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Todd Rundgren — A Wizard, A True Star (March 1st, 1973, Remastered 2018)
Todd Rundgren — Something/Anything? (Feb 1st., 1972)
Bearsville Records / Analog Spark

Todd Rundgren — A Wizard, A True Star (1973, Remastered 2018)

 Todd Rundgren — A Wizard, A True Star (1973, Remastered 2018)
•|•     Superb & intelligent music with a twist which makes today’s music sound anemic & bland. The contrast in styles on this album make it so much more interesting & on the whole the concept ideas behind the album work brilliantly. Although nearly 50 years old the music still sounds fresh and alive — I’m glad I grew up during this wonderful period for music and this album brings back the brilliance of that time. The wildly ambitious albums that cemented Rundgren’s legend as a studio genius in the early 1970s return in illuminating new editions.
•|•     A musical maverick who could create the sweetest pop and the densest art rock, sometimes putting the two extremes on the same album. Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.Birth name: Todd Harry Rundgren
Born: June 22, 1948, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, U.S.                                                        
Genre: Progressive pop, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock
Location: New York, called it Secret Sound Studio

Album release:  January 12, 2018
Record Label: Analog Spark
Duration:     55:56
Tracks:
01 International Feel     2:50 
02 Never Never Land     1:34 
03 Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off     1:14 
04 You Need Your Head     1:02 
05 Rock and Roll Pussy     1:08 
06 Dogfight Giggle     1:05 
07 You Don’t Have to Camp Around     1:03 
08 Flamingo     2:34 
09 Zen Archer     5:35 
10 Just Another Onionhead/Da Da Dali     2:23 
11 When the Shit Hits the Fan/Sunset Blvd     4:02 
12 La Feel Internacionale     1:51 
13 Sometimes I Don’t Know What to Feel     4:16 
14 Does Anybody Love You     1:31 
15 Medley:
a) I’m So Proud (Curtis Mayfield)
b) Ooh Baby Baby (Smokey Robinson, Warren “Pete” Moore)
c) La la Means I Love You (William Hart, Thom Bell)
d) Cool Jerk (Donald Storball)     10:34 
16 Hungry for Love     2:18 
17 I Don’t Want to Tie You Down     1:56 
18 Is It My Name?     4:01 
19 Just One Victory     4:59
℗ 1973 Bearsville Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.Written by:
•Γ•••    Todd Rundgren     1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19
•Γ•••    Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Jule Styne     2
•Γ•••    Thomas Bell / William Hart / Curtis Mayfield / Warren “Pete” Moore / Smokey Robinson / Donald Storball     15
Charts:
•|•     US Billboard 200     #86
Personnel:
•Γ•     Todd Rundgren — vocals, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, bass, percussion, horns, various electronic effects, production
•Γ•     Jean~Yves “M. Frog” Labat — VCS 3 synthesizer, woodwinds
•Γ•     Mark “Moogy” Klingmankeyboards, organ, piano, electric piano, glockenspiel
•Γ•     Ralph Schuckett — keyboards, organ, RMI, clavinet, accordion
•Γ•     John Siegler — bass guitar, cello
•Γ•     John Siomos — drums, percussion
•Γ•     Rick Derringer — bass, electric, pedal steel guitars
•Γ•     Michael Brecker — saxophone
•Γ•     Randy Brecker — trumpet
•Γ•     Barry Rogers — trombone
•Γ•     David Sanborn — saxophone
•Γ•     “Buffalo” Bill Gelber — bass guitar on Just One Victory
•Γ•     Tom Cosgrove — guitar on Just One Victory
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine;  Score: *****
•|•     Something/Anything? proved that Todd Rundgren could write a pop classic as gracefully as any of his peers, but buried beneath the surface were signs that he would never be satisfied as merely a pop singer~songwriter. A close listen to the album reveals the eccentricities and restless spirit that surges to the forefront on its follow~up, A Wizard, A True Star. Anyone expecting the third record of Something/Anything?, filled with variations on “I Saw the Light” and “Hello It’s Me,” will be shocked by A Wizard. As much a mind~f*ck as an album, A Wizard, A True Star rarely breaks down to full~fledged songs, especially on the first side, where songs and melodies float in and out of a hazy post~psychedelic mist. Stylistically, there may not be much new — he touched on so many different bases on Something/Anything? that it’s hard to expand to new territory — but it’s all synthesized and assembled in fresh, strange ways. Often, it’s a jarring, disturbing listen, especially since Rundgren’s humor has turned bizarre and insular. It truly takes a concerted effort on the part of the listener to unravel the record, since Rundgren makes no concessions — not only does the soul medley jerk in unpredictable ways, but the anthemic closer, “Just One Victory,” is layered with so many overdubs that it’s hard to hear its moving melody unless you pay attention. And that’s the key to understanding A Wizard, A True Star — it’s one of those rare rock albums that demands full attention and, depending on your own vantage, it may even reward such close listening.
