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Editors’ Notes

For their second studio album, Utopia initially cut a mostly instrumental disco/funk album, rejected by their label and released years later as Disco Jets. After dusting themselves off, the band returned to the elaborate art-rock of their debut. Pared down to a quartet, Utopia shifted to the lineup that would last them the rest of their run. While there are a few shorter cuts with simpler arrangements, like the hard-rocking "Jealousy" and the soul-tinged "Eternal Love," tunes like the 18-minute conceptual closing cut, "Singring and the Glass Guitar," set the tone while still maintaining a sense of humor (no easy feat).

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Outstanding classis "head" music

One of the greatest rock mixes that truely shows the talent of the individual musicians, the flip side of Ra is not to be missed. Singring and the Glass Guitar must be heard to be believed and for fans of the later so-called psychedlic era, this 18+ minute peice is a "trip" that you cannot do without. A build up of wonderous solos that combine into an exploration of each instument's strengths and support of each other. This is an under played piece because of it's length, but should be made a staple of any rock library.

"Magic Dragon Theatre" is a pop classic...

"RA" is still a mostly prog type of rock, very good... ("overture" and "singring") but the killer track on this collection is "magic dragon theatre". It sounded to me back in the day just like a track of Paul McCartney's off of Sgt. Pepper. Half community theatre/Half power pop, my favorite part is (are) the "actors" blowing their lines right in mid song! This may sound too good to be true, but it's the real deal. Don't decide off of the 30 second preview. It sounds like nothing else on the record and shoulda, coulda, been a wonderful radio track.

brilliant Toddster masterpiece...

this one was a full listen thru & thru, the rare album whereby literally every track was a true, brilliant standout. imagine Polyphonic Spree if they had some rock opera balls underneath their robes! if the art/prog-rock of Emerson Lake & Palmer et al wears you down, let Todd & Utopia show you how it absolutely should be done - ever try singing to an ELP 'melody' ?? every one of these tracks are infinitely melodic & hooky & sing-alongable, while still plugging right into the same elusive 'elite' art-band genre as an ELP, Yes, etc album


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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