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Disco Jets Original recording remastered, Import

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1976 album from Todd Rundgren and his band, Utopia featuring Roger Powell, Willie Wilcox and John Siegler. The Disco Jets sessions took place at Bearsville studios shortly after the release of Todd's Faithful album and was a purely instrumental affair recorded "tongue in cheek" with sights firmly set upon the current trends of the time such as the U.S. bicentennial celebrations, Disco music, Science Fiction movies such as Star Wars and the CB Radio fad. Featuring some memorable soloing from Rundgren and Powell, the impressive 'Space War' and the memorable cover of the "Star Trek" theme, the Disco Jets project would languish in the vaults for several decades before appearing as part of a Japanese only compilation, now long deleted.


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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B0073GVYDQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By rucktoon on April 9, 2012
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I couldn't believe this lost 1976 album was finally being released, and remastered. Pre-ordered it, so saved some bucks over what the price is now. If you're a Todd/Utopia fan, how can you say no?
I'd had an old cassette copy from someone at work, which had terrible sound, but the music and the idea was fantastic. What a hoot. There was a Japanese release a while back, but the price was astronomical.
Yes, this album would have been critically trashed if it had been released between Faithful and Ra, but now it's a welcome official addition to Todd's catalog. Some of the tunes are musically hilarious, most are excellent (especially the more Jeff Beck-flavored pieces); and being Todd and Utopia, it's always brilliant and features some great Todd solos, as well as tastes of the "sound" of the prior 2 Utopia albums.

For the casual fan? I don't think so. Not that it wouldn't be enjoyed, but because it's too expensive unless you're a Todd-ite. He's a joker at times, even with his full album releases (see "Deface The Music"), never mind the occasional goofy track (which I've always loved). Listening to Disco Jets over the weekend was wonderful! The mastering sounded great, the songs are quick and brilliant (and are all instrumentals). Nice package with some interesting liner notes.

So: Todd fan - yes; casual fan - you wouldn't want to pay more than $4; a siginificant other buying a gift for a Todd fan? - you will rule the relationship for, well, about as long as disco ruled the airwaves. This CD shows what happens when musical genius has some fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott Mitchell (aka CrazyElf) on September 5, 2012
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Like all good Todd/Utopia fans I have known of this unreleased album for 25-30 years now. When I saw the upcoming release of the CD I bookmarked it, hoping that the price would come down (currently unemployed). I happily noticed that it was now an MP3 Amazon download and having a $5 MP3 credit I grabbed it out of cyberspace, which is fitting given the overall theme of it. I got it mainly being a completest and not figuring it was a groundbreaking album, and it isn't, but it was never meant to be. Having heard really bad sounding copies from YouTube and other not so legal sites I was not expecting much. BUT, over the last 4 days I have played this probably 5 times in all and it is worthy of the legend. Mostly all instrumental with humorous vocal touches here and there, it reminds me of why I liked the first 2 Utopia lp's so much, the musicianship. The sound of Todd's guitar in harmony with the keyboards takes me right back to those early lp's. To my ears I can hear chord progressions later used on RA and Oops, which makes sense seeing how it was shelved before those albums came out. My favorites are "Star Trek", "Cosmic Convoy", "Pet Rock" and "Rising Sun". Overall, I just feel like it's 1976 and I just bought Utopia's new album, not a bad feeling at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe from Maine on October 31, 2012
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A long time Utopia fan, a Lucky Guy who was in the front row of the Utopia Redux (Live-Tokyo, 5/10/1992), was scintillated at the prospect of finally hearing Disco Jets NOT on a 8th generation re-recorded cassette. As other reviewers have noted, this is not for the casual Todd fan...Anyone ever heard yelling out "Hello It's Me" or "Can We Still Be Friends" will think this is rubbish...I thought it was absolutely hilarious and brilliant... I can just imagine the "Faithful" quartet taking occasional breaks from the hookah to record these songs in the snuggly Utopia Sound Studio in Bearsville...So take a trip down memory lane with the boys, it's just like "Adventures in Utopia" without any lyrics...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty A Klanda on June 8, 2013
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I wanted this because I'm a bit of a "Todd snob". I can see where it fits in the Utopia timeline, but I'd say it's for completionists only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Critical Thinker on October 16, 2013
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Yep, Utopia's progressive/instrumental rock side having fun with 70s pop culture! That's pretty much it, except that some of the performances are actually excellent progressive/fusion recordings which (in different context) would impress prog/fusion fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By weavil on September 3, 2013
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AWESOME that this has finally been released!
The sound quality is excellent and packaging is great.
Decent price too,
Todd Rules!
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Strange enough? If you have never heard these songs it is something I had totally missed all these years ( because they were never released). Always happy to see Todd and Utopia releases but definitely not my favorite. If you are a fan you will buy it just like I did and the Cherry Red remasters are really excellent quality. The major record companies did a very poor job in the past of mastering CD's that's why everyone paid the price for the imports. If your going to enjoy digital music then you need a good CD transport (but the right DAC will blow your mind with a high current amp and reference speakers your there.
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Not your typical Utopia album, hence why it was shelved years ago and never released. As a fan I HAD to have this and liked it very much. It felt like Todd was on a space kick during this time which carried over to the Opps! Wrong Planet album and Adventures in Utopia Album in theme. I would have liked to hear more of Todds vocals on this album though. But it was good in it's musical quality. So for someone who is not a big fan of Utopia, this album is probably not for you. That doesn't mean you shouldn't at least give it a listen to. Who knows maybe you will love it more than a normal Utopian fan!
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