•|•     …Previously buried musical details come to the fore on Analog Spark’s SACDs as vividly remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio and authored by Gus Skinas at the Super Audio Center.
Review
by Sam Sodomsky, JANUARY 20 2018; Score: 8.8
The wildly ambitious albums that cemented Rundgren’s legend as a studio genius in the early 1970s return in illuminating new editions.
≡∩≡      One of the first things they warn you about with hallucinogenic drugs is that some people never recover. Many years ago, a teacher might caution, my friend Frank dropped acid. Long story short, now Frank can’t drive his car because he sees frogs in it. An equally evocative tactic might be to introduce students to Todd Rundgren’s discography. In the thirteen months between his two finest records — 1972’s Something/Anything? and 1973’s A Wizard, a True Star — Rundgren got deep into mescaline. “Well, I know I wasn’t high on Jesus,” he later reflected on the era. “Every once in a while I took a trip and never came back.”
≡∩≡      The effect those trips had on his creative output cannot be overstated. In a transformation akin to the ones pulled off by Scott Walker on Scott 4 and Radiohead on OK Computer, the playful soft~rocker morphed into a three~eared, insomniac prankster who treated the recording studio like a surreal public~access channel he broadcast to the world. The albums he made in this period were high points, in more ways than one, and they have now been reissued on SACD via Analog Spark, offering illuminating, immersive editions of two of the 1970s’ most fascinating works.
≡∩≡      There’s more to Rundgren’s evolution, of course, than drugs. In interviews, he has attributed the radical shift in his mid~20s less to his own changing perspective than to other people’s perspective on him — he got tired of being seen as merely another piano~playing, lovesick troubadour. While he still stands by the folk~pop simplicity of his earliest solo records, Rundgren is quick to note their lack of depth, citing their obvious reference points (thematically, a high~school break~up; musically, the work of Laura Nyro). After achieving commercial success on his 1970 debut with the slick single “We Gotta Get You a Woman” and critical success a year later with his moodier sophomore album, Rundgren sought to expand his range. And he wanted to do it by himself.    ≡∩≡      https://pitchfork.com/
Todd Rundgren — Something/Anything? (Feb. 1st, 1972)Todd Rundgren — Something/Anything? (Feb. 1st, 1972)
Album release: February 1st, 1972
Duration:     89:57
Tracks:
Disc 1:
01 I Saw the Light     3:00 
02 It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference     3:50  
03 Wolfman Jack     2:56 
04 Cold Morning Light     3:35 
05 It Takes Two to Tango (This Is for the Girls)     2:41  
06 Sweeter Memories     3:36  
07 Intro     1:11 
08 Breathless     3:15  
09 The Night the Carousel Burned Down     4:29 
10 Saving Grace     4:12  
11 Marlene     3:54 
12 Song of the Viking     2:35  
13 I Went to the Mirror     4:05
Disc 2:
01 Black Maria     5:20
02 One More Day (No Word)     3:43 
03 Couldn’t I Just Tell You     3:34 
04 Torch Song     2:52  
05 Little Red Lights     4:53 
06 Overture — My Roots: Money (That’s What I Want)/Messin’ with the Kid     2:29
07 Dust in the Wind     3:49 
08 Piss Aaron     3:26  
09 Hello It’s Me     4:42 
10 Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me     3:56 
11 You Left Me Sore     3:13  
12 Slut     4:03
℗ 1972 Bearsville Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.
