What does it sound like?:
In May 1978, Todd Rundgren performed a series of showcase concerts at The Roxy, one of which was broadcast on FM radio. This triple cd live set has been partially issued before, but this is the first release of the full show.
Now spread over two cds, this show includes choices from both his solo albums and his work with Utopia, and the sound quality is pretty good overall too. As befitting what was at the time the most listened to concert simulcast on US radio, the special guests are wheeled out for the occasion – Stevie Nicks, Hall & Oates, Rick Derringer and even Spencer Davies and Chris Farlowe all make appearances. The set list favours his shorter, mellower material, and although a lot of it is fairly standard material available on other live albums, this one does feature some rarely aired selections from the then recently released Hermit Of Mink Hollow, such as Bread and You Cried Wolf. The third cd has soundboard recordings from other nights of the residency – the sound quality isn’t as good as the main two discs, but you do get great versions of Determination and The Lord Chancellor’s Nightmare Song.
What does it all *mean*?
This archival release is really one for the fans rather than someone looking for an introduction to this music, but if you like Todd then it’s certainly worth a listen, but beware of the uneven sound quality.
Goes well with…
Imagining you were lucky enough to be in the audience on the night.
Might suit people who like…
Todd, great songs, virtuoso musicianship, cameo appearances.