2nd Wind

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2nd Wind
Studio album by Todd Rundgren
Released January 16, 1991 (1991-01-16)
Recorded Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California
Genre Rock
Length 53:52
Label Warner Bros.
Friday Music (2008 Remaster)
Producer Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren chronology
Nearly Human
(1989)
2nd Wind
(1991)
No World Order
(1993)
Singles from 2nd Wind
  1. "Change Myself"
    Released: July 1991
  2. "Public Servant"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

2nd Wind is the thirteenth studio album by the American musician Todd Rundgren. It was released in 1991 and reached number one-hundred and eighteen on the Billboard 200 album chart. 2nd Wind includes the single "Change Myself" and was Rundgren's final studio album on a major label until 2004's Liars.

As with its predecessor, Nearly Human, Rundgren chose to record the album 'live' with a full band, as opposed to playing all of the instruments himself. The album was recorded at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California.

Rundgren terminated his relationship with Warner Bros. Records shortly after its release. He was said to have grown increasingly unhappy with the label's insistence that he start including single-worthy material.[citation needed]

The album includes three songs ("The Smell of Money", "If I Have to Be Alone" and "Love in Disguise") written for the Joe Orton play Up Against It. "Gaya's Eyes" continues the new, more adult sound introduced on the preceding album Nearly Human.

Always a believer in cutting-edge technology, Todd used the video for the album's only single, "Change Myself," as a showcase for the NewTek Video Toaster, a desktop video card for the Commodore Amiga computer.[2]

Releases[edit]

Promotional DJ issues of the CD have a black, gold and blue swirl on the CD label where the stock releases have a blue and yellow swirl. There was also a vinyl release of the album in Europe which is nearly impossible to find.

After being out of print for several years, Friday Music released a remastered version in October 2008, the first release in what the company is calling the "Todd Rundgren Remaster Series".

In 2002, Image Entertainment released a DVD entitled The 2nd Wind Recording Sessions, which detailed the making of the album, and featured interviews with Rundgren as well as band members and fans. Also included with the video was The Desktop Collection, a compilation of Rundgren's Video Toaster-powered music videos, including "Change Myself."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Change Myself"
  2. "Love Science"
  3. "Who's Sorry Now"
  4. "The Smell of Money"
  5. "If I Have to Be Alone"
  6. "Love in Disguise"
  7. "Kindness"
  8. "Public Servant"
  9. "Gaya's Eyes"
  10. "Second Wind"

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ Electronic Musician 1991 - Volume 7, Issues 7-12 - Page 99 "Todd Rundgren's stunning video for his song "Change Myself" required no less than ten Toaster systems running in parallel for a period of five weeks."