Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, A True Star (LP, Album, Record Store Day, Reissue)
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A Wizard, a True Star is the fourth album by American musician Todd Rundgren, released March 2, 1973, on Bearsville Records. It marked a departure from his previous, Something/Anything? (1972), with its lesser reliance on straightforward pop songs, a development he attributed to his experimentation with psychedelic drugs and his realization of "what music and sound were like in my internal environment, and how different that was from the music I had been making."The album was produced, engineered, and, with the exception of some tracks, entirely performed by Rundgren. He envisioned the record as a hallucinogenic-inspired "flight plan" with all the tracks seguing seamlessly into each other, starting with a "chaotic" mood and ending with a medley of his favorite soul songs. At the time of release, he stated that Wizard intended to advance utopian ideals; later, he said that the album had no definite meaning. No singles were issued from the album, as he wanted the tracks to be heard in the context of the LP. With 19 tracks, its nearly 56-minute runtime made it one of the longest single-disc LPs to date. Upon release, A Wizard, a True Star received widespread critical acclaim, but sold poorly, reaching number 86 on U.S. charts. According to Rundgren, "the result was a complete loss of about half of my audience at that point." To support the album, Rundgren formed a new group, Utopia, his first official band since the Nazz. Their technologically ambitious stage show was cancelled after about two weeks on the road. A Wizard, a True Star has since been recognized for its influence on later generations of bedroom musicians.
Artist: Todd Rundgren
Format: LP, Album, Record Store Day, Reissue
Style: Pop Rock, Rock & Roll, Blues Rock
A1 International Feel
A2 Never Never Land
A3 Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off
A4 You Need Your Head
A5 Rock And Roll Pussy
A6 Dogfight Giggle
A7 You Don't Have To Camp Around
A9 Zen Archer
A10 Just Another Onion Head; Da Da Dali
A11 When The Shit Hits The Fan; Sunset Blvd
A12 Le Feel Internacionale
B1 Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel
B2 Does Anybody Love You
B4 Hungry For Love
B5 I Don't Want To Tie You Down
B6 Is It My Name?
B7 Just One Victory