069 490 766-2 20th Century Masters: The Best of The Tubes
The Millenium Collection
Previously released material
Released on October 17, 2000
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H istory will remember The Tubes as a humorous theatre rock troupe who finally intersected with Utopia and then disappeared. If they take this disc at face value anyway. A&M and Capitol can’t seem to join together when it comes to The Tubes, so the band’s compilations either feature the first half of their career (the conceptual years) or the last (the dancing days). Perhaps if this had been called 20th Century Masters: The Best of The Tubes - The Millenium Collection (The A&M Years), and someone read the title without falling asleep, that person would have a better idea of what they were getting into (and realize they weren't getting it all). On the plus side, the packaging is better than I expected (I didn’t expect much) and the sound quality is fine. As for the selection, Now gets slighted (only “Pound of Flesh” is featured), their live double-album is ignored (“Show Me A Reason” or “I Was A Punk Before You Were A Punk” would have been nice additions) and the odds & ends T.R.A.S.H. is taken out of the picture. So this millenium leans heavy on Remote Control, closing things with Young & Rich’s “Tubes World Tour” (probably a bit of promotion there). My knock on the Millenium Collection releases is that they’re repackaged product, something A&M was doing a lot of lately. Since T.R.A.S.H. wasn’t a proper collection of hits, you’ll find more of The Tubes’ early magic on The Millenium Collection, but with a few extra tracks A&M could have made this a real winner and not simply the winner by default. Instead, this is one track (and a couple of sleeve folds) shy of impish frugality.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. WHITE PUNKS ON DOPE    (Evans/Bill Spooner/Roger Steen)
  2. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM LIFE?    (Evans/Bill Spooner)
  3. MONDO BONDAGE    (The Tubes)
  4. DON'T TOUCH ME THERE    (Doomacker/Doomacker)
  5. SLIPPED MY DISCO    (Bill Spooner/Roger Steen)
  6. POUND OF FLESH    (Matthews/Nagle)
  7. TURN ME ON    (Bill Spooner/Roger Steen/Prairie Prince/Micke Cotton/Rick Anderson/Fee Waybill)
  8. PRIME TIME    (Bill Spooner/Roger Steen/Prairie Prince/Micke Cotton/Rick Anderson/Fee Waybill)
  9. I WANT IT ALL NOW    (Bill Spooner/Roger Steen/Prairie Prince/Micke Cotton/Rick Anderson/Fee Waybill)
  10. LOVE'S A MYSTERY (I DON'T UNDERSTAND)    (Todd Rundgren/Bill Spooner/Roger Steen/Prairie Prince/Micke Cotton/Rick Anderson/Fee Waybill)
  11. TUBES WORLD TOUR    (Bill Spooner/Roger Steen/Fee Waybill)

CREDITS

Mike Ragogna -- compilation producer
Sal Nunziato -- liner notes
Vartan -- art direction
Hey Poser -- design
Norman Seeff, Mark Hanauer, Jim McCrary -- photography

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US/CAN October 17, 2000 A&M CD 490 766 picture sleeve

 

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