THE BARGAIN BUY: Todd Rundgren; The Original Album Series (Rhino)

 |   |  1 min read

Todd Rundgren: Rain
THE BARGAIN BUY: Todd Rundgren; The Original Album Series (Rhino)

With the ever-evolving Rundgren scheduled to play in New Zealand see interview here) here was a five CD collection of some of his albums from 1970-83 which skip over his double album Something/Anything, the glorious A Wizard/A True Star and the double Todd.

But here are Runt (Rundgren with the Sales brothers who later worked with Bowie); The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (on which he played almost every instrument); Faithful which saw him mix originals with almost letter-perfect covers of material by the Beatles, Hendrix, Dylan, the Beach Boys and Yardbirds; Hermit of Mink Hollow (which included the hit Can We Still Be Friends); and the contractual obligation album The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (which included his version of the Small Faces' Tin Soldier).

Rundgren was astonishingly prolific and diversely talented: he played exceptional guitar (blues, power trio rock, psychedelic, soul-funk) and vocally could shift from blue-eyed soul to throat shredding rocker to balladeer.

He didn't mind a bit of prog-rock in the mix either.JB_HZ_CHEAP_long

Needless to say, you'd be unwise to go to a gig these days and expect to hear him play any of this music (although he constantly surprises) -- but given these five CDs come in a pack for $20 at JB Hi Fi stores (here) that makes this a genuine Bargain Buy.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   The Bargain Buy articles index

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Beatles; The Ed Sullivan Shows (DVD)

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Beatles; The Ed Sullivan Shows (DVD)

By now most people would concede February 9, 1964 was a turning point in global culture. That was the night the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show and 73 million Americans (out of a population... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Roxy Music; Original Classic Albums

THE BARGAIN BUY: Roxy Music; Original Classic Albums

While it is only right and proper to acclaim the first two Eno-period Roxy Music albums as their finest for the innovation and sheer gall of their arthouse conceit, it is also unfair to dismiss... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Joe Bonamassa and band; Auckland Town Hall, September 12 2014

Joe Bonamassa and band; Auckland Town Hall, September 12 2014

When Tina Turner was filling stadia in the late Eighties I had the misfortune of seeing her twice in quick succession. But let's be clear, Turner was exceptional and although she delivered the... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in... > Read more