CELEBRATE THE 2018 REUNION TOUR OF TODD RUNDGREN and UTOPIA WITH FRIDAY MUSIC!
THE COMPLETE TODD RUNDGREN - UTOPIA RECORDINGS 1974-82
7 CD BOX SET: INDIVIDUAL DIGI-PAK GATEFOLD ART
15 BONUS TRACKS
NEW 2018 WRITTEN COMMENTARY FROM TODD RUNDGREN, KASIM SULTON, WILLIE WILCOX and ROGER POWELL
PRODUCED BY TODD RUNDGREN & UTOPIA
MASTERED IMPECCABLY BY JOE REAGOSO (TODD RUNDGREN)
LIVE NATION – SIRIUS XM SPONSORED TOUR BEGINS APRIL 2018
By 1974, superstar Todd Rundgren had already put together a treasure trove of hit solo albums, hit singles, while appearing on concert stages and television screens across the world with his unique brand of rock and soulfully fused recordings. As an extension into the progressive world he helped create in modern rock circles, he began to experiment with a highly successful new direction in the configuration of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia.
Featuring the multi-talents of Todd Rundgren, Moogy Klingman, Ralph Shuckett, John Siegler, M. Frog Labat and Kevin Elliman, the band’s first outing proved to be the highly acclaimed self-titled masterwork Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. With album radio favorites like Freedom Fighter and 30 minute The Ikon, the debut Lp proved to be a groundbreaking venture for the artist and his new band.
The concert stage was a natural environment for the band, as they delivered their live staple Another Live Utopia. Filled with stellar Todd Rundgren classics Just One Victory and Heavy Metal Kids, the album also features the keyboard infused Another Life and the classic balladry of The Wheel. The band was also augmented with two new solid members Willie Wilcox and Roger Powell.
For their first entirely made in the studio album RA, the band was now known as Utopia, as the core four members Todd Rundgren, Willie Wilcox, Roger Powell and Kasim Sulton would now become the persona of this progressive rock force thanks to this powerful new album. Killer tracks like Hiroshima and Sunburst Finish and the epic Communion With The Sun would all go on to become Utopia classics.
Oops! Wrong Planet proved to be a very cohesive modern rock/pop album for the quartet as each member took vocal chores and delivered the goods with Utopia favorites Trapped, Back On The Street, Love In Action and of course the #1 hit for England Dan & John Ford, the Rundgren penned Love Is The Answer.
1980 was a big year for Utopia as Adventures In Utopia became one of the biggest albums of the year and of their career. With a bevy of hit singles and radio favorites like Set Me Free, Second Nature and The Very Last Time, the album also maintained their prog-rock flare with hard rockers Caravan and Last Of The New Wave Riders. As a successful tour followed, Utopia finally achieved commercial success while maintaining their progressive course for years to follow.
Todd Rundgren and Utopia delivered an amazing popular follow-up with their tribute to The Fab Four with Deface The Music. 13 power pop songs featuring the hit radio track I Just Want To Touch You were assembled strategically to complement and emulate that Liverpool sound, with the creation of their stellar tracks like Take It Home and Everybody Else Is Wrong. A very fun album - a splendid time is guaranteed!
Utopia's final album for the Bearsville Records era was their masterwork Swing To The Right. The 1982 definitive classic was a hit with the fans as several singles soon became Utopia staples like One World and Lysistrata. Key album tracks pay homage to Todd’s "Philly" sound like the soulful Only Human and a fine interpretation of The O'Jay’s classic For The Love Of Money, making this one of the most revered albums in the bands' catalog.
Friday Music is no stranger to the stunning recordings of Todd Rundgren and Utopia. Therefore, it is with much excitement to announce the blockbuster 7 compact disc box extravaganza The Road To Utopia: The Complete Recordings (1974-82). Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Todd Rundgren, Hall & Oates) at Friday Music Studios from the Bearsville/Warner Bros. tapes, each of their seven classic albums truly come to life in this new limited edition package.
In honor of the upcoming reunion tour, we are offering for a very limited time each of their seven albums now in first time cd digipak gatefold covers, featuring the original album artwork elements, including rare inner sleeve art, label art, insert artwork, all housed in a handsome cd box. The amazing collection will also include 2018 written commentary from Utopia's Todd Rundgren, Willie Wilcox, Kasim Sulton and Roger Powell.
To enhance your musical enjoyment, The Road To Utopia: The Complete Recordings (1974-82) will also include 15 rare bonus tracks, culled from the vaults including live tracks, b sides, radio promo versions and of course the five-star mastering you would expect from Friday Music.
We believe this wonderful new audiophile compact disc box set release of The Road To Utopia: The Complete Recordings (1974-82) will become one of the most anticipated collections of the year!
See you On The Road To Utopia!