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Album Review

It's hard to say exactly why Another Live works better than either Todd Rundgren's Utopia or Initiation, Rundgren's two previous excursions into synth-heavy prog-rock. It's not that the music is more energetic or focused, since it isn't. Neither is the music more challenging or ambitious — it's simply better. It's true that the second half is devoted to covers (West Side Story's "Something's Coming," the Move's "Do Ya") or Rundgren classics ("Heavy Metal Kids," "Just One Victory"), all of which are more song-oriented than anything on the first half, or anything on either TR's Utopia or Initiation. That said, the prog-rock epics that comprise the first half of the album cut deeper than before, possibly because the band has worked out the kinks in its style, developing a unified, provocative sound. It still tends to be a little excessive and impenetrable, but intriguing moments float to the surface alarmingly often. Too bad the hideous cover will prevent anyone but the most devoted Rundgren/Utopia fan from discovering that...

Customer Reviews

Pure deid brilliant

I saw Todd/ Utopia play this set at the Glasgow Apollo in '74 (I think). I dogged of school with Nicky and Ian and we hung around for hours before they came on stage. I am so glad I have the memory now some 35 years later. We get older but the spirit is still the same. Just one victory at a time....

Todd was God

I was at the same gig as Big Blu and I totally agree - I'd seen him before at the Apollo on the 'Wizard' tour when he was brilliant, but Utopia were totally a band, tight as hell and really amazing - blew the mind of this 18 year-old from a wee town in the frozen north (Thurso). The original cover on the LP was much better too - why the change? Lots of water under the bridge since then, and maybe Todd isn't indeed God, but he's still vastly under-rated and one of the all-time greats, and this is a great live album.

Utopia - Another Live

I lent this album to the drummer in our band in 1978. the band split 6 months later and the album was lost forever (never mind, I'de played it to death anyway).
Now we're reunited 34 years later, this album is still every bit as good as I remember and it transports me back in time to Knebworth in1976 (yes we were there).
Todd is probably one of the most unrecognised mega talents of the last 40 years and my worship of Todd the Godd is rekindled.
Shame about the revised album cover but that is easily sorted with a cut and paste. *****


Formed: 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Stardom was handed to him with Something/Anything?, but Todd Rundgren rejected it. He wanted to explore new musical territory instead, and his adventures led him to form Utopia in 1974. Initially, Utopia was a prog rock septet featuring three keyboardists, but as the '70s progressed, the group evolved into a shiny mainstream rock quartet, and Rundgren retreated into the background, as each of his bandmates contributed songs and lead vocals to the albums. By the early '80s, Utopia had developed into...
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