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Todd RundgrenAudio CD
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listen  1. We Gotta Get You A WomanTodd Rundgren 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Be Nice To MeTodd Rundgren 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
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 
listen  8. Real ManTodd Rundgren 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000003420
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the bewildered fan 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to a 'true star' December 3, 1999
Format:Audio CD
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I (finally) SAW THE LIGHT 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always Something Missing... March 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
THIS IS A GREAT CROSS SECTION OF HIS WORK AND WORTH THE PURCHASE PRICE OF ADMISSION! This will give you a good idea of his genius and creativity.
Let's face it...Todd Rundgren is one of the most unsung hero/genius musicians of the last 40 years. He was uneven in his releases and often spent time producing/promoting and working with other bands/artists while his music went on the back burner.
While I think this is probably the closest you'll come to a good cross section of his music/career, the obvious omission of "Time Heals" and/or some of the other cuts from the album "Healing" leave me thinking that the title of this album is an obvious error and should not be taken seriously.
"Time Heals" was probably the single best piece of music he did during his career. And "Healing" was probably his single best album, far surpassing the classic "Something/Anything" which I grew up with and loved.
I have loved, revered and adored this man from the first time I ever heard any thing of his or anything of anyone elses that he had his finger in. His unfearing exploration of different styles and subject matter in his career shows the genius and versatility he possesses.
If it were up to me... I'd just buy "Something/Anything" and "Healing". You could really call them "The Best Of Todd Rundgren" but, even then you'd 'Always Be Missing Something' like "Bang On The Drum All Day". I am sorely dissappointed in the omission of "Time Heals". Sometimes I think they should actually poll fans to find out what "they" would include in some of these so called "Greatest Hits" or "Best Of" collections as it seems to me that they always leave one, two or three things out that really HAVE to be there for a collection to be labled as such.
I would recommend this as a STARTING POINT to give you some insight into an amazing artist/musician/songwriter/producer/musical genius if you're not all that familiar with his work since it does contain most of his classic offerings!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC BEST OF IS WORTH THE PURCHASE
HUGE TODD RUNDGREN FAN! CLASSIC BEST OF IS WORTH THE PURCHASE!!
Published 3 days ago by Anthony White
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd is the best.
Todd is the best! So the best of Todd has to be the best of the best. It is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TODD RUNDGREN IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS!
Todd Rundgren has been recording since 1967 and has produced dozens of albums, so this compilation is wonderful for fans of his music. Read more
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Published 19 days ago by Mousey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Some good stuff from a great time in my life
Published 1 month ago by Myra McCabe
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
Todd has exactly 3 good solo songs (I Saw The Light, It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference and Hello It's Me) and one isn't even on here!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-Talented Todd Rundgren contributed a great deal to the 1970's...
Todd Rundgren blazed a meteoric trail mainly during the 70's decade (but also slightly before & after)! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Book & Music thief, from HI
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of TR
LOVE this album. It's magic Todd Rundgren, Classic. I watched a show with Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren and had to hear more TR.
Published 4 months ago by Kathryn Greenwald
5.0 out of 5 stars BANG ON YOUR DRUM ALL DAY
THIS IS THE REASON I BOUGHT THIS CD, EXCELLENT PARTY TUNE. OTHER GOOD SONGS TOO, BUT THIS ONE WILL ALWAYS STAND OUT...
Published 5 months ago by TRACY RUCH
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