on 29 December 2011
This is a great reissue, Runt's first two albums combined with all the alternate takes, songs and mixes of the original release of Runt, making this the cd debut of Say No More and the complete Baby Let's Swing. Plus excellent liner notes.
The albums are very different from Todd's later output but the songs are good and well-performed and include guitar-based blues, piano-based ballads, grandiose orchestral works and catchy popsongs - the blueprints for his subsequent releases. He hasn't quite found his singing voice yet but the songs are excellent.
on 10 October 2013
Two early 70's works by Rundgren at a very attractive price. Although early, many of the qualities that make his later records so compelling are already present and correct: the wonderful gift for melody, the total command of studio technology, the sensitivity, the guitar wizardry (here reminiscent of Cream-era Clapton, as per the Nazz LP's). A great writer of ballads, Rundgren delivers more than a few here. The best of them, and the most beautiful track on this double set, is 'Wailing Wall'. I defy anyone to play this without shedding a few tears. An absolute bargain.
The two 'Runt' albums are early solo Todd, but you can get a feel of his developing talent here. Like most Rundgren albums, the songs are a mixed bag of styles and sounds.
The booklet contains lyrics an extensive liner notes, although the CD box format means the text is quite small. The bonus tracks are nice to have, but not essential and the price is good for what you get.
on 8 April 2012
This CD's bonus tracks are a godsend for fans of the rare 12-track version of Runt. I had to pay $60 on eBay for a copy of the 12-track version on vinyl. I love the early version of "Hope I'm Around", "Say No More" and the full-length version of "Baby Let's Swing", and now they are easily accessible on this CD. The tracks were probably taken from a pristine original LP instead of the master tapes (which are most likely long gone), and the sound quality of those bonus tracks is superb.
on 25 February 2012
These 2 CDs are my favorite Todd Rundgren albums. The production, sound and brilliance of Todd's songs are what really makes these well worth getting. I love the piano ballads , Todd claims he could hardly play the piano but I hear someone with a great touch and feeling on these tracks. The guitar work is very subtle with some moments of bursting out from Todd.
Overall this is a very worthy collection of great 70s music that you must get.