|1973||FANNY - 'MOTHERS PRIDE'||LP (TRANSFERRED BY SHUBABY)||45:13|
Track List:LAST MIGHT I HAD A DREAM. LONG ROAD HOME. OLD HAT. SOLID GOLD. IS IT REALLY YOU. ALL MINE. SUMMER SONG. POLECAT BLUES. BESIDE MYSELF. REGULAR GUY. I NEED YOU NEED ME. FEELINGS. IM SATISFIED.
Note:Shubaby does the trick with a great vinyl to cd transfer of the Todd produced gal-pseudo heavy band from the blue hair days. This is different. You know, when you look at all the different sounds Todd was involved in back then, its no wonder his own stuff really flowered out. Great sound/transfer.
|1973||M. FROG (JEAN-YVES LABAT)||LP TRANSFER BY SANDRA. FRANK BUBNICK||39:28|
Track List:WE ARE CRAZY. CHAMPEGARPAEN. TAKATYKITAKITE. SUCKLING-PIGS GAME. BROUSHNEIK. AMPHIBIAN CHAFF. WE ARE CRAZY (INSTRUMENTAL). HEY LITTLE LADY. MONKEY PEOPLE. WELCOME HOME. RELAX GOLIATH
Note:This was transferred by Sandra Winters from vinyl. Wonderful.. no surface noise..just like or even better than the original LP. Todd and crew appear. A wacky LP, but indicative of the scene bubbling around the edges of TR Utopia's sound. People say he didn't do anything, but this album sounds like an offshoot of that band. Very experimental at the time. Must have for completists. Way ahead of it's time for 1973~ Warren
Rolling Stone Issue #151 Review- M. Frog is the initial offering from a would-be French monk turned musician named Jean Yves Labat. Admittedly, France has never stood out as a major force in the rock music world, and M. Frog will do little to change this, but the album at least merits attention as a curiosity in a field rarely lacking such things. It is basically a synthesizer album, but Labat notates his musical scores not by note, but by an arrangement of multicolored squares placed side by side on a linear graph. Six full pages of this brilliant technologia are offered as inducement to sale, and they're quite neat to gawk at while listening to something else. The music itself runs the familiar gamut from synthijazz to the usual electronic mysterioso- cosmic space stuff - all of it competent but hardly innovative. If you're an electronic music freak, however, you might enjoy it, and it'll probably be in the delete sections of your record store within the year. Worth anything up to two bucks.
|1973||ROGER POWELL - 'COSMIC FURNACE'||LP- DIGITAL TRANSFER BY T STORM HUNTER||49:57|
Track List:ICTUS-the primordial pulse. LUMIA-dance of the nebulae. FOURNEAU COSMIQUE-the alchemical furnace of Cleopatra. HERMETIC ENIGMA-the fixed volatile (the answer is but another riddle). QUEENE ENFINESKA-the serenity of the lion in summer. TENSEGRITY-a dymaxion triptych
Note:T. Storm Hunter has done a wonderful job here on the xfer. The titles are a cross between acid and space age gooblygook, but the music is very different... and very much more influenced by Walter Carlos and Morton Subotnick than rock music. Todd would buy the album, and then would insist that Roger be invited to his infamous Birthday show in Central Park on 6/22/74. And Roger would then help guide the Utopia sound onward ('til they stopped in '86 and '92. This is super and a classic 'synth' release for fans of Todd, Roger and the synthesizer.
|1973||'A WIZARD A TRUE STAR' - REEL TO REEL TAPE||JON RISEN REEL TO REEL TRANSFER||55:43|
Track List:THE WHOLE OF AWATS FROM REEL TO REEL TAPE
Note:Thanks to Jon (Mojo) and Jeff Gauss (Weavil) for getting this to us. It is slightly different in places than the vinyl (differences are subtle in mix, eq, etc...).No new tunes or anything or new mix, but fascinating to play side by side, and spot the differences at certain levels. Quite frankly this transfer from reels is history; for you have to remember that the extended amount of music Todd had put on the vinyl/album affected the sound greatly. This recording has none of that squeeze effect to it. AWSOME & ESSENTIAL~ Warren
|1973||ROGER POWELL - 'COSMIC FURNACE' OUTTAKES||DIGITAL TRANSFER WARREN||N/A|
Track List:COSMIC FURNACE OUTTAKE 1.COSMIC FURNACE OUTTAKE 2.COSMIC FURNACE OUTTAKE 3 (CUTS).ARP ODYSSEY MAGAZINE FLEXIDISC 'ULTIMATE MUSICAL TRIP'.1978 OUTTAKE PIPELINE.
