Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Very Best Of Todd Rundgren (1997)

Rundgren is a very talented songwriter/engineer/producer.  He is one of those under-appreciated musicians that will do as he pleases without regard to the label executives, which has definitely hampered his commercial success.  He's also written some fantastic pop songs of the type that get better with each listen. Which means this solid compilation from Rhino gets better every time I hear it.  In addition to his solo work, the compilation includes three songs recorded with the Rundgren-led group Utopia.  We're treated to everything from hit ballads (Hello, It's Me) to Big Star-ish power pop (Couldn't I Just Tell You) to soft rock (Love Is The Answer) to R&B (The Want Of A Nail) to 5 PM radio staples (Bang The Drum All Day) to arena rock (The Very Last Time).  Also included is a overlooked gem of a track from 1985's A Cappella album which was a remarkable, unusual, innovative piece of arranging and producing.   If you want to familiarize yourself with Rundgren's work (and you should), this is a good place to start. And then hit repeat.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart:  Did not chart

Tracks: Proof positive that chart position doesn't necessarily reflect quality.

SongYearHot 100
We Gotta Get You A Woman197020
Be Nice To Me197171
I Saw the Light197216
Hello It's Me19735
Couldn't I Just Tell You 197293
Just One Victory1973
A Dream Goes On Forever197469
Real Man197583
Love Of The Common Man1976
Love Is The Answer (Utopia)1977
Love In Action (Utopia)1977
Can We Still Be Friends197829
The Very Last Time (Utopia)198076
Bang The Drum All Day198363
Something To Fall Back On1985
The Want Of A Nail (w/Bobby Womack)1989

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1982)

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