Back To The Bars Collector's Edition, Double CD
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Famed producer extraordinaire (Meatloaf s Bat Out Of Hell , XTC, Psychedelic Furs, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, The Tubes, Hall & Oates, Steve Hillage etc) Todd Rundgren has always maintained his own highly successful parallel recording career, encompassing a wide range of musical styles.
In May 1978 Todd issued Hermit Of Mink Hollow , but rather go out on a Hermit tour, he mounted a retrospective mini-tour accompanied by many of the musicians he d played with over the past thirteen years. Certain of these shows, in New York, Los Angeles and Cleveland, were recorded for the original two LP live album Back To The Bars .
Featured guests are Utopia, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Stevie Nicks, Spencer Davis and Rick Derringer. The package contains extensive notes by Paul Myers, extracted and expanded from his definitive book on Todd Rundgren A Wizard, A True Star .
About the Artist
1. Real Man
2. Love Of The Common Man
3. The Verb "To Love"
4. Love In Action
5. A Dream Goes On Forever
6. Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel
7. The Range War
8. Black And White
9. The Last Ride
11. Don't You Ever Learn?
1. Never Never Land
2. Black Maria
3. Zen Archer
4. Medley: I'm So Proud / Ooh Baby Baby / La La Means I Love You / I Saw The Light
5. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
6. Eastern Intrigue
8. Couldn't I Just Tell You
9. Hello It's Me
Top customer reviews
In many cases, it's hard to choose between the versions on this album and the original studio recordings, because although the dense multi-tracking of the original recordings could not be reproduced live, the tight playing of the band improves on the slightly disjointed feel of some of Todd's original recordings which he did alone in the studio.
And for those who may have associated Todd with pretentious synthesizer epics and cartoon zaniness, they can be assured that this album emphasises concise melodic songs which, for the most part, do great credit to his songwriting ability. There are only a couple of the pseudo philosophical ramblings from the period of the 'Initiation' album, and the rest is very much pop/rock as opposed to 'pomp rock'. In keeping with much of Todd's work, a lot of music was squeezed on to each side of the original record, so this is a pretty lengthy and good value live album. Highly recommended for both the ardent Rundgren fan and for those unfamiliar with his work.
Go on try it! Many of Todd's greatest tunes are on here.They come alive over some of the studio versions which sound a bit dated.The brilliant songwriting and melodies shine through.Todd is surely one of the greatest singers ever.
Your girlfriend will love Todd too.
Yet another advert for 70's rock and a worthy addition to your collection.TODD IS COOL!!!!!!!!!!
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