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In the Slot is a Tower of Power album released in 1975. It was their last studio album for Warner Bros. Records. It also marked the debut of new vocalist Hubert Tubbs. David Garibaldi returns to the drummer's throne after being absent from the previous album Urban Renewal (save for one track), although the drummer from that album, David Bartlett, does appear as a background vocalist on this album, as does Garibaldi's next successor, Ron Beck. "Ebony Jam" and "Drop It in the Slot" were sampled on the Beastie Boys' 1989 album Paul's Boutique.

In the Slot
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1975
GenreFunk, soul, R&B
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerEmilio Castillo and Tower of Power
Tower of Power chronology
Urban Renewal
In the Slot
Live and in Living Color

Track listingEdit

LP side one

  1. "Just Enough and Too Much" (Emilio Castillo, Stephen Kupka, Frank Biner) - 3:25
  2. "Treat Me Like Your Man" (Lenny Williams, Emilio Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka) - 3:08
  3. "If I Play My Cards Right" (Frank Biner, Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Emilio Castillo) - 3:14
  4. "As Surely as I Stand Here" (Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Chester Thompson, Emilio Castillo) - 5:17
  5. "Fanfare: Matanuska" (Greg Adams) - 0:16
  6. "On the Serious Side" (Emilio Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka) - 2:54

LP side two

  1. "Ebony Jam" (Chester Thompson) - 6:45
  2. "You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous" (Frank Biner, Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Emilio Castillo) - 3:13
  3. "Vuela Por Noche" (David Garibaldi, Bruce Conte, Greg Adams, Francis Rocco Prestia) - 1:34
  4. "Essence of Innocence" (Chester Thompson) - 0:35
  5. "The Soul of a Child" (Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Bruce Conte, Emilio Castillo) - 4:56
  6. "Drop It in the Slot" (Emilio Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka) - 3:12


  • Hubert Tubbs - lead vocals
  • Bruce Conte - guitar, background vocals
  • Chester Thompson - organ, bass pedals, acoustic piano, clavinet, ARP String Ensemble, background vocals
  • Francis Rocco Prestia - bass guitar
  • David Garibaldi - drums
  • Lenny Pickett - 1st tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax, all sax solos, piccolo, clarinet, contrabass clarinet, lyricon
  • Emilio Castillo - 2nd tenor sax, background vocals, (co-lead on "You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous")
  • Steve Kupka - baritone sax
  • Mic Gillette - trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, bass trombone, background vocals
  • Greg Adams - trumpet (solo on "Vuela Por Noche"), flugelhorn (solo on "Ebony Jam"), string arrangements and conductor
  • Additional background vocals: Bootche Anderson, Marilyn Scott, Pepper Watkins, David Bartlett, Ron Beck, Frank Biner and Roger Rifkind


  • Recorded and Mixed at Record Plant, Sausalito, CA, USA
  • Engineers: Tom Flye and Alan Chinowsky
  • Assistant Engineer: Cris Morris
  • Album Design and Photography: Bruce Steinberg
  • Design Assistant: Ellie Oberzil
  • Pinball Consultants: B&B Novelty Corp., San Francisco, CA, USA