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Intergalactic Touring Band - Intergalactic Touring Band (LP)
 

Intergalactic Touring Band - Intergalactic Touring Band (LP)

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Genre: rock
Rating: 3 stars ***
Title: The Intergalactic Touring Band
Company: Passport
Catalog: PB 9832
Year: 1977
Country/State: US / UK
Grade (cover/record): VG / VG+
Comments: cut top right corner; includes original inner sleeve and insert
Available: 1
Catalog ID: 6196
Price: $10.00

Wow, how to even start with this weird one ... Imagine getting Alan Parsons stoned out of his mind; giving him a million dollar budget, and access to every known mid-1970s pop, rock, and soul star. You might have ended up with something like this truly bizarre studio project.

The brainchild of writers Danny Beckerman and Wil Malone, 1977's "The Intergalactic Touring Band" attempted to capitalize on the public's seemingly limitless infatuation with all things space oriented. Recruiting keyboardists Brian Cuomo and Peppi Marchetti (the latter of Good Rats fame), synthesizer player Larry Fast, lead guitarist David Scance, and bassist Peter Sobel, the result was a strange concept piece built around the theme of human colonization of space. Complete with an elaborate multi-page insert, the album sported the most impressive collection of guest stars I've ever seen on a record album. Simply check out some of the names in the supporting musicians column. Whoever financed this project must have had some deep pockets to collect talent like that.
So rather than try to fumble my way through the intricate and occasionally laughable plotline, I'll let you read it for yourself (as copied from the album insert):

"As civilization passed ... the year 2000, a great cultural revolution immersed the world in a peace which was to last up to the present time. Governments, as we know them, ceased to exist, and with the governments went world economy. With the invention of the first multi-purpose robots, life became very easy and time was spent on developing the creative mind of man.It was the "creators" who ran society. while robots looked after essential administration, men and women teamed up as "creators" for the good of the whole. The better the creations produced, the larger their sphere of influence, inevitably becoming the ruling powers.
Science and technology was at its zenith. In the year 2014, the Star Drive Rocket had been invented by Joseph Harding and a year after the Star Drive Corporation ruled the world market. With Star Drive Rockets capable of hyperspace travel, the Star Drive Corporation began to mine the nearby planets bringing valuable minerals and ore back to Earth. But their rule was about to end, in fact, to surrender and merge into the now legendary Vibra Corporation creators of the most revolutionary invention since the wheel...the Vibracon Globe.
A team of bio-scientists working for VIBRA had stumbled upon a new energy source. They had found a way to amplify the VIBRA rhythms (or energy in emotions) sent out by the human body aura, and to harness them as an independent force. This new energy was used in many ways, the best known being the Vibracon Globe.
The GLOBE was used primarily in the production of robots which were offered for sale to qualified customers for use in the following manner: one would buy a robot, at that time the Mark I costing 1000 Drimes, and the robot would duplicate the buyer's VIBRA rhythms thus giving the two a personality of one.
It was the VIBRA Corporation that first instigated colonization of the planets, and it was in Star Drive rockets, constructed by the VIBRA Corp. the first pioneers left. World overpopulation was getting worse. People had to be stirred into looking to the stars. The VIBRA principle was used in creating that situation. Music was composed to help people get into the glories of space travel, ("Starship Jingle"), and rockets were built to carry thousands to the stars. The first ship took off in 2035, and each year more followed.
While Earth and her nearest neighbors flourished, the Star Drive Rockets sailed through their generations of hopeful pilgrims. Ten generations later, with the loss of many ships, they sighted their goal. In another galaxy, they discovered a beautiful planet which they called NEW EARTH. The year was 3035.
It was a glorious triumph for the VIBRA Corporation and the beginning of the legend which would reach every corner of the known universe.
It didn't take long for the inhabitants of NEW EARTH to make alien contact, and amidst the treaties and federations there grew a great love of creative pastimes.
Director of the creative departments of the VIBRA Corporation was Professor Lanse Roegring. It was the Professor's job to make sure that cultural relations between the planets ran smoothly, and it was Roegring who first came up with the idea of an...Intergalactic Touring Band."

The end result was a wild ride that managed to include a mind numbing array of musical genres including orchestrated film scores ('Approach'), mindless disco ('Love Station'), AOR ballads ('Heartbreaker'), and even a slice of Meatloaf aural hysteria ('Keeper Keep Us').
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