|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||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|
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
|5/3/73||C.W. POST UNIVERSITY NEW YORK||AUDIENCE- TRANSFER BY TONY. EDIT BY BUBNICK/RUSSO||71:07|
Track List:INTRO/UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. TIC TIC TIC IT WEARS OFF. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU. SUNSET BLVD. UNKNOWN INSTRUMENTAL/DRUM SOLO. WE ARE CRAZY. MEDLEY OF HITS. DEVIL'S BITE/HEAVY METAL KIDS. UTOPIA THEME (REPRISE). BROKE DOWN & BUSTED (only on Frank Bubnick's version)
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 is really not all that bad! ESSENTIAL~ Warren
|11/8/73||ATLANTA FOX THEATER||FM LP SOURCE||N/A|
|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. 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 * We also have a well edited/remastered piece by my Friends at WhoohooLive with Meg Griffin's (the announcer) comments omitted. Just the music all sewn together as if the actual performance order. ESSENTIAL! ~ Warren
|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
|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). ANOTHER UPGRADE ALSO JOE FRANKS||72:58/69:40|
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. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN? THE IKON (SEGMENT). BLACK MARIA. CD TWO: SUNSET BLVD. THE IKON (SEGMENT). NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME?. UNKNOWN INSTRUMENTAL. HUNGRY FOR LOVE. THE IKON (SEGMENT)/BASS SOLO/DRUM SOLO. JUST ONE VICTORY. DANCING IN THE STREETS
Note:After Frank Bubnick was done with this one, it is probably the best audience recording from the 1973 'floor show' (The first set being Todd performing with taped background music), then an intermission followed by the lenghthy banded Utopia set... in all it's glory and light show. 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||AUDIENCE (TRANSFER/EQ/EDIT PAUL RUSSO FROM FRANK BUBNICK MASTER)||60:00/28:00|
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. UTOPIA THEME. DISC TWO: BLACK MARIA. SUNSET BLVD. THE IKON. NO. 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR . IS IT MY NAME.
Note:Overall a nice show. Some different turns in the set which is nice. Paul Russo did the EQ/editing with the Frank Bubnick masters. Too bad we don't have the entire performance (the encores). This is a mighty fine audience recording. ESSENTIAL of course~ 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:CD ONE: INTRO. BTO FRAGMENT. INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. LONG FLOWING ROBE. TODD SPEAKS. IT WOULDNT HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. I SAW THE LIGHT. TODD TALKS. A DREAM GOES FOREVER. LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE SONG. HELLO ITS ME. PISS AARON.HEAVY METAL KIDS. LE FEEL INTERNCIONALE. CD TWO: WARM UP. UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. SUNSET BLVD. THE IKON (EXCERPT). NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMIONATOR. IS IT MY NAME. TECH PROBLEMS. HUNGRY FOR LOVE. THE IKON EXCERPT (CUTS)
Note:Another triumph in collaberation with Frank and Paul. This is a very strong audience tape from this era when The Ikon was still a bunch of smaller pieces. Onliest thing is; Todd's voice is 'blown out'. But a real delight to hear Long Flowing Robe. Again, this would probably be the best audience quality recording we have from this 1973 leg, if not for Todd's voice being so shot.~ 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