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Monday, September 5, 2016

Cleopatra Records artist: Todd Rundgren - An Evening With Todd Rundgren - CD/DVD - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, An Evening With Todd Rundgren, from Todd Rundgren and it captures the master of blue eyed soul in concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on December 15, 2015. Todd opens with one of his best know tracks, I Saw The Light, from early in his career and it is a fine opener. Blasting right into Love Of The Common Man with John Ferenzik on keys, Jesse Gress on guitar, Prairie Prince on drums and Kasim Sulton on bass. Early rocker, Open My Eyes really gets the crowd rocking and Todd rips a hot solo to conclude the track. Todd and the crew hit a lot of the top tracks from his 25 release career including titles from at least 15 releases.

I Saw The Light
Black Maria
Couldn't I Just Tell You

Love Of The Common Man
Black and White

Open My Eyes
Hello It's Me

A Wizard A True Star
Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel
Soul Medley: I'm So Proud, Ooh Baby Baby, I Want You

Second Wind
Love Science

One Long Year
Buffalo Grass

Hermit of Mink Hollow
Can We Still Be Friends

A Cappella
Lost Horizon

The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect
Bang The Drum


Nazz Nazz
Kiddie Boy

God Said

Secret Society

Oops Wrong Planet (Utopia)
Love In Action

Swing To The Right (Utopia)
One World

 He plays guitar throughout much of the release and in some cases sits or dances and of course even plays the drums but no piano on this one.
This is a solid mix overall with Kaz providing solid backing vocals and Rundrgren's own vocals maintaining the expressive qualities that he has shown since his earliest albums. His guitar chops are soulful and lively. I have listened to Todd's music for a good part of his career and I found this a cool release and a solid concert performance for those new to Rundgren as well as long time fans. This release definitely demonstrates that Todd still has a lot to share.

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