Note:Me not being a musician, I cannot tell from these first three awesome little electronic musical 'suites', if parts of them did not actually appear on Roger's 1973 'Cosmic Furnace' somewhere. But these are outtakes (that is, tunes that did not fully appear on the album). The fourth track is a flexi disc that was in a Arp Odyssey Magazine 1973 issue (The ARP surfacing in 1972 of course). The fifth track ('Pipeline') is an out-take from 1978. It missed showing up on Roger's Album 'Air Pocket' in 1980. However, it did appear on the 2006 CD Re-Issue as a bonus track titled 'Pipeline '76'~ Warren
|1973||'A WIZARD A TRUE STAR' - 45RPM SAMPLER 'PREVIEW' PRO 562 (QNY0515-5 & 31,584)||VINYL TRANSFER JEFF GAUSS 'WEAVIL'||4:30/4:54|
Track List:INTERNATIONAL FEEL/NEVER NEVER LAND. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:This a very cool find by my 'Pawdner In Crime' Weavil. And He's done a turn table transfer in 16bit - 441 for us. And the sound is spectacular.It's nothing we don't have already track wise, but it's a extremely obscure Bearsville 45rpm ‘Promotion Only Not For Sale’ sampler (which Bearsville hardly ever did in 1973...Screen Gems yes. Bearsville no). Bearsville does a little fade out at the end of 'Never Never Land'… We all know 'Tic Tic Tic, It Wears Off' kicked in very quickly on the album. It's just nice to have for collector's trophy reasons. And thank you Jeff! You probably own the only copy on the globe.~ Warren
|1973||ROGER POWELL ARP FAMILY OF SYNTHESIZERS MUSIC & NARRATION||FLEXIDISC TRANSFER ISTVAN||7:04/1:28/1:27|
Track List:ARP FAMILY OF SYNTHESIZERS (MUSIC & NARRATION). ROGER POWELL ARP SAMPLER 1.ROGER POWELL ARP SAMPLER 2.
Note:Thanks to Istvan for this copy. I think these are another from ARP Magazine in 1973. About 1:44 mins into 'ARP Family', you can hear a piece about Roger with 'Glowing Far Horizon' and 'Ictus'. I don't know if the samplers appear on other Roger projects. I can't tell, but they’re wonderful.~ Warren
|5/3/73||POST AUDITORIUM C.W. POST COLLEGE OF LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY||AUDIENCE- LOW GEN TAPE FROM ISTVAN - TO FRANK B. - TO ME (MUCH UPGRADED OCT 2017)||71:07|
Track List:DIVE BOMBIN'.UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. TIC TIC TIC IT WEARS OFF. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. INSTRUMENTAL. WE ARE CRAZY. HITS AD LIB. DEVIL'S BITE/HEAVY METAL KIDS. UTOPIA THEME (REPRISE).
Note:Only recording known of the very first Utopia line-up. A real strange affair with Tony and Hunt Sales in the band for this two week wonder tour. Background vocals were lacking here but a great set list - from this short lived, barely promoted and aborted tour.This tape quality is really not all that bad after some work and reduction of the bass. Todd, Tony & Hunt Sales, Dave Mason and Jean Yves 'M Frog' Labat. ESSENTIAL~ Warren
I did a badly needed edit/upgrade Oct. 2017. It's the best we're going to get with the sound quality on this one. Very decent if I do say so myself~ Warren
Special Note: Story goes; that our low generation tape came to Frank B. (and eventually to me) in a trade from Istvan. Istvan coined the first take 'Dive Bombin' (basically that's what it sounds like) in reference to BeBe Buell's Father (Harold Buell) who was quite the Historic US Navy Pilot Hero in WWII. He flew a 'Helldiver' Bomber. Thank you Istvan!
|11/73||DON KIRSHNER'S ROCK CONCERT (AIRED MARCH 10 1974)||AUDIO DUB FROM TV BROADCAST||29.28|
Track List:INTERNATIONAL FEEL.NEVER NEVER LAND.I SAW THE LIGHT.HEAVY METAL KIDS.UTOPIA THEME.THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD.THE IKON (HOW THE WEST WAS WON) EXCERPT.
