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  • Audio CD (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Double CD
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B006IMLG48
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Road To Utopia
2. You Make Me Crazy
3. Second Nature
4. Set Me Free
5. Caravan
6. Last Of The New Wave Riders
7. Shot In The Dark
8. The Very Last Time
9. Love Alone
10. Rock Love
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Just Want To Touch You
2. Crystal Ball
3. Where Does The World Go To Hide
4. Silly Boy
5. Alone
6. That's Not Right
7. Take It Home
8. Hoi Polloi
9. Life Goes On
10. Feel Too Good
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Description

CD Description

Famed producer extraordinaire (Meatloaf s Bat Out Of Hell , XTC, Psychedelic Furs, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, The Tubes, Hall & Oates, Steve Hillage etc) Todd Rundgren has always maintained his own highly successful parallel recording career, encompassing a wide range of musical styles. Rundgren started the band Utopia in 1974 to run concurrently with his solo career. Whilst using many of the same musicians, the band was a more democratic set-up.

These three albums were the third, fourth and fifth by the quartet of Todd (guitar), Roger Powell (keyboards), Kasim Sulton (bass)
and John Wilcox (drums). Adventures In Utopia (January 1980) became the band s biggest US album, and features the hit single Set Me Free . Its b-side, bonus track Umbrella Man , features alongside its parent album for the first time. The three bonus live
tracks were taped between the album s recording and release and include Utopia s covers of The Who and ? And The Mysterians.

Deface The Music (December 1980) is a homage to The Beatles, features thirteen songs written in the style of Lennon & McCartney, arranged chronologically. Unfortunately its release coincided with John Lennon s murder. Swing To The Right (1982), almost a concept album about money, war and greed (including a cover of Gamble & Huff s For The Love Of Money ), was the band s last
for the Bearsville label.

The package contains all the lyrics (for the first time) and extensive notes by Paul Myers, extracted from his definitive book on Todd
Rundgren A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio .

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Disc 1:
1. The Road To Utopia
2. You Make Me Crazy
3. Second Nature
4. Set Me Free
5. Caravan
6. Last Of The New
Wave Riders
7. Shot In The Dark
8. The Very Last Time
9. Love Alone
10. Rock Love
11. Umbrella Man
12. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere [live in Syracuse, 16th November 1979]
13. 96 Tears [live in Syracuse, 16th November 1979]
14. Just One Victory [live in Syracuse, 16th November 1979]

Disc 2:
1. I Just Want To Touch You
2. Crystal Ball
3. Where Does The World Go To Hide
4. Silly Boy
5. Alone
6. That s Not Right
7. Take It Home
8. Hoi Polloi
9. Life Goes On
10. Feel Too Good
11. Always Late
12. All Smiles
13. Everybody Else Is Wrong
14. Swing To The Right
15. Lysistrata
16. The Up
17. Junk Rock (Million Monkeys)
18. Shinola
19. For The Love Of Money
20. Last Dollar On Earth
21. Fahrenheit 451
22. Only Human
23. One World

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jones on 30 Mar. 2012
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These 3 albums represent a commercial peak for Utopia, Adventures being their biggest seller,and its easy to see why, the music being a throw back to Todds own 1972 album Something Anything .As for the sound, well it always was on the bright and shiny side and apart from some slight distortion on Last Of The New Wave Riders it aint that bad. Deface The Music is an unadulterated Beatles Pastiche covering the various musical styles of their entire career and is an enjoyable listen, and if you enjoy The Rutles or XTCs alter egos The Dukes of Stratosphere or maybe Andrew Golds Fraternal Order Of The All album then you will get a buzz from this, and Swing To The Right is Todd and Utopias swipe at Ronald Reagans right wing nut jobs, it could be subtitled Swing At The Right, most of the tracks are also dressed up in Todds more melodic pop leanings, i always thought last track One World could have come from Jefferson Airplane circa Volunteers with its gang vocal.
Anyway if you take the whole package including a 'B' Side and some live tracks on the Adventures disc the extensive sleeve notes and photos plus the price, in these stringent economic times this warrents 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kevin P. Teasdale on 19 April 2013
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The content gets 5 stars just for the sheer value. This is a replacement CD for me (Adventures) and I took advantage of the additional 2 CD's which I had never heard in their entirity. All the classic Todd Rundgren and Utopia tricks are in there, the depth of songwriting is evident and the era represented well.

'Adventures In Utopia' is just as I remembered it, for me it was groundbreaking - but nearly isn't every TR/Utopia release?

'Deface The Music' had me in stitches a couple of times (do people really see the English like this?) but comes accross both as a Beatles tribute and fun outing for the band, it's timing of release a couple of months before the Murder of John Lennon was one of musics unfortunate coincidences, I'm sure that the on going dispute between TR and JL would have been resolved and who knows they may have even worked together as Todd often does with Ringo Starr.

'Swing to the Right' was semi known to me already thanks to a certain website where you can see and hear music - sometimes it is geat stuff and other times it's people playing their guitar in their underpants, you know the site. I did not know what I had been missing with this album and it's political relevance is still with us today.

As usual you have to listen to Todd Rundgren and Utopia several times before it hits you in the face, but when it does you are hooked. That is the end of the good bits . . .

Todd Rundgren is noted for his engineering skills in the studio so he must be pulling his hair out knowing that this has been released, the EQ is abysmal to say the least and can not be as Todd Rungren intended. If you have the ability to alter the EQ then it sounds become acceptable but not great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ade Davies on 9 Mar. 2013
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Had these albums on vinyl 20 odd years ago, loved them then - blimey love them now as well! The Toddster and band provide perfect, touching, funny, and rocking stuff throughout! So happy I took a bit of a gamble for old times, well happy - lights up my Brennan jb7 no end! Quality ! Try it, you might like it......
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By Asa on 14 Feb. 2013
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I've just got into Utopia, so I bought this to listen to album material apart from the singles I'd heard. The sound production is a bit thin and needs a remaster, but there are standout tracks which have stood teh test of time and others which haven't. But for the money a great buy.
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