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Founded in 1980 as an independent music store, the Princeton Record Exchange continues to promote and support some of the best musicians and their recordings, including Tower of Power CDs, DVDs and more. Read about us in Published Articles and read our Customer Reviews on We appreciate your support for our indie music store!

Our in-store music selection of over 100,000 CDs and LPs includes: Rock, Alternative, Punk, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, other genres, and often Tower of Power albums. Our in-store DVD selection of over 10,000 titles includes: Action, Comedy, Criterion, Disney, TV DVDs and more. We hope you can visit our unique record store to see our Tower of Power record collection, Tower of Power CD collection and much more. We are located in historic downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, which is easily accessible by car, train and bus.

Sell us your unwanted CDs DVDs and Vinyl, and they will be recycled into the hands of music and movie lovers who can appreciate them again. From personal collections to estate collections, from reviewer/radio station surplus to entire store inventories- no collection is too large! Contact us in order to determine how much we can pay you for your collection.

We appreciate your support for Tower of Power and our indie music store!

They Might Be Giants played free show this past Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012!

You may not know this, but independent record stores have a holiday all their own. The third Saturday of April every year is National Record Store Day! We've participated in every one since it began five years ago, and every year we've had a fantastic turnout. This past April, we were thrilled to have the Grammy-award winning band They Might Be Giants help us celebrate by performing a free concert in the nearby Princeton Public Library courtyard. 

At this point, a very small percentage of you may be wondering, "wait, who are these guys?" I'm glad you asked - but the truth of the matter is you've probably heard them and just don't know it. Have you ever seen the intro to the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle"? That's them. Have you ever gotten "The Daily Show's" opening song stuck in your head? That's them, and we were honored that they chose our store as the place where they wanted to play.

We'd like to mention a special thanks to our friends at Princeton Public Library who graciously agreed to host the concert. (With all the merchandise we carry, we didn’t have the space!). The staff really went out of their way to pull this off.

The weather was great, the band was in fine form and the turnout was fantastic!  Over 1,000 folks showed up, and the band spent hours at the store after at a meet-and-greet posing for photos and signing autographs.  It was truly a memorable day.

In addition to TMBG, Record Store Day featured hundreds of limited edition vinyl records from the most talented musicians of our time. If you're interested in one of the limited edition releases at the next Record Store Day, we highly recommend you arrive early to maximize your chances of buying a copy. It's first come, first serve, so we look forward to seeing you bright and early!


Tower of Power Biography

Tower of Power is a horn-based soul band from Oakland, California. In the mid-1960s, 17-year-old tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo moved from Detroit, Michigan, to Fremont, California. He started a band called The Gotham City Crime Fighters which evolved into the Motowns, specializing in soul music. In 1968, Castillo teamed up with baritone saxophonist Stephen "Doc" Kupka (aka "The Funky Doctor") and trumpet/trombone player Mic Gillette, moved to Oakland, and began writing original material. They changed the band's name to Tower of Power and began playing frequently in the Bay Area.

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Tower of Power Bio Continued

In 1970, Tower of Power (by then including trumpeter Greg Adams) signed a recording contract with Bill Graham's San Francisco Records and quickly released its first album, East Bay Grease. They moved to Warner Bros. Records and 1972's Bump City and 1973's self-titled release were breakout albums for the band; the latter included possibly their most enduring song, What is Hip?. On some of their releases in mid-1970s, such as Urban Renewal (1974), the band moved towards funk, but always continued recording ballads as well. These ballads allowed Tower of Power concert tickets to remain in fairly high demand. However, after vocalist Lenny Williams left the band their best days, commercially speaking, were behind. In late 1970s they moved towards disco sounds to the great disappointment of many fans. Often the albums Bump City, Tower of Power, Back to Oakland and Urban Renewal are seen as being the band's greatest achievements. These albums are also among the most classic R&B recordings of the 1970s, although the group's live album recorded in 1976, Live and in Living Colour, is also well respected.

Tower of Power Discography Updated January 2007
Tower of Power Albums

Tower of Power Vinyl and Tower of Power CDs: Studio

1970 - East Bay Grease - Rhino
1972 - Bump City - Warner Bros.
1973 - Tower of Power - Warner Bros.
1974 - Back to Oakland - Warner Bros.
1974 - Funkland - Warner Bros.
1975 - In the Slot - Warner Bros.
1975 - Urban Renewal - Warner Bros.
1976 - Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now - Columbia
1976 - Live and in Living Color - Warner Bros.
1978 - We Came to Play - Columbia
1979 - Back on the Streets - Columbia
1988 - Power - Cypress
1988 - Direct - Sheffield Lab
1991 - Monster on a Leash - Epic
1993 - T.O.P. - Epic
1995 - Souled Out - Sony
1997 - Rhythm & Business - Epic
1997 - Direct Plus - Sheffield Lab
1999 - Live - Sony
1999 - Soul Vaccination: Live - Sony
2003 - Oakland Zone - O.R. Music
2003 - Havin' Fun - Sony Special Products

