Todd Rundgren's Utopia (album)

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Todd Rundgren's Utopia
Studio album by Utopia
Released October 1974
Recorded The Secret Sound and The Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia April 25th, 1974.
Genre Progressive rock, art rock
Length 58:55
Label Bearsville
Producer Todd Rundgren
Utopia chronology
Todd Rundgren's Utopia
(1974)
Another Live
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (Not rated)[2]

Todd Rundgren's Utopia is the debut album by the band Utopia. Rundgren (who was primarily a pop musician at the time) had decided to delve into progressive rock. Putting together several musicians, including three keyboardists, the album covers a variety of styles including funk, jazz, classical and even avant garde music.

Critical reaction was mixed, with some critics labeling the album as pretentious fluff, but it sold extremely well, peaking at #34 on the Billboard charts, a placing which no Utopia album save Adventures in Utopia would ever surpass.[3]

Like a few of Rundgren's solo albums (notably A Wizard, a True Star and Initiation), the album's sheer length pushed the limits of vinyl. At nearly an hour, the sound needed to be compressed in order to fit it onto one vinyl record, resulting in a lesser audio quality than a shorter album. The CD version avoids this issue.

Track listing[edit]

CD Version[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Utopia Theme (live)"   Mason, Rundgren 14:31
2. "Freak Parade"   Klingman, Rundgren, Siegler 10:14
3. "Freedom Fighters"   Rundgren 4:04
4. "The Ikon"   Klingman, Rundgren, Schuckett, Siegler 30:26
Total length:
59:15

Vinyl Version[edit]

Side One[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Utopia Theme (live)"   Mason, Rundgren 14:18
2. "Freak Parade"   Klingman, Rundgren, Siegler 10:14
3. "Freedom Fighters"   Rundgren 4:01

Side Two[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Ikon"   30:22

Personnel[edit]

Production
  • Todd Rundgren - producer and engineer
  • David Le Sage - assistant engineer
  • Maruo Miyauchi - design and illustration at Push Pin Studios

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Todd Rundgren's Utopia > Review )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Todd Rundgren: Todd Rundgren's Utopia : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2009-09-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ Utopia chart placings, AllMusicGuide.