Todd Rundgren at the BBC: 1972-1982 [CD/DVD]

Todd Rundgren at the BBC: 1972-1982 [CD/DVD]

by Todd Rundgren


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The years covered on this three-CD/one-DVD set are the peak years of Todd Rundgren's stardom, when he was not only touring on his own but with his often bizarre arena-prog outfit Utopia. Todd Rundgren at the BBC: 1972-1982 tips heavily in favor of Utopia, with two of its CDs devoted to BBC Radio One In Concert sessions from 1975 and 1977, while the DVD contains two Old Grey Whistle Test appearances with the band. There is some solo Todd, though, including a lengthy Old Grey Whistle Test from 1982 (several songs here were originally not broadcast) but the most interesting thing here is the earliest material, a BBC Radio One In Concert from 1972 that captures Todd alone at the piano. He's joshing with the audience, particularly on "Piss Aaron," where he spends time discussing the verses at length, and he takes the piss out of "Be Nice to Me," claiming it's a silly song. Silliness can be heard elsewhere, including a broadly campy version of "Something's Coming" from West Side Story, and that helps lighten a load that winds up getting slightly leaden due to the long stretches of Utopia at their densest. This era of Todd remains divisive -- some love it, while others will never warm to it -- and that keeps this set from being a must for fanatics, yet there's no denying that there's plenty of endearing, enduring eccentricity from one of pop's great madmen to be heard.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
Label: Esoteric Antenna
UPC: 5013929456945
catalogNumber: 42469
Rank: 185824


Disc 1

  1. I Saw the Light
  2. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
  3. Piss Aaron
  4. Hello It's Me
  5. Be Nice To Me
  6. Black Maria
  7. Real Man
  8. The Seven Rays

Disc 2

  1. Freedom Fighters
  2. Mister Triscuits
  3. Something's Coming
  4. The Last Ride
  5. Sunset Boulevard/Le Feel Internacionale
  6. Heavy Metal Kids
  7. The Wheel
  8. Open My Eyes
  9. Sons of 1984
  10. Do Ya
  11. Couldn't I Just Tell You

Disc 3

  1. Overture: Mountain Top and Sunrise/Communion With the Sun
  2. Love of the Common Man
  3. Sunburst Finish
  4. Jealousy
  5. Windows
  6. Singring and the Glass Guitar
  7. Utopia Theme

Disc 4

  1. Real Man
  2. The Seven Rays
  3. The Bearsville Picnic
  4. Love of the Common Man
  5. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
  6. Too Far Gone
  7. Can We Still Be Friends
  8. The Song of the Viking
  9. Compassion
  10. Lysistrata
  11. Tiny Demons
  12. Time Heals
  13. One World
  14. A Dream Goes On Foever

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Todd Rundgren   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals
Roger Powell   Keyboards,Vocals
Kasim Sulton   Bass,Vocals
Anthony Hinton   Background Vocals
John Siegler   Bass,Vocals
John "Willie" Wilcox   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Composer,Instrumentation
Roger Powell   Composer
Kasim Sulton   Composer
Jeff Griffin   Producer
John Siegler   Composer
John Wilcox   Composer
Mark Powell   Liner Notes,Concept
Dave Meehan   Authoring
David Mason   Composer
Bernard Hermann   Composer

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