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: Various Artists; Psychedelia

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; Psychedelia

For many people the golden era of psychedelic music was before the drugs kicked in. There was that period from late '65 through to maybe mid '68 where many bands retained a pop economy and allowed... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Sony "Original Album Classics" series: Are you ready for the country?

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Sony "Original Album Classics" series: Are you ready for the country?

When I interviewed Kris Kristofferson in 2005, he said with a laugh, “I’ve recently been shown a lot of respect from the country music people. You know, there have been times... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Elsewhere Art . . . New Zealand jazz

Elsewhere Art . . . New Zealand jazz

There was a time when it seemed every jazz album by a New Zealand singer was just more of the same old standards . . . and as I often said to some of them, if you do something by Sinatra you're... > Read more

THE MOTEL LIFE, a novel by WILLY VLAUTIN

THE MOTEL LIFE, a novel by WILLY VLAUTIN

This dark and depressing novel is an impressive debut by Vlautin, the frontman and songwriter for the American alt.country band Richmond Fontaine whose music is, unfortunately, little known here.... > Read more