BR 6961 Another Live
Produced by Todd Rundgren
Released on October 1975
US CHART POSITION #66
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BR 6961 cover  

T he second album from Todd Rundgren’s Utopia was, oddly enough, a live record. They didn’t repeat anything from their first record (thank goodness for small favors), instead focusing on a wonderful new trio of songs on the first side, rounding out the second side with a few covers and hits from Todd’s catalog. The two sides are apparently from different venues; the first is remarkably clear (it almost sounds like the studio), the second is sonically challenged. While it’s an uneven record -- and when isn’t a Todd Rundgren affair? -- the new music is definitely the high point of Utopia’s first incarnation. It took a few tries, but Rundgren finally seems a match for Frank Zappa’s deft arrangements on the opening “Another Life.” “The Wheel” is mellow by comparison, but fans of his solo work to date will agree that this is a winner. I can’t explain it, but “The Seven Rays” (written by Rundgren and bassist John Siegler) is my favorite Utopia track of all time; it just gets under my skin, musically and lyrically. The second side is something of a ripoff, since it’s really a Todd Rundgren record. Versions of “Heavy Metal Kids” and “Just One Victory” are in danger of being fuzzy concert curios -- you wish they’d cleaned these recordings up a bit. As for the covers of “Something’s Coming” and “Do Ya,” you can hear why they didn’t go to any extraordinary lengths to preserve them -- Utopia’s versions are okay, but Yes and ELO (respectively) did these better. Roger Powell’s fans will enjoy his five-minute “Intro/Mister Triscuits,” featuring some nice synthesizer soloing; elsewhere, the multitalented Mr. Powell even plays the trumpet. Another Live is best viewed as half Utopia and half live Todd, and is indicative of the incestuous nature of the two (for example, live versions of Utopia’s music first appear on Todd’s Back to the Bars). Even at half an album, Utopia has grown by leaps and bounds from their debut. Unfortunately, this incarnation of the band dissolved soon after, with Mark “Moogy” Klingman, Ralph Schuckett, and Siegler off to other projects.

BR 6961 back cover BR 6961 lyric sleeve
BR 6961 back cover BR 6961 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. ANOTHER LIFE    (Todd Rundgren/Ralph Schuckett)    7:07
  2. THE WHEEL    (Todd Rundgren)    6:59
  3. THE SEVEN RAYS    (Todd Rundgren/John Siegler)    8:46
  4. (INTRO) MISTER TRISCUITS    (Roger Powell)    5:24
  5. SOMETHING'S COMING    (Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim)    2:49
  6. HEAVY METAL KIDS    (Todd Rundgren)    4:14
  7. DO YA    (Jeff Lynne)    4:09
  8. JUST ONE VICTORY    (Todd Rundgren)    5:17

CREDITS

MOOGY KLINGMAN -- keyboards & vocals, harmonica, glockenspiel
ROGER POWELL -- Moog synthesizer, trumpet & vocals
TODD RUNDGREN -- guitar & vocals
RALPH SCHUCKETT -- keyboard & vocals, accordion
JOHN SIEGLER -- bass & vocals
JOHN WILCOX -- drums
Phillip Ballou -- background vocals
David Lasley -- background vocals
Arnold McCuller -- background vocals
Aaron Baron -- recording engineer
Larry Dahlstrom -- recording engineer
Jane Millett -- cover illustration & concept
Joel Shapiro -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 1975 Bearsville LP/CS BR 6961 lyric insert
UK/NET October 1975 Bearsville LP/CS K55508 lyric insert
US   Rhino/Bearsville LP/CD/CS 70867  
JPN   Bearsville CD VICP-60272 digitally remastered
EEC   Essential CD ESMCD-756 different cover

 

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