Faithful (Todd Rundgren album)

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Studio album by Todd Rundgren
Released April 1976

Pop rock

Psychedelic rock
Length 50:04
Label Bearsville
Producer Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren chronology
Hermit of Mink Hollow
Singles from Faithful
  1. "Good Vibrations"
    Released: May 1976
  2. "Love of the Common Man"
    Released: June 25, 1976

Faithful is Todd Rundgren's seventh album, released in 1976. The first side is dedicated to "faithful" re-recordings -- near-replications of the originals -- of some classic 1960s psychedelic-era songs, while side two comprised original material.

Rundgren explained the motivation of the first side as treating rock music like European classical music, where a piece is performed over and over again in essentially the same way. Critic Robert Christgau called the second side Rundgren's "clearest and most interesting set of songs since Something/Anything?" [1]

The album was released with virtually no advertising. Bearsville Records' president Paul Fiskin believed Rundgren fans would purchase just as many albums as his previous releases based on word of mouth.[citation needed]

The album's core group of musicians - Rundgren, Wilcox, Siegler and Powell (all members of Utopia (band)) makes this a Utopia album in all but name, though other official Utopia albums featured songs written by other members of the band and not just Rundgren.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone (Not rated) [3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" (Jeff Beck, Jim McCarty, Jimmy Page, Keith Relf) – 3:12
  2. "Good Vibrations" (Mike Love, Brian Wilson) – 3:44
  3. "Rain" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:16
  4. "Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine" (Bob Dylan) – 3:24
  5. "If Six Was Nine" (Jimi Hendrix) – 4:55
  6. "Strawberry Fields Forever" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:53

Side two[edit]

All songs written by Todd Rundgren

  1. "Black and White" – 4:42
  2. "Love of the Common Man" – 3:35
  3. "When I Pray" – 2:58
  4. "Cliché" – 4:00
  5. "The Verb "To Love"" – 7:25
  6. "Boogies (Hamburger Hell)" – 5:00




Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard Pop Albums[4] 54


Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Good Vibrations" Canada RPM Singles Chart 28
1976 "Good Vibrations" Billboard Pop Singles[5] 34
1976 "Good Vibrations" Billboard Adult Contemporary[5] 32


  1. ^ Robert Christgau, Rock Albums of the '70s
  2. ^ "Faithful". Allmusic. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  4. ^ "allmusic ((( Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  5. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 

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