|1974||THE HELLO PEOPLE - HANDSOME DEVILS||24/96 LP/VINYL (TRANSFER - JEFF 'WEAVIL' GAUSS)||40:04|
Track List:FUTURE SHOCK. FINGER POPPIN TIME. TAKE THE LOVE ON YOUR BODY. DESTINY. RIPPED AGAIN. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART. CREEGO. CRY BABY. JUST ONE VICTORY. HOW HIGH IS THE MOON. SAVE A DANCE FOR ME
Note:One of the classic Todd 74 productions from the old defunct ABC label brought back from the dead by my Partner Jeff. Super 24/96 transfer from super clean vinyl. Clearly a dated LP but a great mix of old and new tunes and JOV...recd at Secret Sound---"Since this is the first Hello People record in years, the first temptation is to be historical about the band. But a band that has outlasted most other American bands since 67 has so much history that obviously something else makes them still worth recording in 74. That something can hopefully now be heard as successfully as it has been seen in the past" TR (1974)
Thank you Jeff, for the recent 24/96 magnificent transfer from vinyl~ Warren
|1974||THE 'banded' IKON (and other Toddities)||LPS, EP, STUDIO (TRANSFERS BY FRANK BUBNICK, JON RISEN, LARRY CLARK & RON NAPOLI)||75:17|
Track List:INTERVIEW 1974 WITH TODD, THE IKON (TRACKS 2-8, BANDED), VOTER 1972 AD WITH TODD, VOTER AD 1972 TODD WITH FLO AND EDDIE #I, VOTER 72 AD W/ FLO/EDDIE #2, 1978 CONVERSATION WITH TODD AND PATTI SMITH, IT WOULDNT HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE (BTTB EDITED "45" VERSION), WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN (WHITE LABEL PROMO AWATS VERSION WITH "BLEEPS"), WANT OF A NAIL (SINGLE VERSION EDITED), INTERVIEW ABOUT WANT OF A NAIL (FROM PROMO CD SINGLE)
Note:What, you say, is the 'banded' Ikon? It is the Ikon, in all its splendor, cut into FM radio playable sections by Bearsville, each of which has a central theme of some sort chronologically through the piece. This appears on the flip side of Frank Bubnick's White label Bearsville Promo LP (see entry below). Just a fascinating view into how Todd thought this should be accomplished. Personally, I wish that ‘You Don't Have To Be Afraid’ was longer. If there is a single type on that side (which there is not, really) it would be that tune.
Larry Clark adds the voter ads from a vinyl source - the Flo and Eddie stuff is pretty funny. Todd & Patti Smith conversation is way out there. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference is the 45 version live 1978. We also include another rare Bearsville (White label) Promo of When The Shit Hits The Fan with 'bleeps' of course. The Want of a Nail was from a promo cd single. Pretty high quality stuff too~ Tony
*2014-03-24 Update:This just in from my Buddy 'across the pond'. Istvan just supplied us with all three Bearsville Promo vinyl versions of The 'Banded' Ikon! The White Label Promo of the Utopia album (4 bands), the White Label Promo with the Todd interview (7 bands) and the American Forces album (3 bands).And all transferred to 48K 16bits (with removed scratches and such). Thank you Istvan!~ Warren
|1974||BEARSVILLE INTERVIEW PROMO LP WARNER BROS. #PRO 597||PROMO LP||15:03|
Note:A neat little interview that Bearsville put out to the media in form of a Promotional LP. ESSENTIAL for the Todd Collector.~ Warren
|1974||HALL AND OATES - WAR BABIES||JAPANESE CD (O.O.P.)- ROGER STEEL||43:30|
Track List:CANT STOP THE MUSIC (HE PLAYED IT MUCH TOO LONG). IS IT A STAR?. BEANNIE G AND THE ROSE TATTOO. YOURE MUCH TOO SOON. 70S SCENERIO. WAR BABY, SON OF ZORRO. IM WATCHING YOU (A MUTANT ROMANCE). BETTER WATCH YOUR BACK. SCREAMING THROUGH DECEMBER. JOHNNY GORE AND THE C EATERS
Note:This is a touchy one, in that I'm sure at this time, it's out of print. As soon as its back in, I'll remove it. Roger Steel did this (and a group of classics to come for us). His contribution is huge, and cannot be overstated. He's collected and preserved for decades now- Thanks Roger! so, what about the cd? it truly is the lost TR Utopia album. Todd is all over this. His chords, voicings, productions , Willie playing with that metal snare sound Ellman had on Everybodys Going To Heaven...it's all here-some great songs with some left field twists..the strangest Hall and Oates album you'll ever hear-an almost exact compromise between Todd- "Todd" and "Abandon Lunchonette"....If you dont have this, you dont have all the Todd albums..it is one of the great productions and reeks of Todd's influence.~ Tony
|2/74||MIDNIGHT SPECIAL STAGES NY (AIRED 2/8/74)||AUDIO DUB FROM VIDEO||N/A|
Track List:COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER
Note:Excellent audio dub from Midnight Special show that aired 2/8/74~ Warren
