was an American progressive rock
band, led by Todd Rundgren
that toured and recorded from 1973 to 1986.
The first two albums, Todd Rundgren's Utopia
and Another Live
featured lengthy, complex and highly arranged progressive rock pieces, performed by a six-piece multi-instrumentalist ensemble. The debut album in fact contained only four tracks and ran for almost sixty minutes in total, opening with "Utopia Theme" — recorded live in concert — and closing with the extended concept piece "The Ikon", which ran more than thirty minutes and took up all of Side 2 of the album.
The first Utopia album, credited as "Todd Rundgren's Utopia," featured a six-piece ensemble featuring Todd Rundgren (guitar and vocals), Kevin Ellman (drums and percussion), Mark "Moogy" Klingman (keyboards), Jean Yves "M. Frog" Labat (synthesizers), Ralph Schukett (keyboards), and John Siegler (bass and cello). Shortly after this album was completed, Labat left the band and was replaced by former Moog
programmer Roger Powell
The live-in-concert LP Another Live
(1975) featured new members Powell and John "Willie" Wilcox (drums). It showcased several extended progressive tracks which were not released in studio versions and also displayed Rundgren's continuing interest in the Broadway musical
a version of "Something's Coming
" from West Side Story
and the music of his rock heroes, including a cover of "Do Ya",... Read More