Todd Rundgren's Utopia "Utopia"
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Published on Feb 2, 2013
5 Stars = Masterpiece
Most people back in the 70's when they thought of Todd Rundgren thought of his pop hits, "Hello it's Me,' "We Got to Get You a Woman," or the Phildelphia based, The Nazz. Very few knew about Utopia or that Todd was the genuis behind this band. The 70's were full of "Art Rock" or "Progressive Rock" acts like Yes, ELP, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, but none of them mixed together the wonderful ecletic brew that was the first "Utopia" album. Todd Rundgren's "Utopia" was an exotic brew of Rock, Jazz, Funk, Pop, even one or two Country Westren bass lines thrown in the mix for a truely epic Science Fiction concept album worthy of "Metropolis."
The first track recorded live, "Utopia Theme," (14:18 ) is a magnificent progressive Rock extravaganza filled with killer key boards & guitar playing ominously to addictive melodies. I first heard this song on 99 plus KFMH & knew I had to have the album it came from. Next comes "Freak Parade," (10:14) a song that is truly a freak of musical wizardry & accessible melody, built on complicated time signatures of Rock, Funk & Jazz. "Freedom Fighters" (4:01) is the shortest & most vocal orriented song on the album, it is also the most Pop orriented, but still makes for a very enjoyable song progression. The real crown jewel in this album of jewels is "The Ikon," 30:22 of the most incredible brew of sophisticated musical wizardry of rock for it's time. It is truly amazing that this song never repeats it's self untill the very ending, changing musical chops & genres like a kaleidoscope changes colors, yet still remaining an intoxicating marriage to Rock that contagiously reels in the listner to it's exotic sounds. The melodies will stay in your head for hours!
I emphatically recomend this album to those of you who love rock music at it's most progressive, but also love it to be melodic. Those who are hardcore into the heavier sounds of Metal will proably not enjoy this, but I sure do! Check it out!
1. Utopia Them
2. Freak Parade
3. Freedom Fighters
4. The Ikon
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