|2/1/74||DICK CLARK'S ABC 'IN CONCERT' AQUARIUS THEATRE LOS ANGELES CA||TV/FM SIMUL-CAST WDAI BROADCAST (AIR DATE: FEB 1 1974)||2:48/5:22/4:37|
Track List:A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. JUST ONE VICTORY. HELLO IT'S ME
Note:Excellent audio from the FM portion of a TV/FM Simulast cast by WDAI in Chicago February 1974.And what a incredible performance of all three tunes. This date has always been a dispute (Fall of 1973 or Spring of 1974). Judging by the outfits and bandset, this could very well be winter of 1973. But at the end of the 'Hello It's Me' segment, you in see in the age old b&w video that the credits read "Dick Clark productions, Recorded at the Aquarius Theatre Los Angeles CA 1974". And Todd Rundgren's Utopia didn't tour California in 1973. I also understand that although 3 tunes were all that was filmed for TV by Dick Clark Productions, Todd performed an entire show that night. Wouldn't it be nice to have that!!? Anybody?~ Warren
|3/15/74||GANNON COLLEGE ERIE PA||AUDIENCE DIGITAL TRANSFER WARREN||45:00|
Track List:THE IKON (CUTS IN). SONS OF 1984
Note:This is a pretty bad recording of some of the last set. It is listed here only because we wanted to cover 1974 completely with all the possible cassettes in the Archive. This one is definetly only for the die-hard.~ Warren
|3/19/74||GRAND VALLEY DOME GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY GRAND RAPIDS MI||AUDIENCE (RUSSO UPGRADE)||72:11/72:13|
Track List:DISC ONE: INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. ZEN ARCHER. 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. HEAVY METAL KIDS. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. DISC TWO: UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. THE LAST RIDE. NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME. THE IKON (CUTS)
Note:I've changed this entry description to 'Upgrade' for this show, for it has been recently edited. We've taken this first generation copy from the tapers Master Cassette to another level in quality. Fortunately, the taper's raw tapes are pretty good to start with. This first set is now wonderful. The second set (The Utopia Set) was a tough one...Due to the energy and volume of the band captured by the taper. Much distortion has been removed from these performances and most of the good phonics have been brought up front. The last three tracks are not as strong as the others, but in all, I feel that this is now one of the best audience recordings we have from Spring 1974. Unfortunately this is another audience recording show that ends prematurely. Keep in mind, that it was a time when tapers were flipping tape sides or putting another cassette in and/or ran out of tape during this half of the show due to the length of the songs. Thus we only have 19:37 minutes of the Ikon (at this time - usually a 40 minute performance). And missing (not recorded) is 'Sons of 1984', 'SLUT' & 'Couldn't I Just Tell You. The guitar playing is excellent! We got our master from Aronson, which we believe is the best surviving copy of the original taper's cassettes.~ Warren
|3/23/74||AKRON CIVIC CENTER AKRON OH - "A WIZARD/A UTOPIA STAR" BOOT||BOOT CD||63:14/74:36|
Track List:CD ONE: INTERNATIONAL FEEL, NEVER NEVER LAND. ZEN ARCHER. 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. HEAVY METAL KIDS. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. CD TWO: DON'T YOU EVER LEARN?. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE. SUNSET BLVD. THE LAST RIDE. NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. THE IKON (CUTS)
Note:The question is why? A pretty bad effort to make a pretty bad sounding boot CD. If you need it, it is listenable and a keeper for us archivists... but again 'The Ikon' ends just short of it's entirety (43:33 Mins). Somebody may tackle it one day and make a decent edit? So this is source 1. See entry on other source 2~ Warren
|3/23/74||AKRON CIVIC CENTER AKRON OH||AUDIENCE (LONG/MOST COMPLETE VERSION)||39:30/1:46:14|
Track List:FIRST SET: INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. ZEN ARCHER. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. I SAW THE LIGHT. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE. HELLO IT'S ME. PISS AARON. HEAVY METAL KIDS. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. SECOND SET: UTOPIA THEME.BLACK MARIA. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN.KING KONG REGGAE. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. THE LAST RIDE. NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME.THE IKON. SONS OF 1984. SLUT. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.