Tower of Power Records and Tower of Power CD Releases: Compilations

1986 - What Is Hip? - Edsel
1998 - Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now/Back on... - Sony Jazz
1999 - What Is Hip?: The Tower of Power Anthology - Rhino
2000 - Dinosaur Tracks - Rhino Handmade
2001 - The Very Best of Tower of Power: The Warner Years - Rhino
2002 - Soul With a Capital "S": The Best of Tower of Power - Epic/Legacy
2002 - Soul with a Capital S: The Best of [Bonus Tracks] - Sony
2003 - T.O.P./Monster on a Leash/Souled Out - Sony Jazz
2003 - What Is Hip and Other Hits - Rhino Flashback
2006 - What Is Hip? [Collectables] - Collectables

Tower of Power CD's and Tower of Power Vinyl: Singles

2005 - Rhino Hi-Five: Tower of Power - Warner Bros.

Tower of Power DVDs & Tower of Power Music Videos

2005 - Rhino Hi-Five: Tower of Power - Warner Bros.

Tower of Power CD and Tower of Power Records Releases: Appearances 1960 - 1994

1960 - Art Laboe's Memories of El Monte Various Artists - Performer
1969 - Santana Santana - Horn
1970 - Be a Brother Big Brother & the Holding Company - Horn
1972 - Bump City Tower of Power - Producer
1972 - Fillmore: The Last Days Various Artists - Performer
1972 - Last Days of the Fillmore Various Artists -
1972 - Rolling Thunder Mickey Hart - Horn, Horn Section
1973 - Tower of Power Tower of Power - Producer
1974 - Back to Oakland Tower of Power - Producer
1974 - Caribou Elton John - Horn, Brass
1974 - Insane Asylum Kathi McDonald - Horn
1975 - Change Spanky & Our Gang - Horn
1975 - In the Slot Tower of Power - Arranger, Producer
1975 - Not a Little Girl Anymore Linda Lewis - Horn
1975 - Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan Rufus & Chaka Khan - Horn
1976 - Act Like Nothing's Wrong Al Kooper - Horn
1976 - Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now Tower of Power - Producer, Horn Arrangements
1976 - Billy Preston [1976] Billy Preston - Horn
1976 - Hard Candy Ned Doheny - Horn
1976 - Hometown Boy Makes Good! Elvin Bishop - Horn
1976 - Live and in Living Color Tower of Power - Producer
1976 - Night on the Town Rod Stewart - Horn
1977 - Big City Lenny White - Horn
1977 - Funk in a Mason Jar Harvey Mason - Horn
1977 - Good News Attitudes - Horn
1977 - Raisin' Hell Elvin Bishop - Horn
1977 - Sierra Sierra - Horn
1977 - Tim Weisberg Band Tim Weisberg - Horn
1978 - Jesse Barish Jesse Barish - Horn
1978 - Jet Lag Chinga Chavin - Horn
1978 - Marin County Line The New Riders of the Purple Sage - Horn
1978 - Never Even Thought Colin Blunstone - Horn
1978 - Randy Meisner [1978] Randy Meisner - Horn
1979 - Back on the Streets Tower of Power - Producer
1979 - Dreams of Tomorrow Marilyn Scott - Engineer
1979 - Everything You've Heard Is True Tom Johnston - Horn
1979 - Freedom at Point Zero Jefferson Starship - Horn
1979 - Live & Learn Elkie Brooks - Horn
1979 - Where I Should Be Peter Frampton - Horn
1980 - Bebe le Strange Heart - Horn
1980 - But What Will the Neighbors Think Rodney Crowell - Horn
1980 - Eight for the Eighties Webster Lewis - Horn
1981 - Hoy-Hoy! Little Feat - Horn
1981 - Something About You Angela Bofill - Horn
1981 - Take No Prisoners Molly Hatchet - Horn
1982 - Championship Wrestling Al Kooper - Horn
1982 - Picture This Huey Lewis and the News - Horn
1983 - Arcade Patrick Simmons - Horn
1986 - Nine Lives Bonnie Raitt - Horn
1987 - Exiles Dan Fogelberg - Horn Arrangements
1988 - Arthur2: On the Rocks Original Soundtrack - Performer
1990 - Critics Choice Various Artists - Performer
1990 - Endless Beach Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1990 - Past to Present1977-1990 Toto - Horn
1990 - Prime Cuts: Gourmet Selections Various Artists - Performer
1991 - Art Laboe's Memories of El Monte Art Laboe - Performer
1991 - Luck of the Draw Bonnie Raitt - Horn
1991 - Shadow of Urbano Michael Colina - Horn
1991 - Sounds of the Seventies: Rock 'n' Soul Seventies Various Artists - Performer
1991 - Super Bad Is Back Various Artists - Performer
1992 - Don't Tread Damn Yankees
1992 - Fire Up Plus Merl Saunders and Friends
1992 - Mad Hatter Bonham - Horn
1992 - Sure Feels Good: The Best of Elvin Bishop Elvin Bishop - Horn
1992 - That What Is Not PiL - Horn
1992 - Timeless: The Classics Michael Bolton
1992 - World Rock Gregg Wright
1993 - Art Laboe's 60 Killer Oldies Various Artists - Performer
1993 - In Yo' Face!: The History of Funk, Vol.2 Various Artists - Performer
1993 - Native Tongue Poison
1993 - Terence Trent d'Arby's Symphony or Damn Terence Trent d'Arby - Ensemble
1994 - JLW Joe Louis Walker - Horn
1994 - Loose Victoria Williams - Horn
1994 - Slow Jams: The 70's, Vol. 3 Various Artists - Performer

