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The TubesAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M Super Budget
  • ASIN: B000002GAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest, ever. August 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
My first exposure to The Tubes was the video stuff from "Completion Backwards Principle" that was rotated on MTV in the first few weeks of it's existence. Then, a friend turned me onto "What Do You Want From Life," the second track on what was then the second side of this record. (Of course, the art of sides is lost on a CD.) My life was changed forever.
I was blown away at the talent and diversity of this band. Progressive Rock ("Up From the Deep"), San Francisco Swing ("Haloes"), Mariacci ("Maleguena Salerosa"), Las Vegas Show (What Do You Want From Life?"), and then sounds that only The Tubes could make in songs like "Mondo Bondage," and "Boy Crazy."
The writing is complicated, tight, lyrically brilliant... I can't say enough about them, musically. Unfortunately, the bands on-stage antics always got more attention than their music, which is a real tragedy.
Prairie Prince is one of the greatest drummers alive, (Don't miss his playing in "Up From the Deep" and "What Do You Want From Life") and the playing of Roger Steen (lead guitar) and Vince Welnick (piano and keys) is unparalleled in almost any rock act- they are true masters of their instruments. Fee Waybill (lead vocals) and Bill Spooner (guitar, lead vocals) bring a vocal sound to the band that is raw and soulful. The band is rounded out by way-better-than-average bassist Rick Anderson and Synth player, Michael Cotten.
The first two records, this one and "Young and Rich," I think are must-haves in any serious collection.
Great stuff. The Tubes self-titled debut is definitely in my top 10 records, ever.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead Of Their Time! July 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those rare audio gems by a group that was way ahead of their time. First released in the 1975, the songs "What Do You Want From Life?" and "White Punks On Dope" steal the show, and best personify the early Tubes. These funny & sardonic rants against materialism work beautifully. The Tubes consistently nailed these themes in true funky-artsy form. Groups like Talking Heads got lots of nods for their satirical odes in the the 1980s, but The Tubes nailed it earlier, and in my opinion, much better!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEIR FIRST AND STILL THE BEST March 15, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is still their best work, with "The Young And The Rich" following in at a close second. The Tubes have always provided gifted, biting social satire in many of their songs but never as consistently (song-for-song) as they did in their debut album (ugh.... that word gives away my age!). The biggest reason for this I think is that as the years went by, the group was more interested in commercial success (by their own admission). That usually leads to small compromises that, over time, eroded whatever edge they had at the beginning.
"Songs like What Do You Want From Life?" and "White Punks On Dope" just DO NOT get any better. The former attacked in part the shallow, self gratifying attitude of the 70's while White Punks took dead aim at the excessive behavior of the angry young men and women of that decade. In fact, I smiled at the review just prior to mine because the attitude expressed through it was exactly the target at which the band was aiming with White Punks. These songs are still relevant over 20 years later and it's amazing to me that they are not included on some of the compilation "Best Of" cd's of The Tubes.
Plus, these guys knew how to ROCK. They were skilled musicians and they wrote catchy tunes that at the same time poked fun at some of the musical styles of the day. Listen closely to "Up From The Deep" and "Mondo Bondage". You will hear playful jabs at groups like Chicago, ELO, and Led Zepplin.
Terrific fun!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When they were the greatest band in the world. October 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
For one moment, they were it. The greatest. This album represents what they did when they were at their best. If they had MTV in 1977, they might have been unstoppable. The songs are funny, biting, and they rock - and with the stage show they put on... maybe U2's Zoo TV extravaganza could compare, but I wouldn't.
5 stars? Maybe it's because of what the album was to me when it was on vinyl (I wore out 2 copies - esp. side 2).
I still believe that Prarie Prince is the best drummer I ever heard. Buy it just for the drumming! You'll come back for the satire!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY TUBULAR. February 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Back in 1975, The Tubes had the most outrageous stage show this side of Alice Cooper. It was this reputation they'd gained for outrage and shock that made we want to buy this album back in the early seventies. It was worth every penny. I resist the five star rating because, quite frankly, it is the second half of the old LP that I wore out over and over again, and the artsy stuff on side one wore out its welcome quickly. But oh, what decadent glory these Tubes laid into their debut! It was as if Frank Zappa had become a chainsaw wielding dildo flaunting disaster of a rock extravaganza and took that show on the road.
The album's highlights were also the highlights of The Tubes' concerts from then till now, with the kinky sex anthem "Mondo Bondage" leading the way. Powered by a hard rock riff and nose-diving synths, this was what The Tubes were all about. It crashes into "What Do You Want From Life," a scathing rip of middle class Southern California complacency worthy of Zappa and The Mothers, the moralist rant of "Boy Crazy," and finally the anthem that brought them their first real taste of fame, "White Punks On Dope." If their satiric bent wasn't so obvious and their stage show so vaudeville, The Tubes might have been shoved into the oncoming punk movement. But since their music fell somewhere between Steely Dan and the aforementioned Mothers Of Invention, "The Tubes" remains a half an album's worth of music that was far enough ahead of its time to still stand above much of the "shock" genre almost 30 years later.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The arrangements are amazing and the vocals are stellar as always for...
One of my fav's of this band. The arrangements are amazing and the vocals are stellar as always for Fee and the crew.
Published 2 months ago by Sgt. Sphinktor
5.0 out of 5 stars try it, you'll like it
Mid 70's classic. Ahead of its time. Playing and vocals are tight throughout. If you have not yet listened to what preceded "She's a beauty" and some of the other fodder from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom Paschal
3.0 out of 5 stars Hurrah for single song sales!
Just wanted to hear some of these songs again and I forgot there were lame songs on albums years ago that they stuffed on an album along with songs we love. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Gruenhaus
5.0 out of 5 stars White Punks on Dope!
Fabulous album! Had to buy the Mp3 off Amazon since GooglePlay didn't have it, but it's worth it. One of my all time favourites.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed But Still Stunning Debut from San Francisco's Greatest...
For those that are in the know about the Tubes - that they were more than a one-hit-wonder novelty 80's pop band - the first track that most everyone cites other than the hits is... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Worgelm
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
was a nice sound ,but wasn't what I was looking for, the cd is good, if your a stead fast tube person, take a chance
Published 13 months ago by richard corben
5.0 out of 5 stars essential 70's Rock.
One of the first rock records I ever bought. The musicianship of the band was phenomenal and interaction on stage was cutting edge for the time. Guaranteed to shock and awe!
Published 16 months ago by Perry A. Loper
5.0 out of 5 stars In groove with The Tubes!
A seventies band, that was very overllooked. I love tis band and this album was one of theirs that was my own personal favorite. I feel it was them at their best. Read more
Published 17 months ago by tonydrummerboy54
5.0 out of 5 stars everything is in great condition
there was a surprisein the cd case. my second favorite tubes album was also in the case. thank you.i love
Published 19 months ago by anthony johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tubes Rule
The Tubes were, in my estimation, the best post 60's music to come out of San Francisco.
I grew up in the Bay Area, and played music there from 1969 forward and watched... Read more
Published on July 29, 2012 by thom613
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