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Todd Rundgrens Utopia / Another Live Import

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Two digitally remastered full length albums Utopia (1974) and ANOTHER LIFE (1975) packaged together at a discounted price. Includes lyrics and liner notes pulled from the book on Todd Rundgren a WIZARD, a TRUE STAR: TODD RUNDGREN IN THE STUDIO.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Utopia
  2. Freak Parade
  3. Freedom Fighters
  4. The Ikon

Disc: 2

  1. Another Life
  2. The Wheel
  3. The Seven Rays
  4. Intro/Mister Triscuits
  5. Somethin's Coming
  6. Heavy Metal Kids
  7. Do Ya
  8. Just One Victory


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Edsel Records UK
  • ASIN: B006IMLG52
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I grew up in the 70's mostly listening to AM pop in the early part of the decade and more FM rock in the later part of the decade. Somehow, I was never aware of these albums that Rundgren had put out. I only knew of his early 70's hits (Hello It's Me, Gotta Get You A Woman) and some of his Utopia stuff which did make the radio (Love in Action, The Very Last Time, Set Me Free). Well this twofer is not really similar to those pop rock sounding songs. Todd Rundgren's Utopia, to me, is comparable to some of the longer instrumental numbers by Frank Zappa or perhaps some of the musical interludes of ELP. Few words, mostly instrumental. Another Live is not quite as enjoyable as TR's Utopia but still nice to have as part of the twofer package. On the whole, it's great to stumble across this stuff some 37 years later.
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By 1974, Todd Rundgren decided to try on the idea of a full-fledged band for the second time (if one can really count Runt as a "true" working band). This time out, he ventured down the prog rock path so many other groups at the time were milking for various artistic and monetary fortunes. Todd had formed an earlier, briefer version of Utopia that didn't produce any recorded work. After some reshuffling of band members, and expanding the group to a whopping six-piece combo, Utopia arrived on the scene with its debut LP, Todd Rundgren's Utopia (with Todd explaining his name initially prefacing the band's as a commercial move to insure some units being sold).

Personally, I've never been a huge fan of this version of Utopia. Some fans find their first LP to be a classic through and through, whereas I have not ever been able to get into either "Utopia Theme" or "Freak Parade" off the first half. Like a lot of prog rock, sometimes the ideas overwhelm the actual tunes, and that's the problem with these two tracks. You can certainly get cerebral without being dull (see: Rush). That leaves the short "Freedom Fighters" which features Todd's trademark pop licks, but is far from being one of his classics.

On the other hand, the entire second side of the album is taken up by the 30-minute "The Ikon," which hits on all cylinders and is something I've never tired of hearing. Todd assembled the track from various bits he and the band were working on and created a final product with which they could perform live. In the liner notes included with this edition, Rundgren claims that at the time the track was often being extended to 90 minutes on the stage due to everyone's soloing. But the version here is stellar, showcasing some of Todd's best recorded guitar work in his entire catalog.
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I bought this 'double' for Another live...which is truly great music. Utopia...on the other hand is pretty heavy and indulgent. However just about anything Todd does is worth a listen and for me ...some of the best arrangements ever heard.Todd was born to do this and it isn't hard to tell. He employs talented musicians to bring his creations to life...his music is authentic and dynamic..some of his songs could be anthems for different epochs...you gotta hear 'the wheel'..I did in my late teens and thought...wow..who is this dude!!!
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The British two cd version: The sound quality is amazing. Unlike the original 1974 LP, the live audience reaction (just like the finished product of Humble Pie Rockin' the Fillmore) is right up there with the band!
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A clever pairing by Edsel of the UK - Todd's Prog Rock masterpiece "Todd Rundgren's Utopia" from 1974 and "Another Live" - the atmospheric live album which followed in 1975 – a record that concentrated primarily on new material from within the same 'Utopia' band. But as one reviewer has pointed out - there's a mastering error on the "The Ikon" from "Todd Rundgren's Utopia" that's been carried over from the 1990 Rhino Remaster CD of old. But frankly Frank - it lasts five seconds at the most and I can live with it. Here are the Freedom Fighters and Freak Parades...

UK released 27 February 2012 (6 March 2012 in the USA) - "Todd Rundgren's Utopia/Another Live" by TODD RUNDGREN’S UTOPIA on Edsel EDSD 2127 (Barcode 740155212735) is a 'Collector's Edition' that offers straightforward transfers of 2LPs (1974 and 1975) onto 2CDs and plays out as follows:

Disc 1 (59:22 minutes):
1. Utopia
2. Freak Parade
3. Freedom Fighters
4. The Ikon [Side 2]
Tracks 1 to 4 are the album "Todd Rundgren's Utopia" by TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA - released November 1974 in the USA on Bearsville BS 6954 and November 1974 in the UK on Bearsville K 55501. Produced and Engineered by TODD RUNDGREN - it peaked at No. 34 in the USA (didn't chart in Britain). "Utopia" (aka "Utopia Theme") was recorded live at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia in November 1973 - the rest of the album is studio.

The Band:
TODD RUNDGREN - Guitars and Vocals
MOOGY KLINGMAN - Keyboards
(Jean-Yves) M. FROG LABAT - Synthesizers
RALPH SCHUCKETT - Keyboards
JOHN SIEGLER - Bass and Cello
KEVIN ELLMAN - Percussion

Disc 2 (46:09 minutes):
1. Another Life
2. The Wheel
3. The Seven Rays
4.
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