The Tubes The Completion Backward Principle
CMJ: Ranked #7 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"
- Released: March 1, 1991
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
CMJ - 1/5/04, p.8Ranked #7 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"
- 1.Talk to Ya Later
- 2.Sushi Girl
- 4.Mr. Hate
- 5.Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman
- 6.Think About Me
- 7.A Matter of Pride
- 8.Don't Want to Wait Anymore
- 9.Power Tools
- 10.Let's Make Some Noise
The Tubes: Bill Spooner, Roger Steen (vocals, guitar); Vince Welnick (vocals, keyboards); Fee Waybill (vocals); Michael Cotten (synthesizer); Rick Anderson (bass); Prairie Prince (drums).
Additional personnel: Steve Lukather (guitar); Bill Champlin (background vocals).
Recorded at Goodnight L.A., Panorama City; Monterey Studios, Glendale; Davlen Studios, Hollywood.
Personnel: Roger Steen, Bill Spooner (vocals, guitar); Vince Welnick (vocals, keyboards); Fee Waybill, Stanley Paterson, Bruce Garfield, Keith Olsen , Bill Champlin, Bobby Colomby (vocals); Steve Lukather (guitar); David Foster (keyboards); Michael Cotten (synthesizer); Prairie Prince (drums); Mingo Lewis (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Humberto Gatica.
Recording information: Davlen Studios Hollywood, CA; Goodnight L.A.B., Panorama City, CA; Monterey Studios, Glendale, CA.
The Completion Backward Principle was the first release on EMI/Capitol by San Francisco-based the Tubes. It found the outrageous septet working with producer David Foster, who gives the record a high-gloss sheen. It's a pairing that, while possibly surprising to fans of the band's earlier releases, actually works quite nicely. The ballads (the Top 40 hit "Don't Want to Wait Anymore" and the Toto-esque "Amnesia") don't suit the band, but most everything else does. There's a pair of catchy new wavish rockers in "Talk to Ya Later" and "Think About Me," the wacky "Sushi Girl," and the R&B-flavored "A Matter of Pride." The Completion Backward Principle rightfully earned the Tubes new fans and set the table for their commercial breakthrough, Outside/Inside, two years later. ~ Tom Demalon
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