ToP were a part of the West Coast Funk scene, which also produced the likes of Sly & the Family Stone and War. This, their 3rd album, was the one which broke them to a wider audience and the acclaim they deserved. Featuring a power horn section and Lenny Williams vocals, this set had quality and variety and showed just how good were Tower of Power (well named, by the way).
From the Funk cuts of "Soul Vaccination" and "Get Your Feet Back On The Ground" to the slower "Both Sorry Over Nothing" and the wistful, "Just Another Day", the band are in fine form, proving they could handle anything with style, edge and energy. There's even a track which could be Northern Soul, the jaunty "This Time It's Real"
Time would prove this to be the best album they made, and if you had to pick 2 tracks to illustrate the best of Tower of Power, then surely you would pick "What Is Hip", combining some superb Funk drumming, punctuating horns, and a burbling bassline, and the sublime "So Very Hard To Go", with Lennie Williams haunting vocal and horns, piano et al contributing to one of my favourite songs of all time.
Essential for all Funk Soul brothers and sisters