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Demos and Other Lost Albums: Froggy Went a Pumpkin/Disco Jets [Import]

Todd Rundgren Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nippon Crown
  • ASIN: B000059Z46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 596,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7. Just One Victory
8. Real Man
9. It Wouldn't Have Mad Any Difference
10. Love Of The Common Man

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4.0 out of 5 stars I Like It 14 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
CD1 is interesting enough for we Todd fans but what really made this collection for me were Froggy Went A Pumpkin and Disco Jets both of which I really like. Disco Jets is a sort of strange Utopia disco experiment which you either will or won't "get" - I suppose it runs a bit like The Ikon shot with an alien happy-ray or like the Earth has just turned into a big shiny mirror ball flying through a spangly disco cosmos ... sort of. Froggy Went A Pumpkin, on the other hand, is actually quite odd - odd in a good way - energy and experimentation abound on FWAP and Todd's guitar has rarely sounded so enthusiastic snapping and snarling like a fast food fox set loose in a in a fried chicken coop. Expensive it is getting now Luke Skywalker.
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3.0 out of 5 stars curious collection 11 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
DEMOS AND LOST ALBUMS is a curious release that is essential only to the most ardent Toddophiles. The first disc is comprised solely of demos by Todd and/or Utopia. Few of these demos sound significantly different from the officially released versions. However, there is a great remake of DON'T TIE MY HANDS. The demo for ONE WORLD pales in comparison to the official version. Overall, this is great stuff, but you've pretty much heard it all before.
The second disc consists of an M. Frog Labat solo album and an unreleased - mostly instumental - Utopia album. Rundgren apparently wrote, produced, and played guitar on the Labat disc. I have no idea why it was released. I read on a Japanese site that Todd was puzzled by its inclusion. It is not very listenable. There are a few cool guitar licks. The DISCO JETS cd is pretty cool. Imagine the second side of INITIATION crossed with Ultralounge and you get the idea. They do a nifty version of the Star Trek theme.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More rarities than wizardry 7 July 2006
By C. K. Zetterholm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With so much emphasis on fans finding alternate versions of beloved favorites, it's no wonder that this two-disc set got released. For avid Rundgren followers, this is an opportunity to own some of the rarest jewels that were never released on LPs, from a time of Todd's most creative artistic output. But for the casual Todd Rundgren fan, the reissues of Todd's albums or the greatest hits packages might be more appropriate. And since this only available as a Japanese import, it's price may keep all but the most rabid fans away.

Disc one contains demos from many sources, and many of them are alternate versions to the familiar album tracks. For Utopia fans, you'll hear Todd singing instead of Kasim Sulton on "Umbrella Man" and "Mimi Gets Mad." There are plenty of differences in other songs that will make the Todd Rundgren and Utopia fans happy, and it's fun to wonder how the albums might have sounded with some of these different arrangements.

Disc two contains two albums that were never released commercially. The first album, Jean-Yves "M. Frog" Labat's Froggy Went A Pumpkin!, is ten songs of original music as well as several covers. The covers are interesting - from the Doors' "Hello I Love You" to "96 Tears" (formerly a hit for ? and the Mysterians), and even an old Rundgren tune from the Nazz days, "Magic Me." It has its good and bad, but mostly its value is in its scarcity. After all, how many other "lost" Rundgren albums are out there?

The second album, Disco Jets, has a blend of soft melodies and typical Rundgren studio wizardry. The ten tracks aren't chart-toppers, but for Utopia fans that heard of this long-lost album, it's a chance to listen to an album that was once traded among fans on multi-generation cassette tapes. For many die-hard fans (myself included), this is worth the price of this 2-disc set alone.

The track listing above is not correct. Here's the correct list of tracks:

CD One:

1. Lucky Guy

2. You Cried Wolf

3. Can We Still Be Friends

4. Last Of The New Wave Riders

5. Second Nature

6. The Very Last Time

7. Don't Tie My Hands

8. Umbrella Man

9. One World

10. Attitude

11. Libertine

12. Feet Don't Fail Me Now

13. Hideaway

14. Influenza

15. There Goes Your Baybay

16. Too Much Water - (Dance Version)

17. Mimi Gets Mad

18. Secret Society

19. Wildlife

CD Two:

Froggy Went A Pumpkin!

1. We Are Crazy

2. Hello, I Love You

3. Fransky & Crutch

4. Sara Spiggot

5. Froggy Went A Pumpkin

6. I'm In Between

7. 96 Tears

8. Magic Me

9. Informer Chic

10. Pink Panties & Poison Pen

Disco Jets

11. Disco Jets

12. Cosmic Convoy

13. Time Warp

14. V.H.F.

15. Star Trek

16. Pet Rock

17. Space War

18. Rising Sign

19. Black Hole

20. Spirit Of '76
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