Note:This more complete version was previously lost from our vaults. We got a replacement for it through new trade. The Taper remains unidentified, but this is proposed to be 1st Generation copy off the Master cassettes. Same audience recording that was offered as a Boot CD (very muddy audio) decades ago, but this one much pleasantly clearer, and pretty much the complete performance ('Just One Victory'- probably the final encore tune, is missing).A COMPLETE 'IKON' HERE! A couple of tiny skips in 'Ikon' but hardly noticeable. We did some equalizing to balance out the channel levels and much of the bass distortion is removed. Now it's one of the better Spring 1974 shows we have. Vocals are very much up front on this one. Still some audience applause and clapping is present. But this 'Revisit' to this age old audience recording is a ESSENTIAL 'must have' for the serious collector.~ Warren
*2015-04-03 Update: Courtesy of Joe Franks, we have a truly 're-mastered' version of this 'IKON'. He's done an incredible job with this full track and it is truly worthy of my collectors trophy shelf!
|3/28/74||WLS FM CHICAGO 'MUSIC PEOPLE' INTERVIEW W/ JOHN LANDECKER||FM BROADCAST||00:13|
Track List:TODD RUNDGREN INTERVIEW W/JOHN LANDECKER
WLS FM RADIO
MARCH 28 1974
Note:Not great sound. But super rare. Not many audio interviews on record from this time (except 1974 Bearsville's Promo Interview). This was during Todd Rundgren's Utopia 'stand' at The Auditorium Chicago IL on March 28 1974 (Of course, Todd's show at this time, consisted of Todd performing the first set solo - with the instrumentals played via background/soundtrack tapes. There was a short intermission, and then the 6 piece Utopia performed a long second set in all it's glory & light show). Todd appears here for a very short talk with WLS Chicago Radio DJ John Landecker for about 13 minute mini episode of 'Music People'. It's called 'Part 1', but we don't know of any other parts other than this segment. I like Landecker's comment about Todd's hair. And it's an interesting chat. But Todd doesn't have enough time to talk about Utopia, the 'concept' and/or the individual members. No concert excerpts here either. But essential stuff.~ Warren
|4/2/74||KANSAS CITY MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM KS||AUDIENCE SOURCE||90:00|
Track List:BLACK MARIA. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN.KING KONG REGGAE. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. THE LAST RIDE. #1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME. THE IKON (Cuts 41 mins). THE IKON (Contd 23 secs.) SONS OF 1984. BREAK BANTER. SLUT. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.
Note:Another very good quality audience gem that first made the early trading circles less the last few tracks. We don't know that the first half of the show (Todd performing solo with background tapes) was recorded. But this second set is now a little more complete, thanks to a 'find' by Istvan! The missing last tracks were a 23 sec partial ending of 'The Ikon', 'Sons of 1984',a little 42 second banter, 'SLUT' and 'Couldn't I Just Tell You'.
Having said all that, it's also important to mention that 'The Utopia Theme' which always opened this set is also absent. But I think what we now have (so far)is a piece of historic record and a very enjoyable listen. And we can just dream that maybe one day the whole show in it's entirety will miraculously. 'The Ikon' is letter perfect and played almost note for note identical to the album version less the vocals. Was the eyeball album still being tinkered with or what?...Todd announces they'd not done it before!?.. sound is pretty strong. Performance instrumentally is stunning...this may be as tight as they ever got as the 6 PIECE BIG UNIT. I feel its the best performed version of 'The Ikon' (mistake-free and tight-wise...40+ min). Unique is the appearance of It My Name...the tune was part of '73 but not frequent at all in '74 (Hmmmm...performed at the 4/14/74 Boston Show too).~ Tony & Warren
|4/2/74||KANSAS CITY MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM KS||AUDIENCE (2nd SOURCE GEOFF LAURENZO) MASTER||83:00|
Track List:(CUTS IN)ZEN ARCHER. BLACK MARIA. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. THE LAST RIDE. #1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME. THE IKON. SONS OF 1984 (CUTS OUT).(CUTS IN) SONS OF 1984
Note:Newly uncovered second source of an audience recording for this show. Geoff Laurenzo comes through with a decades old rare morsel (MASTER Tape) As is our first source, it's only a partial second half of the show, but this capture has the full 46 minute 'Ikon' performance. I made the vocals a little more up front and the instrumentation is clear. I think this thing sparkles! And here also, we have a just a taste of the first set with some of 'Zen Archer' too. This second set recording ('The Utopia Set') ends after 'Sons of 1984' (Geoff's recording is split in two/Tape flip). So, not recorded were 'Utopia' and encores, 'SLUT', 'Couldn't I Just Tell You' & 'Just One Victory'. Geoff's brother Rick tells us, "I was there, with my brother, as well that night. I had forgotten how long The Ikon was. 45 minutes! With breaks the show ran just north of 3 hours. He just didn't have enough tape & batteries." Die hards would enjoy this, if just for the entire 'Ikon'~ Warren
|4/17/74||THE ORPHEUM THEATER BOSTON MA||AUDIENCE||67:51 / 73:13|
