Tag Archives: Todd Rundgren

Album review: ASTRAL DRIVE – Astral Drive (Orange album)

ASTRAL DRIVE – Astral Drive

Lojinx [Release date 24.09.21] ‘Astral Drive’ is the musical vehicle for producer, singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Phil Thornalley. The ‘Astral Drive’ album is also helpfully colour coded ‘orange’  (Weezer style) to distinguish it from the previous similarly titled release … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FOREIGN FILMS – Starlight Serenade

The Foreign Films - Starlight Serenade

Curve Music [Release date 30.07.21] What’s the significance of a band’s name? In the case of The Foreign Films (aka Canadian singer songwriter Bill Majoros), it’s a clue to the way he wears his musical heart on his sleeve, as … Continue reading

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Album review: KASIM SULTON – 2021

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Deko Entertainment [Release date 17.09.21] If you were Kasim Sulton and had played bass and sung backing vocals on Meat Loaf’s 50 million selling Bat Out Of Hell, and had been an integral part of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia during ten … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE JACKSON & TODD RUNDGREN feat. ETHEL – State Theater, New Jersey 2005 (CD/DVD)

JOE JACKSON & TODD RUNDGREN feat. ETHEL - State Theater, New Jersey 2005

Purple Pyramind [Release date 18.06.21] Back in 2005 the pairing of Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren may have seemed rather incongruous.  I remember thinking at the time that Rundgren had just released an excellent solo album ‘Liars’ and it would … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE, UNTIL THE SUN, CIRCUS MIND

VARIOUS - Still Wish You Were Here

VARIOUS Still Wish You Were Here (Cleopatra Records) [Release date 28.05.21] Continuing the theme of “what do rock stars do in Lockdown?”, in this example Cleopatra’s A&R supremo John Lappen has opened his contact book.  Unlike many of these offerings … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BADFINGER, CACTUS

BADFINGER No Matter What Revisiting The Hits

BADFINGER No Matter What Revisiting The Hits  Cleopatra Records [Release date 02.04.21] Badfinger were one of our greatest pop rock bands with a criminally short life-span, not least due to the sad demise of the band’s two main movers and … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BAND – Stage Fright (50th Anniversary Edition)

THE BAND – Stage Fright

Capitol / UMG [Release date 12.2.21] Often regarded as a poor relation to The Band’s peerless first two albums, this 2CD anniversary edition of “Stage Fright” (overseen by Robbie Robertson) invites fresh appraisal with a new mix and revised running … Continue reading

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Album review: THE PROG COLLECTIVE – Worlds On Hold

THE PROG COLLECTIVE - Worlds On Hold

Cleopatra Records [Release date 16.12.20] The latest iteration of The Prog Collective is ever more relevant in these times of artist lockdown and lack of live.  A project started in 2012, and spearheaded by Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, the idea … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN – A Wizard A True Star, Live

TODD RUNDGREN – A Wizard A True Star, Live

Cleopatra Records, USA [Release date 25.09.20] Eleven Years ago this month, Todd Rundgren and his band, suitably garbed in white “coat’n’tails” played “A Wizard, A True Star” in its entirety, at the Akron Ohio Civic Theatre, one of the last … Continue reading

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Album review: SON OF MAN – State of Dystopia

SON OF MAN – State of Dystopia

Pete Feenstra chatted to George Jones for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, getting the background to the new album ‘State Of Dystopia’.  First broadcast on 5 April 2020. Cherry Red Records [Release date 27.03.20] Son Of Man’s ‘State of Dystopia’ … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVID HASSELHOFF – Open Your Eyes

DAVID HASSELHOFF – Open Your Eyes

Cleopatra Records [Release date 29.09.19] David Hasselhoff, or the Hoff to his many fans, is no stranger to the recording studio having released his first album way back in 1985.  He has always been big in Germany, indeed this album … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN’S UTOPIA – Live At The Chicago Theatre (CD/DVD/Bluray)

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Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 26.04.19] CD/DVD/Bluray Utopia was Todd Rundgren’s progressive/pop fusion vehicle and can sometimes get overlooked or misunderstood in his varied back catalogue. The band had split by 1986 but there was a brief reunion nearly 10 years … Continue reading

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Album review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Another World

