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Todd Rundgren Reconstructed

1 Jan 2000

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2000
  • Label: Cleopatra Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2000 Cleopatra Records
  • Total Length: 58:18
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  • ASIN: B001FSMR4S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,249 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By boville@aol.com on 4 Dec 2001
Format: Audio CD
For the unenlightened Todd Rundgren is a genius, there is no doubt about that, the only unfortunate thing is that not a lot of people know this. There is no doubt that the problem with Todd is the sheer diversity of the material he tries to deal with, sometimes unsuccesfully.
Reconstructed is Todd at his most brilliant, he's all together on this one. The old songs are back but as the title of the album would suggest they have been totally reconstructed. From the opening bars of Love is the Answer it is clear that Todd has decided to enter the 21'st century. The majority of the tracks have differing dance inspired structures but the beauty of the songs shines through like a beacon. Not all dance music is disposable and easily forgotten, if the song is good the music shines through no matter what.
Although all the songs are of a very high standard the stand outs for me are Drive and Secret Society. The driving rythms and energy are inspired and of course the melody is never far away.
Secret Society is sandwiched between The Lord Chancellors song and The Emperor of the Highway both of which are songs of semi operatic craziness.This has the listener singing along like an eejit especially Highway after having been energised by the wonderfull Secret Society.
Tiny Demons also appears from the much uderrated Healing album and is as haunting and wonderful as the original.
This album is a must for all Todd fans, even if just to appreciate the imagination of the man. Todd the genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Watson on 6 Aug 2010
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I used to think "remix" meant taking a track and altering the balance of the instruments so that different ones came to the fore. It seems that these days it means adding new parts (usually ghastly, dance-hip-hop nonsense), extending the length, adding "processed" effects to the voice, and so on. Ugh! These songs fall victim to just that. I have so many Todd rarities, but this is the first Todd-related item I've actually binned, and don't care if my collection is incomplete. Awful! Awful! Awful! I can't imagine anyone preferring it to the original songs. What's sad is not the waste of money, but the fact (unable to verify, but seems likely) that Todd Rundgren himself had a hand in this release. If he did, shame on him!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HORRIBLE... 27 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This cd should be burned at the stake! I'm insulted by these utterly childish and soul-less remixes! The opening track sounds like it was done by a third grader on a casio. The drum loop is a joke! I have to say that this may be the worst cd I have ever purchased! Don't get me wrong because I love Todd Rundgren but these remixes are a blatant insult to the originals. Why couldn't have Todd picked more capable remixers? I, myself could have done a better job remixing these tracks. So take my word...DON'T BUY THIS...!!!!!!!!!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Todd From A Fresh Perspective! 18 Oct 2000
By Don MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Unlike many bands and albums that sample, play tribute or just plagiarize an artist's oeuvre, this one does so with the artists blessing. The premise is, Todd provides the original vocal tracks and of course, his genius at songwriting, and various mixmasters of the new millenium provide thoroughly different takes on the instrumental tracks. The potential of the album is that it could turn some more modern focused listeners onto the genius of Mr. Rundgren. As Todd has always being thoroughly ahead of his time, he may find an audience that has caught up with his sensibilities. If you're an old Todd fan yourself, pick this up and experience your own paradigm shift as to what "Todd" should sound like! A wonderful and completely weird concept that plays out beautifully, worthy of a five star rating!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A very, very odd disc. 26 Sep 2001
By Jerry Kindall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Nobody who's heard No World Order will be too surprised that Rundgren's still full of surprises even now, but this one takes the cake. Most of the actual Rundgren noises on it are decades old (the most recent vocal track is from A Cappella, which must be at least fifteen years old now); everything but the vocal tracks were composed by various remix artists, who typically take the songs in a techno or house direction. Some of Rundgren's songs are just too melodic to work with this treatment. I found myself laughing out loud at how bad some of them were, I'm afraid. Others are better, but I can't quite tell whether they only look good in comparison to the rest. I liked the Mission U.K. mix of "Tiny Demons," and "Bang the Drum All Day" gets two very different remixes, and they're both pretty good, although I like the Latin-tinged Skip Heller y Sus Orquestra sin Pagar (heh) mix more. "Something to Fall Back On" and "Time Heals" aren't that terrible. There are also two remixes of "Hello It's Me" that both struck me as lousy, and Todd's G&S cover ("Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song") gets turned into a train wreck -- I don't know what possessed anyone to think THAT would work. This is definitely for die-hard Todd fans only, but at least it has more good songs on it than One Long Year.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Strange but true... 8 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who's a big Todd fan, but not familiar with the Cleopatra artists involved must be very confused by this CD. Oddly enough, I am fan of both. Cleo did a "hits" remix disc for Gary Numan a few years back that was absolutely brilliant (especially the synth work). This disc, Reconstructed, is much in the same vein, but far more challenging due to the different nature of Todd's songs from those of the Cleo/Synth world. I'm not going to say that every track here is brilliant -- a few of the remixes are downright awful -- but the ones that do work, work so well. My favorites include "Love Is the Answer [Fredco Mix]", which builds up fantastically, and "Drive [Chemical Groove Mix]". Reconstructed is definitely a unique combination of talents.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
reconstructed 25 Jan 2001
By Don Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Todd purists will hate this compilation and who can blame them? Most Todd heads are in their late 40's and early 50's. This re-tooled Todd collection is not designed for you. It is fun and whimsical and shows that Todd still has a sense of humor. This will grow on you the same way "With a Twist" did. As with any other Todd project after "Nearly Human", half the songs are cool and the other half are hard to listen to, the thing is the fans can't agree on which half is which.
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