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Utopia [Extra tracks, Import]

UtopiaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 14, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Unidisc Records
  • ASIN: B00002DD3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Libertine
2. Bad Little Actress
3. Feet Don't Fail Me Now
4. Neck On Up
5. Say Yeah
6. Call It What You Will
7. I'm Looking At You But I'm Talking To Myself
8. Hammer In My Heart
9. Burn Three Times
10. There Goes My Inspiration
11. Princess Of The Universe
12. Infrared And Ultraviolet
13. Forgotten But Not Gone
14. Private Heaven
15. Chapter And Verse
16. Hammer In My Heart (Dance Mix)

Editorial Reviews

Reissue With Bonus Track: 'Hammer In My Heart (Dance Mix)'.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Wave Todd November 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Todd went through many phases, both individually and with Utopia. Here he dons the new wave duds, the two-tone attitude, and shows he can do power pop/new wave as well as anybody who's ever attempted it. Too bad poor promotion and releasing this after the brilliant but obtuse Deface the Music pretty much meant Todd, once again, killed the buzz. As another reviewer mentioned, they limped off with two ok but not great albums, never to have reached the summit that seemed quite attainable after the well-received Adventures....

But the three-sided artifact those silly Utopians left is great -- tremendous tight harmonies, crystal clear production and glistening guitar runs, clever lyrics, too-cool melodies -- it's a solid, consistently superior package. It's hard to put this on and not feel the infectious, upbeat, intelligent melodies put you in a better mood - from the clever "Princess of the Universe," to the moody "Bad Little Actress" to the Beatlesque "Chapter and Verse," to the should-have-been hit rock ballad "There Goes My Inspiration." Add to that the hits (for Utopia)"Feet Don't Fail Me Now" and "Hammer in My Heart" and you have an irresistable top notch package. As this will surely go out of print again soon, I recommend this for any serious music collector, and the casual Todd fan as well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I own Todd and Utopia's complete catalogue, and this particular album is their most mainstream pop rock of them all. This collection is a particular favorite in that after repeated listenings, I learned to appreciate all sixteen tracks, which is very unusual for me.

Lovers of Todd's very early or recent material may find this too bland. However, I have enjoyed each stage of Todd's work.

Vocal harmonies are a favorite of mine, and there is an abundance here on this album. On this CD, I found it very enjoyable to hear all four singers have a turn to lead, and the background vocals are featured loudly enough to where one can make out each particular singer doing their thing, which can be very cool and adds to the relistenability. Each singer is quite competent, and Kaz of course has an excellent voice as always.

This band deserved so much better a fate than the relative obscurity under which it toiled.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This album is so great (considering Utopia's power-pop/rock side, not the earlier prog side), that any attempt at a retrospective of their career pales comparing to this single album. And that's saying a lot.

It's the prog fan in me that brought me to Todd's "A Wizard, A True Star", then "Todd Rundgren's Utopia". Over the years, I've found many a TR/Utopia LP that I listened to, enjoyed three or four tracks fully, maybe appreciated one or two more, and felt turned off by the rest. ("Swing to the Right" was the nadir, with only "Lysistrata"'s name bringing good musical memories.)

I almost fast-forwarded an Internet radio station when Utopia's "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" (from this album) came on a "Gentle Giant"-themed radio station. Say what? My preoccupation with work ended up being a major bonus that got me to the surprisingly catchy chorus, which avoids being saccharine due to the fact that none of the four has a particularly sweet voice (each has its own edge).

And so I started looking around to see if I could find a copy of the song. My only hope was (gulp!) buying the CD. Listening to the sound samples on Amazon, I gulped harder. This didn't sound very friendly.

I received the CD yesterday. I am in _awe_. I played it three times last night (a rare feat for me). There are so many insanely great "nerdy-chords-meets-catchy-melody" moments that few apart from Utopia could pull off that I can't really get bored listening to it. I wonder, had "Perfect Heaven" been pulled off the album so that everything could fit on one 45-minute LP, if the album would have fared better in the shops.

