PBC 6053 Trivia
Produced by Todd Rundgren and Utopia
Released on 1986
(no chart information)
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PBC 6053 cover  

T rivia collects material from the band’s final three studio albums: Utopia, Oblivion and P.O.V. plus some “new” tracks. Designed after the then-popular Trivial Pursuit game, this compilation is itself something of a trivial pursuit, having gone out of print in the ‘80s. For their trouble, intrepid hunters will get the latter-day singles like “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” “Crybaby,” “Mated” and “Hammer In My Heart.” Suffering from the same dull patches that plagued the original albums, Trivia is a less effective overview than the career-spanning Anthology. Of the new cuts (and it’s unclear if these songs were simply unreleased leftovers from earlier sessions), “Monument” and “Princess of the Universe” are merely okay, the opening “Fix Your Gaze” quite good. Honestly, Utopia fans unfamiliar with this period would be better served by picking up the eponymous Utopia and passing on P.O.V. and Oblivion. Better still, buy Swing to the Right (one of my favorite Utopia albums). The trouble with the band’s last three albums is an increasingly “processed” sound that often buries good melodies under synthetic arrangements. It was less distracting when the band was tackling social topics, as the mechanized music seemed to make a statement about the world we lived in, but most of the songs here address matters of the heart, and an artifical heart it is. Me, I picked up a cassette version of this for under a dollar, so I can’t complain, but I wouldn’t spend anywhere near $10 for this compilation (unless you’re an avid collector of all things Utopian).

TRACK LISTING

  1. FIX YOUR GAZE
  2. HAMMER IN MY HEART
  3. FEET DON'T FAIL ME NOW    (Utopia/Doug Howard)
  4. BAD LITTLE ACTRESS
  5. PRINCESS OF THE UNIVERSE
  6. TOO MUCH WATER
  7. CRYBABY
  8. STYLE
  9. MATED
  10. PLAY THIS GAME
  11. MONUMENT

    All songs written by Roger Powell/Todd Rundgren/Kasim Sulton/Willie Wilcox unless noted

CREDITS

ROGER POWELL --
TODD RUNDGREN --
KASIM SULTON --
WILLIE WILCOX --
Murray Brenman -- layout

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1986 Passport LP/CD/CS PB/PBC 6053  

 

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