Todd Rundgren/UTOPIA (and Related) Audio Rarities On CD-R--- v01.2018

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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:
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1970s: 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
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Date Title Source Time
1976 'DISCO JETS' (aka: UTOPIA) STUDIO 49:33
Track List:DISCO JETS. COSMIC CONVOY. TIME WARP. VHF. STAR TREK THEME. PET ROCK. SPACE WAR. RISING SIGN. BLACK HOLE. SPIRIT OF 76.
Note:This, of course, will not be available to share, since it has been officially released on the Crown Japanese Todd Archive Release #4. Also recently released on Import label Cherry Red (2012) So, go find/buy the imports if you want it and support the artist. Or you can order it from TRBAZAAR. However, this particular transfer is from a tape that floated around our collectors world a long time ago.~ Warren
6/22/76 CIVIC CENTER SPRINGFIELD MA AUDIENCE (TRANSFER/EQ WARREN) 80:00
Date Added:9/23/2012
Track List:TUNING. OVERTURE/COMMUNION WITH THE SUN. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD./LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN. BLACK & WHITE. THE LAST RIDE. EMERGENCY SPLASHDOWN. THE SEVEN RAYS (CUTS OUT). BOOGIES/HAMBURGERS FROM HELL. HIROSHIMA. SINGRING & THE GLASS GUITAR. DO YA.
Note:A short show, but it seems to be the entire performance on one cassette. A great recording from someone in the crowd (apparently close to the stage). I just did a minor EQ myself. We don’t have much from 1976, so this is pretty cool! Lots of 'RA'.~ Warren
6/26/76 THE SILVER DOME PONTIAC MI AUDIENCE (TRANSFER TO DIGITAL WARREN) 90:00
Date Added:9/23/2012
Track List:OVERTURE/COMMUNION WITH THE SUN. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN SUNSET BLVD. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN. THE SEVEN RAYS. THE VERB TO LOVE. EMERGENCY SPLASHDOWN. FREEDOM FIGHTERS. HEAVY METAL KIDS. JEALOUSY. HIROSHIMA. SINGRING & THE GLASS GUITAR.DO YA.
Note:A decent audience recording...but another 'boomy' one...and distortion. Good news is that we all know that the Silverdome is a humongous venue , yet this recording does not have that 'distance' sound to it. I did a low level dub to digital to relieve some of the loudness. Short set but full of energy. The crowd is estatic. A real Bicentenial celebration.~ Warren
7/6/76 SCHAEFER MUSIC FESTIVAL CENTRAL PARK NEW YORK NY AUDIENCE (UPGRADE BY JON RISEN) 119:00
Date Added:7/12/2017
Track List:OVERTURE/COMMUNION WITH THE SUN. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN SUNSET BLVD. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN. THE SEVEN RAYS. THE VERB TO LOVE. BAND INTRODUCTION. EMERGENCY SPLASHDOWN.BLACK & WHITE. THE WHEEL.REAL MAN.INITIATION. MR. TRISCUITS. SOMETHING'S COMING. HEAVY METAL KIDS. JEALOUSY. HIROSHIMA .SINGRING & THE GLASS GUITAR. DO YA. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:This time it’s Central Park 1976. Evidence tells us this was a show originally scheduled on July 3rd...but rained out and rescheduled for the 6th. Todd loves the place and the place loves Todd. All these Central Park shows are absolute treasures for us. I digitally transferred the age old first generation (three sides) tapes and handed it all over to my buddy Joe Franks for editing. The value he added to this audience recording is amazing. Two hours of Utopia. Joe says, “It starts out with Communion, and I fixed up the beginning. But it's kind of weird at first. As we settle into Communion, sound quality starts to improve somewhat. Then Sunset Blvd and the tape starts to seem better, smile on my face....rock on!... We get a memorable intro into the first verse of LOTCM, then Seven Rays, where Willie forgets on the synth break. The vocals are pretty loud at times; also the crowd/claps have been another issue that I've fixed quite a bit. The Verb To Love is one of my old faves. The tape flip has been removed, and the edit… well… something crafty there. Then a band intro with ‘the brand-new-still' Kasim. He's been great so far...in Emergency Splashdown, there must be a complete band timing trip up in the 2nd chorus, however they get it together and the synth solo is cool. By this point, the show & the tape hit its real stride, and is enjoyable the rest of the way. Real Man has the 'ya-ya-yaa-ya' and woo-woo-woo-woo backing at the end ala '75. Initiation comes along, and all the sudden I levitate and float over the audience... not really, but it's that jamming- highlight of the tape for me. Stay for Mr. Triscuits-Something's Coming-Heavy Metal Kids-Jealousy...and another early Singring. The yap is only around at certain points, not too distracting. The taper just has tape enough for the encores, until there's a fade out at towards the end of JOV. The Trip is quite EPIC! I think the sound settles in. Outdoor rec's seem to be tougher sometimes. To me, it's an overall pretty solid audie...EQ'd/tracked/tweaked - here it is! “ This one is just plain ESSENTIAL. Thank you Joe!
