|1970||'THE AMERICAN DREAM' (TR PRODUCED/ENGINEERED)||VINYL TRANSFER BY SARA KREIGER (Japanese Issue HIROSHI KAWAUCHI) & AMPEX X1001 REEL TO REEL TRANSFER @24BIT/96KHZ BY ISTVAN||71:50|
Track List:GOOD NEWS. BIG BROTHER. THE OTHER SIDE. CREDEMPHELS. STORM. CADILLAC. MY BABE. I AINT SEARCHIN'. FUTURE'S FOLLY. I AM YOU. FRANKFORD EL. RASPBERRIES.
Note:Here is the first ever TR production. And the first Ampex release (#a-10101) for Albert Grossman's Bearsville Label (but printed on Ampex). This is a rock album but not too hard. Very straight forward/early production style by Todd. It's the album deal that brought Paul Fiskin to Bearsville and into Todd's life for the Runt deal soon to follow. Sara did a super job on the digital transfer. The official (out of print) LP/release is from Hiroshi's collection in Japan. And we'd also like to thank Istvan for his transfer @24Bit/96khz of super rare AMPEX X1001 Reel to Reels~ Warren
|1970||'GREAT SPECKLED BIRD' SELF TITLED (TODD PRODUCED)||JAPANESE OUT OF PRINT CD. ALSO X1003 AMPEX REEL TO REEL - TRANSFER BY ISTVAN @24BIT/96KHZ!||43:39|
Track List:LOVE WHAT YOURE DOING CHILD. CALGARY. TRUCKER'S CAFE. LONG LONG TIME TO GET OLD. FLIES IN THE BOTTLE. BLOODSHOT BEHOLDER. CRAZY ARMS. THIS DREAM. SMILING WINE. RIO GRANDE. DISAPPEARING WOMEN. WE SAIL. NEW TRUCKER'S CAFE (LIVE)
Note:One of the very first projects Todd ever did with Ian, Sylia (where Todd met Norman Smart...and worked on Ballad of Todd Rundgren demos during breaks)and Amos Garrett. This is where this band was launched and would spend years on Canadian TV, making big bucks for years to come, as the host band of a Variety Show. This is a very different country/folk/rock type project (more typical of Grossman's taste than Todd's). Recorded for Ampex orginally. Thanks to Roger Steel for sharing his CD. We think it's one of the seminal country rock albums of all time, leading the way for all followers to flock to Nashville.
*Special Note: I'd like to thank so much Istvan for his recent brilliant 24 Bit/96Khz transfer of this original super rare 1970 Ampex issue on reel to reel! These decades old phonics are marvelous today!~ Warren
|1970||'THE BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND-LIVE'||ROGER STEEL TRANSFER FROM LP||78:14|
Track List:EVERYTHING TO BE ALRIGHT. LOVE DISEASE. THE BOXER. NO AMOUNT OF LOVING. DRIFTIN' AND DRIFTIN'. INTRO OF MUSICIANS. NUMBER NINE. I WANT TO BE WITH YOU. BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN. GET TOGETHER AGAIN. SO FAR, SO GOOD.
Note:This is Todd producing a live white/blues lp from way back- kinda strange that he did this and James Cotton so early, since the blues really is not that pronounced in Todds music then.This is just a solid old jam filled album that the hippies used to have when they couldnt get Robert Johnson albums...chuckle...This is good! Thanks for the dub Roger Steel~ Tony
|1970||'RUNT' THE ALTERNATIVE PRESSING||MIKE ARMES MINT DUB FROM AN ACTUAL OBSCURE PRESSING|
Track List:BROKE DOWN AND BUSTED. BELIEVE IN ME. WE GOTTA GET YOU A WOMAN. ONCE BURNED. WHOS THAT MAN. HOPE IM AROUND. DEVILS BITE. IM IN THE CLIQUE. THERE ARE NO WORDS. BABY LETS SWING. SAY NO MORE. BIRTHDAY CAROL
Note:First of all, what I must add here is; what we have here in our 'vaults' is the finest I've ever heard 24/96 'needle drop' from a rare mint copy...by my Mike Armes. It don't get no better than this. So, thank you Mike!
