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One of his greatest works is now available on compact disc from Friday Music. Features the radio hit Public Servant and many other fan favorites from this fine release.
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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2016)
  • Original Remastered ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: March 25, 2016
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Friday Music
  • ASIN: B001EOQUS2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pure raw emotion - songs sung from the deepest part of a man whose heart is out for all to see! Todd Rundgren is a soul man! Always has been, even when he was singing those rock n' roll songs at the top of his lungs (and range). In the tradition of Hall and Oates, two white blue-eyed soul brothers from Philadelphia, Mr. Rundgren uses vocal inflections to their ultimate effect. His technique never gets in the way but indeed enhances his ability to communicate the words he sings. The melodies are memorable and the arrangements pure magic. There are no throwaways, every song given the attention of Todd's best epics.
Highlights: "The Smell of Money" exemplifies TR's sense of humour for which he has been known throughout his career. Don't let that make you think that there is no musical merit here. To the contrary, this tune has all of the earmarks of operatic orchestral greatness! I'll see you on Broadway!
"If I Have to be Alone" is as emotional a vocal performance as I have ever heard on record. Todd has always been able to make the listener feel as though the singer and listener are there together....been there done that....and oh yeah...can say it exactly the way you're feeling it.
Make no mistake...this is a pop album! Unfortunately, there are thousands of pop musicians and records that smell of mediocrity so much so that one has to remind oneself that The Beatles were pop musicians....and look at the excellence of their effort. Well, Todd Rundgren on this cd exemplifies the best of the pop genre, bringing you into each song emotionally, relating to every feeling you ever had and somehow making you feel better for having heard those feelings expressed so beautifully. Over a long career which admittedly has had its' ups and downs creatively, Todd Rundgren most definitely has hit his Second Wind with this release! May there be many more........
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These songs were recorded basically live (without audience noise) or "live" in-studio. The title track is a stand-out, but my favorite tune is "If I Have To Be Alone", a powerful yet sad spiral into loneliness, depression, and resignation. Depressing lyrically, yet very powerfully sonically and vocally.
Todd has often performed all the instruments on his records, but this time he enlists the stellar talents of Prairie Prince of the Tubes (and of Journey a LONG time ago), Journey's bassist Ross Valory, Lyle Workman on guitar, Vince Welnick (The Tubes/Grateful Dead/Missing Man Formation) on keys, and a host of others. This disc is not easy to find, so grab it up while you can!
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First of all, I don't notice any new liner notes written by Todd as Amazon describes although Joe Reagoso does write a brief blurb as well as doing the remastering. I'm also not sure that this album has really been out of print for nearly 20 years. I bought mine when it was first released back at the end of '90 or the beginning of '91 and I could swear that I was still seeing it new into the late '90's so maybe 10 or so.

I liked this album when it was first released and it has grown on me more since. There really isn't anything on here that I don't like and includes some Todd classics like Change Myself, Love Science, Who's Sorry Now, If I Have To Be Alone, Kindness and Public Service. The new remastering job is nice although the sound on this was always good and I'm not sure if it's that much better than the original although we could all do with a fresh copy about now anyway. This album was recorded live at the San Francisco Palace Of Arts with the audience removed mostly. A note to those who don't know, Todd doesn't play any instruments really on here but does do a great job with the vocals.
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Having bought this album in early 1991, I got an opportunity to see Todd Rundgren perform live in Baltimore at a small, cramped night club called "Hammerjacks." I was literally blown away by the excellent concert, where Todd and his band played flawlessly. Indeed, one of the best concerts I have ever attended. Todd played some old songs as well as his new album, "Second Wind." Songs like "Jessie" about the right wing senator Helms brought the place to hysterics, as well as "Cliche" from a long ago album. The memories are still fresh after all of these years--23 years ago. I have the ticket stub, and got to meet Todd outside the club at his tour bus. He was so kind and patient with his fans, even autographing the cd cover of his album. I still remember asking Todd about that album cover--the monk with an axe in his head--Todd responded-"it wasn't my idea" After shaking hands, I left to go home, still buzzing from the experience that was Todd Rundgren. "Second Wind' is for his fans, and those who know about Todd's work will truly enjoy this record. I will always respect Todd as one of America's finest rock/pop masters.
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By Dan on May 26, 2013
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I found 2nd Wind to be a nice solid live album from Todd. I particularly liked "Whose Sorry Now" and the hypnotic "In Gaya's Eyes" It would been nice to hear some audience applause after some of the songs to give it a more "live feel".
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Having pretty near absorbed the 70's and early 80's catalog of Todd Rundgren (and to a lesser degree Utopia) during the past couple years,this album has helped me a great deal to define the very individualistic music of "runt",as he apparently sometimes was referred to. After hearing this in relation to what he did before I refer to his music as art soul. It has elements of just about every sub-genre of progressive rock,pop and R&B his voice,melodies and words are able to convey subjects of deep personal meanings in terms that communicate with the people listening. In many ways this was an album of many firsts for Rundgren. For one,Todd took on the Beatles concept for Let It Be and make a record of all new material before a live audience (asked to keep silent rather than applaud of course),in this case at Palace Of Fine Arts Theare in San Francisco. Also he is using a full 11 piece band including Utopia's Roger Powell on keyboards,Bobby Strickland on sax,Prairie Prince on drums along with guitarist Lyle Workman and percussionist Scott Matthews. It's one of the few occasions where he's used a live band on a solo album. Also it's his first album of the 90's. And before the alternative rock phenomenon knocked just about everyone else off the radio and chars,Todd made it clear he still had what it took.

The album begins with two thick,grooving soul-pop pieces in "Change Myself" and "Love Science". On the former song he's suggested the than prevailing thought that the worlds problems could be solved a great deal by expanding our thought processes naturally. "Who's Sorry Now" is a 70's Motown style cinematic soul,breaking from ballad to uptempo parts almost effortlessly.
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