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14 tracks from the Tubes' prime Capitol years-including every one of their Capitol hits! Includes their Top 10 smash She's a Beauty plus Don't Want to Wait Anymore; Tip of My Tongue; Piece by Piece (written and produced by Todd Rundgren); The Monkey Time; Talk to Ya Later; Amnesia; Sushi Girl , and more.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000007MVT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on February 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Tubes were, when they were released from their A&M contract, in a legendary quandary. They had made four albums that had sold modestly but in no massive numerical value, and their mammoth stage show was an expensive undertaking. They had completed their most ambitious album with "Remote Control," only to see it make a minimal splash. In short, they owed their former label over a million dollars.
Once they signed to Capitol, they were given marching orders. Have hits or die. That is what this "Best Of" disc represents. When Super Producer David Foster came on for "The Completion Backward Principle," The Tubes dumped the recorded eccentricities and went from being quirky/cool to being slick. Hired guns were brought in and "Talk To Ya Later" was recorded with both ears glued to the radio, and voila, a hit was born. Suddenly, The Tubes were MTV/radio friendly and scoring on the top 40 with "Don't Want To Wait Anymore" and the Top 10 with "Outside/Inside's" "She's A Beauty."
After those successes, the band was never quite the same. The stage shows remained wild and woolly affairs and Quay Lewd was never far from the mike, but the toned down studio Tubes were content to be subtle. On the other hand, how many bands could get the Earth Wind And Fire horns to funk up a song about cunningulus ("Tip Of My Tongue") and get it on rock radio? Their final attempt at studio wizardry (Todd Rundgren produced and heavily imprinted "Love Bomb") was too little too late; the wonderful single "Piece By Piece" is included here. Of the bonus cuts, "Sports Fans" and "Keyboard Kids" are of some interest, but could've been passed over.
"The Best Of The Tubes" is a showcase of a band that was too bizarre to ever sell out, but wasn't beyond glossing up the funhouse mirror. If you pick up the A&M "The Millennium Collection" in addition to this "Best Of The Tubes" CD, you'll have as good an overview of the band as you're likely to piece together on your own.
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Oh, the legal hassles of the music business! As with almost every Tubes "greatest hits" release, this CD has a "best of" compilation from only one of their record labels, in this case Capitol Records. They only released 3 records for Capitol ["The Completion Backward Principle", "Outside/Inside", and "Love Bomb"], so that's where all of this CD's material comes from. The Tubes released some great material for A&M records before 1980, but you will have to look elsewhere for that. Three tracks that find their way onto this CD that didn't appear on any Tubes album are "Keyboard Kids" (unused track from either the "Love Bomb" or "Outside/Inside" sessions), "Sports Fans" (a live show staple circa the "Completion..." era), and "When You're Ready To Come", the B-side to the 45 of "She's a Beauty." "Keyboard Kids", featuring vocals by now ex-member Bill Spooner, is disposable, but the other two are pretty good.
There has been some remastering done to these tracks, and they all sound pretty great! Worth buying? Yes, if you're a die-hard Tubes fan. But if you are one of those die-hard fans, you wouldn't have to ask yourself if it is worth buying. You'd just buy it anyway, right?
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I love the Tubes inside and out and I love this record. Only one thing puzzles me. Why didnt they include White Punks On Dope? That was their first big hit! The album rocks anyway and has some songs I have never heard before. I will always have fond memories of this band back in the day. Thank you guys and girls in the Tubes for making the world a better place!!!
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These guys can really write catchy tunes. I was recently rummaging through a box of cassette tapes, and found an album from The Tubes. I had completely forgotten about them, but just reading the song listing triggered clear memories of the melodies. So, I was very happy to find the greatest hits compilation. The mixes are very good, and all the top hits are in the first half of the disc. The second half of the disc had some obscure tracks, but a few I remember from years back. Overall, it's worth upgrading from my lowly cassette!

I bought the CD, since amazon.com gave me the mp3s for free. The audio CD (as expected) sounds so much better than the mp3 tracks. There's a great written history on the Tubes inside the CD booklet. Lyrics aren't included though.

Overall, very good compilation of The Tubes. Wish these guys were crank out some new tunes, but I'm happy now that I have this disc in a format that is playable.
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Sure, most of this CD hails from two LPs that are already out in excellent CD editions. The real gems are the B-sides and singles only cuts. These are cool pieces of music that never made it onto LPs for one reason or another. For this alone the REAL Tubes fan should buy this CD. Sure there are some missing Capitol Records cuts (What's Wrong With Me, Tip of My Tongue 12" version & Drums 12" version, Gonna Get It Next Time - theme from the movie Modern Problems), but what you get it worth every penny.
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The reason that White Punks on Dope and What do you want from life are not on this greatest hits package as an earlier reviewer mentioned, was that this cd was put out by Capitol records, who do not have permission from A & M to those songs. Do your homework! Anyways this album highlights their more commercial output from their 80s stay on Capitol Records. During their stay they, they decided to go for a more streamlined sound incoroprating the best of new wave and rock, and leaving alot of the zaniness behind them. This cd includes their biggest hit, She's a beauty. a song you wont find on a studio album, Sport fans, and a song that would go well in their 70's act, attack of the 50 ft woman. If you want the best of their 70's A & M music I suggest you try, T.R.A.S.H. There you can find the 2 songs that were "left out" from this compilation
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