Album of the Day
Todd Rundgren's Utopia
Todd Rundgren is famed as a solo hitmaker and producer, but his tenure in bands The Nazz and Utopia is equally impressive. Largely drawn from musicians he'd played with on past albums (and including no less than three keyboardists), Todd Rundgen's Utopia was designed to scratch the man's progressive rock itch, and the group's eponymous debut emerged in 1974 on Bearsville. The opening “Utopia Theme” was recorded live at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, and while the punchy “Freedom Fighters” recalls Rundgren's earlier output, both “Freak Parade” and “The Ikon” are ambitious epics – the latter passing the 30-minute mark. Featuring memorable melodies, arrangements ranging from symphonic to hard rock and terrific instrumental performances throughout (Todd's guitar work really shines), TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA is a paradise for prog fans.