Todd Rundgren 4 CD Lot Something/Anything? & Anthology

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  • Sold Date: Jun 20, 2011
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"ANTHOLOGY (1968 - 1985)" :

CD 1 - 1. Open My Eyes 2. We Gotta Get You a Woman 3. Wailing Wall 4. Be Nice to Me 5. Hello It's Me 6. I Saw the Light 7. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference 8. Couldn't I Just Tell You 9. Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel 10. Just One Victory 11. Dream Goes on Forever 12. Last Ride 13. Don't You Ever Learn?

CD 2 - 14. Real Man 15. Black and White 16. Love of the Common Man 17. Cliché 18. All the Children Sing 19. Can We Still Be Friends? 20. You Cried Wolf 21. Time Heals 22. Compassion 23. Hideaway 24. Bang the Drum All Day 25. Drive 26. Johnee Jingo 27. Something to Fall Back On

Singer, songwriter, bandleader, producer, cult figure, gadfly, self-promoting visionary, and techno-geek provocateur for any number of revolutionary musical and home-entertainment breakthroughs--which Todd Rundgren would you anthologize? On this 27-track, double-disc compendium, Rhino has ably distilled Rundgren's restless, often overblown ambitions and playfully obtuse artistic vision into what passes for its original essence. With the exception of the Nazz's emblematic "Open Your Eyes," these songs are culled mostly from the handful of solo albums Rundgren produced during a 15-year span that also saw him produce hit records for everyone from Grand Funk to XTC, as well as front the prog-rock Utopia. What the CD reveals is an artist not only fueled by the Beatles-led Brit invasion of his teens and Bell Records soul of his native Philadelphia, but one whose heartfelt romantic ballads ("I Saw the Light," "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference") are so perfectly crafted that they sound like nothing short of outtakes from Carol King's Tapestry . Given his tendency to zig when others anticipated zag, there is a sense of determined exotica at work here, too--one whose most obvious fruits are the Caribbean-tinged radio drive-time staple, "Bang the Drum All Day." If you only know "The Runt" from early hits like "Hello It's Me" and "We Gotta Get You a Woman," you may find this collection to be variously adventurous yet satisfyingly familiar. --Jerry McCulley


Disc 1 1 I Saw the Light 2 It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference 3 Wolfman Jack 4 Cold Morning Light 5 It Takes Two to Tango (This Is for the Girls) 6 Sweeter Memories 7 Intro 8 Breathless [Instrumental] 9 The Night the Carousel Burned Down 10 Saving Grace 11 Marlene 12 Song of the Viking 13 I Went to the Mirror

Disc 2 1 Black Maria 2 One More Day (No Word) 3 Couldn't I Just Tell You 4 Torch Song 5 Little Red Lights 6 Overture-My Roots: Money (That's What I Want) /Messin' With the Kid 7 Dust in the Wind 8 Piss Aaron 9 Hello It's Me 10 Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me 11 You Left Me Sore 12 Slut

Others had recorded one-man albums before Todd Rundgren , most notably Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney , but with Something/Anything? he captured the homemade ambience of McCartney with the visionary feel of Music of My Mind , adding an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music from Gilbert & Sullivan through Jimi Hendrix , plus the crazed zeal of a pioneer. Listening to Something/Anything? is a mind-altering trip in itself, no matter how many shamelessly accessible pop songs are scattered throughout the album, since each side of the double-record is a concept unto itself. The first is "a bouquet of ear-catching melodies"; side two is "the cerebral side"; on side three "the kid gets heavy"; side four is his mock pop operetta, recorded with a full band including the Sales Brothers . It gallops through everything -- Carole King tributes ( "I Saw the Light" ), classic ballads ( "Hello It's Me," "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" ), Motown ( "Wolfman Jack" ), blinding power pop ( "Couldn't I Just Tell You" ), psychedelic hard rock ( "Black Maria" ), pure weirdness ( "I Went to the Mirror" ), blue-eyed soul ("Dust in the Wind"), and scores of brilliant songs that don't fall into any particular style ( "Col...