Track List:DISC ONE: INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. ZEN ARCHER. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. I SAW THE LIGHT. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGTMARE SONG. HELLO IT'S ME. PISS AARON. HEAVY METAL KIDS. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. DISC TWO: UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. DONT YOU EVER LEARN. EVERYBODYS GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KING REGGAE. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. THE LAST RIDE. OPEN MY EYES. #1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME. Note:
Note:An incredible audience recording. Soundboard like. Wish I knew who to give credit to for the upgrade/EQ/Re-master that we have now (I understand that it was initially a mono recording). This thing is grand. Probably the best recording of what we call the Winter of 1973/Spring of 1974 'Floor Show'. In which Todd performs the first set solo - with the instrumentals played via background/soundtrack tapes. There was a short intermission, after ‘Le Feel Internacionale’... And THEN the 6 piece Utopia performs a long second set in all it's glory & light show. But set two is cut short here after 'Is It My Name'...damn it! That was always a problem in those old days...we'd run out of tape (cassette). Missing: 'The Ikon', 'Sons of 1984', 'SLUT' & 'Couldn't I Just Tell You'.However, THIS IS ESSENTIAL to all the old head collectors and Todd Rundgren's Utopia Historians. Very limited audience chatter. A true 'Holy Grail'! *This entry is to correct the wrong date we had of April 14 1974 (as opposed to the 17th – the correct date). Thanks to the correction from BK of Jems~ Warren
|4/28/74||ELLIS AUDITORIUM MEMPHIS TN||2nd GEN AUDIENCE SOURCE (BABCOCK) & ADD ONS (ISTVAN)||135:20|
Track List:INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. ZEN ARCHER. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. LORD CHANCELLOR’S NIGHTMARE SONG. HELLO IT'S ME. PISS AARON (TAPE FLIP). HEAVY METAL KIDS. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. INSTRUMENTAL 'JAM' LEAD IN/UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN/EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE/TIC TIC TIC (TAPE FLIP). THE LAST RIDE. OPEN MY EYES. THE IKON PART 1. (CUTS IN)THE IKON PART 2 (INCLUDES 'WE GOTTA GET YOU A WOMAN'). SONS OF 1984. BAND INTROS. SLUT. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU. JUST ONE VICTORY.
TAPER 'INTERVIEWS' TODD.
*2015-09-24 Add on. Istvan has found some additional material from his tapes of what sounds like a second source?(Tunes above in italics)
Note:Has showed up in bits and pieces in circulation. Thank you Jon Babcock for the 2nd Gen Audience source of the whole thing! And thank you Istvan for your additional tracks from your old tapes!~ Warren
|5/3/74||SANTA MONICA CIVIC CENTER SANTA MONICA CA||AUDIENCE (DIGITAL TRANSFER FROM JEMS FIRST GENERATION CASSETTES)||150:00|
Track List:SET ONE: INTERNATIONAL FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. ZEN ARCHER. IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. I SAW THE LIGHT. DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. LORD CHANCELLOR'S NIGHTMARE SONG. HELLO, IT'S ME. PISS AARON. HEAVY METAL KIDS. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. SET TWO: UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE. WHEN THE SHITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. THE LAST RIDE. OPEN MY EYES. THE IKON. SONS OF 1984. SLUT. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:Most of you are familiar with the JEMS group. They have shipped to me their entire collection of rare Todd Cassetes (long story). This Santa Monica 1974 is my first digital transfer from the mass of tapes. This one is supposedly the 1st generation, and I believe that. And much improved over what I think is in circulation.The only issues with these two tapes are many tape slips and gaps. And most noticeable; The'Taper's' (John Rude?) babble during 'It Wouldn't have Made Any Difference', 'Don't You Ever Learn' and 'Open My Eyes'. I've removed/patched/repaired much of all that. Having said all that, there were also a few tracks that Istvan (Isi) had upgraded versions of, that actually sounded better than the JEMS tapes, and I patched those in. And thank you Istan for that! We think this is almost a complete show for the most part (even the 34 min Ikon). Maybe missing (not recorded) is 'Is It My Name'? Todd (and Utopia) put on an EXCELLENT performance here. Just listen to the audience's screaming applause.
So, this is my first installment from the JEMS quality collection (and there's a bunch of rare quality tapes here). And what I think we have here is an awesome representation of this Spring 1974 'Floor Show'! And one our best out of what we have of that leg of Todd's 1974 Tour. It will actually fit on two discs. But, I like to seperate Todd's set from the Utopia set. So, I use three.~ Warren P.S. This not to be confused with my poor tapes trying to be resurrected by Joe Franks (fartherobliv) in my 2012 post at http://forum.trconnection.com/viewthread.php?tid=9766#pid174228. Joe did magic. And he's great at what he does. But he only had so much to work with what I gave him. So this replaces that, and I've deleted the earler MediaFire links to save room on fastly filling space in my MediaFire account~ Warren
|5/18/74||McFARLIN AUDITORIUM DALLAS TX||AUDIENCE||N/A|
Track List:UTOPIA THEME.BLACK MARIA.DON'T YOU EVER LEARN/EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE/WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD.THE LAST RIDE. OPEN MY EYES.THE IKON.SONS OF 1984. BAND INTROS. SLUT. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU.
