Todd Rundgren’s Utopia ‎– Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (1974)

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia is a 1974 album by Rundgren’s revolving-door studio ensemble, which had come together during sessions for his recent A Wizzard, a True Star and Todd LPs.

Expanding on the musical directions of that latter release, the four tracks on this album weave contrapuntal interplay with intergalactic sonics. The 30-minute suite that occupies side two consists of ten distinct, thoroughly composed sections. Completing Rundgren’s evolution from pop-traditionalist to visionary, virtuoso maximalist, the album was rapturously received by the record-buying public, which placed it in the top 35 on Billboard.

None of the players on this album, save Rundgren, would be involved in the “mainstream” lineup of Utopia that debuted with 1977’s Ra LP.

Tracklist:
A1. Utopia Theme
A2. Freak Parade
A3. Freedom Fighters
B. The Ikon

Credits:
Todd Rundgren – guitar, vocals
Mark “Moogy” Klingman – keyboards
Ralph Schuckett – keyboards
Jean Yves “M. Frog” Labat – synthesizers
John Siegler – bass, cello
Kevin Ellman – percussion

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