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Personally, I've never been a huge fan of this version of Utopia. Some fans find their first LP to be a classic through and through, whereas I have not ever been able to get into either "Utopia Theme" or "Freak Parade" off the first half. Like a lot of prog rock, sometimes the ideas overwhelm the actual tunes, and that's the problem with these two tracks. You can certainly get cerebral without being dull (see: Rush). That leaves the short "Freedom Fighters" which features Todd's trademark pop licks, but is far from being one of his classics.
On the other hand, the entire second side of the album is taken up by the 30-minute "The Ikon," which hits on all cylinders and is something I've never tired of hearing. Todd assembled the track from various bits he and the band were working on and created a final product with which they could perform live. In the liner notes included with this edition, Rundgren claims that at the time the track was often being extended to 90 minutes on the stage due to everyone's soloing. But the version here is stellar, showcasing some of Todd's best recorded guitar work in his entire catalog.Read more ›
Another Live was recorded on the tour promoting Todd's Initiation album in August '75, features Utopia with two new members Roger Powell and John "Willie" Wilcox as well as featuring back up singers from David Bowie's Young Americans band. Unlike most live albums, most of the songs on here hadn't been released on other records and there are no overdubs. The first half is made up of all new originals and starts off with a great song called Another Life by Todd and Ralph. I was always bummed that Utopia never played this song more as it's one of their best. The Wheel is a strong tune with Todd playing an acoustic guitar and this version has an almost carnaval feel to it. The Seven Rays is another very strong song written by Todd and John and has a cool instrumental section in which the keyboards are used to good effect.Read more ›
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The British two cd version: The sound quality is amazing. Unlike the original 1974 LP, the live audience reaction (just like the finished product of Humble Pie Rockin' the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by quick1
I was there.
4th Row Center seat with my roomate from Ga Tech.
We thought the crowd noise was a bit loud since there were few in the seats at the Atlanta Fox... Read more
Both albums are awesome. Listened to them over and over when younger and still do today. My kids love the IKON.Published 8 months ago by Junior A Varsity
I bought this 'double' for Another live...which is truly great music. Utopia...on the other hand is pretty heavy and indulgent. Read morePublished 10 months ago by stony
I only had these on vinyl and was glad to get them. Great Christmas gift to myself.Published 13 months ago by joseph a. cascio
It seems these were remastered to a level that the clarity presented has made Todd's and the other vocals stand out more than the vinyl versions. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Keven Kanten