it was issued in 1975, at 68 minutes, “Initiation” was the longest album ever on
one piece of vinyl. It starts with Todd’s classic Philly soul single “Real Man”
and continues with the a cappella “Born To Synthesize”, heavily sampled for
Simian Mobile Disco’s “Synthesize”.
Soul ballad “Fair Warning” features Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer and Dan
Hartman, while the title track features an amazing solo from sax legend David
The entirety of side two was taken up with the 36 minute synthesizer
extravaganza “A Treatise On Cosmic Fire”, which broke new ground in its use of
technology for creating music. It also marked the first appearance of future
Utopia keyboard player Roger Powell.
On “Faithful” (1976) Todd pays homage to the artists and songs that influenced
him when he turned professional in 1966 at the age of 18. Starting appropriately
with The Yardbirds’ “Happening Ten Years Time Ago” (Jeff Beck’s guitar style was
big influence), Todd continues with the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and
two John Lennon Beatles songs, all originally issued in 1966. And these are not
cover versions, they are note- and sound-perfect faithful
Side two of “Faithful” featured six new Rundgren originals, including perhaps
his best Philly soul ballad “The Verb ‘To Love’”, and two more perennial concert
favourites in “Cliché” and “Love Of The Common Man”.The bonus track is a live
Utopia recording of The Nazz’s “Open My Eyes”.
The package contains ephemera and rare photos, all the lyrics, and extensive
notes by Paul Myers, extracted from his recent definitive book on Todd Rundgren
“A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The