Note:Much evidence points the fact that this show may have actually taken place in November 1973 at Hofstra University Long Island/Hempstead NY. Somebody did an excellent audio dub for us from the Don Kirshner's Rock Concert video. What's even better is we've just gotten an incredible upgrade of the video! And the ever faithful Joe Franks did us an upgrade on the audio that we added to it. This all is just PURE ESSENTIAL~ Warren
|11/8/73||THE FOX THEATER ATLANTA GA (MOST LIKELY THE APRIL 25 1974 SHOW)||FM LP SOURCE (WARREN)||63:00|
Track List:UTOPIA THEME. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE. SONS OF 1984. OPEN MY EYES. BLACK MARIA. THE LAST RIDE. SLUT.COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.
Note:From DJ Promo Copy - Not For Sale vinyl w/o any groove noise - a classic from Warren's vaults. From a 96mHz 'first time/virgin needle drop' of the vinyl. Of course there are numerous tapes, boot CDs, boot LPs and torrents of this out there in circulation now. Most all very good. But we like this particular glorious sound vinyl drop the best. ESSENTIAL~ Tony
|11/11/73||CINCINNATI COUNTERPART STUDIOS||FM RADIO||56:39|
Track List:I SAW THE LIGHT. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. PISS AARON. LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE SONG. HELLO, IT'S ME. UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. HUNGRY FOR LOVE. THE IKON (SEGMENTS).
Note:I think everything's already been said about this famous recording. Just an excellent broadcast from way back when. Performed on Cincinnati's WKRQ FM Radio from Counterpart Studios just three days after Todd Rundgren's Utopia's widely acclaimed showing in Atlanta, GA. Excellent quality from original vinyl transcript. ESSENTIAL
*2017-08-26 Update: Recently somebody (A Cincinnati native) shared their own personal recording on 'Soundcloud', of the FM Broadcast, on reel to reel. Probably the best upgrade of this show. Excellent quality/sound and stereo seperation!
|11/12/73||THE AGORA COLUMBUS OH||RADIO WNCI FM 98 BROADCAST - CLEANED, EDITED, TRANSFERRED BY PAUL RUSSO||56:29|
Track List:UTOPIA THEME. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. IKON EXCERPT. BLACK MARIA. SUNSET BLVD. IKON EXCERPT. NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME. HUNGRY FOR LOVE. IKON EXCERPT
Note:One of the the oldest live Broadcasts of Todd Rundgren's Utopia set in a venue/hall. WNCI FM 98. Sounds like mono to me, although it may be stereo with poor separation. It includes some pretty goofy comments by a Columbus Announcer , who even says, "...Todd's really jammin'...". (The sound is very good but not as great as the Atlanta Retro-Rock from 11/8/73 soundboard, of course). This was evidently broadcast originally on AM and FM. So it's funny that When The Shit Hits The Fan/Sunset Blvd. is performed uncensored. This is all from my low generation tape through Frank and done by Paul. Long traded tape that definitely has seen an upgrade on this digital transfer... We all know that great sounding early stuff is hard to find. We can get the real feel of living and listening to 'proto' Radio in 1973 from listening to this... Lots of character. ESSENTIAL~ Tony
|11/13/73||DETROIT FORD THEATER 'BORN TO UTOPIA' BOOT (see entry below for the best recording of this show)||DIGIGITALlY TRANSFERRED FROM THE BOOT VINYL||61:30/60:15|
|Track List:CD ONE: INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. LONG FLOWING ROBE. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. I SAW THE LIGHT. YOU DON'T HAVE TO CAMP AROUND. A DREAM GOES FOREVER. LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE SONG. HELLO, IT'S ME. PISS AARON. WAILING WALL. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. UTOPIA THEME CD TWO: DON'T YOU EVER LEARN?. THE IKON (SEGMENT). BLACK MARIA. SUNSET BLVD. THE IKON (SEGMENT). NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME?. HUNGRY FOR LOVE. THE IKON (SEGMENT). JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:The booted version. Dubbed from the obscure double vinyl. See upgraded audience recording source (the original tapes) of this show below~ Warren