Written by:
∩     Todd Rundgren     all others
∩     Berry Gordy, Jr. / Todd Rundgren / B. Strong     6
∩     Mark Moogy Klingman / Todd Rundgren     7
Credits:
∩     Brooks Baxes Vocals
∩     Michael Brecker Guest Artist, Horn, Main Personnel, Sax (Tenor)
∩     Randy Brecker Guest Artist, Horn, Main Personnel, Trumpet
∩     Anthony Carrabba Vocals
∩     Jim Colegrove Bass
∩     Dennis Cooley Vocals
∩     Richard Corey Vocals
∩     Rick Derringer Guest Artist, Guitar, Main Personnel
∩     Brother Gene Dinwiddie Sax (Tenor), Saxophone
∩     Henry Fanton Vocals
∩     Amos Garrett Guitar, Main Personnel
∩     Berry Gordy, Jr. Composer
∩     Jim Horn Main Personnel, Sax (Tenor), Saxophone
∩     Nick Jameson Engineer
∩     Robbie Kagale Guitar
∩     Serge Kaken Conductor
∩     Serge Katzen Congas
∩     Ben Keith Guitar, Guitar (Steel), Main Personnel, Pedal Steel, Pedal Steel Guitar
∩     Jackie Kelso Saxophone
∩     John Kelson, Jr. Sax (Tenor)
∩     Mark “Moogy” Klingman Composer, Keyboards, Main Personnel, Organ, Piano
∩     Robbie Kogel Guitar
∩     John Lee Assistant Engineer
∩     James Lowe Audio Engineer, Engineer, Photography
∩     Bugsy Maugh Bass
∩     Billy Mundi Drums, Main Personnel
∩     Cecilia Norfleet Vocals
∩     Edward Olmos Clarinet, Vocals
∩     Vicki Sue Robinson Vocals
∩     Barry Rodgers Trombone
∩     Barry Rogers Main Personnel, Trombone
∩     Hope Ruff Vocals
∩     Todd Rundgren Arranger, Audio Production, Composer, Guitar, Multi Instruments, Photography, Producer, Various Instruments, Vocals
∩     Hunt Sales Drums
∩     Tony Sales Bass
∩     Charlie Schoning Piano
∩     John Siegler Bass, Cello
∩     John Siomos Drums
∩     B. Strong Composer
∩     Dan Turbeville Engineer
∩     Rick Vito Guitar
∩     Ralph Wash Guitar
∩     Stu Woods Bass, Bass Instrument, Main Personnel
Review
by Sam Sodomsky, JANUARY 20 2018; Score: 9.0
≡∩≡      The wildly ambitious albums that cemented Rundgren’s legend as a studio genius in the early 1970s return in illuminating new editions.
≡∩≡      Before Rundgren turned to psychedelics on A Wizard, a True Star, he turned to Ritalin to make Something/Anything?, an obsessive, feature~length masterpiece in both a creative and technical sense. Rundgren performed the double LP almost entirely on his own, at a time when self~recording meant turning the tape on, running to another room to play each instrument, and then running back to press stop (hence the Ritalin). The album remains the definitive showcase of his gifts. Among its tracks is the very first song he wrote (the immortal “Hello It’s Me,” resurrected from his early band Nazz and later slowed~down and re~popularized by the Isley Brothers). It’s also home to his greatest song (the irresistible power~pop anthem “Couldn’t I Just Tell You”) and one of his biggest (“I Saw the Light”). It’s the perfect introduction for newcomers, and the new reissue makes it sound as overwhelming and virtuosic as Rundgren intended.
≡∩≡      Something/Anything?, while being home to Rundgren’s most recognizable music, is a more challenging record than its classic rock reputation suggests. Anyone who grew up on FM radio is used to hearing “Hello It’s Me” sandwiched between, say, America and Elton John. But on Something/Anything?, it sits proudly between the absurd, confrontational tracks “Piss Aaron” and “Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me.” Elsewhere, there is plenty of extended jamming, studio banter, and, in one of the LP’s most jarring moments, a full minute~plus track of Rundgren breaking the fourth wall to teach listeners about poor production. (“If you have a pair of headphones,” he says, “you better get ‘em out and get ‘em cranked up, because they’re really gonna help you on this one.”)
≡∩≡      The “Sounds of the Studio” bit, in which Rundgren instructs us on how to avoid auditory flaws by deliberately invoking them, might now play like an indulgent dad joke: arguably the geekiest of music geeks pandering to his devoted fanbase of fellow music geeks. But for Rundgren at the time, it was a declaration of freedom. A preview of the rebellious streak to come, it shows the teacher’s pet breaking the rules when no one was there to stop him. Throughout the decade, Rundgren was one of the first prominent artist~slash~producers, as competent behind the scenes as he was in front of the microphone, earning him the admiration of a young Prince and, later, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. As he discovered his own identity on record, Rundgren was hellbent on learning what happens when those two roles converge. When everything about a record is fully under the artist’s control, he suspected, the product can become something singular.