Note:Last set of the Dallas show.Not bad quality audience recording. A little muffle and 'bassy' (back-beat)~ Warren
|6/22/74||SCHAEFER MUSIC FESTIVAL/CENTRAL PARK/WOLLMAN RINK NEW YORK CITY (Todd's Birthday)||AUDIENCE SOURCE (ENHANCED BY 'BOOTS' WALKER)||69:59/62:44|
Track List:CD ONE: HELLO IT'S ME. IT WOULDNT HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. I SAW THE LIGHT. SOMETIMES I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO FEEL. NEVER NEVER LAND. DUST IN THE WIND. I'M SO PROUD/OOH BABY BABY/LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU. DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. CD TWO: INTRO TO IKON. IKON. FIREWORKS/JAM. OPEN MY EYES. SONS OF 1984. SLUT. COULDNT I JUST TELL YOU. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:Finally, one of the most of the old traded shows, it has been dutifully transferred to CD-R via Hiroshi Kawauchi. A dramatic inprovement is had here on the band set. It really sounds better than it ever has. The first set is the piano singalong event that started the concert (with Hall and Oates guesting among others) and the second set being 'Todd Rundgren's Utopia' in all it's glory & light show (loads of photos from the event). Really a cool show that includes a full Ikon...Todd's birthday fireworks and a free form Birthday jam! A MUST HAVE for any Todd Rundgren audio rarities collector~ FUGGING ESSENTIAL~ Warren
|7/74||SYRIA MOSQUE PITTSBURGH PA||AUDIENCE||41:09|
Track List:LAST RIDE (CUTS IN - ONLY 1 MIN). BANTER. OPEN MY EYES. INTRO TO THE IKON. THE IKON (33 MINS THEN CUTS OUT)
Note:Another ugly audience recording. But listenable and very rare.This one always on the tail end of somebody's tape (Side B) circulating around in the Todd traders circle as 'Chestnut Ridge Park Hamburg, NY' or 'Syria Mosque Pittsburgh, PA'. All we know is this show was recorded sometime in eary July 1974. But it's fun to listen to it if solely for Todd's short little banter before 'Open My Eyes' and we get almost the whole Ikon (although a very hard listen)~ Warren
|7/5/74||THREE RIVERS STADIUM PITTSBURGH PA||AUDIENCE||31:00/24:47|
Track List:SIDE A: UTOPIA THEME. BANTER. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. SIDE B: BLACK MARIA. NO. 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME. BANTER. OPEN MY EYES.
Note:A extremely rare, but poor, audience recording (as would be expected from Stadium type acoustics). Albeit a bad recording, it is listenable. And the performance is awesome, and kind of a fun listen to Todd's banter before 'Open My Eyes' about a outside 'Pop Festival in Pittsburgh' and the 'porta potties'. You can hear some firecrackers going off, being this is near the 'Fourth of July' too. This is may be the entire set by Utopia (as opposed to the complete 1974 Floorshow - with the first set Todd solo with taped accompanyment) for they were on the same bill as The Band and Eric Clapton (being the last Main Act). This was Robbie Robertson's (The Band) Birthday as well. There's a decent audience recording of Eric Clapton's performance floating around out there. BeBe Buell also shares some of her photos on-line of her and Todd walking around the ball field.
|7/13/74||ERIC CLAPTON MADISON SQUARE GARDEN||AUDIENCE||N/A|
Track List:DISC 1:INTRO.SMILE.LET IT GROW.CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME.WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE.GET READY.LET IT RAIN.KEY TO THE HIGHWAY.BADGE.DISC 2:BLUES POWER.HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN.LAYLA.PRESENCE OF THE LORD.STEADY ROLLIN' MAN.CROSSROADS.BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY.LITTLE QUEENIE (WITH TODD).
