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Todd Rundgren - Something / Anything ?


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Something/Anything? is the third album by American musician Todd Rundgren, released in February 1972. It was his first double album, and was recorded in late 1971 in Los Angeles, New York City and Bearsville Studios, Woodstock. Three quarters of the album was recorded in the studio with Rundgren playing all instruments and singing all vocals, as well as being the producer. The final quarter contained a number of tracks recorded live in the studio without any overdubs, save for a short snippet of archive recordings from the 1960s.

Rundgren had become confident enough at other instruments beyond his standard guitar and keyboards that he had tackled in earlier releases, and this, coupled with a general dissatisfaction with other studio musicians, led him to temporarily relocate to Los Angeles in an attempt to record an entire album single-handedly. After he had created significantly more material than would fit on a standard LP, an earthquake struck LA. He decided to head back to New York for some live sessions, with the help of Moogy Klingman, to lighten the mood. The final sessions were in Bearsville, where the remainder of the recording and mixing took place, and this created enough material for a double album.

The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold three years after its release. A single taken from the album, "Hello It's Me", was a top-five hit in the US in late 1972, and it contained a further hit, "I Saw the Light". Something/Anything? later attracted critical acclaim as one of the most significant records of the 1970s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 173 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. After Something/Anything, Rundgren moved away from the straightforward pop ballads present on this album to more experimental territory and progressive rock in later releases, beginning with the following A Wizard, A True Star (1973).

Release info

Label: Bearsville RH1 71107
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 2011
Genre: Rock
Style: Blues Rock, Power Pop, Pop Rock, Prog Rock

Tracklist

A1 I Saw The Light
A2 It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
A3 Wolfman Jack
A4 Cold Morning Light
A5 It Takes Two To Tango (This Is For The Girls)
A6 Sweeter Memories
B1 Intro
B2 Breathless
B3 The Night The Carousel Burned Down
B4 Saving Grace
B5 Marlene
B6 Song Of The Viking
B7 I Went To The Mirror
C1 Black Maria
C2 One More Day (No Word)
C3 Couldn't I Just Tell You
C4 Torch Song
C5 Little Red Lights Overture - My Roots (2:30)
D1a Money (That's What I Want
D1b Messin' With The Kid
D2 Dust In The Wind
D3 Piss Aaron
D4 Hello It's Me
D5 Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me
D6 You Left Me Sore
D7 Slut

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