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TRAVELING RIVERSIDE BLUES
June 28, 2011 12:27 PM PDT
Playing a Telecaster and layering the sound, Rundgren charges aggressively through Johnson’s repertoire, and, like Clapton, he pulls off the vocals without sounding out of his element.
Will blues diehards find Rundgren’s homage compelling? Unlikely. After all, countless musicians have paid tribute to Johnson in more emotionally stirring ways. Yet for Rundgren devotees and many others, this Delta-inspired excursion is well worth checking out.
— Mike Joyce; Washington Post'KINDHEARTED WOMAN' BLUES
June 28, 2011 12:13 PM PDT
Rundgren tips his hat not only to 'Robert Johnson' but to his ’60s British blues-rock disciples — Eric Clapton and John Mayall, for instance. Raucously electric versions of “Dust My Broom,” “Traveling Riverside Blues” and
“Kindhearted Woman Blues"
reveal the impact that albums by Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Yardbirds and Cream have had on Rundgren’s approach to reviving vintage blues.
March 16, 2007 02:18 PM PDT
Yes, one of the Greatest Live recordings I've ever heard and you'll ever here. Right up there with 'The Allman Brothers' Live recording 'Live At Filmore East'.
It also just so happens to have been recorded from 'The Allman Brothers' home base in Atlanta, GA. at the 'Fox Theatre'. Todd, certainly must have been making a statement here. Yes, from the original lineup of 'Todd Rundgren's Utopia', Here's:
(by all means turn it up Loud)
May 01, 2007 05:42 AM PDT
From the Website article: http://www.seaoftranquility.org/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=113
“The Ikon” is Progressive Rock at its finest, bringing to the table the fusion muscle of bands such as the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever, as well as prog legends such as Yes, ELP, Camel, and Focus.
Here, the three keyboard format works to its fullest, as Klingman, Labat, and Schuckett add in layer after layer of varied keyboard sounds using Moog, Fender Rhodes, and organ, creating a huge wall of sound over which Rundgren’s vocals can soar.
The song takes many paths, changing tempos and moods often, at times broken up by a searing, effects laden guitar solo from Rundgren, a wild Moog passage from Labat, intricate rhythms from Siegler and Ellfman, or an atmospheric section made tranquil by multiple keyboard sounds.
Rundgren’s Guitar work is Raw and Powerful, and paired with the huge wall of keyboards and the muscular drum work of Ellman, provides for perhaps one of the musician’s classic moments.
So do yourself a favor and : 'LISTEN TO
January 28, 2011 11:50 AM PST
1999's 'City in My Head' is, finally, as close to a perfect Utopia compilation as can exist outside a mix-tape or homemade CDR.FREAK PARADE
January 28, 2011 09:48 AM PST
Rundgren did the impossible with this album (Todd Rundgren's Utopia), topping nearly every other prog band out there in terms of instrumental dexterity and epic scope. Without ignoring the other incredibly-talented members, this is really the album that makes Todd Rundgren a god to me, even if I only like a small fraction of his total output. His beyond- John McLaughlin guitar insanity, his warm, friendly vocal tone, and the fact that he wrote and directed this monumental, impossible collection of music...I am forever in awe.
January 28, 2011 07:23 AM PST
5.0 out of 5 stars August 1975, October 25, 2010
By Dark Star - The Other One
The second half opens with Intro which is an instrumental bit between Todd and Roger before giving way to Roger's Mr. Triscuits which Roger would later rerecord for Air Pocket. This leads into a nice cover of Something's Coming. Heavy Metal Kids is the first song on the album to have already made an appearence elsewhere in a studio version Todd. The band then does a cover of The Move's Do Ya which was also a concert staple of ELO (the group that evolved out of The Move). The release is rounded out with a stunning version of Todd's A Wizard, A True Star song Just One Victory. All in all, a true classic that has aged like fine wine.THE SPARK OF LIFE
September 14, 2010 10:32 AM PDT
ATTN: PHILADELPHIANS, you'll be in for a treat when you See and Hear this song at the Keswick tonight!
'THE SPARK OF LIFE'
September 03, 2010 10:55 AM PDT
"Open your eyes and see The world I couldn't change for you Reach out your hand and take The world that will belong to you.
We were on our way to a better day And the spirit was in us all But as time went by we fell by the wayside Maybe you'll be the last to fall.
You are the only ones There is nobody left but you You are the chosen ones There is nobody else to choose.
Back when I was young, my hope was strong But the time blew it all to hell
Worlds of tomorrow Life without sorrow Take it because it's yours Sons of 1984.
I can still see the great panorama of hate Being cleansed by our loving hands But the brothers broke stride, the sisters cried Now you have to start all over again".
TODD RUNDGRENTIME HEALS
September 03, 2010 08:57 AM PDT
On CD, 'Healing's calming effect is dissipated somewhat because the bonus 7" single
is added at the end. It's presence makes it clear that 'Healing' was intended as an album unto itself, without much in the way of singles. In this context, it may reduce the lasting 'spiritual impression' of the album, but also Adds musical weight, helping make the disc a fine effort.
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