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  • Audio CD (8 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Extra tracks, Limited Edition
  • Label: Antenna / Esoteric
  • ASIN: B00BJKAIDE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Imagination - Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren
2. Serious - Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren
3. In My Mouth - Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren
4. Ping Me - Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren
5. Angry Bird - Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren
6. Smoke - Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren
7. Collide-A-Scope - Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren
8. Something From Nothing - Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren
9. Party Liquor - Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren
10. Sir Reality - Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren
Disc: 2
1. Another Life - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra
2. Hello, It's Me - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra
3. Pretending To Care - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra
4. Flamingo - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra
5. Frogs - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra
6. If I Have To Be Alone - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra
7. Love In Disguise - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra
8. Love Science - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra
9. Mammon - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra
10. Fascist Christ - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra - Todd Rundgren & The Metropole Orchestra
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Product Description

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by the legendary TODD RUNDGREN 'State'. Todd's latest musical vision is a contemporary fusion of rock, soul and electronica that is at once danceable, groundbreaking, spiritual, challenging and infectious. STATE continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius, and its finely crafted songs once again push the creative envelope. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, Todd Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. With the release of his new album STATE, Todd will tour in support of the release beginning in April in the USA and then continuing in Scandinavia, Benelux and the UK in May / June and throughout the remainder of 2013. This special limited deluxe 2 CD digipack collectors edition features an additional CD recorded at a sold-out concert at The Paradiso, Amsterdam on 11th November 2012 featuring Todd Rundgren and the Metropole Orchestra. This stunning performance saw Todd and this fine orchestra perform specially commissioned orchestral arrangements of Todd's classic repertoire and is a unique souvenir of an incredible and unique concert.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Expanding Man on 11 April 2013
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As usual with Todd's (relatively) recent output, there's a lot going on within the new album. Whereas others of his generation maintain their careers by retreading past glories (often in a limp & uninspred manner), or pay embarrassing homage to the Great American Songbook or suchlike, Todd always challenges & invents, mostly without compromise. It's 40 years since one groundbreaking album (A Wizard, A True Star), and 20 since another (No World Order), & the synth loops & organised cacophony common to both show their influence on "State". However, the 10 new tunes are separate entities. Three listens in, and I'm definitely positive about 5 of the tracks; "In My Mouth" sits on a spacious techno backing with chord changes to die for in the choruses. "Smoke" is of the same ilk, with another stunning chorus. "Something From Nothing" is the one ballad, and beautiful too - very much enhanced by a female vocal contribution towards the end. "Party Liquor" seems to have come in for scornful comment in one or two reviews I've read, but to me it's witty, satirical and fun, and with a snappy pop chorus. "Collide-a-scope" depends on repetition and Todd is clever in making this work. The other five tracks aren't bad, just harder for me to get into so far. This isn't Todd's greatest album by any means, but as a benchmark it's at least as good as "Arena", though some way short of the close to perfect "Liars".

I'm glad to have invested in the deluxe version with the additional live CD with orchestra. What a joy this is, even if at times I easily imagine that it's what Todd would sound like as a guest on Radio 2's "Friday Night Is Music Night"! To hear "Fascist Christ" followed by a lush version of "We Gotta Get You A Woman" is outrageously brilliant, and yet again we are reminded of the great man's astounding back catalogue. The dream lives on forever.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim McCormick (JJM Glasgow ) on 25 April 2013
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The reason why I have rated this CD's 5 Stars is because for £11 which includes P&P one is getting two CD's with 24 Tracks/Songs enclosed within it which nowadays is excellent value for money Disc 2 was taken live from a concert over
in Holland last November it basically has songs from Todd's Musical Oeuvre from 1974 to 2004 and is unique on its own
As for Todd's new CD entitled 'State' personally I like his new music. What's this Todd 'DJ Odd' Rundgren? Todd is not a DJ he is a Musician and his musicianship stretches from 1967 until the present day which in my reckoning is 47 years.
Also, who typed the lyrics to the songs out for example on the track 'Party Liquor' track nine of the 'State' CD the word
should be 'Snigger/Laugh' not 'Snickers' & Surely the last track (Track 10) is entitled 'Surreality' not 'Sir Reality' Surrealism a bit like the past Spanish Portrait's Artist a Mr Salvador Dali who's paintings where a bit surreal like melting clocks funny enough Todd used some of his pictures in his Time Heals Video back in 1982 it was out around the same time as his Healing Album anyway to get back to the 'State' CD I notice the cherry pickers are saying for example oh the Tracks 'Ping Me/Collide-A-Scope/A 'Party Liquor' are worth a mention the rest is not. What a load of BS all the tracks are unique and in a surreal sound environment that fits in with today's style of music with Todd's unique song writing craft stamped all over it. In my opinion it's a fifty-two minutes wee gem and certainly worth the £11 purchase price on it's own let alone the additional CD of the concert over in Holland last year which is a welcome bonus. It's certainly one of those CD's after a few listening's to it, one will become fond of it, that is for sure.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Martin Fielding on 8 April 2013
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With any TR solo album nowadays you have to expect the unexpected. That is exactly what you get here - from the 70s funk of Serious to the simple weirdness of Angry Bird to mention two of the more disposable songs.

There are however several tracks on here that warrant repeated listening (I got a preview copy so I have already repeatedly listened!) and In My Mouth, Ping Me and Something From Nothing bear comparison in my opinion to some of his very best stuff from the last 40 plus years and these songs alone warrant a 5 star rating.

The use of synthesizer gives the whole album a bit of the early 80s feel of the "Healing" LP but without the consistent running lyrical theme, although Something From Nothing could almost perhaps have come straight from that album.

And although Imagination, Collide-A-Scope and Sir Reality are much weaker tracks lyrically they are still interesting musically, especially the classic TR guitar licks on the latter.

I recommend you buy the Deluxe edition for the added live album which has beautiful string arrangements from a late 2012 European tour of Pretending to Care and Bag Lady amongst other live versions of some of his "greatest hits".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RUNTLESTUNT on 12 May 2013
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Been with Todd since 72 and although I kind of wrote this off on my first listen. I've learned over the years to stick with him and something will come, anything! After a few listens it grows and grows and grows into a fantastic new Todd sound, amazingly produced as usual. Get the headphones on!!!! A lot of people wrote off NWO as they no doubt will State, only because DJ Odd is trying something new, but stick with it. It does blossom into another Todd masterpiece. Roll on the State visit to Glasgow :o)
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