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June 28, 2011 12:27 PM PDT
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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

June 28, 2011 12:13 PM PDT
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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.

Washington Post

March 16, 2007 02:18 PM PDT
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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
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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
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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.


January 28, 2011 09:48 AM PST
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars August 1975, October 25, 2010

By Dark Star - The Other One

This album 'Another Live' was recorded on the tour promoting Todd's Initiation album, features Utopia with two new members Roger Powell and John "Willie" Wilcox as well as featuring back up singers from David Bowie's Young Americans. Unlike most live albums, most of the songs on here hadn't been released on other records and there are no overdubs. The first half is made up of all new originals and starts off with a great song called Another Life by Todd and Ralph. I was always bummed that Utopia never played this song more as it's one of their best. The Wheel is a strong tune with Todd playing an acoustic guitar and this version has an almost carnaval feel to it. The Seven Rays is another very strong song written by Todd and John and has a cool instrumental section in which the keyboards are used to good effect.

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.


September 14, 2010 10:32 AM PDT
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ATTN: PHILADELPHIANS, you'll be in for a treat when you See and Hear this song at the Keswick tonight!



SONS OF 1984
September 03, 2010 10:55 AM PDT
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"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
If I thought I knew what was good for you I would have gone and done it for myself.

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".


September 03, 2010 08:57 AM PDT
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On CD, 'Healing's calming effect is dissipated somewhat because the bonus 7" single

"Time Heals"

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.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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