by Todd Rundgren


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To use his own words, Todd Rundgren was indeed a wizard, a true star. He's had only a couple of genuine hits ("Hello It's Me," "I Saw the Light"), but that's little indication of the depth of his career as pop showman (his dozen-plus solo albums), art rocker (leader of the group Utopia), producer (Meat Loaf, the Psychedelic Furs, Patti Smith, the New York Dolls, Grand Funk, Hall & Oates, Cheap Trick), and pop futurist (an early innovator of sound and video). In the showman category, Rundgren hit a peak with Something/Anything?, as pure an exposition of pop songcraft as perhaps has ever been made. On the first three of the album's four sides, Rundgren writes, plays, and produces everything himself, including "I Saw the Light," "Couldn't I Just Tell You," and "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference"; on the fourth, he and a host of guest stars proffer a funky if somewhat adolescently minded "pop operetta" that actually deserves the term. Included there is "Hello It's Me," jazzy horns, soulful vocals and all. a still-touching slice of romantic ambivalence. This record is really only for those with a sense of humor and a great love of timeless pop rock -- and for them it's a necessity.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227110727
catalogNumber: 71107
Rank: 2204

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Todd Rundgren   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Various
Rick Derringer   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Amos Garrett   Guitar
Jim Colegrove   Bass
Vicki Sue Robinson   Vocals
Rick Vito   Guitar
Ben Keith   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Brooks Baxes   Vocals
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Horn
Anthony Carrabba   Vocals
Dennis Cooley   Vocals
Richard Corey   Vocals
Brother Gene Dinwiddie   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Henry Fanton   Vocals
Jim Horn   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Robbie Kagale   Guitar
Serge Kaken   Conductor
Jackie Kelso   Saxophone
John Kelson   Tenor Saxophone
Mark "Moogy" Klingman   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Robbie Kogel   Guitar
Bugsy Maugh   Bass
Billy Mundi   Drums
Cecilia Norfleet   Vocals
Edward Olmos   Clarinet,Vocals
Barry Rodgers   Trombone
Barry Rogers   Trombone
Hope Ruff   Vocals
Hunt Sales   Drums
Tony Sales   Bass
Charlie Schoning   Piano
John Siegler   Bass,Cello
John Siomos   Drums
Ralph Wash   Guitar
Stu Woods   Bass
Serge Katzen   Conga

Technical Credits

Todd Rundgren   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Nick Jameson   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Mark "Moogy" Klingman   Composer
Dan Turbeville   Engineer
James Lowe   Engineer
B. Strong   Composer

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Something/Anything? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Dennisfromthehalcyondays More than 1 year ago
"Keep Your Head and Everything Will Be Cool"...from Couldn't I Just Tell You on disc 2 of this essential LP - track through all the cuts on disc 2 for one of the most memorable rides from a popmeister genius and a true star
Magnum-1 More than 1 year ago
I bought this on a whim based on an All Music Guide Review and the recommendation of the Music Manager at Barnes & Noble. It turned out to be an excellent album. The first six songs on each of the album's two discs are excellent, the second six songs, on each CD, are more experimental but still quite good. Rundgren even has a parody Rock Opera to end the album, which does get a little too silly. But never the less this is a really good album and contains some great pop/rock songs "Hello It's Me," "Couldn't I Just Tell you," "Torch Song," "It Really Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference," just to name a few. There is an excellent single disc in here if you want to skip over tracks but overall I thought this was excellent and I am very happy I bought it. Recommended to fans of mid-1970s pop/rock and those who can take some humor in their music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah, yeah... this is the one universally acknowledged Rundgren masterwork, and deservedly so-- a better collection of pop classics has NEVER been recorded by anyone. But this Rundgrenphile does not regard it as the best. For one thing, S/A? explores only one side of Rundgren's genius; for another, the three self-recorded sides could have benefited greatly from the help of a few session musicians-- at least a bass player and drummer. Nevertheless, this double album is worth every nickel of its price. Overlooked gems include: ''Sweeter Memories'', ''The Night the Carousel Burned Down'', ALL of Side 3. The unadulterated acclaim given this record later caused Todd a lot of frustration, I'm sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...yep, the Viking song speaks to me. Todd made one of the great two disk LPs of all time. Solid is the best way to describe this one. Acrobatic musicianship, ascerbic wit and incredible range all come together. The period when this album released saw more than a few "four-siders" release and only a few were cover2cover successes. Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus is in this class of amazingly solid two diskers, but TR is the master!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evincing the tricksy turns of every emotion of our Youth, Todd's classic double disc contains classic works: Hello, It's Me, Couldn't I Just Tell You, I Saw the Light. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference has been covered by disparate artists ranging from Johnny Mathis to Alison Kraus. Personal favorites that cause me to sing along in the car: Saving Grace, Cold Morning Light, One More Day.