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Todd Rundgren For The Idler's Albums Club
Laurie Tuffrey , February 25th, 2013 05:59

Luke Haines and Barney Hoskyns to discuss Rundgren's "album of vaulting techno-musical ambition", A Wizard, A True Star

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The Idler magazine will be discussing Todd Rundgren's overlooked 1973 masterwork A Wizard, A True Star as the next instalment in their Albums Club, co-hosted by Rock's Backpages on March 14 at the Idler Academy.

Luke Haines and Barney Hoskyns of RBP will be talking over the album, which they describe as an "album of vaulting techno-musical ambition", adding: "A dizzying rollercoaster ride of emotion and genre mutation, the album was substantially the work of Rundgren himself, pieced together in late ’72 at his own Secret Sound studio on NYC’s West 24th Street. Where its immediate predecessor, the more fondly-regarded Something/Anything?, was choc-full o’ good choons, Wizard was the sound of Philly’s finest rabbit-toothed soulboy going into interstellar prog-psych overdrive, taking the listener on a seamless sonic journey whose map was written substantially by hallucinogenic drugs."

They'll also be playing the album in vinyl in full "as an antidote to the digital MP3 compressed age". For details, head to The Idler's website; in the meantime, here's 'Zen Archer' from the album, in the guise of a decidedly compressed symptom of the digital age:

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Feb 25, 2013 11:14am

Bloody excellent album

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Post-Punk Monk
Feb 25, 2013 1:45pm

This is my go-to Rundgren album! I love it eclectic and is there an album more eclectic than this one? I don't think so! It sounds like an entire career crammed onto 2 sides of a platter groaning under the strain of the whole of pop music sliced and diced in a psychedelic Cuisinart®!
for further rumination on the Fresh New Sound of Yesterday®

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Barney Hoskyns
Feb 25, 2013 2:33pm

"Not the soul medley?!" he gasped. "Not the soul medley?!?"

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David Vawter
Feb 25, 2013 2:52pm

In reply to Barney Hoskyns:

Linda Ronstadt seemed to be OK with it, just like Robert Palmer was OK with Todd's Marvin Gaye medley a few years down the road. Poor TR, always just slightly ahead of his time.

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Reggie P
Feb 25, 2013 5:00pm

I was thinking of Todd's 'Runt' album the other day in fact x

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tom fritz
Feb 25, 2013 8:35pm

still excellent- 40 years on. more creativity( per song )than a lot of groups could muster for one album. todd's musical spirit shines through everything he creates.

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Feb 26, 2013 2:34pm

One of my favorite albums of all time from one of my favorite artists of all time, and you've selected my favorite song from that album as a sample. So...hearts all around!

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