≡∩≡      With the money he made from the hit singles on Something/Anything?, Rundgren built his own studio in New York, called it Secret Sound, and began recording a follow~up there. He learned as he went along, fine~tuning his equipment and writing new songs in one continuous, sleepless process. It was around this time that psychedelic drugs entered the picture. In Paul Myers’ excellent 2010 book about his studio sessions, also called A Wizard a True Star, Rundgren reflects on the influence of the substances he was taking. “I became more aware,” he says, “Of what music and sound were like in my internal environment, and how different that was from the music I had been making.” You get the sense that he exhausted himself on Something/Anything? so that he’d have no choice but to start over.
≡∩≡      While the drugs can explain away its album cover, the music on A Wizard, a True Star itself is too beautiful, too intentional to merely play like one man’s acid diary. The flow of the album, however, does more or less follow that path. It turns nonsensical, nostalgic, hysterical, and horny at a pace that defies logic, let alone cohesion. There are tracks that deny any of Rundgren’s strengths — a dismal blues pastiche, 60 seconds of dogs barking — and more familiar ones that seem to mock themselves. There’s a swirling, paranoid breakdown in the exquisite “Sometimes I Don’t Know What to Feel,” and a dizzying rush of confidence expressed through a ten~minute medley of soul covers. Overall, it’s exhausting and electrifying and unlike anything in Rundgren’s discography: his Pet Sounds, Astral Weeks, and Berlin Trilogy, all tie~dyed into one. Its fingerprints are evident on bedroom auteurs to this day, from Ariel Pink to Frank Ocean, who sampled its synths on 2016’s Blonde.
≡∩≡      After Wizard, Rundgren’s work remained fascinating if inconsistent. He matured in his own strange way, but he never again reached such moments of enlightenment. On 1978’s Hermit of Mink Hollow — the only other record in his catalog that approaches these two — Rundgren returned to his early works’ stripped~back sound and their themes of lost love. But now it was clear that he wasn’t talking about a high~school relationship. The ballads were heavier, and the moments of levity felt more compulsive, like a man punching himself in the head to get out of a funk. (It’s not surprising that his next solo hit would be a grating anthem about secluding oneself from society to make a deathly, violent racket unto the void.) Rundgren understood all along that things would never be the same. There’s a reason why he sang “I Saw the Light” in the past tense: his life’s work depended on knowing you can never get that first high again.    ≡∩≡      https://pitchfork.com/
Website: http://www.rickderringer.com/
Website: http://www.todd-rundgren.com/
Website: http://www.tr-i.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/toddrundgren
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toddrundgren/
Discography:
≡∩≡      Runt (1970)
≡∩≡      Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (1971)
≡∩≡      Something/Anything? (1972)
≡∩≡      A Wizard, a True Star (1973)
≡∩≡      Todd (1974)
≡∩≡      Initiation (1975)
≡∩≡      Faithful (1976)
≡∩≡      Hermit of Mink Hollow (1978)
≡∩≡      Healing (1981)
≡∩≡      The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1982)
≡∩≡      A Cappella (1985)
≡∩≡      Nearly Human (1989)
≡∩≡      2nd Wind (1991)
≡∩≡      No World Order (1993)
≡∩≡      The Individualist (1995)
≡∩≡      With a Twist... (1997)
≡∩≡      Up Against It! (1997) (Japan only)
≡∩≡      One Long Year (2000)
≡∩≡      Liars (2004)
≡∩≡      Arena (2008)
≡∩≡      Todd Rundgren’s Johnson (2011)
≡∩≡      (re)Production (2011)
≡∩≡      State (2013)
≡∩≡      Global (2015)
≡∩≡      Runddans (2015) (with Lindstrom and Emil Nikolaisen)
≡∩≡      White Knight (2017)
Personal life:
≡∩≡      Rundgren received honorary doctorates on May 13, 2017, from Berklee College of Music, and on May 21, 2017, from DePauw University, delivering the commencement address at the former.
≡∩≡      In 1998 Rundgren married Michele Gray (Michele Rundgren), who had been a dancer with The Tubes and had performed with Rundgren as a backup singer on the tour for his album Nearly Human which led to a number of appearances on the David Letterman Show as one of The World’s Most Dangerous Backup Singers.
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Todd Rundgren — A Wizard, A True Star (March 1st, 1973, Remastered 2018)
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Bearsville Records / Analog Spark

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