*2017-07-11 Update: Jon Risen took this one to another level for us recently . Says Jon, “ I EQ'd this, got rid of most of the hiss, and added some clarity to the high end”. Not that Joe’s version was not bad (in fact it's great), it needed just what ‘Mojorisen’ did to it. And a wonderful upgrade. Thank you Jon! ~ Warren
7/8/76 GRAND VALLEY STATE COLLEGE DOME GRAND RAPIDS MI AUDIENCE (TAPEBOY) 130:00
Date Added:8/20/2014
Track List:DISC ONE: COMMUNION WITH THE SUN. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD. /LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN. SEVEN RAYS. THE VERB TO LOVE. EMERGENCY SPLASHDOWN. BLACK AND WHITE. THE WHEEL. INITIATION. REAL MAN. LANDMARK. DISC TWO: MR. TRISCUITS. SOMETHING'S COMING. HEAVY METAL KIDS. JEALOUSY. HIROSHIMA. SINGRING AND THE GLASS GUITAR. FREEDOM FIGHTERS. DO YA. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:This one will surprise you that it is an audience recording. Sounds very much like a Pre-FM or a soundboard. One of those classic shows that has circulated forever in trading circles. Our copy is from the master cassettes (from a fellow only known as Tapeboy) that surfaced in 1979. This is a grand recording, and probably the best live recording we have from 1976! Todd Rundgren’s Utopia didn’t tour as commercially in 1976 as previous years and at this point were introducing ‘RA” into their sets (which hadn’t been released yet), and Kasim was the ‘brand new’ addition. So Todd fans were probably a little bit surprised (and pleasantly) during these shows. They were to perform a month later at The Knebworth Festival (see entry below). And critics acclaim that it was one of the best performances of the Festival. And of course 1977 would be a momentous year and tour supporting RA for Utopia. So we don’t have many recordings from 1976 in our collection. This was digitally enhanced and cleaned by Paul Russo. This one will knock your socks off for sure! Full concert. ESSENTIAL~Warren
7/13/76 MISSISSIPPI FESTIVAL SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE IL AUDIENCE (PARTIAL) 46:00
Date Added:3/25/2017
Track List:HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO.THE WHEEL.HEAVY METAL KIDS.BOOGIES (HAMBURGER HELL).HIROSHIMA.SING & THE GLASS GUITAR.
Note:Lost in my own vaults until now. It was in with my 1975 Cape Cod Arena discs. This audience has promise. It was amplified too much. Fixed that. Next we reduced the bass and some of the treble hiss. We just had to fix something, because the band is on fire here. Unfortunately these 6 performances are all we have. Man, we're missing so much. See the set list for 7/15/76 below.~ Warren
7/15/76 UTOPIA THE OMAHA MUSIC HALL OMAHA NB AUDIENCE - GEOFF LAURENZO (MASTER TAPES) 113:00
Date Added:3/6/2016
Track List:COMMUNION WITH THE SUN.WHEN THE SH*T HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD/LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.THE SEVEN RAYS.THE VERB TO LOVE.EMERGENCY SPLASHDOWN. HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO.THE WHEEL.HEAVY METAL KIDS.BOOGIES (HAMBURGER HELL). HIROSHIMA.SINGRING INTRO SNIPPETT (ONLY 32 SECONDS OF IT).SINGRING AND THE GLASS GUITAR. FREEDOM FIGHTERS.DO YA. JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:Wow Oh wow wow! Some more 'magic' done by Rick Laurenzo's brother Geoff (as he was recording shows all over the Midwest it seems). This audience recording (Again the MASTER Tapes and never in circulation...until now) is once again, a brilliant one. Not a heck of a lot of editing on my part either. I believe we get the whole show. By this time, you know, they were just called Utopia (as opposed to Todd Rundgren's Utopia). And this was one of Kasim's first shows where he had replaced John Siegler. The fans at this show not only got to hear Kasim's wonderful accent to the band, but they hear some of the new album 'RA' before it had hit the shelves and they see the band all dressed in their Egyptian/'Eastern Intrigue' garb (but no Pyramid or Morris/the Sphinx Head yet). Some incredible harmonies here folks. I can go sit in the first few rows center. Because that's how close to the band this sounds. ESSENTIAL This competes squarely with any of the best recordings we have from 1976. 'Happenings Ten Years Time Ago' and a full version of 'Singring'! ~ Warren
7/17/76 HENRY LEVITT ARENA WICHITA KS AUDIENCE (GEOFF LAURENZO) MASTER 42:00
Date Added:10/30/2016
Track List:(CUTS IN) SINGRING AND THE GLASS GUITAR (ALMOST COMPLETE AND WE GET ALL THE 'BRAVE ADVENTURER'S SOLOS).FREEDOM FIGHTERS.DO YA.JUST ONE VICTORY.