|11/13/73||DETROIT FORD THEATER (2 SETS/2 CDS)||AUDIENCE SOURCE (1st GENERATION TAPE UPGRADED BY FRANK BUBNICK). PLUS ANOTHER UPGRADE ALSO JOE FRANKS||43:00/73:00|
Track List:DISC ONE/SET ONE: INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. LONG FLOWING ROBE. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. I SAW THE LIGHT. YOU DON'T HAVE TO CAMP AROUND. A DREAM GOES FOREVER. LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE SONG. HELLO, IT'S ME. PISS AARON. WAILING WALL. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. DISC TWO/SET TWO: UTOPIA THEME. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. THE IKON (SEGMENT ONE). BLACK MARIA. TUNING/BAND INTROS. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. THE IKON (SEGMENT TWO). # 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME/UNKNOWN INSTRUMENTAL. HUNGRY FOR LOVE. THE IKON (SEGMENT THREE w/BASS SOLO/DRUM SOLO). JUST ONE VICTORY. DANCING IN THE STREETS
Note:After Frank Bubnick was done with this one, I think it's the best audience recording from the 1973 'floor show' (The first set being Todd performing with taped soundtrack music, then an intermission followed by the lenghthy banded Utopia set... in all it's glory and light show). Massey Hall is maybe a wee bit better on the second set...BUT being that this was around the time I first became fanatic with Todd; THIS is likely my favorite cherished all time live recording EVER. Also to mention: The solo set includes a rare performance of 'You Don't have To Camp Around'. And the Utopia set and the show ends with a the band's version of 'Dancing in The Streets'... Kind of a salute to Detroit (MoTown). Our tape is first generation as well. Absolutely ESSENTIAL.~ Warren
Update 9/1/12: We also just got a re-tweeked/mastered version of it from our pal Joe Franks. And it's a VERY good job! Thanks Joe!
|11/14/73||MASSEY HALL TORONTO CANADA (COMPLETE)||AUDIENCE (TRANSFER/EQ/EDIT PAUL RUSSO,WARREN HEWETSON FROM FRANK BUBNICK MASTER)w/REMNANTS FROM ISTVAN||44:28:41/66:03:73|
Track List:DISC ONE: INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. LONG FLOWING ROBE. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. I SAW THE LIGHT. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE SONG. HELLO IT'S ME. PISS AARON. WAILING WALL. HEAVY METAL KIDS. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. DISC TWO: UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. SUNSET BLVD. THE IKON (SEGMENT 1). NO. 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR . IS IT MY NAME/BLUESY INSTRUMENTAL. HUNGRY FOR LOVE. THE IKON (SEGMENT 2). JUST ONE VICTORY. SLUT. ENCORE APPLAUSE. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU (PARTIAL)
Note:* 2014-04-28 Upgrade:Another 1973 'Holy Grail', that has been sitting around in the hidden vaults, for what I think is decades, is the last portion of the 1973 Massey Hall Show. Finally! Most, if not all, of you/us have had the Show ending with 'Is It My Name'. I've noticed this on a couple of torrent sites as such too. The audience recording originally surfaced in our Todd Rundgren tape trading circulation from Frank Bubnick's Masters of the original taper's Cassettes (and not to be confused with some trades that were mixed with 'You Don't Have To Camp Around' and 'Don't You Ever Learn' from the 1973 Ford Theatre Detroit Show. Why they did that... I do not know). However, the last portion of this 1973 Toronto show was on the B side of some other tapings apparently, and missed getting in on most trading exchanges. Istvan & I have this missing piece, and I now have it here for the show to be in it's entirety.
