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Needs a lot of EQ tweeking.,
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This review is from: Adventures In Utopia/Deface The Music/Swing To The Right (3 Albums On 2 CDs) (Audio CD)
The content gets 5 stars just for the sheer value. This is a replacement CD for me (Adventures) and I took advantage of the additional 2 CD's which I had never heard in their entirity. All the classic Todd Rundgren and Utopia tricks are in there, the depth of songwriting is evident and the era represented well.
'Adventures In Utopia' is just as I remembered it, for me it was groundbreaking - but nearly isn't every TR/Utopia release?
'Deface The Music' had me in stitches a couple of times (do people really see the English like this?) but comes accross both as a Beatles tribute and fun outing for the band, it's timing of release a couple of months before the Murder of John Lennon was one of musics unfortunate coincidences, I'm sure that the on going dispute between TR and JL would have been resolved and who knows they may have even worked together as Todd often does with Ringo Starr.
'Swing to the Right' was semi known to me already thanks to a certain website where you can see and hear music - sometimes it is geat stuff and other times it's people playing their guitar in their underpants, you know the site. I did not know what I had been missing with this album and it's political relevance is still with us today.
As usual you have to listen to Todd Rundgren and Utopia several times before it hits you in the face, but when it does you are hooked. That is the end of the good bits . . .
Todd Rundgren is noted for his engineering skills in the studio so he must be pulling his hair out knowing that this has been released, the EQ is abysmal to say the least and can not be as Todd Rungren intended. If you have the ability to alter the EQ then it sounds become acceptable but not great. These are in dire need of remastering by a competent sound engineer and not dumped onto CD to make a few quid for the record company. I sincerely hope the band get something out of these releases I have no way of knowing if they do or not.(As a point of note Bill Nelson makes nothing from repackaged Be-Bop Delux CD's, certain record companies should hang their heads in shame).
As a fan the band could sing 'happy birthday to you' for the whole three CD's for all I care, they can do no wrong. I would say look elsewhere for your initial taste of TR/Utopia then get these if you become a fan. Either way Todd is a genius who never fails to surprise us with his diversity, so just where you jump in is up to you but whatever you do listen to the tracks several times - this is not the era of the four minute career. When the music hits you it changes your life. I would say buy this if you like Carol King or anyone else in that ballpark.