|Studio album by Todd Rundgren|
|Recorded||Secret Sound Studio
"Sons of 1984": Recorded at Wollman Rink, Central Park
|Genre||Progressive rock, experimental rock, psychedelic rock|
|Todd Rundgren chronology|
|Singles from Todd|
Todd is the fifth album and second double album by Todd Rundgren, released in February 1974. It was an expansion of his experimentation on his previous album, A Wizard, a True Star. It showed his growing interest in the synthesizer, and its ability to expand the textures of rock music. Much of the album is intensely experimental. However, it is not without its share of pop songs. Todd also tinkers with the synth-heavy progressive sound he would take further with his later band Utopia. First issues of this LP included a large wall poster; all the lyrics appeared on one side, while the other was Todd's cover portrait in shades of fine print, consisting of the names of 10,000 fans who had sent in the postcard included with A Wizard, a True Star.
Release of the album, originally conceived as (but too long for) a single disc, was delayed by a vinyl shortage caused by the 1973 oil crisis. This was further compounded by reluctance from the record label, Bearsville, to release a new album when his song "Hello It's Me" from Something/Anything? remained strong on the singles charts.
Other lore from Todd is the battle with Rundgren over the label's desire to release the song "Izzat Love?" as a single. The artist insisted the song was indicative of a music style he no longer wished to pursue, and won under threat to never record again should the song be released.
The closing track "Sons of 1984" was recorded live in Central Park and includes singing from the audience on the chorus. Rundgren also overdubbed another audience in San Francisco singing the chorus, humorously crediting the combined vocal group as "First United Church of the Cosmic Smorgasbord."
In September 2010, Rundgren performed his Todd and Healing albums live for the first time in Akron, Ohio, followed by concerts in Muskegon MI, Indianapolis IN, St. Louis MO, Glenside PA, and Morristown NJ. A large LED display and lasers were on display throughout the shows with Rundgren and the band dressed in extravagant costumes. Rundgren's band consisted of Jesse Gress, Greg Hawkes, Prairie Prince, Bobby Strickland, and Kasim Sulton. The shows have been released on DVD.
|Robert Christgau||C |
All songs by Todd Rundgren except where noted.
- "How About a Little Fanfare?" (Instrumental) (1:03)
- "I Think You Know" (3:04)
- "The Spark of Life" (Instrumental) (6:23)
- "An Elpee's Worth of Toons" (2:09)
- "A Dream Goes On Forever" (2:21)
- "Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song" (W.S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan) (3:32)
- "Drunken Blue Rooster" (Instrumental) (3:00)
- "The Last Ride" (4:48)
- "Everybody's Going to Heaven / King Kong Reggae" (6:38)
- "No. 1 Lowest Common Denominator" (5:12)
- "Useless Begging" (3:40)
- "Sidewalk Cafe" (Instrumental) (2:15)
- "Izzat Love?" (1:55)
- "Heavy Metal Kids" (4:16)
- "In and Out the Chakras We Go (Formerly: Shaft Goes to Outer Space)" (Instrumental) (5:47)
- "Don't You Ever Learn?" (6:04)
- "Sons of 1984" (4:34)
- Todd Rundgren – guitars, vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, bass, drums, drum machine, percussion, other instruments
- Mark "Moogy" Klingman – keyboards, organ, piano, electric piano
- Ralph Schuckett – bass, clavinet, organ
- John Siegler – bass, cello
- Bill Gelber – bass
- John Miller – bass
- Kevin Ellman – drums, percussion
- Wells Kelly – drums
- Chris Parker – drums
- Peter Ponzol – soprano saxophone
- Michael Brecker – horn, saxophone
- Randy Brecker – horn, saxophone, trumpet
- Barry Rogers – trombone
- "Legs" Larry Smith - tap-dancing
- Steve Hammonds – project coordinator
- Paul Lester – sleeve notes
- Alen MacWeeney – cover photo, photography
- Andrew Pearce – mastering
- Sarah Southin – design
|1974||Canada RPM Album Chart||33|
|1974||Billboard Pop Albums||54|
|1974||"A Dream Goes on Forever"||Canada RPM Singles Chart||45|
|1974||"A Dream Goes on Forever"||Billboard Hot 100||69|
- Erlewine, Stephen Thoma. Todd at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2005.
- Christgau, Robert (August 1974). "The Christgau Consumer Guide: Todd Rundgren: Todd". Creem. Retrieved 29 November 2011. Revised version posted at "Todd Rundgren: Todd > Consumer Album Guide". robertchristgau.com. Robert Christgau. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- Todd - Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic
- "allmusic ((( Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-17.