Definite highlights are "Neck on Up", "Say Yeah", "Burn Three Times", "Call It What You Want", and the aforementioned "Feet Don't Fail Me Now".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Swan Song September 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Their final album, from 1982, has been out-of-print for years. This "3-sided" album finds Todd Rundgren, Roger Powell, Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox in superb form. Sounding tighter than ever, sixteen great songs, this is one of Utopia's most overlooked efforts, by one of the most underrated power-pop bands in history. Highlights include "Bad Little Actress," "Feet Don't Fail Me Now," "I'm Looking At You But I'm Talking To Myself," "Hammer In My Heart," "There Goes My Inspiration," "Princess Of the Universe"...I'm going to stop there.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The self titled Utopia LP, originally released in September of 1982 as a 3 sided LP (actually the 4th side repeated the third so, call it what you will) was not Utopia's last LP as someone below stated. They switched to PVC records and recorded 2 more full LPs (POV and Oblivion)and an overview/odds and ends LP (Trivia). However, this was the last really great Utopia LP and it really delivers a diverse set of music with tracks stylistically all over the Rundgren/Utopia map. A lot of the album is in a new wave vien, but still with enough signature Utopia thrown in make it comfortable. It has a little something for everybody (except maybe the fans of the original progressive unit Todd began with). There is hard rock (Princess Of the Universe, and Hammer In My Heart), power pop (Libertine, Neck On Up), Nazz inspired psychedelia (Infrared & Ultraviolet), and material that sounds like it could be Todd solo (Call It What You Will, There Goes My Inspiration). Some new ideas are pulled out of the cannon with Feet Don't Fail Me Now (which had one seriously weird early video that Todd produced--check it out on Utopia's Retrospective DVD, another worthwhile purchase for fans) which runs a bit into Beatles territory while still remaining very much a Utopia song. My personal favorites would be Princess of the Universe which has Willie Wilcox spitting out venomous lyrics to a (possibly potential??)significant other over a garage rock beat and Neck On Up which is sung by Roger and has some highly interesting wordplay. My least favorite songs here tend to be the ones that sound like Todd's solo recordings, and that maybe because the group really gelled on this album and their efforts in that direction are so strong. It's just a shame that the album flew under the radar. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is completely fun to listen to
This album is completely fun to listen to. Catchy well done pop songs with great harmonies, tight musicianship and great guitar work from Todd. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerpop New Wave? Thy Name Is Upopia!
Having been deeply immersed in anything Todd Rundgren for the last five years,its a bit interesting that my first assured exposure to his music was through Utopia and not his solo... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andre S. Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars very satisfied
Everything I expected it to be. Very pleased with entire purchase from beginning to the end. Thank you very much!
Published 3 months ago by stephanie singer
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish it was still 1983...
There are 3 or 4 tunes on this disc that should have gotten Utopia much more airplay back in the day. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike Wrbelis
5.0 out of 5 stars hard to find but worth it
I bought this when it first came out back in the '80s and had it on cassette, the CD is everything I hoped it to be and more. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bajaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Call it what you will...
Power pop at its finest or simply one of rocks best. Utopia serves up one of the most intelligent well thought out records period. Read more
Published 16 months ago by bert smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Utopia
Great album. I was transferring this album from vinyl and had not listened to it for a number of years. I instantly had to have it on CD. There you go.... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Alan Matcke
5.0 out of 5 stars oH tODD!
Published on January 27, 2012 by cLYDEmONSTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Utopia best!
I stumbled across Utopia when Todd & the boys came to Tacoma Wa October 12th 1978 for two shows at a club call the Place. Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by Steven P. Troy
5.0 out of 5 stars Utopia: An Ideal of Perfection
This is a true, undeniable classic of the power pop genre. This extraordinary collection of musicians demonstrates their musical genius without being flashy or pretentious at all. Read more
Published on June 7, 2011 by Clinton Ervin
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