East Bay Grease

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East Bay Grease
East Bay Grease.jpg
Studio album by Tower of Power
Released 1970
Genre Soul, funk, East Bay Grease
Length 41:35
Label San Francisco/Atlantic
Producer David Rubinson
Tower of Power chronology
East Bay Grease
Bump City
(1972)Bump City1972
Singles from East Bay Grease
  1. "Back on the Streets Again/Sparkling in the Sand"
    Released: 1970

East Bay Grease is the debut album by the soul and funk group Tower of Power, released in 1970.[1] The band was one of the early music groups to be signed by Bill Graham's Fillmore Records which released the LP.[2][3] The album was released on CD in 1992 by Rhino Records.

The term "East Bay Grease" is a genre of music featuring a "brass heavy funk-rock sound" and it was characteristic of the Oakland-style funk which Tower of Power helped to establish and further built upon throughout their career.[4] Other East Bay Grease style bands include Cold Blood, Chicago, and Blood Sweat And Tears.[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [5]

Track listing[edit]

All selections written by Emilio Castillo & Stephen Kupka, except "Sparkling in the Sand" by Emilio Castillo, Stephen Kupka, and Lawrence Lopez.[6]

  1. "Knock Yourself Out" - 7:08
  2. "Social Lubrication" - 7:28
  3. "The Price" - 6:09
  4. "Back on the Streets Again" - 5:50
  5. "The Skunk, the Goose, and the Fly" - 5:55
  6. "Sparkling in the Sand" - 9:06


Production credit [7]

  • Rufus Miller - lead vocals (except "Sparkling in the Sand")
  • Emilio "Mimi" Castillo - alto saxophone, vocals, extra greasy vocal on "The Skunk, the Goose, and the Fly"
  • David Garibaldi - drums, vibes, background vocals
  • Greg Adams - first trumpet
  • Steve Kupka - baritone saxophone, background vocals
  • Skip Mesquite - tenor saxophone, flute, vocals
  • David Padron - second trumpet
  • Frank Prestia - bass
  • Rick Stevens - lead vocal on "Sparkling in the Sand", background vocals
  • Willy Fulton - guitar, background vocals
  • Mic Gillette - trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn with solo on "Sparkling in the Sand"[3]
  • Ken Balzell - trumpet


  1. ^ Godbey, Matthew (2016-10-26). "Stage & Screen: "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" a not-so-lovely plot". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  2. ^ Hall, J.T. (2016-11-16). "Tower of Power Gets Funky In Verona". Syracuse New Times. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  3. ^ a b "Tower of Power Founder and Trumpeter Mic Gillette Dead at 64". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Lydia Pense & Cold Blood - Back Here Again". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  5. ^ Wynn, Ron. East Bay Grease at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 June 2007.
  6. ^ Wynn, Ron. "East Bay Grease - Tower of Power - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  7. ^ "East Bay Grease - Tower of Power - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 

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