Note:Awsome special appearance by Todd on encore 'Little Queenie'. It would be nice to have Todd Rundgren's Utopia performance this evening. Anybody? He was on the bill as well. There are some excellent B&W photos of Todd's portion at http://vintagerockphotos.com
|8/24/74||MASONIC TEMPLE AUDITORIUM DETROIT MI||AUDIENCE (DIGITAL TRANSFER WARREN)||42:09/26:01|
Track List:CD ONE: UTOPIA THEME. BLACK MARIA. DONT YOU EVER LEARN?. EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN/KING KONG REGGAE.WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. THE LAST RIDE. NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR (BEGINNING) CD TWO: NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR (ENDING). IS IT MY NAME. DO YA. IKON (EXCERPT).SLUT. SONS OF 1984
Note:Pretty poor audience recording of the last half of this show, but listenable & a keeper for us archivists. Originally, we thought this to be an audience recording at Pine Knob Pavillion, Clarkston, MI. Recent strong evidence tells us this is Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, MI. Regardless of getting the history straight, this is rather an insignificant recording except for my collecting reasons. We feel that 'it is what it is' and non-upgradeable~ Warren
|8/31/74||ASHBURY CONVENTION CENTER ASHBURY NJ||AUDIENCE||48:00/35:00|
Track List:DISC ONE: UTOPIA THEME. TUNING/TODD TALK. BLACK MARIA. TUNING/TODD TALK. DON’T YOU EVER LEARN. EVERYBODY’S GOING TO HEAVEN. KING KONG REGGAE. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. NO. 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. IS IT MY NAME. DO YA. DISC TWO: THE IKON (CUTS- ABOUT 4 MINUTES SHORT)
Note:This is a new found treasure. From my buddy Frank Bubnick’s vaults. I don’t think this is within the collector’s trading circle yet either. Incredible sound…near excellent. This audience recording (unknown taper) captures the 'Utopia' second set (The first set being Todd solo with background tapes) with precision. Love to have the whole show, but this is awesome.~ Warren
I add this 1974 Press snippett that Istvan provided us: "According to The Press - Rundgren Rock: Brilliant Summer Finale. Rundgren opened with Black Maria, a song of his biggest selling album, Something/Anything. His style of jumping and prancing all over the stage in response to his music and to the audience's appreciation of the musical vibrations add to his performance in a distinctive and flamboyant manner. Evrybodys Going To Heaven, Don't You Ever Learn and a classy Why Don't You Love Me followed. All the credit should not be directed towards Rundgren. Without Utopia he would be lost. They are one of the best backup bands in a long, long time. Moogy Klingman on keyboards could easily be a top notch solo performer. After a brief intermission Rundgren was back, this time without Utopia. Accompanying himself on piano he sang his immensly popular single Hello, It's Me and an exciting A Dream Goes On Forever. Both tunes were smooth and firm, put together note by note with undeniable professionalism. Back came Utopia and the best set of the night got off the ground. Rundgren described the musical menagerie as his interpretation of a futuristic constitutional convention for the state of Utopia. Rundgren and company travelled through a lavish and deeply penetrating array of tempo changes, keyboard dialogues and blazing guitar solos that sent the audience charging towards the stage, demanding more. Sons of 1984 usually ends all Rundgren shows but this time it led to two other encores. Three hours of the best rock n' roll of the summer."
|10/16/74||CLEVELAND MUSIC HALL CLEVELAND OH 'UPGRADE'||AUDIENCE SOURCE FRANK BUBNICK'S TAPE PROFESSIONAL EDIT SOFTWARE BY PAUL RUSSO||71:16/64:46|
|Track List:CD ONE: UTOPIA THEME. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN. ANOTHER LIFE. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. REAL MAN. FREEDOM FIGHTERS. THE WHEEL. GOOD TIMES WERE BETTER. SUNSET BLVD. LE FEEL INTERNCIONALE. THE LAST RIDE. CD TWO: BASSBALL. NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS. DO YA. FREAK PARADE. BORN TO SYNTHESIZE. THE SPARK OF LIFE. GOON. SLUT. COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU
Note:ESSENTIAL! Without question one of the best 70s audience recordings we have ever heard. Clean and clear stereo with very little boominess to it. The recording is a little uneven in spots due to microphone movement, but overall very clear. The crowd is fairly respectful choosing to be mellow during the tunes and going wild at the end. The show is nothing short of outstanding. You can hear between one of the songs the guys recording the show going "...wow what a great show...". Sounds like you're sitting in the 15th row center 1974. Apparently, Roger's main synthesizer equipment didn't make the trip to the show. So the band improvised. It's funny though, I can't tell anything's missing. Missing maybe a lengthy solo Roger was doing during this time? A Retro Engineered version from Paul Russo. Paul took Frank Bubnick's original tapes,converted them to digital, and utilized various Mac based professional editing software to perfect the sound onto CD. He did a very good job. Presence is excellent and the dynamic range is preserved without the hiss.
