The Tubes Download
Nov 21, 1974Record Plant (Sausalito, CA)
The Tubes Download
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Total Length:
1:18:08
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

The Tubes Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1The Tubes Overture / Space Baby06:52
  2. 2Malguena Salerosa04:28
  3. 3Hermuta06:03
  4. 4What Do You Want From Life05:30
  5. 5Poland Whole03:55
  6. 6Rock & Roll Hospital - Intro04:31
  7. 7Rock & Roll Hospital08:47
  8. 8Rawhide Theme Tune02:41
  9. 9Mondo Bondage05:00
  10. 10The Hip Dip04:14
  11. 11Boogie For The People05:17
  12. 12Boy Crazy04:43
  13. 13White Punks On Dope07:44
  14. 14Up From The Deep08:23
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Item Number:
  • 20052667-7903-AD
Date:
  • Nov 21, 1974
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Sample this concert
  1. 1The Tubes Overture / Space Baby06:52
  2. 2Malguena Salerosa04:28
  3. 3Hermuta06:03
  4. 4What Do You Want From Life05:30
  5. 5Poland Whole03:55
  6. 6Rock & Roll Hospital - Intro04:31
  7. 7Rock & Roll Hospital08:47
  8. 8Rawhide Theme Tune02:41
  9. 9Mondo Bondage05:00
  10. 10The Hip Dip04:14
  11. 11Boogie For The People05:17
  12. 12Boy Crazy04:43
  13. 13White Punks On Dope07:44
  14. 14Up From The Deep08:23
Total Length:
1:18:08
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Rick Anderson - bass; Michael Cotten - synthesizers; Prairie Prince - drums; Bill Spooner - guitar, vocals; Roger Steen - guitar, vocals; Re Styles - vocals; Fee Waybill - vocals; Vince Welnick - keyboards

The Tubes were the hot new band on the Bay Area scene when this very early and rare recording of them was originally broadcast on KSAN FM's "Live From The Record Plant" series. Recorded almost a year before the release of their first album on A&M Records, the band was still a work in progress. What brought them to national attention was a brash and powerful mix of cutting edge musicianship and in-your-face humor.

Spearheaded by lead vocalist Fee Waybill, The Tubes became one of the most talked-about live acts on the west coast as a result of Waybill's over-the-top showmanship and litany of characters, led by a drug-hazed rock star named Quay Lewd.

Much of what was presented on this radio concert eventually made it to the band's first album, including Tubes staple songs, "What Do You Want From Life?," "Boy Crazy," and "White Punks On Dope." The band was still feeling its way around the material, but the basis for what became the mega-Tubes stage review is clearly here.

What is odd about this recording is that the band performs its rock'n'roll variety show (which is really the best way to describe the mix of dramatics, irreverent humor and riff-driven music) in a recording studio without the feedback it would usually get from a large theater audience. The comedy segments, and there were several at this juncture in the band's development, seem a little odd being out there all by themselves without the obvious response one would hear from the crowd. Still, Waybill and the rest of The Tubes saw the importance of performing for a huge radio audience and the ability to incorporate theater of the mind into its music.

The band opens with a parody of 1950s Sci-Fi camp films, "Up from The Deep/Space Baby," and soon after plays a solid version of "What Do You Want From Life?" "Rock & Roll Hospital" with its comedic intro ends up being nearly 12 minutes long, which is a bit much, but all is forgiven when they launch into a funky read of the TV theme, "Rawhide." Credit must be given to guitarist Bill Spooner and Roger Steen, who give "Rawhide" its authentic twang. "Mondo Bondage" is another Tubes classic that comes alive in this early recording of the band. This show is an absolute must for anyone who may have come to know and love this wacky pop group.

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