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A Wizard, a True Star

Todd Rundgren Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Feb 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Essential
  • ASIN: B0000254MP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. International Feel(in 8)
2. Never Never Land
3. Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off
4. You Need Your Head
5. Rock And Roll Pussy
6. Dogfight Giggle
7. You Don't Have To Camp Around
8. Flamingo
9. Zen Archer
10. Just Another Onionhead/Dada Dali
11. When The Shit Hits The Fan/Sunset Blvd
12. Le Feel Internacionale
13. Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel
14. Does Anybody Love You?
15. Medley
16. Hungry For Love
17. I Don't Want To Tie You Down
18. Is It My Name?
19. Just One Victory

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't more music like this??!!? 30 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't sure about this at first, but after finding an old vinyl import copy, it has rarely left my turntable! International Feel is a great opener of the 'uplifting anthem' type; Zen Archer complete with arrow sfx is class; Rock and Roll Pussy sounds like early 70's Zappa; Sometimes.. is one of the best soul/ ballad songs ive ever heard! Some of the synth sounds are a bit dated, but hey, this is the early 70's - all synths sound dated! In short,a superb record - buyit NOW!! Truly, dey dont make em like dat no more!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Brian Wilson started the trend several years ago when he performed the album "Smile" for the very first time. Recently, Van Morrison performed the entirety of "Astral Weeks" to rave reviews, as did Lou Reed with the "Berlin" album last year and the year before that.

It was only a matter of time until the enigmatic pop raconteur, Todd Rundgren, re-visited his 1973 psychedelic masterpiece "A Wizard, A True Star" (he'll perform the British Premiere of this seminal album at the London HMV Hammersmith Apollo on 6th February 2010).

A Wizard, A True Star defied the law of gravity when it was originally released on an unsuspecting public 36 years ago. The vinyl edition of the album clocked in an hour's worth of running time, and back in those days, albums, on average, lasted 30-35 minutes.

Forget about the running time shenanigans, think about the music. It was insane but melodic, pretty but subversive, poptastic but bombastic, sexy but banal, exciting and futuristic, progressive and intuitive.

Rundgren encapsulated everything glam rock and prog rock, pop and soul couldn't fathom - a reason to live, and a reason to believe.

From the technicolor blast of "Zen Archer" to "You Need Your Head", "You Don't Have to Camp Around", "Just One Victory", "Dogfight Giggle", "Does Anybody Love You?", "Just Another Onionhead", "Never, Never Land" to the essential "International Feel" - this was the album that made David Bowie do a re-think, and also made every half decent rock star throw the rulebook out the window.

From Daft Punk to Hot Chip, all the really cutting edge bands look to Wizard as the peak of sonic perfection. If there's one psychedlic prog rock pop album you need to add to your collection, this is it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rundgren's Kaleidoscopic Masterpiece 22 April 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I don't think I had ever read anything where Todd Rundgren talks about this 1973 masterly 'concept' album - until just now in fact, in the form of the Guardian's article revisiting the making of the album 40 years on. Rundgren does not, however, address the album's perhaps rather immodest (but maybe justified) title, but instead blathers on about what he was hoping (largely unsuccessfully I feel) to achieve with his new 'project', Utopia. Now, of course, Utopia did do some good things, albeit, for me at least, they eventually pursued their prog-rock tendencies rather too far. Similarly, Rundgren put together a great set of 'pop' songs on Something/Anything and had some great moments on Todd (A Dream Goes On Forever, Heavy Metal Kids, Sidewalk Cafe, The Last Ride, etc), but there surely can't be much doubt that A Wizard, A True Star represents the peak of the man's musical achievement. As something of an aside, the fact that the album only charted in the US at number 86, whereas certain other concept albums of the same period occupied the charts for weeks on end simply beggars belief.

It is difficult to know where to begin with such a diverse and idiosyncratic sets of songs. Suffice to say that there really should be something for everyone here, from the sublime (Hunky Dory or Bacharach-like?) melodies of Never Never Land (from the musical Peter Pan), You Don't Have To Camp Around, Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel, Does Anybody Love You?, Zen Archer and I Don't Want Tie You Down, through the dynamic, sweeping (Ezrin-period Alice Cooper-sounding?) rock of International Feel, When The Sh?t Hits The Fan, You Need Your Head, Is It My Name? to the quirky pop sensibilities of the likes of Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off, Rock And Roll Pussy, Flamingo and Just Another Onionhead.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best 25 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
It is a serious injustice to award this album only 5 stars. Worth at least 7. Perhaps Todds finest and most intense work and demands several listens to appreciate what a superbly talented musician Todd was. Just one Victory always leaves me in a cold sweat and When the Sh -t hits the fan middle break suddenly erupts is there any other artist who can make an album as good as this. No.
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Coming after the double-album artistic high of "Something/Anything?" in March 1972 – in the eyes of most fans June 1973’s single LP "A Wizard, A True Star" only cemented Rundgren’s genius even more. It was psychedelic, fun, melodic and more adventurous than the double that preceded it – and it was cool too. It’s hardly surprising therefore that Edsel have chosen it as one of three Rundgren albums worth celebrating with a packaging upgrade ("Something/Anything?" and "Todd" from 1974 are the other two). Here are the Zen Archer details…

UK released 19 May 2014 (27 May in the USA) - Edsel EDSA 5028 (Barcode 740155502836) is a single CD reissue of their October 2011 Expanded Version of "A Wizard, A True Star" - only this time it’s in a case bound hardback book (56:00 minutes). The attached booklet within has liner notes by Paul Myers from his superb tome "A Wizard, A True Star – Todd Rundgren In The Studio" and is an excellent read. The gatefold sleeve to the Bearsville vinyl album is here – as is the lyric insert that came with original copies. Unfortunately the barely legible hand-written details and lyrics on that page insert are now shrunk – and even more unreadable. The hard card case bound book has a details sticker on the outer shrink-wrap that easily peels off (if you want to attach it to the book cover).

There is no new remaster that I can hear – this is the Edsel October 2011 version - that in itself was a Peter Rynston UK master using the 1993 American Rhino remasters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC WEIRDA$$ ALBUM!
One of the weirdest, trippiest albums of the 70s, you must own it if you like psych/prog/pop of the time. Simple!
Published 9 days ago by BigK90
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
arrived quickly good product does exactly as it should
Published 10 days ago by bigbill
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I heard this album ONCE as a teeneager in about 1975 when at a party with some "cool" older people. At the time, I tought it was fantastic. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ricky
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd is Godd
Already had the remastered CD . For some silly reason I hoped that MP3 download would cut out some of the gaps. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2009 by Mr. T. C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, weird and wonderful!
Its all been said by other reviewers here but this really is an amazing album! A great place to start for new Todd fans... It'll definitely stay with you
Published on 21 May 2008 by C. J. Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars the wizard that was an amazing star
after hearing this album on the way home from cardiff to swansea on a friends tape player in the car, I immedietly bought it here on amazon, that must have been about 6 years ago... Read more
Published on 7 April 2008 by Mr. M. A. Estevens
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wizard ? no... a Genius
This is the album that could have killed music because after listening to it everyone else should have just given up. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2007 by N. Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars A true wizard a true star
It has been docummented that when Todd started this he kinda wanted to capture a L.S.D. trip, and on some of it he does! Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2006 by G. G. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Great Album !
Rundgren has an uncanny skill of writing superb albums that entertain through their diversity . And this is one of his finest . Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2004 by J. Berry
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