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|Studio album by Todd Rundgren|
|Venue||Wollman Rink, Central Park ("Sons of 1984")|
|Studio||Secret Sound Studio|
|Todd Rundgren chronology|
|Singles from Todd|
The album was an expansion of Rundgren's 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. Rundgren 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, track-by-track personnel credits, publication information, and a large photo of Rundgren 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.
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.
All songs written by Todd Rundgren except "Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song", written by Gilbert and Sullivan.
- Side one
- "How About a Little Fanfare?" (1:03)
- "I Think You Know" (3:04)
- "The Spark of Life" (6:23)
- "An Elpee's Worth of Toons" (2:09)
- "A Dream Goes On Forever" (2:21)
- "Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song" (3:32)
- Side two
- "Drunken Blue Rooster" (3:00)
- "The Last Ride" (4:48)
- "Everybody's Going to Heaven / King Kong Reggae" (6:38)
- Side three
- "No. 1 Lowest Common Denominator" (5:12)
- "Useless Begging" (3:40)
- "Sidewalk Cafe" (2:15)
- "Izzat Love?" (1:55)
- "Heavy Metal Kids" (4:16)
- Side four
- "In and Out the Chakras We Go (Formerly: Shaft Goes to Outer Space)" (5:47)
- "Don't You Ever Learn?" (6:04)
- "Sons of 1984" (4:34)
- Todd Rundgren – guitars, lead and backing vocals, synthesizers, electric and acoustic pianos, organ (tracks 2, 5, 6, and 13), bass (tracks 2, 3, 5, 11, and 13), drums (tracks 2, 5, and 13), drum machine, percussion, arrangements, production, engineering
- Moogy Klingman – organ (tracks 6, 9, 10, and 14), grand piano (tracks 6 and 8), electric piano (tracks 16 and 17), harpsichord (track 6)
- Ralph Schuckett – clavinet (tracks 9 and 10), organ (tracks 8, 16, and 17)
- Buffalo Bill Gelber – bass (track 8)
- John Siegler – bass (tracks 10 and 17)
- John Miller – bass (tracks 9, 14, and 16)
- Kevin Ellman – drums (tracks 9, 10, 14, 16, and 17)
- Wells Kelly – drums (track 8)
- Peter Ponzol – soprano saxophone (track 8)
- Michael Brecker – saxophone (track 17)
- Randy Brecker – trumpet (track 17)
- Barry Rogers – trombone (track 17)
- Other credits
- Steve Hammonds – project coordination [uncredited]
- Paul Lester – sleeve notes [uncredited]
- Alen MacWeeney – cover photo
- Bill Klein, Jr. - photography
- Joel Shapiro - photography
- Andrew Pearce – mastering [uncredited]
- Sarah Southin – design [uncredited]
|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|
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- Todd - Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic
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