Note:Another Geoff Laurenzo audience recording beauty. It has its flaws though. There was a bass anomaly that just was a continuous sound of loud hum. So to remove the hum, it literally removes most of Kasim's bass. I did everything under the sun to make it work, but just could not.
HOWEVER having said all that, the clarity of the other instruments and vocals are right up front like a soundboard recording. It is still an incredible listen! We get some very early 'RA' in 1976.
And unfortunately, Geoff has long ago lost the first tape of this show, so all we get is: 'Singring', 'Freedom Fighters’, 'Do Ya' and 'Just One Victory'. BUT it's still well worth it! The music is powerful. Thanks once again to Geoff for sharing his MASTER tape for me to transfer.~ Warren
7/31/76 COMMUNITY THEATER BERKLEY CA AUDIENCE SOURCE (ENHANCED IN HOME STUDIO) 61:24/61:09
Track List:CD ONE: COMMUNION WITH THE SUN. SUSNET BLVD. LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN. THE SEVEN RAYS. THE VERB TO LOVE. EMERGENCY SPLASHDOWN. BLACK AND WHITE. THE WHEEL. HIROSHIMA. CD TWO: SINGRING AND THE GLASS GUITAR.
Note:This Bubnick/Russo item is an almost the complete '76 show. It is clear and free from noise but is somewhat distant. ` Tony
8/8/76 UTOPIA ARROWHEAD STADIUM KANSAS CITY MO AUDIENCE - GEOFF LAURENZO (MASTER TAPE) 50:00
Date Added:3/7/2016
Track List:COMMUNION WITH THE SUN.WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD/LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.THE SEVN RAYS.EMERGENCY SPLASHDOWN.HEAVY METAL KIDS.HIROSHIMA.DO YA.
Note:Another by Geoff Laurenzo. This one unfortunately suffers from some flaws. It's only one MASTER Cassette Tape and only about 50 minutes of the Show (They were on the Bill with Jethro Tull and some other acts). Very much Stadium/large open venue acoustics to it...possibly recorded a great distance from the stage and apparently a windy day in Kansas City for you can hear the wind blowing over the microphones throughout the short recording. It's hard to describe, for it's very much listenable. And some parts of the tunes are at a good level, but then the quality drops off. So this one goes in our collection just for posterity. A rare little collectors piece just the same. I mean....all these dozens of recordings by Geoff can't be perfect...chuckle chuck~ Warren
8/21/76 UTOPIA KNEBWORTH FESTIVAL KNEBWORTH PARK STEVENAGE AUDIENCE (COURTESY OF GIL IRELAND-ASHLEY’S COLLECTION) 65:00
Date Added:8/23/2012
Track List:COMMUNION WITH THE SUN. WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN - SUNSET BLVD./LE FEEL INTERNACIONALE. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN. THE SEVEN RAYS. THE VERB TO LOVE. EMERGENCY SPLASHDOWN. HEAVY METAL KIDS. BOOGIES (HAMBURGER HELL). HIROSHIMA. DO YA.
Note:What a rarity audience recording! What a set! Early Kasim and pre- RA stuff! Not the best sound (vocals are way out front & Todd's guitar very distant) but a true treasure chest for collectors. Historic. Don’t know where Gil got this, but thank you buddy! ESSENTIAL!
