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listen  1. We Gotta Get You A WomanTodd Rundgren 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. I Saw The LightTodd Rundgren 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hello It's MeTodd Rundgren 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Couldn't I Just Tell YouTodd Rundgren 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Just One VictoryTodd Rundgren 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. A Dream Goes On ForeverTodd Rundgren 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Love Of The Common ManTodd Rundgren 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Love Is The AnswerUtopia 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Love In ActionUtopia 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Can We Still Be Friends?Todd Rundgren 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Very Last TimeUtopia 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Bang The Drum All DayTodd Rundgren 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Something To Fall Back OnTodd Rundgren 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Want Of A NailTodd Rundgren with Bobby Womack 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (July 29, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000003420
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Todd is God. This 16-track CD-his first single-disc "best-of"-features his solo hits Hello, It's Me; I Saw the Light; We Gotta Get You a Woman; Can We Still Be Friends , plus three Utopia tracks, his 1989 duet with Bobby Womack and more!

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A good, inexpensive single-disc compilation of Rundgren singles may not be what the world's been waiting for, but it's a fine thing nonetheless. Largely avoiding the big pretensions of many of his post-Something/Anything? albums, this record distills 15 years of releases into a hits-just-keep-on-coming set which makes sense of the sensibility that produced the bemusedly soulful "Hello It's Me," the straightforwardly sweet "Dream Goes On Forever," and the outright goofy "Bang the Drum All Day." --Rickey Wright

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The digital transfer from the master tape is very good considering it's age so Rhino did their job.
Unclewatts
I used to listen to Todd back in the "day"....so much that my old CD got scratches and skipped from so much use.
JimA
We Gotta Get You a Woman ("We gotta get you a woman, and when we're through with you, we'll get me one too"!!!!)
Gary Covington

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on July 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I owned and loved all of Todd Rundgren's albums until he formed Utopia and stepped off into outer space. I still stand by the two Runt albums, "Something/Anything," "A Wizard a True Star" and (especially) "Todd" as some of the most brilliant, creative pop-rock ever produced. If you like Todd Rundgren, before you buy this best-of, buy all of those. You also might want to get a couple of other winners from a little later in his career, "Faithful" and "Hermit of Mink Hollow." But after all those, you might want to get this, because it's the best way to get great tracks like "Real Man," "Love is the Answer," "Something to Fall Back On," and "Want of a Nail," without having to expose yourself to the maddeningly tedious side of Rundgren's music, his explorations into generic transcendentalism, accompanied by endless screaming guitar and synthesizer solos, with zero evidence of the humor and soul he shows at his best. None of that music is represented here, luckily. You can enjoy "Real Man" without ever having to listen to "A Treatise on Cosmic Fire," and that's the best favor anyone could do for this gifted, but sometimes self-indulgent, artist.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2003
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This is a good starter CD for anyone who is learning about Todd's music, but it barely scratches the surface about who Todd is (and thats hard to explain because he kept trying to re-invent himself on every LP during his prime in the 1970's)

Rhino has a few other 1-CD budget comps of Todd's stuff but they are very cheap and skimpy - get this one instead to see if you like him or not. (I think you will!) My only gripe is the liner notes which someone should have re-edited. Todd is very critical and sometimes very negative about his early music (which I adored).

All his well known "hits" are here, but I would have loved to also have had "Sometimes I Dont Know What To Feel", "Time Heals" and the underrated "Parallel Lines" from his last great CD, "Nearly Human".
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dave Mock on December 3, 1999
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Pop-oriented as this collection is, it still indicates the wide range of Todd Rundgren's interests...from flat-out rockers ('Very Last Time') to ballads ('Love is the Answer) to soul ('Want of a Nail,' which has some occasional vocals from Bobby Womack.
It also shows off Rundgren's best instrument: His mind, which allows each of these songs to contain passion, sensitivity and intelligence. Listeners who understand that will enjoy this collection, and be tempted to seek out Rundgren's more adventurous experimental work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ludwig J. Pluralist on December 6, 2006
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There is no doubt in my mind that Todd Rundgren, whose career has spanned from late 60s British Invasion/Beatlesque pop, through both the glittery and the singer-songwriter 70s, and then through the 80s new wave and beyond (and now, giving new life to a long defunct band, i.e., the Cars), is a great talent. And one of his sharpest talents has to do with his ability to craft a pure pop tune, that is, to tell a story or to express a basic human sentiment in music, and to do so in a hook filled way. Is it any wonder that so many of his songs are considered classics? Rundgren's been widely covered, by artists as wide ranging as Jules Shear, Robert Palmer, The Isley Brothers (check out their smooth, soulful take on "Hello it's me"), Mitch Easter, Billy Bragg, Joe Walsh, as well as the Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis and Mandy Moore. His song The Want of a Nail is a highlight of the recent indie musical "Camp." I also once heard the band Yo La Tengo do a stellar version of I Saw the Light, accompanied by cello, and it was great.

This, then, offers a fine overview of a multi talented songrwriter-arranger-performer. It contains a number of well known classic American melodic rock tunes, songs which will ring in your ears for hours, or even days, afterward. It sets a standard for what good music might be, in sharp contrast to the plethora of commercial garbage currently on the charts.

As others have suggested in their reviews, there is much more that could have been included. But this is probably meant to be a starting point for checking out Todd Rundgren (not to mention his band Utopia). In that, this CD accomplished its task.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Thomas on March 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A couple years back when I saw "The Very Best of Todd Rundgren" in my sister-in-law's CD collection and idly flipped it over to have a look at the playlist, it really hit me for the first time how many amazing songs this artist has given us. While some of these hits place me squarely and nostalgically into certain specific years (as in, the 70's) of my life, many of them also plug directly into the feelings I live from day to day, now -- whether it be the melancholy of HELLO IT'S ME or CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS or the soaring hopefulness of LOVE IS THE ANSWER. This is catchy pop, yes, but catchy pop of brilliant execution, and often conveying deep meaning. Gem after classic gem, and it's hard to pick a favorite, but for this listener I would have to say I SAW THE LIGHT. For someone who admired Rungren's body of work over the years but never purchased one of his albums, this CD hit me with great impact and has become the most frequently played disk in my machine. Thanks for putting your fans in Utopia, Mr. Rundgren!
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