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  • Audio CD (3 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00004UBBO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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TODD RUNDGREN One Long Year (2000 UK 10-track CD album with lyric booklet includes Buffalo Grass Mary & The Holy Ghost Hit Me Like A Train and more)

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Todd Rundgren's interests since the 1980s have encompassed a number of cutting-edge technologies, but the one that seems to hold the most revolutionary promise is Patro-Net, an online service that allows Rundgren fans a monthly subscription to his music. One Long Year represents the service's monthly singles releases for 1999 and it's a refreshing reminder of the restless musical talent that's too often been overshadowed by Rundgren's techno-geek impulses. Though still clearly a child of 1960's Top 40 radio, he's gratifyingly adopted its inclusive sensibility to absorb any number of trends into his work. Careening joyously from alt-rock sass ("I Hate My Frickin' ISP") through 1970's rock-star histrionics ("Buffalo Grass", "The Surf Talks") to faux Stax R&B ("Hit Me Like a Train"), with some typical Rundgren loopiness thrown in for good measure ("Bang On The Ukulele Daily" is a tongue-in-cheek Hawaiian war-chant take on "Bang On The Drum" that sounds uncannily--and uncomfortably--like Billy Joel). The odes to Rundgren's techno/trance pioneering with Utopia are a decidedly mixed bag, while "Where Does the Time Go" is another seemingly effortless pop ballad in the "Can We Still Be Friends?" mould. All in all, this represents a good year's work from an artist who deserves considerably more than cult status. --Jerry McCulley

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By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Well, the old 'Todd is Godd' saying certainly rings true with his latest output of sheer brilliance. Todd, during his entire musical career has focused on developing his outlay to change year by year. Moving with the times. 'One Long Year' is certainly in keeping with this. Stand out track ultimately being the instantly catchy 'where does time go'. The unplugged version of 'Bang on the drum all day' is gobsmackingly outrageous, particularly during 'the lion sleeps tonite' um-bum-ba-weh interludes. Reviewers have traditionally criticised Todd for abandoning the roots in which he showed his initial brilliance, but I for one feel that in the past few years he has released some of the most artistically brilliant pieces of his career. 'No world order' is my stand alone album of the 90's. 'With a Twist' accompanies every meal that I have serenaded a girl over during the last five years, and even '2nd Wind' has some flourishes of brilliance to which I need only mention 'the smell of money'. On that note I raise a glass to Todd Rundgren. A man who has not only made his mark on the music industry, but has held it by its balls and issued his own music to defy all logic, but has become all the more legendary in doing so. Cheers.
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I've always been mad on Todd, sometimes however he drives me mad. I liked 'No World Order', it was clever and more timely than his usual output. The follow up 'Individualist' was just plain annoying. 'With a Twist' was a nice record, though hardly essential. I've waited a long time for this new release, imagine then my surprise when I found it wasn't really that new at all. Two tracks are covers of his own songs, (Love Of The Common Man obviously belongs on With A Twist) and Bang On The Drum All Day gets a new name. It's funny the first time you play it. Two other tracks have been downloadable, free, for years now, from his site.
Where does the time go? Is essential though.
I wanted a real album. Maybe next time eh Todd?
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This album is kind of a collection of songs. It's not a proper album as such.
Not a concept album anyway like Todd usually does. As one reviewer points out 2 tracks are covers of his own songs. One done in the style of his 'With A Twist' bosanova album which of course hints at out takes.
The confounding thing is though that this album also features soome of his strongest pop songs of recent years. Songs that have become staples of his live shows.
Buffalo Grass is a magnificent rocker, as good as anything else he's ever doen in the genre.
I Hate My Fricking ISP is a bit throwaway but only marginally less good than Buffalo Grass.
No Todd fan will want to be without 'Where Does The Time Go' so that in itself makes this an essential purchase.
Todd is famous for confounding his fans and this album keeps that tradition going strong.
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For this album, it seems Todd classified his tracks into 5 groups - Happy, Hurty, Dirty, Angry and Dippy. Some of the songs, like "Jerk" and "Mary and the Holy Ghost" have to grow on you, but there are some real high-quality tracks like "Buffalo Grass" and "The Surf Talks".
Recommended.
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One Long Year ia a long way from being Todd's best work. The album ranges from the sublime 'Buffalo Grass' to the ridiculous 'Bang the Ukelele Daily'. There are glimpses of the genius that the man is with 'I Hate My Frickin' ISP' and 'Hit Me Like A Train' but for the most part Todd is treading water as evidenced by the inclusion of a demo from the mid 80s 'Where Does the Time Go?' and a cover of 'Love of the Common Man' which was obviously left out of the 'With A Twist' sessions.
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