Arranger

© 1973 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1973 Warner Records Inc.

30
Vuela Por Noche (LP Version)
Tower Of Power In The Slot 00:01:33

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

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

31
Knock Yourself Out
Tower Of Power The East Bay Archive, Vol. I 00:06:20

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

32
Me & Mrs. Jones
Tower Of Power Great American Soulbook 00:05:36

C. Gilbert, Composer - Kenny Gamble, Composer - LEON HUFF, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., MusicPublisher

(C) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2009 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

33
As Surely as I Stand Here (LP Version)
Tower Of Power In The Slot 00:05:17

Stephen Kupka, Saxophone, Writer - 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, Writer - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Mic Gillette, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

34
Can't Stand to See the Slaughter
Tower Of Power 40th Anniversary 00:04:20

Stephen Kupka, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer

(C) 2011 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 Tower of Power under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

35
Hangin' with My Baby
Tower Of Power Soul Side of Town 00:05:28

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

36
Love Must Be Patient and Kind
Tower Of Power Soul Side of Town 00:04:40

Tower Of Power, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2018 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

37
If It's Tea Give Me Coffee
Tower Of Power Step Up 00:03:15

Stephen Kupka, Composer - William Ross, Composer - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Producer - Joe Vannelli, Producer - Stephen Kupka Songs/ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Bill Man Music/BMI, MusicPublisher

(C) 2020 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music. (P) 2020 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. Marketed and distributed worldwide by Artistry Music.

38
Sparkling in the Sand (LP Version)
Tower Of Power East Grease Bay (US Release) 00:09:02

Stephen Kupka, Composer - Greg Adams, Trumpet - Tower Of Power, MainArtist - Emilio Castillo, Composer - Mic Gillette, Trombone, Trumpet - Rick Stevens, Vocals - Skip Mesquite, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Willie Fulton, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Dave Garibaldi, Drums - David Padron, Trumpet - David Rubenstein, Producer - Emilio (Mimi) Castillo, Alto Saxophone - Steve Kupka, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ken Balzell, Trumpet

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

39
Below Us, All the City Lights
Tower Of Power Back To Oakland 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.

About Playlist

Since 1968, Tower of Power has been performing a high-energy blend of soul, funk and R&B that firmly pushed the sound of horns into the rock era. Founded by saxophonists Emilio Castillo and Stephen "Doc" Kupka in Oakland, CA, the the ensemble found chart success with originals like "So Very Hard to Go" and "What is Hip?" and as a featured horn section for Elton John, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, P. Diddy, Little Feat, and Heart.

Though the line-up has gone through many changes over their 50 plus years, with Castillo and Kupka still at its heart, the group’s infectious live shows remain at the top their game. Explore essential releases and their deepest cuts—hand-picked by the Castillo, Kupka and fellow band members David Garibaldi and Jerry Cortez—on our Tower of Power Essentials Playlist!

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