Erja Lyytinen - Another World

Tuohi Records [Release Date 26.04.19] ‘Another World’ is a suitably titled album that reflects blues-rock guitarist Erja Lyytinen growing musical aspirations. She initially learnt her craft as a slide playing blues guitarist, but in recent years she’s brought a sharper … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TUBES – The A&M Albums

THE TUBES - The A&M Albums

In Part 1 (above) of a two-part special, Fee Waybill chats about the formative years of The Tubes. (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 28 June 2015) Part 2 (above) discusses the band’s progress from the early-1980s to … Continue reading

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Album review: JONNY LANG – Signs

JONNY LANG – Signs

Provogue [Release date 25.08.17] Jonny Lang’s ‘Signs’ is his first album for 4 years and it’s a marriage of convenience. He’s still wedded to the soulful approach to be found on ‘Fight For My Soul’, but he replaces some of … Continue reading

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News: TODD RUNDGREN: New album and interview (May 2017)

Todd Rundgren

The full version of this interview is broadcast as part of the 500th ‘Assume The Position’ presented by David Randall on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  Repeated Monday 29 May, 22:00 GMT and Friday 2 June, 22:00 GMT (5:22) Now … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN – White Knight

TODD RUNDGREN - White Knight

The full version of this interview is broadcast as part of the 500th ‘Assume The Position’ presented by David Randall on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. Repeated Monday 29 May, 22:00 GMT and Friday 2 June, 22:00 GMT (5:22) Now … Continue reading

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Album review: AYREON – The Source

Ayreon - The Source

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 28.04.17] It’s 12 years since Ayreon’s first album ‘The Final Experiment’ and the key elements of a conceptual sci-fi story with prog rock underpinnings remain at the heart of the new album ‘The Source.’ It’s … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN – An Evening With Todd Rundgren (Live At The Ridgefield)

TODD RUNDGREN - An Evening With Todd Rundgren (Live At The Ridgefield)

Purple Pyramid Records [Release date 26.08.16] CD/DVD With a Todd Rundgren live album, as with any tour, it’s all about the set list.  Will it include the “hits”, more recent stuff, or something more obscure?  Will Todd play electric guitar?  … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL GILBERT – I Can Destroy

PAUL GILBERT – I Can Destroy

In the Pete Feenstra Feature on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 8 May 2016 at 20:00 GMT, Pete chatted to Paul Gilbert, with tracks from the album ‘I Can Destroy’. More information earMUSIC [Release date 27.05.15] Paul Gilbert is … Continue reading

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Album review: FISCHER’S FLICKER – Fornever And Never

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Lavender Kartydid Music [Release date 15.08.15] ‘Fornever And Never’ by Chicago Fisher’s Flicker is a bewildering musical journey that reflects its leader’s Scott Fischer’s eclectic musical background. Described by his PR as a ‘a vast musical amusement park’, Scott Fischer … Continue reading

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Album review: Various – Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles (feat ANN WILSON, TODD RUNDGREN and others)

Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 27.04.15] Cleopatra are experts in coordinating themed compilations, invariably curated by one-time Yes guitarist/keyboard player Billy Sherwood, and usually featuring a roster of well known artists. This time they lend their collective hands to a selection … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN – Global

TODD RUNDGREN - Global

Esoteric Antenna [Release date 13.04.15] I think it’s fair to say that with the release of a new Todd Rundgren album no-one – not even his hardcore fans – quite know what to expect. In the case of ‘Global’ Rundgren … Continue reading

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News: THERAPY?, JIM PETERIK, JOE SATRIANI – Tuesday 3 February 2015

Joe Satriani - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 11 June 2013

THERAPY? (Their new album ‘Disquiet’ is out on March 23rd) Fri March 27 BRISTOL Marble Factory Sat March 28 GLOUCESTER Guildhall Tue March 31 BRIGHTON Concorde 2 Wed April 01 LONDON Scala Sun April 12 PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms Mon April … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN – Runt, Initiation, Hermit Of Mink Hollow (reissues)

Todd Rundgren - Runt & The Alternate Runt

Edsel [Release date 08.09.14] Can the market really stand further reissues of three Todd albums from the 1970s?  Looking back at our GRTR! archive, Edsel reissued the albums as part of their Rundgren reissue campaign in 2011/2.  So what’s new … Continue reading

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