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Utopia Extra tracks, Import

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Reissue with Bonus Track: 'Hammer in My Heart (Dance Mix)'.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Libertine
  2. Bad Little Actress
  3. Feet Don't Fail Me Now
  4. Neck On Up
  5. Say Yeah
  6. Call It What You Will
  7. I'm Looking At You But I'm Talking To Myself
  8. Hammer In My Heart
  9. Burn Three Times
  10. There Goes My Inspiration
  11. Princess Of The Universe
  12. Infrared And Ultraviolet
  13. Forgotten But Not Gone
  14. Private Heaven
  15. Chapter And Verse
  16. Hammer In My Heart (Dance Mix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 14, 2000)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Unidisc Records
  • ASIN: B00002DD3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Todd and In Charge VINE VOICE on November 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Todd went through many phases, both individually and with Utopia. Here he dons the new wave duds, the two-tone attitude, and shows he can do power pop/new wave as well as anybody who's ever attempted it. Too bad poor promotion and releasing this after the brilliant but obtuse Deface the Music pretty much meant Todd, once again, killed the buzz. As another reviewer mentioned, they limped off with two ok but not great albums, never to have reached the summit that seemed quite attainable after the well-received Adventures....

But the three-sided artifact those silly Utopians left is great -- tremendous tight harmonies, crystal clear production and glistening guitar runs, clever lyrics, too-cool melodies -- it's a solid, consistently superior package. It's hard to put this on and not feel the infectious, upbeat, intelligent melodies put you in a better mood - from the clever "Princess of the Universe," to the moody "Bad Little Actress" to the Beatlesque "Chapter and Verse," to the should-have-been hit rock ballad "There Goes My Inspiration." Add to that the hits (for Utopia)"Feet Don't Fail Me Now" and "Hammer in My Heart" and you have an irresistable top notch package. As this will surely go out of print again soon, I recommend this for any serious music collector, and the casual Todd fan as well.
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When Unidisc first rereleased this back in 2000 it came in a jewel case with a booklet which contained the lyrics. Mine was beginning to show a slight bit of wear and with this becoming a bit hard to find (perhaps Esoteric is planning a rerelease) I picked another up. Unfortunately, it showed up in one of the thinnest cardboard covers I've ever seen with the disc sliding out of the side leading to scratches. In fact, this arrived in worse shape than the one I was replacing so try to see if you can find it with the jewel case.

On to the music...

Utopia was their first and only release on Network Records in August 1982 after having parted with Bearsville after the release of Swing To The Right in February. Bearsville wasn't the only one to suffer a departure as bassist Kasim Sulton had also left the band. The band began the recording sessions with Doug Howard taking Kas' spot. About a third of the way through the recording sessions, Kasim returned. Partly because the band was on a new label they decided to go with a more straight ahead pop/rock/new wave sound. The album was recorded fairly quickly and Todd replaced his Strat and SG with a Telecaster.

Originally, I found the album to be really good but I was slightly disappointed in it's more pure pop direction overall. However, over time this has really grown on me. I've always liked songs like Feet Don't Fail Me Now, I'm Looking at You But I'm Talking to Myself, There Goes My Inspiration and Princess of the Universe but I've also come to dig songs like Bad Little Actress, Say Yeah, Call It What You Will, Forgotten But Not Gone and Chapter and Verse. This version also includes the extended Hammer In My Heart. It's an album that, for me, has aged gracefully over the years.
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I own Todd and Utopia's complete catalogue, and this particular album is their most mainstream pop rock of them all. This collection is a particular favorite in that after repeated listenings, I learned to appreciate all sixteen tracks, which is very unusual for me.

Lovers of Todd's very early or recent material may find this too bland. However, I have enjoyed each stage of Todd's work.

Vocal harmonies are a favorite of mine, and there is an abundance here on this album. On this CD, I found it very enjoyable to hear all four singers have a turn to lead, and the background vocals are featured loudly enough to where one can make out each particular singer doing their thing, which can be very cool and adds to the relistenability. Each singer is quite competent, and Kaz of course has an excellent voice as always.

This band deserved so much better a fate than the relative obscurity under which it toiled.
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This album is so great (considering Utopia's power-pop/rock side, not the earlier prog side), that any attempt at a retrospective of their career pales comparing to this single album. And that's saying a lot.

It's the prog fan in me that brought me to Todd's "A Wizard, A True Star", then "Todd Rundgren's Utopia". Over the years, I've found many a TR/Utopia LP that I listened to, enjoyed three or four tracks fully, maybe appreciated one or two more, and felt turned off by the rest. ("Swing to the Right" was the nadir, with only "Lysistrata"'s name bringing good musical memories.)

I almost fast-forwarded an Internet radio station when Utopia's "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" (from this album) came on a "Gentle Giant"-themed radio station. Say what? My preoccupation with work ended up being a major bonus that got me to the surprisingly catchy chorus, which avoids being saccharine due to the fact that none of the four has a particularly sweet voice (each has its own edge).

And so I started looking around to see if I could find a copy of the song. My only hope was (gulp!) buying the CD. Listening to the sound samples on Amazon, I gulped harder. This didn't sound very friendly.

I received the CD yesterday. I am in _awe_. I played it three times last night (a rare feat for me). There are so many insanely great "nerdy-chords-meets-catchy-melody" moments that few apart from Utopia could pull off that I can't really get bored listening to it. I wonder, had "Perfect Heaven" been pulled off the album so that everything could fit on one 45-minute LP, if the album would have fared better in the shops.

Definite highlights are "Neck on Up", "Say Yeah", "Burn Three Times", "Call It What You Want", and the aforementioned "Feet Don't Fail Me Now".
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