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Tubes - Don't Touch: Live In Los Angeles 1976 (2014)

5-12-2014, 10:37
Music | Rock

Tubes - Don't Touch: Live In Los Angeles 1976 (2014)

Artist: Tubes
Title Of Album: Don't Touch: Live In Los Angeles 1976
Year Of Release: 2014
Genre: Rock
Label: Sonic Boom
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 59:43
Total Size: 138 Mb

1. Young And Rich Grandiose Instrumental Overture - Live (8:41)
2. What Do You Want From Life - Live (3:54)
3. Tubes World Tour - Live (5:46)
4. Love Will Keep Us Together - Live (6:12)
5. Pimp - Live (5:47)
6. Mondo Bondage - Live (1:58)
7. Don't Touch Me There - Live (3:43)
8. Boy Crazy - Live (5:52)
9. Stand Up And Shout - Live (8:59)
10. White Punks On Dope - Live (8:46)

Rick Anderson - bass
Michael Cotten - synthesizers
Prairie Prince - drums
Bill Spooner - guitar, vocals
Roger Steen - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Re Styles - vocals
Fee Waybill - lead vocals
Vince Welnick - keyboards
Guest: Boz Scaggs - guitar and dancing on "White Punks On Dope"

A wild mix of progressive rock theater, multimedia, and scathing social criticism of America's television culture, the Tubes were unquestionably one of the most outrageous groups to surface in the Bay Area. Most of the band's members had spent time in art school and this had a profound effect on their approach to music, which contained extravagant theatrics, which included video monitors, semi-naked women, motorcycles, dancers, and even chainsaws. After working continuously around San Francisco in the early-1970s, turning many a head in the process, they began expanding their reach to several high profile clubs in Los Angeles, like the Roxy and the Whiskey A Go Go, where they became media darlings, soon signing a recording contract with A & M Records. Appearing several years too early to benefit from MTV and the dawning age of rock video, the Tubes directed their visual creativity into their live performances, with many of their songs becoming full-blown production numbers. By the time of this 1976 performance, the group had developed a massive stage production that was choreographed by Kenny Ortega and featured over a dozen cast members, including acrobats and tap dancers.

These 1976 King Biscuit Flower Hour recordings capture the Tubes approaching the peak of their onstage insanity, when they headlined a concert at Oakland's Paramount Theatre before a wildly enthusiastic home turf audience. Broadcast the following month, these live excerpts from that performance were big national radio exposure for the group and for many radio listeners, their first encounter with the Tubes. It also helped raise awareness of the release of their second album, Young And Rich, the title tune of which opened this broadcast. Featuring Bill Spooner's deliriously engaging vocal, "Young And Rich" serves as a slow dramatic buildup to the game show antics of "What Do You Want From Life." This begins with some funky finger work from keyboardist Vince Welnick and blazing guitar from Roger Steen before Fee Waybill launches the game by enticing the contestants' with an increasingly absurd range of prizes, beginning with bassist Rick Anderson and synth player Michael Cotten.

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