Ra and + Oops! Wrong Planet Import
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The album itself isn't half bad. Yet again, Todd manages to create one solid half of an LP, while he seems to just lose it on the other. I've always really enjoyed the first side of Ra. "Communion with the Sun" works perfectly as a mini prog anthem. The vocal harmonies are great, Roger Powell's keyboard work is tasty, Kasim Sulton's bass work proves why he was asked to join the band, and Todd gets to do his thing on guitar. Great opener.
"Magic Dragon Theatre" is another nod to Todd's obsession with the Gilbert and Sullivan style of songwriting. It's slight, but it still sticks in your skull. "Jealousy" is one of Utopia's greatst rockers, bar none and features Willie Wilcox onlead vocals spitting out the words with a sort of greasy bravado that Todd would never bother trying. "Eternal Love" is the token pretty tune of the album, and "Sunburst Finish" lets Powell do his turn at the mic singing frilly lyrics about the Sphinx and other Egyptian delights.
Had the concept stopped there and the band cranked out some rocking tunes on the second half, Ra would be a classic. Unfortunately, we get the bombastically silly "Hiroshima" (with one of the worst choruses ever penned) and the barely-a-concept "Singring and the Glass Guitar (An Electrified Fairytale)" which acts as nothing but a piece for all the band members do have an extended solo.Read more ›
The album opens with Overture: Mountaintop And Sunrise by Bernard Herrmann before dropping into Todd's rocking Communion With The Sun. Todd and Kas teamed up to write the catchy but lyrically strange Magic Dragon Theatre. Next, up Willie takes the lead vocal for Jealousy. The mood changes as we get Eternal Love sung by Kas which is written by Roger and Kas. It's also the only song on the album that Todd doesn't get any songwriting credit on. Roger rounds out the first side with Sunburst Finish. The second half of the album is even better than the first, opening with a powerful song called Hiroshima. The album finishes with the epic Singring and the Glass Guitar (An Electrified Fairytale) clocking in at eighteen and a half minutes with each band member as a different character battling earth, fire, water, and wind to free the muse trapped by an evil fairy in a glass guitar. Eddy Offord (Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer) does some engineering on this album.
Utopia's Oops! Wrong Planet was first released in October 1977 and was the band's second album of the year. It also showed the band's continuing moving away from the more progressive sound of the first two albums. Kas also plays a major part singing lead or co vocals on a fair amount of the album.
The album opens with Todd's high energy Trapped. Sung by both Kas and Todd with it's "if you don't stand for something then you're gonna be trapped in a world that you never made". A message that flows throughout the album.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Communion with the Sun and Sing Ring and The Glass Guitar whats not to lovePublished 19 months ago by Mark Notarian
Utopia was the best band in the universe! These 2 albums are top grade and shows their variety in music.Published 24 months ago by H. Tims
Very good remasters and great liner notes that's recommended for those updating their TR collections. A great series at a good price.Published on September 29, 2013 by weavil
If you like Utopia, these are good albumns, audio quality is good. Works in my computer and dvd player. Thanks.Published on June 30, 2013 by Mlak Sva
Great album, but the sound quality was pretty poor. I'm going back to my vinyl copies and converting them instead.Published on May 31, 2013 by Emma007
I had Oops! Wrong Planet on album and never had or listened to RA so i thought
i would give this a shot. Read more