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4 Feb 1977
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Format: Audio CD
25 years ago I got my first copy of this stunning album on vinyl. At the time I was listening to Blackmore and Page, so the idea of sitting down to hear a 20 minute track that tells us an 'electric fairytale' was not something that I would have naturally chosen, but luckily (for me) I had friends who knew better.
Todd brings something extra to music that is hard to describe, but here is truly what a concept album should be all about. The wonderful guitar sounds that bring 'Bat out of Hell' to life, fill this album from start to finish. Although that would be enough to justify its purchase, there is so much more - the keyboards, bass and drums all play an integral part to produce something which will always be amongst my favourite albums of all time (alongside Hendrix, Zeppelin, Yes and Genesis).
Todd has created a vast array of wide ranging music over the years. This is what he does best, with the band that he does it best with. If you have never heard this yet, then your musical education is not complete. Buy it now, you will not be dissappointed.
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Format: Audio CD
Picture Todd and his alterego supergroup Utopia (allegedly where no-one is the leader) dressed in pseusdo egyptian attire surrounded by pyramids and sphinxes and you have some idea of the concept of this amazing album. From the dramatic eerie synth lead-in to the 1st track "Overture/Communion with the Sun", to the last climactic chords of "Singring and the Glass Guitar" this is no ordinary prog rock album.
I first heard it 30 years ago and it still rates as one of my favourite albums. The production (like all Rundgren stuff) is spot on and the trademark guitar/synth solo tradeoffs are still in evidence almost as a carry over from his two debut Utopia albums.
What makes this album so special though are the wonderful melodies evident in each track, it doesn't quite flow as all good concept albums should, "Hiroshima" is a standout track but doesn't sit well next to "Glass Guitar" the magnus opus of the album.
Basically, your rock collection is not complete without this.
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Format: Audio CD
I first listened to this album on vinyl in about 1979 and it blew my mind. Rundgren's superb guitar, the drive and power that jump out from the deck have not been diluted by the years that have passed, and Singring has been in my dreams pretty much every week since then. The thumping drum solo, the amazing guitar work - sadly, a review can't get this across so go buy it, listen on Friday nights when you are on your own and save it for your children.
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Format: Audio CD
...there was a schoolboy who discovered an old black plastic disc. He recognised that this was a record from years ago. His grandfather had a box that played the disc....and so he found himself at his grandfathers.
Cranking up the power, he heard strange and enchanting sounds flowing from the box. As the disc played, he read the sleeve it came with. The sounds seemed to take him on a magical musical ride....
'Overture' seemed to tell of strange, dawn rituals. 'Magic Dragon Theatre' sounded, to the boy, like a theatrical story and it created myserious eastern images in his head. 'Jealousy' held the boy captive and the guitar sounds made his head spin. 'Eternal Love' was clearly a love song and he found the harmonies pleasing but tinged with sadness. 'Sunburst Finish' brought to him images of a dancer whirling and twisting to a finale. 'Hiroshima' told the story of a devastating explosion many years ago - he wondered what became of the people that suffered. 'Singring And The Glass Guitar' was a fairy tale, laced with electric effects that carried him up high mountains, into deep rivers, across arid deserts and hot volcanoes.
Finally taking the disc from the box, he wondered about the world all those years ago. He hid the disc under the old chest and decided he'd return soon to listen again to the strange but wonderous sounds.
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This album is as good now as when I first heard it in the late 70's. Todd Rundgren's songs contain the full range of political and social commenting sadly lacking in many rock albums but combined always with memorably tuneful melody and consummate musicianship. Sing Ring and the Glass Guitar (an Electrified FairyTale) is the exception; this glorious culmination of the album leans to the fantastic. My personal favourite of all of Rundgren's work which elevates Music to the pinnacle of importance which it holds in my heart and in my life.
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