Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Utopia - Todd Rundgren's Utopia (1974)

Utopia - Todd Rundgren's Utopia (1974)

Tracklist front / back album covers


CD Version
1. "Utopia Theme (live)"   14:31
2. "Freak Parade"   10:14
3. "Freedom Fighters"   4:04
4. "The Ikon"   30:26

Total length:   59:15



Vinyl Version

Side One
1. "Utopia (live)"   14:18
2. "Freak Parade"   10:14
3. "Freedom Fighters"   4:01

Side Two
1. "The Ikon"   30:22

Total length:   58:55



Utopia Band Members / Musicians
Todd Rundgren – Electric guitar
Mark "Moogy" Klingman – Keyboard, Hammond B-3 organ
Ralph Schuckett – Keyboard
Jean Yves "M. Frog" Labat – Synthesiser
John Siegler – Bass guitar, cello
Kevin Ellman – Percussion

Todd Rundgren - producer and engineer
David Le Sage - assistant engineer

Maruo Miyauchi - design and illustration at Push Pin Studios



Todd Rundgren's Utopia is the debut album by the American band Todd Rundgren's Utopia. Rundgren (who was primarily a pop musician at the time) had decided to delve into progressive rock. Putting together several musicians, including three keyboardists, the album covers a variety of styles including funk, jazz, classical and even avant-garde music.

Critical reaction was mixed but it sold extremely well, peaking at #34 on the Billboard charts, a placing which no Utopia album save Adventures in Utopia would ever surpass.

Utopia was an American rock band formed in 1973 by Todd Rundgren. During its first three years, the group was a progressive rock band with a somewhat fluid membership known as Todd Rundgren's Utopia. Most of the members in this early incarnation also played on Rundgren's solo albums of the period up to 1975. By 1976, the group was known simply as Utopia and featured a stable quartet of Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell and John "Willie" Wilcox. This version of the group gradually abandoned progressive rock for more straightforward rock and pop.



Utopia Band Members / Musicians

Todd Rundgren - lead guitar, lead and backing vocals (1973–1986, 1992, 2011, 2018)

Jean Yves "M. Frog" Labat - synthesizers, rhythm guitar (1973–1974)

David Mason - keyboards (1973; died 2013)

Hunt Sales - drums, percussion (1973)

Tony Sales - bass, backing vocals (1973)

Mark "Moogy" Klingman - keyboards, synthesizers (1973–1975, 2011; died 2011)

Ralph Schuckett - keyboards, synthesizers (1973–1975, 2009, 2011, 2018; died 2021)

Kevin Ellman - drums, percussion (1973–1975, 2011–2018)

John Siegler - bass, cello (1973–1976, 2011)

Roger Powell - synthesizers, keyboards, backing and lead vocals (1975–1986, 1992, 2009)

John "Willie" Wilcox - drums, percussion, backing and lead vocals (1975–1986, 1992, 2011, 2018)

Kasim Sulton - bass, lead and backing vocals, synthesizers (1976–1982, 1982–1986, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2018)

Doug Howard - bass, backing vocals (1982)

Jesse Gress - backing vocals, rhythm guitar (2011)

Gil Assayas - synthesizers, keyboards (2018)


Utopia Discography Full

Studio albums
1974 Todd Rundgren's Utopia
1976 Disco Jets
1977 Ra
1977 Oops! Wrong Planet
1979 Adventures in Utopia
1980 Deface the Music
1982 Swing to the Right
1982 Utopia
1984 Oblivion
1985 P.O.V.

Live albums
Another Live (Bearsville, Warner Bros., 1975) US No. 66
Redux '92: Live in Japan (BMG, 1992)

Official Bootleg, Vol. 9: Oblivion Tour (Nippon Crown, 2001)

Bootleg Series, Vol. 2: KSAN 95FM, Live '79 (Sanctuary, 2002)

Live At Hammersmith Odeon '75 (Shout! Factory, 2012)

Compilation albums
Trivia (Passport, 1986)
The Collection (Castle, 1988)
Anthology (1974-1985) 1989
Oblivion, POV & Some Trivia (Rhino, 1996)
City in My Head (Essential Records, 1999)
Todd Rundgren vs Utopia (Castle Music, 2001)

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