In the Slot

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In the Slot
Studio album by Tower of Power
Released September 1975
Genre Funk, soul, R&B
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Emilio Castillo and Tower of Power
Tower of Power chronology
Urban Renewal
In the Slot
Live And In Living Color

In the Slot is a Tower of Power album released in 1975. It was their last studio album for Warner Bros. Records. It also marked the debut of new vocalist Hubert Tubbs. David Garibaldi returns to the drummer's throne after being absent from the previous album Urban Renewal (save for one track), although the drummer from that album, David Bartlett, does appear as a background vocalist on this album, as does Garibaldi's next successor, Ron Beck.

Track listing[edit]

LP side one

  1. "Just Enough and Too Much" - 3:25 - (Emilio Castillo, Stephen Kupka, Frank Biner)
  2. "Treat Me Like Your Man" - 3:08 - (Lenny Williams, Emilio Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka)
  3. "If I Play My Cards Right" - 3:12 - (Frank Biner, Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Emilio Castillo)
  4. "As Surely as I Stand Here" - 5:15 - (Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Chester Thompson, Emilio Castillo)
  5. "Fanfare-Matanuska" - 0:16 - (Greg Adams)
  6. "On the Serious Side" - 2:51 - (Emilio Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka)

LP side two

  1. "Ebony Jam" - 6:44 - (Chester Thompson)
  2. "You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous" - 3:51 - (Frank Biner, Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Emilio Castillo)
  3. "Vuela Por Noche" - 1:34 - (David Garibaldi, Bruce Conte, Greg Adams, Francis Rocco Prestia)
  4. "Essence of Innocence" - 0:36 - (Chester Thompson)
  5. "The Soul of a Child" - 4:58 - (Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Bruce Conte, Emilio Castillo)
  6. "Drop It in the Slot" - 3:13 - (Emilio Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka)


  • Hubert Tubbs - Lead Vocals
  • Bruce Conte - Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Chester Thompson - Organ, Bass Pedals, Piano, Clavinet, ARP Ensemble, Background Vocals
  • Francis Rocco Prestia - Bass
  • David Garibaldi - Drums
  • Lenny Pickett - 1st Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Soprano Sax (All Sax Solos), Piccolo, Clarinet, Contra-bass Clarinet, Lyricon
  • Emilio Castillo - 2nd Tenor Sax, Background Vocals, (co-lead on "You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous")
  • Steve Kupka - Baritone Sax
  • Mic Gillette - Trumpet, Trombone, Fluegelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Bass Trombone, Background Vocals
  • Greg Adams - Trumpet (solo in "Vuela Por Noche"), Fluegelhorn (solo in "Ebony Jam")

Strings arranged and conducted by Greg Adams

Additional Background Vocals:

  • Bootche Anderson
  • Marilyn Scott
  • Pepper Watkins
  • David Bartlett
  • Ron Beck
  • Frank Biner
  • Roger Rifkind

Recorded and mixed at Record Plant, Sausalito, CA, USA Engineers:

  • Tom Flye
  • Alan Chinowsky
  • Cris Morris, Assistant Engineer

Album Design and Photography

  • Bruce Steinberg
  • Ellie Oberzil, Design Assistant

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