The story behind the differences has all been told before. Everybody should have this. We know that the difference in the two pressings is difficult for the non-Todd 'fantremeist' to understand. The simplest of explanations is that the inadvertant early vinyl pressing of Todd Rundgren's debut, "Runt" (of which there were only 5000 copies pressed), had the distinguishable appearance of 5 tracks on one side and 7 on the other, as opposed to 4 and 6 (the intended release)--the music differences are as follows (actually a very pleasant mistake):
Broke Down & Busted- Short vocal intro extracted from There Are No Words as intro
Believe In Me - No differences
We Gotta Get You A Woman - No differences
Once Burned - Switched with Who's That Man
Who's That Man - Switched with Once Burned
Hope I'm Around- Alternate version of tune that eventually appeared on Ballad Of Todd Rundgren
Devil's Bite - Several different edits, more notes in guitar solo
I'm In The Clique - No differences
There Are No Words - No differences
Baby Let's Swing - Full version with additional lyrics and without addition of other medley tunes "The Last Thing You Said/Don't Tie My Hands"
Say No More - Not found on later versions
*Recent background correction where Jon Risen tells us, "The first pressing of Runt (which was released in June of 70...it's scribbled in the runout groove) Has the normal 6 tracks on side one and 4 tracks on side 2. A second pressing in November of 70 (also scribbled on the runout) has 7 tracks on side one and 5 tracks on side 2. It was actually the second run of these (at seperate AMPEX plant) that was a mis-press." And even after they realized the mistake they went ahead and packaged and released it. It seems 1000 copies (some purport 5000) were mis-pressed.
|1970||TOMMY COSGROVE ‘ BRETHREN’||TIFFANY RECORDS (VINYL DUB)||45:00|
Track List:MIDNIGHT TRAIN. DON'T TALK NOW. MISSISSIPPI FREIGHTER (MOOGY CO-WROTE).SUCCESS BRAND OIL. HITCHIN' TO MEMPHIS. EVERYBODY IN THE CONGREGATION. I'VE BEEN PROVIDED FOR. OUTSIDE LOVE. JUST TO BE THERE (MOOGY CO-WROTE).
Note:This deserves a place in the archives. Funky stuff! No Todd here. But definetly influenced.Tommy Cosgrove (Guitars/Vocals), Stu Woods (Bass), Dr. John (Piano) and Rick Marotta (drums) were part of that band and released the two lp's: "Brethren" and "Moment of Truth" on Tiffany Records. Dr. John plays keyboards on the first album and Mike Garson on the second (see 1971 entry). Moogy only (co)wrote "Mississippi Freighter" (track 3 on Brethren), "Just To Be There (track 9 on Brethren) and "The Sun And The Moon" (track 3 on Moment of Truth).~ Warren
|1970||'WOODYS TRUCK STOP' (NO TR)||DUB FROM STUDIO LP- WARREN||41:05|
Track List:PEOPLE BEEN TALKING. GOT MY PRIDE. EVERYTHING IS FINE. COLOUR SCHEME. CHECKIN ON MY BABY. TRYIN SO HARD. JUST TO BE WITH YOU. ID BE A FOOL. MARBLE REFLECTIONS
Note:No Todd, but here is the album that was referred to as the one Paul Fiskin stuck with the band to see through...before he was reunited with Todd in NY w/ Grossman/Ampex...the album shows where Todd maybe would be...you can hear his style rub off on the replacement. But the tunes are one of late 60s and early 70s and this album is good... but very much like the West Coast psychedelic bands...no, not bad, but not a fit for Todd...Good for us he got out ~ Warren
|1970||LAURA NYRO - ELI AND THIRTEENTH CONFESSION||REEL TO REEL (TRANSFER ISTVAN)||45:00|
Track List:LUCKIE.LU.SWEET BLINDNESS.POVERTY TRAIN.LONELY WOMEN.ELI'S COMIN.TIMER.STONED SOUL PICNIC.EMMIE.WOMAN'S BLUES.ONCE IT WAS ALLRIGHT NOW (FARMER JOE).DECEMBER'S BOUDOIR. THE CONFESSION.
Note:The only reason I list this in the Archives is: Number one - it’s incredible sound and wonderful music that greatly affected Todd at this time (1970). Number Two - He was greatly influenced by Laura Nyro and says he learned some of his Vocals talents from it. Istvan did a MAGNIFICENT job of Transfer from a virgin/mint Reel to Reel. So Rare and so ESSENTIAL. Great listening pleasure…every track! Famous Originals like; ‘Stoned Soul Picnic’ and ‘Eli’s Comin’ (Which Three Dog Night’s Cover went to the Billboard Top Ten in 1971).~ Warren
|6/70||RUNT||TWO AMPEX M1005 REEL TO REELS (LATEST ONE IS VIRGIN!) - TRANSFERS BY ISTVAN!||40:20|
Track List:BROKE DOWN AND BUSTED.BELIEVE IN ME.WE GOTTA GET YOU A WOMAN.WHO'S THAT MAN.ONCE BURNED.DEVIL'S BITE.I'M IN THE CLIQUE.THERE ARE NO WORDS.BABY, LET'S SWING / THE LAST THING YOU SAID / DON'T TIE MY HANDS.BIRTHDAY CAROL.
Note:Thanks to Istvan for his transfer from these extremely rare Reel to Reels (and packaging scans)!
*2019-05-19 :This most recent package, that he transferred, is virgin and probably never played. Man, the sound is just GLORIOUS! Takes me back to my Teenage Years! ESSENTIAL~ Warren