Todd Rundgren Utopia

Rundgren back on the road to Utopia

Todd Rundgren is re-forming his progressive/new wave outfit Utopia and taking it on the road. The U.S. tour will stretch from mid-April through early June. The Utopia reunion will be manned by Rundgren (guitar), Kasim Sulton (bass), Willie Wilcox (drums) and Ralph Schuckett (keyboards). MIA from the cast is Roger Powell, a member of the classic and final iteration of Utopia. Powell played keyboards for Rundgren's "A Wizard, a True Star" concerts of a few years back, but wasn't up for a lengthy rock tour. The band Utopia grew out of … [More ... ]

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‘Forever Changes’ celebrated in 6-disc set

Love's "Forever Changes" album suffered neglect and indifference in its time, but how times have changed. The seemingly endless stream of rereleases of the critical favorite continues April 6 with an ambitious "50th Anniversary Edition" box set. Containing four CDs, one DVD and one LP, the collection will retail for about $100. Rhino, which orchestrated several rereleases of "Forever Changes" in recent decades, says "firsts" in the set include the CD debut of the remastered version from original co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnick … [More ... ]

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Country Joe, Procol Harum boxes in Q1’s stash

The year 2018 starts off with a bang for psychedelic music lovers, with carefully crafted archival releases on the horizon from Country Joe and the Fish, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum and Todd Rundgren. Other psychedelic/1960s product set for the year's first quarter includes vintage works from Spirit, Ultimate Spinach, Hawkwind, the Doors and Moondog. Country Joe and the Fish weren't exactly one-hit wonders, but it's fair to say they never revisited the highs of their groundbreaking debut album -- a stunning and seminal slab of psychedelic … [More ... ]

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Tom Rapp of Pearls Before Swine dies

Tom Rapp of the 1960s psychedelic folk act Pearls Before Swine has died. He was 70. While Pearls Before Swine began as a band -- releasing the classic psych-folk album "One Nation Underground" -- the name evolved into a handle for singer-songwriter Rapp's projects. Rapp's early influences included Bob Dylan and, especially, the raggedy underground folk act the Fugs. Pearls Before Swine pitched the Fugs' label, ESP-Disk, via an early demo and succeeded in getting a record deal, albeit one that paid pretty much nothing. The Florida band … [More ... ]

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Hendrix hot in 2018: New ‘Sky’ set, 2 SACDs

The final chapter of what's being called a Jimi Hendrix unreleased-track trilogy lands March 9. "Both Sides of the Sky" features 10 recordings that the Hendrix estate says have never been released, along with three others. Later in the year come the highly anticipated rereleases of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's first two studio albums -- "Are You Experienced" and "Axis: Bold as Love" -- on the audiophile SACD format. "Axis" also will see a limited release on the Ultra High Quality Record vinyl format. Those rereleases will be remastered by … [More ... ]

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No. 15: ‘Crown of Creation’

"Is it true that I'm no longer young?" Grace Slick sang in "Lather," the luscious and cinematic opening number of "Crown of Creation." Slick was singing about the … [More ... ]

No. 45: ‘Ball’

"Filled with Fear" was more than a song title -- consider it truth in advertising for the contents of Iron Butterfly's "Ball," the hurried but solid followup album to "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." Anchored … [More ... ]

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No. 81: ‘Dark Magic’

Moby Grape had it all, in those early days. The look. The attitude. The Bay Area vibe. And that weird whimsical name that no one ever forgot. But when the … [More ... ]


No. 9: ‘Eight Miles High’

The song started off on familiar footing for early 1966: a killer bass line, straight out of the garage. But seconds into the Byrds' "Eight Miles High," listeners were off on a sonic adventure, … [More ... ]

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