Tower Of Power ‎– T.O.P.

Genlyd ‎– GENLP 158
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Baby's Got The Power
Lyrics By – Billy Kent (3), Ellis Hall, Jr.*Music By – Billy Kent (3), Greg Adams
A2 Ball And Chain
Music By, Lyrics By – Max Carl Gronenthal*
A3 Heartbreak In The Makin'
Lyrics By – Ned Dohenny*Music By – Robben Ford
A4 You Ought To Be Havin' Fun
Music By, Lyrics By – Emilio Castillo, Hubert Tubbs, Stephen (Doc) Kupka*
A5 Boys Night Out
Music By – Ellis Hall, Jr.*
B1 Credit
Lyrics By, Music By – Stephen (Doc) Kupka*
B2 Through Lovers' Eyes
Lyrics By – Pamela Phillips OlandLyrics By, Music By – Ellis Hall, Jr.*Music By – Joe Curiale
B3 Some Days Were Meant For Rain
Backing Vocals – Marilyn Scott, Maxayn Lewis, Patty UnatisLyrics By, Music By – Ellis Hall, Jr.*Percussion – Stan Benders*
B4 Doggin' At The Cathouse
Backing Vocals – Marilyn Scott, Maxayn Lewis, Patty UnatisLyrics By, Music By – Emilio Castillo, Stephen (Doc) Kupka*
B5 Count On Me
Lyrics By, Music By – Andre Pessis*, Kevin Wells (3)

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Licensed for Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland by Genlyd Grammofon, Aps.

Made in E EC.

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  • Rights Society: BIEM/n©b
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout area, etched, Side A): GEN-LP-1587̶-A ⌽ △ 14890 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout area, stamped, Side A): -1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout area, etched, Side B): GEN-LP-1587̶-A ◯ △ 14890-X 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout area, stamped, Side A and B): TML-M

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GENCD 158 Tower Of Power T.O.P.(CD, Album) Genlyd GENCD 158 Germany 1986 Sell This Version


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May 26, 2014
I agree with almost all of the comments of previous poster "gboe". However, I disagree with the idea that the US album Power is identical to this Scandanavian "T.O.P.". Here are the songs that are different:

Scandanavian version has the following not found on Power:
Doggin' at the Cathouse
Heartbreak in the Makin'
You Ought to Be Havin' Fun (1986 version)
[none of these tunes were included on Dinosaur tracks]

Power has the following not found on the Scandanavian version:
On The One
Up Against Yourself


March 27, 2010
edited over 6 years ago
★★★☆☆☆ After releasing 11 studio albums in the 70's, the 80's proved to be a long dry season for Tower of Power. While still a popular live band, after two not successfull Columbia releases, at the end of the 70's the band was relieved from its contract, rejoined Warner Bros. and was promised a Ted Templeman production. This proved impossible and the band at the dawn of the 80's found itself without a record contract. The Tower of Power horn section was still very much in demand in the studios and on the road, and touring with Huey Lewis & The News gave the band a new audience. While touring with Lewis in Europe in 1986, with a newly finished studio album in the trunk and still looking for a major label record deal, Tower of Power signed with a medium large danish label Genlyd for the release in Scandinavia of the album. Genlyd was a very national, almost regional label in Denmark, and signing Tower of Power seemed an odd thing to do for both label and band, and the collaboration was not to be profitable for either part. The european tour to follow the release was eventually cancelled as the band refused to go to Europe after the resent Tjernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Russia and so the release went nowhere. Tower of Power struggled on and did't get another record deal until the beginning of the 90's.
In the following years the band has spoken not that enthustiastic about the T.O.P. album. Touring with Huey Lewis & The News appearently turned the band i a direction towards stadium Rock & Roll, bandleader Emilio Castillo said in interviews. And so it sounds. The opening track "Baby's Got The Power" could easily have been on a 1985 Huey Lewis set list. The album as a whole though is funkier, not in the 1970's James Brown way of the bands early records, but more in the style of Earth, Wind & Fire in the 80's.
Failing to have the album released outside Scandinavia, in 1988 the same material was released by the Cypress label, now titled "Power", which seemed an inapropriate titel, as recycling the materiual caught as little attention as premiering it. The two Lp's - in reality just one and the same - was to be the only new release from Tower of Power in 80's.
So forgotten was the "T.O.P." album, that in 1993, now on the wake of a comeback the band felt free to release a new album with exactly the same titel. That album however is a completely different set of songs.