|10/20/74||NEW YORK CITY RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL||DONALD DAVIDSON/FRANK BUBNICK/PAUL RUSSO||58:56/60:41/60:58|
Track List:CD ONE: TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (INTRO). UTOPIA THEME. DONT YOU EVER LEARN?. THE SEVEN RAYS. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. REAL MAN. FREEDOM FIGHTERS. ROGER SOLO. THE WHEEL CD TWO: RALPH CLAVINET SOLO/GOOD TIMES WERE BETTER. WHEN THE SHOT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. THE LAST RIDE. BASSBALL. NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. MOOGY SOLO/NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS. DO YA. FREAK PARADE. CD THREE: BORN TO SYNTHESIZE (CUTS IN). SPARK OF LIFE. GOON. TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (EXCERPT). THE IKON. SONS OF 1984. SLUT. HEAVY METAL KIDS. JUST ONE VICTORY (CUTS)
Note:I picked this up from Sara K.(thanks!)- a super find with extended solos for each of the keyboard dudes as well an in between version of Seven Rays...(between the superior-in my opinion- version on Don Kirshners and the final Another Life version)-you have to hear this one...hats off to Frank, Paul Russo and Don Davidson who have added an old classic to the cannon...ESSENTIAL~ Tony
|10/27/74||TOLEDO SPORTS ARENA TOLEDO OH (PROBABLY - 10/25/74)||AUDIENCE SOURCE (DIGITAL TRANSFER FROM JEMS LOW GENERATION)||67:41/72:25|
Track List:CD ONE: UTOPIA THEME. SUNSET BLVD. DON'T YOU EVER LEARN?. ANOTHER LIFE. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. REAL MAN. THE WHEEL. THE LAST RIDE. FREEDOM FIGHTERS. NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. CD TWO: FREAK PARADE. DO YA. BORN TO SYNTHESIZE. THE SPARK OF LIFE. TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (EXCERPT). THE IKON. SONS OF 1984. SLUT. HEAVY METAL KIDS. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:Missing maybe (Not recorded) are ‘Good Times Were Better (by Ralph),’ ‘Bassball’(by John Seiglar), ‘Night In New Orleans’(by Moogy),The Spark Of Life’ and ‘Goon’
Another JEMS installment. This is much better than what’s in circulation. It’s kind of ‘Soundboardish. The onliest thing is that JEMS has the Tapes mislabeled as 1975-07-15 Toledo Arena OH Master recording. Which is hard now to believe this is a MASTER. How could they do that!? I think some others may be mislabeled now. But granted first listen to most these tapes are very well done. So more to follow.!~ Warren
|10/29/74||HILL AUDITORIUM ANN ARBOR MI (UPGRADE)||AUDIENCE (DIGITAL TRANSFER WARREN. RE-MASTER BY JOE FRANKS)||158:00|
Track List:TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (INTRO). UTOPIA THEME. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. DONT YOU EVER LEARN. THE SEVEN RAYS. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. REAL MAN. THE WHEEL. ROGER POWELL SYNTH SOLO. THE LAST RIDE. FREEDOM FIGHTERS. NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. FREAK PARADE PREAMBLE. FREAK PARADE. DO YA. BORN TO SYNTHESIZE.SPARK OF LIFE. GOON. TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (EXCERPT). THE IKON (PARTIAL). THE IKON (CONTD). SONS OF 1984. BAND MEMBERS INTRO. SLUT. HEAVY METAL KIDS. JUST ONE VICTORY
Note:This is an OK audience recording...small bits of surge & distortion (not much)... very listenable and a keeper for us archivists. Let’s us know a little bit about the setlist & changes at that time too. This is a full three hour performance too. Quality of the sound aside; the band really plays their heart out for Ann Arbor!~ Warren
Upgrade November 2012: This one has floated around in the trading circle for decades as being very obscure & collectable, yet holding just minimal amount of promise due to the age of the tapes. And the phonics seem as recorded very far from the stage. Todd Rundgren's Utopia performance is what has held this one dear to our hearts. I always thought it had a lot of redeemable qualities, should somebody want to tackle it's restoration one of these days. So, these tapes are another low generation from Frank Bubnick's vaults. I did nothing more than an attended dub to digital .wavs (four big tracks)and handed them over to buddy Joe Franks (fartherobliv) for his great re-mastering methods. I'd like to just quote Joe here: "158 minutes! with amazingly little to no audience noise or yap during the music. Hardly any weirdness with channel-phasing, No pitch issues. It's got other nice factors, we all know the set of course, like a nice old #1 LCD, an early 7 Rays; We get Roger Powell synth solo interlude, instead of Bassball...and basically the entire Ikon with only a short tape flip. All solid versions!! I did my 'thing', to put it real short. It's got good consistency, and I think this show is in a tough battle for respect, in between powerful & popular 10-20-74 NYC, and STL-(partial). Your 'library' quote paraphrasing 'the band poured their hearts out', pretty much sums it up perfectly.Thank You Warren, once again for letting me do this." Thanks to Joe once again for his magic!~ Warren
|10/30/74||IMA AUDITORIUM FLINT MI||AUDIENCE (DIGITAL TRANSFER WARREN)||N/A|
Track List:CD ONE: TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (INTRO). UTOPIA THEME. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. DONT YOU EVER LEARN. ANOTHER LIFE. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. REAL MAN. CD TWO: THE WHEEL. THE LAST RIDE. BASSBALL. FREEDOM FIGHTERS. NO 1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. FREAK PARADE. HEAVY METAL KIDS. BORN TO SYNTHESIZE (CUTS IN)SPARK OF LIFE. GOON. TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (EXCERPT). THE IKON. SONS OF 1984. SLUT. DO YA. COULDN’T I JUST TELL YOU
Note:A pretty bad audience recording, but listenable and a keeper for us archivists. Let’s us know a little bit about the setlist & changes at that time too.
