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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1985 album from Todd Rundgren and Utopia including three bonus tracks. POV was the final studio album by Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell and Willie Wilcox. Following on the heels of Oblivion, the album retained the usual quirkiness and musical excellence associated with Utopia. Featuring classics such as 'Zen Machine', 'Mystified' and 'Play This Game', this new edition includes three bonus tracks including a rare b-side and two songs recorded in 1986 for the Trivia compilation. Esoteric. 2011.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Esoteric Antenna
  • ASIN: B004EK3KUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on March 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album has become something of an obscurity: it was the first Utopia album not to chart on first release and due to mismanagement and the then newness of cd's (January 1985) so when albums started dissappearing, so did this. Thankfully, Rhino reissued this in 1996 paired with Oblivion and the two songs recorded for the compilation album Trivia. Unfortunately, when Warner Bros. took over Rhino not long after, these titles became rare again.

As far as recording the album itself, the band was splintering by this time with Todd and Roger headed one way while Kasim and Willie going the other. In the liner notes for the 1996 edition, it's clear that both Willie and Kas wanted something that could be contemporary with the sound at the time with Willie trying out a bunch of new prototype drum effects which were also racking up large amounts of studio time just to get set up. Roger and Todd wanted an album with more of a live feel. Both Willie and Kas seem to really like this album while Todd and Roger were a bit more critical. The songs themselves are generally very good but they do tend to get stuck in that mid 1980's vibe which, for some, will be a good thing but others, not so much. The highlights are: Play This Game, Secret Society, Zen Machine, Mated, Wildlife, Mimi Gets Mad (originally written for The Tubes), and Mystified. This edition also features the cassette/cd song Man Of Action as well as the songs cut for Trivia: Fix Your Gaze and Monument.
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Just like on Hermit and Wrong Planet -- and frankly, on just about any Todd and/or Utopia album -- this disc is stocked with hit after hit, unforgettable melody after memorable hook. Play This Game, Secret Society, Wildlife, Mated, Mimi Gets Mad, More Light; these are only the highlights of this spectacular disc.

The only area where I'd be tempted to deduct even a fraction of a star would be in percussion. In an interview on the Utopia in Columbus 1980 DVD, Todd mentions that on this CD, Willie Wilcox didn't play drums; he only programmed the drum effects. I wish he hadn't said that, because now I can hear it. The drums are just too perfect. Utopia was one of the top touring and live-performance band ever; c'mon guys, take a chance on some less than perfect playing in exchange for authentic performance.

But the percussion is not obviously mechanical or robotic, and this minor complaint far from justifies a deduction. This is an undeniable five-star performance, a fitting, if somewhat sad, swan song by a band that tore up the 70s and 80s both on stage and in the studio. Don't hesitate.
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Todd Rundgren is one of the great pop music visionaries of the past 45 years. His group Utopia (particularly the long-running four piece line up of Todd, Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell and John "Willie" Wilcox) is one of America's all-time great bands. This record turned out to be the swan song for a group that spent years pushing stubbornly against the grain of pre-packaged, 'phoned-in' music that was becoming more and more commonplace in the 80s. Tragically, by the time of POV's 1985 release, Utopia was consigned to a small independent label that ended up folding the following year.

In a parallel universe (with strong label and promotional support), POV would have been a smash hit. From the concise, polished power pop of "Play This Game", to the anthemic, fist pumping vibe of "Stand For Something", to the lush ballad "Mated", to the epic, bombastic, harmonically rich "More Light", this record offers an incredibly consistent collection of top-shelf songs with polished, pristine production. Todd and Kasim's lead vocals never sounded better, and the whole group is playing and singing their asses off. While it's a shame that Todd and Willie butted heads throughout the recording (also contributing to the group's demise), the end result is as close to perfect as it gets.

I'm so thankful that POV is available for download- now the rest of the world can finally get caught up on this incredible music!
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If you're a fan of Todd Rundgren's Utopia, this is a must. One of the last CD/LP's to be made by the band. If you like rock from the 80's with lots of harmony vocals, great melodies and nice production, this is your music. Check it out.
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Yes, my favorite record of Utopia is Swing To the right, followed by Oops Wrong Planet, but a better position involved POV. It's a record of 1985 and I've not loved the music of that period, which ranged from Frankie Goes To Hollywood to Thompson Twins, etc etc. But Todd with his great skill, produced with the noble writing of Utopia, an album of great songs that could combine the sounds of the su
dden cold and stop time, with great songwriting of the past.
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I too do not actually own this album anymore. I used to have it on cassette. It really is a great album and it is inexplicable to me why allmusic.com, which normally gets most things right, is so down on it. I wish someone would make this available again for an acceptable price.
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I agree this is extremely difficult to get on CD and iTunes/Amazon MP3 do not make it available for digital download at this time. I have this OOP title on cassette tape and need to find a way to digitize it before the tape stops working. A great mix of songs and one of my favorite Utopia albums.
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