- Audio CD (10 Nov. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Colour
- Label: Esoteric Recordings
- ASIN: B00MW5G6WM
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
At The BBC 1972-1982 Box set, CD+DVD, Colour
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Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the first ever official release of TODD RUNDGREN AT THE BBC. This four-disc collection comprises three CDs and a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring all of the surviving radio and television broadcasts in the BBC archive transmitted on radio and television in the UK between 1972 and 1982.
The set features on CD Todd’s solo 1972 BBC Radio One “In Concert” performance, recorded soon after the release of his seminal album “Something Anything”, the classic 1975 performance by Todd Rundgren and Utopia at Hammersmith Odeon, London, (including a previously unreleased track ‘Something’s Coming’) – on the first ever UK concert tour of Todd Rundgren and Utopia, a 1977 performance at the Oxford Polytechnic by Todd Rundgren and Utopia (promoting the “Ra”) album, and a DVD featuring three different performances for the classic “Old Grey Whistle Test” series; the 1975 Todd Rundgren and Utopia session, a film of Todd Rundgren & Utopia at the Bearsville Picnic in 1977 (performing ‘Singring and the Glass Guitar’) and the entire recordings made for a 1982 solo Todd Rundgren Whistle Test special (including two songs not featured on the original TV broadcast).
This set is sure to delight the legions of Todd Rundgren fans and is a superb document of Todd’s continuing development as both a solo artist and with his band Utopia between 1972 and 1982.
“Todd Rundgren at the BBC” has been remastered and authored from the original BBC masters and is presented in a clamshell box with a booklet featuring a new essay.
Top Customer Reviews
There is much in this package which is unique. The first disc gives a very nice solo studio concert by Todd talking a lot more than normal about the music. A highlight of this is his rendition of Piss Aaron in which he sings the song in stages interspersed with anecdotes about each of the classmates which is a character in the song. This is a really nice and unique touch. The audio is mono but it is so clear that you would not notice.
Disc 2 has a concert from Hamersmith Odeon. You may have heard this before or a bootleg of it but the quality here is so much better. You can really make out a lot of additional sounds including the Luther Vandross and Anthony Hinton backing vocals and also just how great roger Powell's keyboard playing is.
Disc 3 is a Utopia concert with much of the Ra album. The highlight here is the almost half hour rendition of Singring and the Glass Guitar. This is absolutely stunning with all the superb solos. It is the best version I have ever heard of this track and much better than the album version. One to take as part of your tracks on Desert Island Discs.Read more ›
The OGWT DVD is excellent, even the Bearsville Picnic section which is dated but none the less enjoyable because the guys put on a show.
I recall the Ra tour and saw the band play the album in Glasgow and the video and CD stuff brings it all back.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just buy it. It's Todd man c'mon. It is mega and worth the dosh. Only complaint is they cut out the mistakemade at the begining of aeven rays on whistle test 75. Darn! Read morePublished 13 months ago by RUNTLESTUNT