Tower of Power Music CDs and other Tower of Power CD's: 1995 - Present

1995 - Caribou [Bonus Tracks] Elton John - Horn, Brass
1995 - Dance of the Rainbow Serpent Carlos Santana - Horn, Horn Section
1995 - Funky Sounds of the Soul 70's Various Artists - Performer
1995 - Old School Love Songs Various Artists - Performer
1995 - Smooth Grooves: A Sensual Collection, Vol. 3 Various Artists - Performer
1995 - Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. Various Artists - Performer
1995 - Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Deep Soul, Vol.2 Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Horn Rock Bands Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Movin' to the Grooves Various Artists - Performer
1996 - MVP Classic Mellow, Vol.2 Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Old School Love Songs, Vol.1 Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Rock On1973: Diamond Girl Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Sheffield Pop Experience Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Smooth Grooves, Vols.1-4 Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Smooth Grooves: A Sensual Collection, Vol. 9 Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Soul Motion Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Still in Trouble Danny Brown - Horn
1996 - Summer Jam, Vol.2: Sinbad's 70's Soul Music Festival Sinbad - Performer
1997 - 70's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol.2 Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Best of Summer Jam: Sinbad's Soul Music Festival Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Funk Ballads Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Funky Milestones Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Little Head John Hiatt - Horn
1997 - Lost Heritage Tapes John Kay & Company - Horn Section
1997 - Seventies Soul Revue Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Ay Califas: Raza Rock of the 70's & 80's Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1998 - Cleveland Rocks!: Music from the Drew Carey Show Television Soundtrack - Performer
1998 - Funk Jam! Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Millennium Party: Funk Various Artists - Performer
1998 - O.G. Funk: Locking, Vol.1 Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Old School Jams Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Santana [Japan Bonus Tracks] Santana - Horn
1999 - Free Soul Voice Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Millennium Party [Rhino Box] Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Nouvelles Aventures d' Eddy Mitchell [#1] Eddy Mitchell - Cuivres
1999 - Rock On,1973: Diamond Girl Various Artists - Performer
1999 - That '70s Show Presents That '70s Album: Jammin' Various Artists - Performer
1999 - What Is Hip?: The Tower of Power Anthology Tower of Power - Producer, Horn Arrangements
2000 - Ed Montgomery Presents ALC: I Still Believe Ed Montgomery & ALC - Horn Section
2000 - Essential Mix Fran├žois K - Performer
2000 - Funk Box Various Artists - Producer
2000 - New Millennium Party Various Artists - Performer
2000 - Same World Henry Kapono - Performer
2001 - 70's Soul Experience Various Artists - Producer
2001 - Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Just Push Play Aerosmith - Horn
2001 - Live Concert Rock Classics Various Artists - Performer
2001 - New Millennium Funk Party Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Old School Love Songs [Box Set] Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Pure Soul Power Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Sketches of James Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Timeless: The Classics/Timeless: The Classics, Vol.2 Michael Bolton
2001 - Ultimate Collection Lenny Williams - Producer
2001 - Very Best of Tower of Power: The Warner Years Tower of Power - Producer
2002 - Get Down Tonight: The Best of Disco Various Artists - Performer
2002 - Just Push Play [Japan Bonus Disc] Aerosmith - Horn
2002 - Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash - Performer
2002 - Something About You [Expanded] Angela Bofill - Horn
2002 - Soul With a Capital "S": The Best of Tower of Power Tower of Power - Producer
2003 - 10 Centimetros UFF - Brass Arrangement
2003 - Universo Fortis Alberto Fortis - Musician
2004 - Captain Swing [Expanded] Michelle Shocked - Guest Appearance
2004 - Under the Influence Paul Heaton - Producer
2004 - What Is Hip?: Remix Project, Vol.1 Various Artists - Producer
2005 - Do It! Poncho Sanchez - Handclapping
2006 - Awake Josh Groban - Brass
2007 - Desire Pharoahe Monch - Horn

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