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From classic ballads to brilliant power pop, from psychedelic rock to blue-eyed soul-this magnum opus has it all! Includes Hello It's Me; It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference; I Saw the Light; Couldn't I Just Tell You; Black Maria; Dust in the Wind; Cold Morning Light; Piss Aaron , and more, 25 tracks on 2 CDs!

This double record from 1972 remains the definitive collection of Rundgren's long career. With Rundren acting as a one-man-band for three-quarters of the session, it was also his bid for a Ph.D. from the college of musical knowledge. He deserved the degree for simply writing the lead-off track, "I Saw the Light," a melodic pop-rock gem that remains Rundgren's greatest hit. Rundgren excels at Beatles-esque pop-rock ("Couldn't I Just Tell You," "Wolfman Jack") and Philadelphia-styled soul ballads ("It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference," "Hello, It's Me"). He also sticks his toe into heavy metal ("Black Maria"), jazz-rock fusion ("Breathless"), and cerebral pop ("The Night the Carousel Burnt Down"). Like most double albums, there's fat on the play-list, but the best of Something/Anything gave credence to Rundgren's boast of being a wizard and a true star. --John Milward

Disc: 1
1. I Saw The Light
2. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
3. Wolfman Jack
4. Cold Morning Light
5. It Takes Two To Tango (This Is For The Girls)
6. Sweeter Memories
7. Intro
8. Breathless
9. The Night The Carousel Burnt Down
10. Saving Grace
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Disc: 2
1. Black Maria
2. One More Day (No Word)
3. Couldn't I Just Tell You
4. Torch Song
5. Little Red Lights
6. Overture-My Roots: Money (That's What I Want)/Messin' With The Kid
7. Dust In The Wind
8. Piss Aaron
9. Hello It's Me
10. Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: June 25, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032WL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on September 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Todd Rundgren's double-album SOMETHING/ANYTHING? (1972) was a diverse juggernaut of catchy pop, R&B/Soul, hard rock, psychedelia, scatological humor, and other styles which may be difficult to classify. However, the album is fairly accessible throughout. It was this album that Todd received a huge slice of mainstream success. However, since many had perceived him *solely* as a soft rock/ballad writer, Todd chose to abandon mainstream rock for many years after this album - making some of the most experimental music this side of any notable experimental artist. The unfortunate misconceptions and the willful misrepresentation of an artist's creativity has been bestowed upon other artists as well (Queen comes to mind), which misleads listeners into thinking that an artist specializes in one particular style, and therefore, helps to blind fans from enjoying an artist's work to it's fullest when an album is bought, and listened to in it's entirety. Or perhaps, it's just simply that many listeners are staunch in their listening preferences, and wouldn't be able to tolerate hyper-diversity from the start.
Getting to this album. The album is divided into four distinct halves, and Todd plays all of the instruments, and provides all of the vocals for the first three halves of the album. The first half (Disc 1, Tracks 1-6) is called "A Bouquet of Ear-Catching Melodies," and is comprised of mostly catchy, melodic pop tunes. "I Saw The Light" has been compared to Carole King. While his vocals seem like Carole King, the music on this track is much more upbeat and energetic than any typical King song. "Wolfman Jack" makes me wonder if it was inspired by the television host of the same name throughout the 70s. A fun, catchy, 50s-like track. "Cold Morning Light" is probably my favorite from this half.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 16, 2001
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Something/Anything? is a sprawling, ambitious double album from studio wiz Todd Rundgren. For the first three quarters of the album, Mr. Rundgren plays all the instruments, sings all the parts and produces. It was a pattern that Prince would follow for much of his essential work. The last side of the original album was a live in studio song suite that he recorded with a full band. The album touches on numerous musical styles for power pop to rock to soul to jazz and everything in between. But it doesn't matter what the musical style is or method of recording, the effort is the strongest of his career. The album's opening track, "I Saw The Light", is an amazing piece of music. It has a glossy, Wall of Sound style with a multi-layered and textured vocal. It is one of the ten best songs from the 70's and a classic. "The Night They Burned The Carousel Down" is an ambitious effort, "Black Maria" has a gothic feel, "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" has a soulful style, "Piss Aaron" is a humorous song about a kid who can't control his bowel movements and "Slut" is a blaring rocker with a glam rock feel. "Couldn't I Just Tell You" is a great, fast paced song with a great acoustic guitar riff. "Hello, It's Me" was originally recorded with his first band the Nazz back in 1968. Mr. Rundgren didn't not sing lead on the Nazz version, but he provides a Philly soul inspired effort that propelled the song up to number five making it his only top ten hit. Something/Anything? is often overlooked and rarely mentioned when discussing the all-time great records, but it a great effort that stands toe to toe with just about any record released in the 70's.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1999
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My boyfriend recently purchased "Something/Anything?" for me and it has rarely left my stereo since. In 1972 I was around four years old, and I never really paid any attention to Rundgren, spending my formative years listening to Bowie and Costello, oblivious to what would years later become one of my favourite CD's. I haven't been this charmed since first hearing Phil Seymour. This is what bliss sounds like, unadulterated joy and catchy pop sensibilty, at times almost painful in it's sincerity. All too wonderful.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Kallaher on February 25, 2005
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I bought the CD of this album recently, not having heard most of the songs on it for a good 20 years or so. Hearing it again has been nearly overwhelming. It's hard to believe that Todd was so young when he wrote and recorded this album. A kid barely out of high school synthesized pretty much all of the rock and roll and pop music of the previous 15 or 20 years and produced an album (a double album, in fact) that is not only entertaining from start to finish but also contains a half dozen or so songs that approach power pop perfection. It's easy to forget that the album came out in 1972, well ahead of some other supposedly seminal hard pop pioneers. (After rediscovering Todd, it is hard for me to get quite as excited about Big Star, for example; as good as their albums are, most of the tasty bits on them can be found in abundance on Todd's earlier efforts.) His influences are pretty obvious: the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Smoky Robinson, Marvin Gaye and other Motown artists, Booker T and the MGs and others on the Stax/Volt Memphis scene, but he really did advance things quite a bit, and many of the songs on this album would be hits today. Among those are "Couldn't I Just Tell You" (my personal favorite and without a doubt one of the best pop songs ever written), "Hello, It's Me" (a pretty big radio hit in its own right, back when AM radio played music and FM was all talk), "I Saw the Light" (as Todd put it, just like Motown, the single is right at the beginning), "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference," "Cold Morning Light," "Dust in the Wind" (not written by Todd, but still years ahead of the Kansas chestnut of the same name), "One More Day" (almost a show tune), and several guilty pleasures that are tossed off like afterthoughts ("Piss Aaron" and "SLUT" for example).Read more ›
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