The missing tracks were 'Hungry for Love', another segment of 'The Ikon', 'Just One Victory','SLUT', some encore crowd applause & partial 'Couldn't I Just Tell You'. So here's the whole Show in all it's glory, for those of you that don't have it. I divided the show into just how it was performed. Two seperate sets (divided by an intermission). And again, it's all from original Taper's MASTER cassettes. This a magnificent quality audience recording. ESSENTIAL Historic record.~ Warren
|11/16/73||(SCHMIDT FIELDHOUSE) XAVIER UNIVERSITY CINCINNATI OH||AUDIENCE (EQ FRANK BUBNICK)||5:09:49|
Track List:NO. 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR
Note:Very good audience recording (after Bubnick tweeked it) for 39 years ago. This one track only. It cuts immediately after a couple of seconds of Is It My Name. But we get the whole tune in all it's glory. Todd's guitar very much out front here. Vocals a little 'concert hallish' but instruments very clear. Wish we had more of this Cincinnati show. Anybody? ESSENTIAL for true collectors.~ Warren
|11/17/73||CHICAGO ARIE CROWN THEATER||AUDIENCE- DIGITAL TRANSFER BY T STORM HUNTER(EDITED/MASTERED PAUL RUSSO)||39:32/57:13|
Track List:SET ONE (TODD SOLO w/PIANO & TAPES):INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. LONG FLOWING ROBE. BANTER/INTRO. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. I SAW THE LIGHT. BANTER/INTRO. A DREAM GOES FOREVER. LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE SONG. HELLO ITS ME. PISS AARON.HEAVY METAL KIDS. LE FEEL INTERNCIONALE/MC FOR INTERMISSION. SET TWO (UTOPIA/BAND SET): TUNING. UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. THE IKON (SEGMENT 1). NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMIONATOR. IS IT MY NAME. PA/TECH PROBLEMS. HUNGRY FOR LOVE. THE IKON EXCERPT (SEGMENT 2) (CUTS - ONLY 29 SECS)
Note:Another triumph in collaberation with Frank and Paul. And probably the best 1973 record we have phonics-wise. (A bit better than Detroit) from this era when The Ikon was still a bunch of smaller pieces. Performance is clear & tight. Yes, an exceptional audience recording considering amateur technology 42 years ago. At first take, we would think this was a tape from the soundboard technician, (it could be) except there’s the small bit of ‘chatter’ from somebody close to the tape source. The biggest problem(s) with this performance (and not the taper’s error) are; …first…Todd’s vocals are grating/broken and squeaky (you can hear him apologize for this before ‘It Wouldn’t have made Any Difference’. Caused by previous shows in Toronto, Cincinnati & Detroit). His vocals are particularly rough during ‘Long Flowing Robe’. And just as his voice seems to be ‘back’, with the second set with the band,…then …the theater’s PA ‘drops out ‘ 30 minutes into the set (at about 1:24 into ‘Is It My Name’). You can hear the band members discuss it, and Todd says, ‘We got problems…but we’re not just going to stand around and wait”. And the sound system just really never recovers. An witness/attendee at this show also points this out. And we have photos from this performance of Todd sharing a ‘mic’ with John Siegler during the Band set to try to overcome the sound problem. And as was always the problem with Todd’s two set shows in late 1973 and early 1974, the tapers ran out of recording tape (as mentioned in many of the above posts). In this case, we run out of music not quite half way through the second set…after 29 seconds into the second Ikon segment. From the opening of International Feel to the closing of #1 Lowest Common Denominator, this recording is good quality and an ESSENTIAL ‘partial’ to have. And the bad parts are great - if just for posterity.~ Warren
|12/73||MIDNIGHT SPECIAL STAGES NY (AIRED 12/7/73)||DUB FROM VIDEO||N/A|
Track List:BLACK MARIA. HELLO IT'S ME.
Note:Very VERY good audio dub from the Midnight Special Show which aired 12/7/73...you know, the famous one with the 'Peacock Feathers' (smile). Be Be Buell calls it the 'Maneating Peacock' costume. Todd's drag friend Nicky adorned him with this makeup and costume props. It was a shock surprise 'appearance' to everybody of course. Paul Fishkin claims this garb sabatoged Todd's early career.~ Warren