1972 Case File #2.

Tower Of Power
Tower Of Power, Bump City

File Between: The Meters and Chicago

Comments: If there was ever such a thing as workmanlike funk, Tower of Power made it. An interracial big band following in the footsteps of the Meters, the Bar-Kays, and the MG’s, they were less innovative than their Latin contemporaries in War, but at least had a good guitarist in Willie James Fulton, who follows the Steve Cropper model, at least on the upbeat songs. There are a few too many sub-Philly soul ballads with hippyish sentiments like “You’re Still A Young Man” and “(We Are Children) Of The Earth” on the second side, but this is still a worthwhile record.

A Keeper? A handful of the songs deserve to be better known.

Vinyl Rip: Gone (In Memory Of Jacqueline Mesquite)

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