|11/1/74||CINCINNATI EMERY AUDITORIUM||AUDIENCE||72:53|
Track List:A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER. REAL MAN. BASSBALL. ALPHARETZ. TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (EXCERPT). THE IKON. SONS OF 1984. DO YA BONUS TRACK: FALL 1974 INTERVIEW WLS CHICAGO
Note:A good friend of mine found this original tape home in Cincy. Comes in with shaky distant quality and gradually improves at about Bassball to a very good audience source (entire Ikon with vocals).~ Tony
|11/2/74||RKO ORPHEUM THEATRE DAVENPORT IA||AUDIENCE - MASTER TAPES (GEOFF LAURENZO)||2:49:47|
Track List:DISC ONE: TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (INTRO).UTOPIA THEME .WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE .DON’T YOU EVER LEARN. ANOTHER LIFE .A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER REAL MAN. THE WHEEL.THE LAST RIDE.BASSBALL.DISC TWO:FREEDOM FIGHTERS.#1 LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR. FREAK PARADE.HEAVY METAL KIDS. BORN TO SYNTHESIZE/SPARK OF LIFE (ENDS WITH UNKNOWN TITLE SYNTHESIZER SEGMENT).DISC THREE:TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (INTRO). THE IKON . SONS OF 1984. ENCORE APPLAUSE & BAND INTRODUCTION.SLUT /ENCORE APPLAUSE.ENCORE APPLAUSE/DO YA.
Note:Another Holy Grail find. A brilliant age old recording by Rick Laurenzo's brother Geoff. And Rick was kind enough to let me transfer his MASTER cassettes to digital. With just a little tweaking/editing, here is one of the finest audience recordings of 1974 (the Winter of) with Todd Rundgren's Utopia full six piece ensemble in all it's glory (Todd, John, Ralph, Moogy, Roger & Kevin). And so very rare. It has never been in circulation (until now). So many highlights here. It's all good. Very much thanks to Rick, for he has several more rare 'masters' of Geoff's recordings for us. MASTER (3) tapes. Recorded with Portable Sony TC-44 Tape Deck. (Missing/not recorded: 'Couldn't I Just Tell You' & 'Just One Victory' ).~ Warren
|11/9/74||THE AMBASSADOR ST. LOUIS MO||SOUNDBOARD SOURCE||72:49|
Track List:A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER (FROM SOMEWHERE/ANYWHERE).BORN TO SYNTHESIZE/THE SPARK OF LIFE. GOON. TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE (TAPE). THE IKON. SONS OF 1984. SLUT. DO YA. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:Classic masterpiece. The Soundboard of the Ambassador St. Louis MO November 9 1974 Show...the last 73 minutes of it anyway. Very awkward with almost no sign of an audience, but incredible sound and full Ikon with vocals (including a little 'We Gotta Get You A Woman' as a part of the segment 'You Don't Have To Be Afraid'). A very haunting Born To Synthesize...and if 'Do Ya' don't get you on your feet or make your foot tap...nothing will! You could be humming/singing 'She May Be A Slut But She Looks Good To Me'all day too. This has been in the cassette trading circles for decades, when a bootleg was even to be had! Probably the most popular of all '70s Todd Rundgren audio obscureties & rarities. But you have to hear it remastered (and Todd approved) by my Friends at WhoohooLive! We also have 'A Dream Goes On Forever' & 'Do Ya' from this show from the 'Official Release' Somewhere/Anywhere. All Essential
|12/74||MIDNIGHT SPECIAL STAGES (NBC) BURBANK CA (AIRED 2/14/75)||THE ACTUAL MIDNIGHT SPECIAL AUDIO RECORDS (TRANSCRIPTS/TRACKS/SOUNDTRACK)|
Track List:REAL MAN.WOLFMAN JACK SPOT.FREEDOM FIGHTERS.BORN TO SYNTHESIZE.SEVEN RAYS.WOLFMAN JACK SPOT.DO YA.
Note:Excellent audio from Midnight Special show that aired 2/14/75. I don't know who was responsible, or who to thank, but these very obviously are not audio dubs from video. It seems that these are possibly from Midnight Special's 'records'? I don't know that they are actually called 'board tapes', but they are the audio 'transcript/tracks'excerpted from the entire evening. Very much important to mention here that we also have 'Do Ya' which was not part of the videos that all us old heads have copies of. We would love to have the video of it (anybody?) However, I was watching the TV broadcast that very night and I have a slight recollection that ‘Do Ya’ was shown during the credit roll at end of the broadcast and fades out into a commercial break or something. I wonder if anybody could help me out with that. We do get almost the entire tune though~ Warren