The RUBINOOS – ” The CBS Tapes “

Posted: June 20, 2021 in MUSIC

“On November. 2nd, 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States. The events of November. 3rd were less earth-shaking: It was the day the power-pop pioneers The Rubinoos recorded this album. The group walked into CBS Studios in San Francisco to, as band co-founder and singer Jon Rubin recollects, “have a ‘set up and get comfortable in the studio’ kind of affair.” Guitarist Tommy Dunbar, who started the group more than 50 years ago with his childhood pal Rubin, recalls they were told “something like, ‘OK, the tape is going to run, just go ahead and play anything you want’.” “The CBS Tapes” chronicles that occasion, and its previously unreleased 11 tracks certainly reveal a wildly diverse set list that includes, yet reaches beyond, the power pop that the band is well known for. Selections range from The Modern Lovers to The MetersKing Curtis to The DeFranco Family.

The Rubinoos also tackle a bubblegum classic, an iconic surf instrumental and a couple of Beatles tunes, along with a trio of now-rare originals.”

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