Back to Oakland

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Back to Oakland
Back to Oakland.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1974
Recorded1974 at Record Plant, Sausalito, California
Kaye/Smith Studios, Seattle, Washington
GenreSoul, funk
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTower of Power
Tower of Power chronology
Tower of Power
Back to Oakland
Urban Renewal
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

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


  • Lenny Pickett - 1st tenor sax, alto sax, bass sax, soprano sax, flute, alto flute, piccolo
  • Stephen "Doc" Kupka (The Doctor) - baritone sax, English horn, background vocals
  • Greg Adams - trumpet, fluegelhorn, orchestra bells, background vocals
  • Mic Gillette - trumpet, fluegelhorn, trombone, bass trombone, background vocals
  • Bruce Conte - guitar, background vocals
  • Chester Thompson - organ, bass pedals, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, background vocals
  • Emilio Castillo - 2nd tenor sax, background vocals
  • Brent Byars - conga drums
  • David Garibaldi - drums
  • Francis Rocco Prestia - bass guitar
  • Lenny Williams - lead vocals


Chart (1974) Peak
Billboard Top LPs[3] 26
Billboard Top Soul LPs[3] 13


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1974 "Don't Change Horses (In The Middle of a Stream)" 26 22
"Time Will Tell" 69 27


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 16, 2019 – via
  3. ^ a b "Tower Of Power US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  4. ^ "Tower Of Power US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-06-23.

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