Faithful (Todd Rundgren album)
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|Singles from Faithful|
|Christgau's Record Guide||B|
|Rolling Stone||(Not rated) |
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. The album's core group of musicians—Rundgren, Wilcox, Siegler and Powell (all members of Utopia)—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 by Rundgren.
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. Critic Robert Christgau called the second side Rundgren's "clearest and most interesting set of songs since Something/Anything?"  and magazine Rolling Stone's rock critic John Milward said "the original material that fills side two is a more ambitious tribute to his influences and his strongest collection of pop tunes since his classic "Something/Anything"."
The closing song, "Boogies (Hamburger Hell)", opens with a reference to Beefsteak Charlie's, which former Utopia drummer Kevin Ellman was currently operating along with his family.
The album was released in May 1976 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. The remake of The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" and One Rundgren tune "Love of the Common Man" were released as singles and charted briefly but the album itself made it to #54 on the Billboard Album Charts.
- "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" (Jeff Beck, Jim McCarty, Jimmy Page, Keith Relf) – 3:12
- "Good Vibrations" (Mike Love, Brian Wilson) – 3:44
- "Rain" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:16
- "Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine" (Bob Dylan) – 3:24
- "If Six Was Nine" (Jimi Hendrix) – 4:55
- "Strawberry Fields Forever" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:53
All songs written by Todd Rundgren
- "Black and White" – 4:42
- "Love of the Common Man" – 3:35
- "When I Pray" – 2:58
- "Cliché" – 4:00
- "The Verb "To Love"" – 7:25
- "Boogies (Hamburger Hell)" – 5:00
- Todd Rundgren – guitar, vocals, all instruments on When I Pray, producer
- Roger Powell – trumpet, keyboards, rhythm guitar on If Six Was Nine
- John Siegler – bass, cello
- John Wilcox – drums
|1976||Billboard Pop Albums||54|
|1976||"Good Vibrations"||Canada RPM Singles Chart||28|
|1976||"Good Vibrations"||Billboard Pop Singles||34|
|1976||"Good Vibrations"||Billboard Adult Contemporary||32|
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- Robert Christgau, Rock Albums of the '70s
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