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Oblivion CD+DVD, Import

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Digitally re-mastered and expanded disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of this 1983 album from Todd Rundgren and Utopia including a bonus DVD that contains the concert film Live at the Royal Oak, Detroit filmed in 1981. The album Oblivion saw Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell and Willie Wilcox strike out on their own, funding the recording themselves and in the process producing an album of startling originality. Featuring such classic tracks as 'Itch in My Brain', 'Cry Baby', 'Love with a Thinker' and 'Winston Smith Takes It on the Jaw', Oblivion was one of Utopia's finest later albums. The concert video was shot in Detroit towards the end of Utopia's tenure with Bearsville Records and saw the band in fine form. Includes superb renditions of Utopia classics such as 'One World', 'Caravan', 'Love in Action' and 'Lysistrada'. Esoteric.

1. Itch in My Brain
2. Love with a Thinker
3. Bring Me My Longbow
4. If I Didn't Try
5. Too Much Water
6. Maybe I Could Change
7. Cry Baby
8. Welcome to My Revolution
9. Winston Smith Takes It on the Jaw
10. I Will Wait
11. One World
12. Road to Utopia
13. Back on the Street
14. Caravan
15. Time Heals
16. The Wheel
17. The Very Last Time
18. Lysistrada
19. Love in Action
20. Couldn't I Just Tell You
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD, Import
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B004EK3L80
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E.Walker on September 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There's just too much class on this record to ignore! Its got a bad reputation as far as the critics are concerned, but when it comes to Todd, face it, you've got to make up your own mind. And you will be rewarded. The highlights are many. Most will know Crybaby, an excellent crunching rocker that builds and builds to that euphoric chorus. And although nothing can top that track for sheer impact, there are plenty of challengers. If I Didnt Try is a strikingly paced ballad powered by ominous synth lines, its simple lyric given ample space to ring out.
Too Much Water's funky guitar and pounding drumbeat drive an upbeat vocal delivery from Todd and Kaz. The opening Itch In My Brain is a real statement of intent, heavy rocking and polished, with an insane drum machine/gun fight errupting at the half way mark. I will Wait highlights Kasim sulton's terrific emotive delivery to great effect. Many, however, will be struck by that dated 80's production, those jarring synth stabs, the unforgiving drum hits, but wether you choose to hold that against what is truely a great set of songs is purely a personal choice. I find the whole package irresistable. No track feels out of place,no moments of questionable judgement to interrupt the flow, combined with the stark and potent cover, serve to create a unifying and coherent artistic statement. Rare in Utopia's back catalogue. Excellent from front to back.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on March 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album has become something of an obscurity: it was the last Utopia album to chart on first release and due to mismanagement and the then newness of cd's (January 1984) so when albums started dissappearing, so did this. Thankfully, Rhino reissued this in 1996 paired with Pov and the two songs recorded for the compilation album Trivia. Unfortunately, when Warner Bros. took over Rhino not long after, these titles became rare again.

After ending their run on Bearsville in 1982, the band went on to record one classic album for the up and coming new Network label Utopia. Unfortunately, Network's distribution deal fell apart not long after this and rather than go to Geffin Records, the band started it's own label being distributed by Passport Records. The result was that the band could make an album that they wanted to make rather than having to compromise with a major label. The album's overall concept was based on the first four years of the Reagan administration, the music industry, 1984 and what the future might hold. The album starts fast and flying with a rockin' song called Itch In My Brain sung by Todd and quickly gives way to Love With A Thinker sung by Kas. Bring Me My Longbow has a nice unusual hook and more cool lyrics. The next three songs while good, are the weak part of the release for me. Crybaby is a cool song and tongue in cheek shot at Def Leppard with a dark video that was banned by MTV. Welcome To My Revolution takes us back to the political feel of the record while Winston Smith Takes It On The Jaw is a direct shot at the so called "moral majority" of the time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James F. Mcdermott on March 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just got the new Esoteric Edition of "Oblivion", and I'm really pleased at how much more alive it sounds than other CD versions. Much improved stereo separation, less compressed sounding, improved dynamics. I bought this album when it came out in 1984, and to be honest I always thought it sounded thin, even on vinyl. I wouldn't say the Esoteric remaster makes "Oblivion" sound warm per se, but it does sound more like music. Job well done.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Brinkley on December 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a huge Utopia fan, even though they're no longer together. I've been on a trek to collect all of their CD's and I'm lucky I found this one. In fact, I didn't even know it was avaliable on CD format. The seller delivered it in a timely fashion and the product was received in the exact condition it was described on the Amazon website. If you're a fan of mid 80's rock, this is your band, this is your CD.
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By James Simon on April 25, 2015
Format: MP3 Music
This is probably my favorite of all the Utopia albums. All the songwriting is spot on. The merge of the 1984 sounds with the bands vocals and productions were a perfect synchronicity. A great mixture of modern electric sounds with contemporary rock. It feels like Todd was ready to jettison the old sounds of the 60's and 70's with Beatles rock and Phily soul and do something new, and Oblivion pays off big time. I'm especially glad to see that Amazon has made most of the album available on Amazon Prime (at the time of this review). It would've been nice if they included the entire album. I'm guessing there were probably publishing issues involved. At least the tracks that are available are probably the best tracks. You shouldn't cheat yourself though. If you like what you hear, spend the extra money and get the entire album. Well worth it.
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