Back to Oakland

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Back to Oakland
Back to Oakland.jpg
Studio album by Tower of Power
Released May 1974
Recorded 1974 at Record Plant, Sausalito, California
Kaye/Smith Studios, Seattle, Washington
Genre Soul, funk
Length 43:05
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Tower of Power
Tower of Power chronology
Tower of Power
Back to Oakland
Urban Renewal
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Back to Oakland is the fourth album by Bay Area based band Tower of Power, Released in Spring 1974 on Warner Bros. Records. It was voted by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the most important recordings for drummers to listen to.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Oakland Stroke..." (Emilio Castillo, David Garibaldi, Stephen Kupka) - 0:53
  2. "Don't Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream)" (Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Lenny Williams) - 4:28
  3. "Just When We Start Makin' It" (Castillo, Kupka, Lenny Williams) - 6:30
  4. "Can't You See (You Doin' Me Wrong)" (Castillo, Kupka, Williams) - 3:00
  5. "Squib Cakes" (Chester Thompson) - 7:49
  6. "Time Will Tell" (Castillo, Kupka) - 3:11
  7. "Man from the Past" (Castillo, Kupka, Williams) - 4:00
  8. "Love's Been Gone So Long" (Bruce Conte) - 4:47
  9. "I Got the Chop" (Castillo, Kupka) - 2:59
  10. "Below Us, All the City Lights" (Castillo, Kupka) - 4:20
  11. "...Oakland Stroke" (Castillo, Garibaldi, Kupka) - 1:08



Chart (1974) Peak
Billboard Top LPs[2] 26
Billboard Top Soul LPs[2] 13


Year Single Chart positions[3]
1974 "Don't Change Horses (In The Middle of a Stream)" 26 22
"Time Will Tell" 69 27


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  2. ^ a b "Tower Of Power US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Tower Of Power US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-06-23. 

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