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Tower of Power: Bump City [Warner Bros., 1972]
San Fran white boys replicate black style, with black singer to assure authentication? Where have we heard this before? I grant that they're really from Oakland, and that the style is a modern if dubious one--brassy Dave Crawford funk. But that doesn't help the songs, or the charts. And it doesn't turn Rick Stevens into Charlie Allen. Or Linda Tillery. Or Sly Stone. Or Freddie Stone. C