12/5/76 KOHSEINENKIN HALL OSAKA JAPAN AUDIENCE SOURCE (TRANS/EQ HOME STUDIO - WARREN) 65:28/61:47
Date Added:4/26/2012
Track List:CD ONE: COMMUNION WITH THE SUN. SUNSET BLVD/LE FEEL INTERNCIONALE. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN. THE SEVEN RAYS. BE MY LOVE (AKA CRAZY LADY BLUE-premiere). EMERGENCY SPLASHDOWN. THE VERB TO LOVE. INITIATION. THE WHEEL. MR TRISCUITS. SOMETHING'S COMING CD TWO: BOOGIES (HAMBURGER HELL). HIROSHIMA. SINGRING AND THE GLASS GUITAR. UTOPIA THEME. DO YA. JUST ONE VICTORY
Note:Tony/Warren Notes: Another strike from the archive project, this excellent audience tape has almost no audience chatter and very clear sound. The tape was somewhat old, but still very deserving of the transfer due to the quality. The Band is tight and playing is strong and shows some evolution on the RA tracks… as compared to the 1977 Floor Show of Prog-rock props & costumes, Sphinx (‘Morris’) and Pyramid frame. Some distortion bleeps here and there (particularly Communion With The Sun), but not annoying. Crazy Lady Blue premier features as 'Be My Love'...with different lyrics ("...Shady Lady Blue"). Some tech problems during some songs- but the house acoustics are always good during 70s Japanese fan recordings. Pretty damn good old audience tape. We don't have much 1976 stuff. Put some head phones on for this one!
12/12/76 TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA SUNPLAZA TOKYO JAPAN 'SMASHING ICE GUITAR' BOOT TARANTURA LABEL AUDIENCE DIGITAL TRANSFER OF BOOT BY HIROSHI N/A
Date Added:6/27/2012
Track List:DISC 1:INTRODUCTION. THE PLANETS (TOMITA). OVERTURE: MOUNTAINTOP AND SUNRISE. COMMUNION WITH THE SUN. SUNSET BLVD. / WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN. LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN. THE SEVEN RAYS. WINDOWS. SPLASH DOWN. FREEDOM FIGHTERS. THE VERB TO LOVE. INITIATION. DISC 2: THE WHEEL. LANDMARK. MISTER TRISCUITS. SOMETING'S COMIN'. JEALOUSY. HEAVY METAL KIDS. HIROSHIMA. SINGLING AND THE GRASS GUITAR. UTOPIA THEME. DO YA (FADES OUT). JUST ONE VICTORY (VERY SHORT SEGMENT)
Note:Thanks to my buddy Hiroshi, we now have this exceptional Japanese boot to enter here. Great audience recording. First generation from open reel master tape. Last two songs are only partial. Almost speechless. All I can say is WOW! And thanks Hiroshi, and this is ESSENTIAL~ Warren
12/12/76 TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA NAKANO SUNPLAZA TOKYO JAPAN BOOT AUDIENCE 2 CD (SIREN-179) 44:00/46:00
Date Added:1/3/2014
Track List:DISC ONE:OVERTURE/COMMUNION WITH THE SUN.WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN/SUNSET BLVD.LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN.THE SEVEN RAYS.WINDOWS.EMERGENCY SPLASHDOWN.FREEDOM FIGHTERS.DISC TWO:THE VERB TO LOVE.INITIATION.THE WHEEL.LANDMARK.MISTER TRISCUITS.SOMETHING'S COMING. JEALOUSY.BOOGIES (HAMBURGER HELL).
Note:'Communion With The Sun'- A fairly recent 'boot' Japanese double CD (Siren-179). Hiroshi might be able to shine more light on this one, (because I believe he has it)...but this just in from my buddy Sohta (Japan). Happy New Year to me! This is not the 'Smashing Ice Guitar' (Tarantura) boot from the same date and seems to be another source too! Or maybe two shows were performed on December 12th 1976? Again maybe Hiroshi can clarify. A very good audience recording, I think… of some early ‘Kasim’ and early ‘RA’. If ya'll already have this, then please forgive me. I didn't have it, and It's been very hard for me to find until now. This is ESSENTIAL. ~Warren
2014-01-07 This 'just in': Hiroshi tells us that this boot was released in 2007 and was recorded @ the afternoon show of last day of the tour in Tokyo Dec. 12.

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