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What Do You Want From Live (Live From Hammersmith Odeon)

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Although their studio albums were often hit-and-miss affairs, the Tubes could always be counted on for a good live show during their mid-'70s heyday. In fact, they became a legend in the rock & roll world for their glitzy shows, which included half-nude women performing elaborate dance routines and a variety of characters invented by frontman Fee Waybill, like punk rocker "Johnny Bugger" and blissed-out glam rock icon "Quay Lewd." What Do You Want from Live can't reproduce all this visual stimuli but it does show what many critics forgot to notice about the Tubes, i.e., the fact that they were a really sharp and exciting live band. Stripped of their outre visual surroundings, songs like "Mondo Bondage" and "I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk" still pack a visceral punch thanks to their effective combination of gonzo humor and catchy melodies. Elsewhere, the Tubes get to show off their surprisingly impressive chops on "Overture," a fast-paced medley that transforms the instrumental highlights of six different songs into one head-spinning pomp-rock blitz, and "Crime Medley," a witty tapestry of crime jazz woven from television theme songs like "Theme from Peter Gunn" and "Theme from Dragnet." The downside of What Do You Want from Live is that some of the numbers are less potent without the choreographed routines surrounding them: "Smoke (La Vie en Fumer)" and "What Do You Want from Life" both feature Fee Waybill talking about the visual chaos surrounding him and this leaves the listener feeling like they're only witnessing part of the joke (if only someone would put out a video of one of the Tubes' shows from this era). Despite this caveat, What Do You Want from Live remains a witty and entertaining live album. It may not win any new converts to the Tubes' camp, but fans of the group will definitely want to check out this entertaining souvenir from the group's wildest era.
© Donald A. Guarisco /TiVo

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1
Overture (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:06:51

Fee Waybill, ComposerLyricist - Prairie Prince, ComposerLyricist - Roger Steen, ComposerLyricist - William Spooner, ComposerLyricist - Charles Prince, ComposerLyricist - John Waybill, ComposerLyricist - Michael Cotten, ComposerLyricist - Rick Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Rick Marc Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Ray Joseph Trainer, ComposerLyricist - William Edmond Spooner, ComposerLyricist - Vince Welnick, ComposerLyricist - Roger A Steen, ComposerLyricist - Michael David Cotten, ComposerLyricist - Dave Steen, ComposerLyricist - Michael Ash Evans, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Got Yourself A Deal (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:04:54

Fee Waybill, ComposerLyricist - Peter Henderson, Producer - William Edmond Spooner, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Show Me A Reason (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:03:32

Peter Henderson, Producer - Roger A Steen, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
What Do You Want From Life? (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:05:19

Peter Henderson, Producer - William Spooner, ComposerLyricist - Mike Evans, ComposerLyricist - William Edmond Spooner, ComposerLyricist - Michael Ash Evans, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
God Bird Change (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:04:49

Peter Henderson, Producer - James Mingo Lewis, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Special Ballet (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:00:57

Peter Henderson, Producer - Michael David Cotten, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Don't Touch Me There (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:03:55

Peter Henderson, Producer - Ronald Nagle, ComposerLyricist - Jane Dornacker, ComposerLyricist - Ron Nagle, ComposerLyricist - Doornacker, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Mondo Bandage (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:04:02

Fee Waybill, ComposerLyricist - Peter Henderson, Producer - Prairie Prince, ComposerLyricist - Rick Marc Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Ray Joseph Trainer, ComposerLyricist - William Edmond Spooner, ComposerLyricist - Vince Welnick, ComposerLyricist - Roger A Steen, ComposerLyricist - Michael David Cotten, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Smoke (La Vie En Fumer) (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:08:16

Peter Henderson, Producer - William Edmond Spooner, ComposerLyricist - Vince Welnick, ComposerLyricist - Michael David Cotten, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Crime Medley (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:04:28

Henry Mancini, ComposerLyricist - Walter Schumann, ComposerLyricist - NELSON RIDDLE, ComposerLyricist - Peter Henderson, Producer - The Tubes, MainArtist - Fred Steiner, ComposerLyricist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
I Was A Punk Before You Were A Punk (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:05:01

Fee Waybill, ComposerLyricist - Peter Henderson, Producer - William Edmond Spooner, ComposerLyricist - Roger A Steen, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
I Saw Her Standing There (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:02:55

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - Peter Henderson, Producer - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Drum Solo (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:04:31

Peter Henderson, Producer - Prairie Prince, ComposerLyricist - James Mingo Lewis, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Boy Crazy (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:02:19

Peter Henderson, Producer - William Edmond Spooner, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
You're No Fun (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:04:17

Peter Henderson, Producer - Prairie Prince, ComposerLyricist - Rick Marc Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Ray Joseph Trainer, ComposerLyricist - William Edmond Spooner, ComposerLyricist - Vince Welnick, ComposerLyricist - Roger A Steen, ComposerLyricist - Michael David Cotten, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Stand Up And Shout (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:03:38

Peter Henderson, Producer - Ray Joseph Trainer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Condello, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
White Punks On Dope (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1977)
00:08:54

Peter Henderson, Producer - William Edmond Spooner, ComposerLyricist - Roger A Steen, ComposerLyricist - Michael Ash Evans, ComposerLyricist - The Tubes, MainArtist - Rikki Farr, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Albumbeschreibung

Although their studio albums were often hit-and-miss affairs, the Tubes could always be counted on for a good live show during their mid-'70s heyday. In fact, they became a legend in the rock & roll world for their glitzy shows, which included half-nude women performing elaborate dance routines and a variety of characters invented by frontman Fee Waybill, like punk rocker "Johnny Bugger" and blissed-out glam rock icon "Quay Lewd." What Do You Want from Live can't reproduce all this visual stimuli but it does show what many critics forgot to notice about the Tubes, i.e., the fact that they were a really sharp and exciting live band. Stripped of their outre visual surroundings, songs like "Mondo Bondage" and "I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk" still pack a visceral punch thanks to their effective combination of gonzo humor and catchy melodies. Elsewhere, the Tubes get to show off their surprisingly impressive chops on "Overture," a fast-paced medley that transforms the instrumental highlights of six different songs into one head-spinning pomp-rock blitz, and "Crime Medley," a witty tapestry of crime jazz woven from television theme songs like "Theme from Peter Gunn" and "Theme from Dragnet." The downside of What Do You Want from Live is that some of the numbers are less potent without the choreographed routines surrounding them: "Smoke (La Vie en Fumer)" and "What Do You Want from Life" both feature Fee Waybill talking about the visual chaos surrounding him and this leaves the listener feeling like they're only witnessing part of the joke (if only someone would put out a video of one of the Tubes' shows from this era). Despite this caveat, What Do You Want from Live remains a witty and entertaining live album. It may not win any new converts to the Tubes' camp, but fans of the group will definitely want to check out this entertaining souvenir from the group's wildest era.
© Donald A. Guarisco /TiVo

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