Multifaceted musician and singer Todd Rundgren is known for crossing over into various musical genres. His acclaimed band Utopia was a formidable progressive rock act, although later it morphed into a power pop band. Rundgren brought back Utopia for a tour in 2018 and this double album was recorded live during one of the gigs.
The album contains a mix of progressive rock, classic rock and pop tracks. The most memorable are the progressive rock songs featuring recognizable melodies, fiery guitars and skilled keyboard solos: Utopia Theme, The Ikon, Overture, Communion with the Sun.
On this occasion the band featured Todd Rundgren on guitars and vocals, Kasim Sulton on bass, Willie Wilcox on drums and Gil Assayas on keyboards (Gil replaced Ralph Schuckett, who left due to health reasons).
Todd Rundgren was born June 22, 1948 in Philadelphia, USA. He began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and lead Nazz, a 1960’s psychedelic group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut album, Runt.
In 1972 he released a superb album titled Something/Anything? on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer. This propelled Todd to superstar status. It was followed by essential LPs such as “A Wizard, A True Star” and “The Hermit of Mink Hollow,” as well as singles “I Saw The Light, “Hello It’s Me,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” and “Bang The Drum.”
Rundgren has performed a wide range of styles as a solo artist and as a member and leader of the band Utopia. With Utopia he released two progressive rock albums: Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (1974) and Ra (1977), and a solo progressive album as well, Initiation (1975).
He is known for his elaborate and often- unconventional music, extravagant stage outfits, and his later experiments with interactive entertainment. Rundgren also produced ground-breaking music videos, initiated forms of multimedia, and was an early adopter and promoter of various computer technologies.
After a thirty-year-plus pause, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia reformed to conduct a tour. Todd brought together Kasim Sulton (bass), Willie Wilcox (drums) and Gil Assayas (keyboards). A double live album titled Live At The Chicago Theatre was recorded in 2018.
Also in 2018, Rundgren’s long-awaited autobiography, The Individualist: digressions, dreams and dissertations, was released by Cleopatra Press. The book documents Rundgren’s life through his 50th birthday.
Runt (Ampex Records, 1970) Something/Anything? (Bearsville, 1972) A Wizard, a True Star (Bearsville, 1973) Todd (Bearsville, 1974) Initiation (Bearsville, 1975) Faithful (Bearsville, 1976) Hermit of Mink Hollow (Bearsville, 1978) Healing (Bearsville, 1981) The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (Bearsville, 1982) A Cappella (Warner Bros. Records, 1985) Nearly Human (Warner Bros. Records, 1989) 2nd Wind (Warner Bros. Records, 1991) No World Order (1993) The Individualist (1995) With a Twist… (1997) One Long Year (Artemis Records, 2000) Liars (Sanctuary Records, 2004) Arena (Cooking Vinyl, 2008) Todd Rundgren’s Johnson (MPCA Records, 2011) (re)Production (Gigatone, 2011) State (Cherry Red, 2013) Global (Esoteric Antenna, 2015) White Knight (Cleopatra, 2017)
Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (Bearsville, 1974) Another Live (Bearsville, 1975) Ra (Bearsville, 1976) Oops! Wrong Planet (Bearsville, 1977) Adventures In Utopia (Bearsville, 1980) Deface The Music (Bearsville, 19800 Swing to the Right (1982) Utopia (Netword Records, 1982) Oblivion (Passport Records, 1984) P.O.V. (Passport Records, 1985) Redux ’92: Live in Japan (BMG, 1992) Live At Hammersmith Odeon ’75 (Shout! Factory, 2012) Todd Rundgren’s Utopia Live At The Chicago Theatre (Purple Pyramid, 2019)
Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond