Todd Rundgren/UTOPIA (and Related) Audio Rarities On CD-R--- v04.2018

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Greetings Audio Toddheads! Warren H.(Atlanta, GA. USA) here. Tony Rogers and I have transferred his entire audio collection over to my home in 2009. Me - having been a long time friend, and somewhat of his ‘collaborator’ collector/enthusiast over all these decades; We (Tony & I) thought my circumstances (A 62 year old, single, IT specialist guy in Atlanta with lots of Todd Rundgren history/archival collecting since 1972) would be ideal for taking over the 'Library' in all its glory. And, so an 'incorporation' of his and my colossal collections takes place! I now get to curate this ‘museum’. And I plan to share openly, just as Tony did all these decades. Yes, I’m somewhat of a Todd Rundgren Historian. I have been 'following' Todd extensively (in all forms of media) ever since I saw (and met) him here at the Historic Show at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre on November 8 1973. So I know 'enough' :).
I want to say a big THANK YOU in advance to all of you who are going to help and have helped with this so far. I’ll do my best. Write me anytime. twarrenh@gmail.com
Just scroll down to the items listed below by period and click on any year to browse the collection.
I like to give credit where credit is due too. So please forgive me if I do not credit the right persons involved in making these recordings available/possible for all these years. Please feel free to correct me on who's responsible for what. Unfortunately from around 2008 to 2010; Tony’s library was not covered as extensively as we'd like. So, my good friend ‘partner in crime’ Jeff Gauss (Weavil) has offered to help us out with much of that. Visit: Weavil's Toddlist. We've also recently been working in collaboration with my friend Frank Bubnick and his well known vast quality collection (you can visit his list by clicking on his name). Some of his editing is unequaled anywhere.
And some late breaking neat news : I believe most of you are familiar with the JEMS group. A bunch of super collectors for many bands’ audience recordings (predominate though are Yes and Springsteen). Well known for their re-mastering prowess and quality. They’ve been in contact with me for a couple of years, and in December of last year offered me all their (originals) Todd Rundgren Collection. They just didn’t have the resources or the time for refining anything by Todd Rundgren. It just wasn’t on their timeline. I received all their cassettes (60) within a few weeks! Most of them are MASTER tapes from the original Taper. They will be sending me all their DATs and Reels at a later date. I will be listing all these recordings here, as I digitally transfer them. With this addition of the JEMS collection I believe these Todd Rundgren Archives are easily the largest collection on the planet.
How do we share you ask? Well, Just for what it's worth, we really don't do the 'snail mail trading' (by postal) much these days. So, if you would like me to share or trade any of this 'Catalog' with you, it would be more convenient/easiest to share in the form of on-line file transfer. Generally, in .flac format, compressed to .zip or .rar for smoother/faster quality exchange [depending upon the size of the audio file(s) we might be exchanging of course]. Hope that all makes sense. I can work with you on 'all that'. Again, write me, and then we'll come to an agreement of sorts. Please keep in mind, that anything that is 'Official', or 'Professionally Marketed', or still available for 'Retail' purchase is not of consideration. Nor is there any monetary means of transaction.
I do not have any rights to, and I am not open for sharing any material that may be listed below that has been commercially or officially released and is still available retail. (It may be listed below for collection listing purpose only). I do not take or give any money for a single item below either. I do not take away any proceeds that are due to Todd Rundgren, family, friends, business or supporting/associated musicians. If it is ROIO (recording of independent origin), then I'm open to share. Support the artist! Go buy his stuff where and whenever available! Speaking of which; an ultimate place to find/buy Todd's releases and imports & rarities is TRBAZAAR. Check it out! If Scott ain't got it, nobody does...just about! And of course many past official CD/DVD releases and proprietary Todd merchandise is readily available for ordering on-line at The Toddstore. So check them out for sure.
I’ll start a ‘Credits’ list here below, and maintain it on down the road. Like to make sure all the folks involved are appreciated. For now, let me go ahead and thank some folks that have really been instrumental in these archives (no particular order): Tony Rogers (of course), Jeff Gauss (Weavil), Frank Bubnick, Paul Russo, Hiroshi Kawauchi, Istvan, Sara Kritzer, Barry Beiseigel, Roger Steel, Mike Adrian, Gil Ireland-Ashley, Dale Michelsohn, Gary Urwin, Don B., Bob Stanislowski (RIP), Micheal B., Jon Risen, Jon Babcock, Mark Wilpolt, Tom Cannon, Joe Franks, Chris 'Razz', Geoff (& Rick) Laurenzo, Ted Moon, Richard Roys, Storm Hunter, Moz (Mike), Sohta Fujito, David Skye, Allen Law, Matt Walsh, Kevin Lewis, Doug Ford, Dave Knife, JEMS, Jared Houser and players to be named later. Special thanks to Roger Linder for providing this page space for us for decades. Let's Rock!
BTW, I call this group of people 'My Cartel'. However, I have given the group a Media name: F451 Media (as in 451 Farenheit). It is not a brand name, for nothing of mine is for sale or has been sold EVER. It is a logo for these dedicated Todd Rundgren Collectors , which most of been doing this since the early 90s (and even earler). Our logo is:
Fahrenheit451

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1960s: 1967 1968 1969
1970s: 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980s: 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990s: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000s: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010s: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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Date Title Source Time
1973 FANNY - 'MOTHERS PRIDE' LP (TRANSFERRED BY SHUBABY) 45:13
Date Added:8/23/2001
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 LP TRANSFER BY SANDRA 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.
1973 ROGER POWELL - 'COSMIC FURNACE' LP- DIGITAL TRANSFER BY T STORM HUNTER 49:57
Date Added:3/25/2001
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
Date Added:11/13/2006
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
Date Added:9/15/2014
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
Date Added:9/16/2014
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
Date Added:9/28/2014
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
Date Added:10/28/2017
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
Date Added:3/7/2014
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
Date Added:10/3/2015
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
Date Added:8/26/2017
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
Date Added:8/21/2012
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
Date Added:4/23/2014
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
Date Added:3/29/2014
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
Date Added:8/21/2012
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
Date Added:8/5/2015
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
Date Added:5/28/2012
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

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