Actually much of the album was recorded multiTrack in a one day session at Wally Heider Recording Studio C in San Francisco, except for "Hip Dip" which was recorded at California Hall in SF. A couple were recorded at Wally Heider's live to two channels for broadcast on KPFA. The people hanging out at the studio were the audience. After the broadcast, we recorded the first studio version of 'White Punks'. This was the studio where I also recorded the Dead's "American Beauty" and Crosby's "If I could Only Remember My Name".
I agree that the Tubes lost some of their 'TubesNess' in the distractions of all the extra dancers, etc. My focus as a producer was to try and present the Tubes for their superior arrangements, instrumentality and cleverness. The humor and skits were frosting on the cake, and for the most part was not really applicable to recordings at that time and using overblown orchestral arrangements was not my idea of the perfect Tubes record. I'm glad that people finally got to hear the early and soulful version of the band.
The Tubes, with the exception of Prairie and Vince, could not read music, so their arrangements were hacked out line by line in rehearsals in the garage in their Sunset band house. I spent two days in the basement with a 4 track, a cheesy mixer and a pair of Altec 604e's witnessing 'Young and Rich' and 'Up From the Deep' come together, phrase by phrase. I have two track mixes of the tunes (which weren't used in the CD) but I wish I still had the 4 track source master, to hear the outtakes.
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