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A Wizard/A True Star

A Wizard/A True Star

September 13, 1983

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 13, 1983
  • Release Date: September 13, 1983
  • Label: Rhino
  • Copyright: 1973 Bearsville Records Inc. Manufactured and Marketed by Rhino Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 55:51
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  • ASIN: B0012EGDYA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,527 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Beautiful music; beautiful words.
Sydney Greenstreet
The more you listen to this album, the more you will get it.
Ed Wilberding
He does a very good job on his vocals.
Samhot

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By C. C. Thomas on June 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Try to imagine: the year is 1973, you're already well on yourway to being a die-hard Todd fan (a lifer), you were thrilled by hislast album, "Something/Anything", and you buy his next one (this one) the very day it comes out. You put the record on your turntable and for the next 59 minutes or so you sit transfixed at the sound of what you are hearing. It's Todd all right, but like you've never heard him before.
"A Wizard, A True Star" is one of the most revolutionary albums ever recorded - Todd's 'Sgt. Pepper' if you will - and in the 27 years since it came out I have yet to hear anything that remotely resembles it, not even from Zappa (80's band Game Theory's "Lolita Nation" begins to approach). Revolutionary in both the personal sense and recording industry sense, AWATS almost single-handedly created the Todd persona that his fans know and love. Listening to this album now is still the same mind-bending/altering experience it was then...and that's good. Peter Pan ("Never Never Land") mixes with Motown (the "Ooh Baby Baby" medley), touches of punk ("You Need Your Head"), Todd's own perfect pop ("Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel"), and the just plain bizarre ("Da da Dali"). The man could literally do just about anything and has never been afraid to followed his creative impulses, wherever they've taken him. A true original. Personal favorite: "When the ( ) Hits the Fan/Sunset Blvd." - but that's just me.
There's a lot to love here in the soundscape, not the least of which is Todd's musical risk-taking - experimental pop music at its best. There just aren't enough superlatives for this album or its creator. END
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Todd's previous album, the highly accessible and brilliant Something/Anything, was an acknowledged masterpiece when it came out in 1972 (as it still is today). Four sides of pure pop confections that simply blew away anyone who heard it... a perfect set up for the head-on collision that AWATS felt like when this arrived as the follow-up in 1973. But that was the whole point... there was no-follow-up. Not then, not now, not ever. Welcome to ultimate classic and masterpiece of pop musics greatest musical genius. The Beatles? The greatest group of all-time of course...individually, none of them had the sheer range of ambition and chops to match TR. This album proves it. WARNING!!! You will never get this record on the first, second or even third listening. That's why it has always been overlooked and will, unfortunately, be enjoyed only by those brave souls with the patience and perserverance to wade in and not look back. The ONLY album in my life that I can truly say delivers a new experience with each listen. If I could just take one- this would be my desert island disk.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on January 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm sure many fans who know and love Todd Rundgren think that _Something/Anything?_ is his definitive (and best) musical statement. Well, if you worship Rundgren based only on that side of his musical personality, you'll probably want to walk the opposite direction of _A Wizard, A True Star_, which may be considered sheer musical blasphemy. _Something/Anything?_ was mostly an accessible (but diverse) pop/r&b/rock record, with the occasional 'bizarre' tune. However, on this outing, Todd dives head-neck-shoulders-torso-legs (you get the idea) into sheer outrageousness.
Almost everything about _A Wizard, A True Star_ is unconventional. Aside from the malleable genre-plowing and bizarre musical soundscapes, a large percentage of the disc (mainly the first half) contains many 1-minute tracks that flow seamlessly into the other - making this seem like a short 'best of' sampler. But, don't let these rather 'short' time-lengths fool you - this album is a rich, gargantuan slice of audio schizophrenia, which requires 'close' listening - possibly with a good pair of headphones. There are so many subtle complexities buried beneath the hyperactive surface, you can miss out on some aspects that bring out the 'life' of this album - as well as missing out on some truly enriching experiences. However, for the fan of Todd's 'accessible' side, there are a few of those nuggets to be found here.
There's too much to cover here, so please forgive me if I don't give comments for all 19 tracks found here. However, I'm going to list some of my personal favorites:
"International Feel"--Kind of like The Temptations gone hip-hop/electronica.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sydney Greenstreet on April 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Just a word about the lyrics and message of this album:
I first heard this album when it was new, in 1973 or 1974. Because of some nasty experiences at the time (both external and self-induced) I was in a bad way; I had zero confidence in myself and I didn't know where to turn or what to do. This album helped take me from the despiration of "Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel" to the inspiration of "Just One Victory". Beautiful music; beautiful words.
I hadn't listened to it for few years, and I just purchased the CD. The memories brought a tear to the eye. I'm grateful to Todd and to those who brought my attention to this album at the time, nearly 30 years ago.
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