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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.Read more ›
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):
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.
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
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I was there.
4th Row Center seat with my roomate from Ga Tech.
We thought the crowd noise was a bit loud since there were few in the seats at the Atlanta Fox... Read more
Both albums are awesome. Listened to them over and over when younger and still do today. My kids love the IKON.Published 15 months ago by Junior A Varsity
I only had these on vinyl and was glad to get them. Great Christmas gift to myself.Published 19 months ago by joseph a. cascio
It seems these were remastered to a level that the clarity presented has made Todd's and the other vocals stand out more than the vinyl versions. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Keven Kanten