A Wizard, A True Star [Explicit Lyrics]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Something/Anything? proved that Todd Rundgren could write a pop classic as gracefully as any of his peers, but buried beneath the surface were signs that he would never be satisfied as merely a pop singer/songwriter. A close listen to the album reveals the eccentricities and restless spirit that surges to the forefront on its follow-up, A Wizard, a True Star. Anyone expecting the third record of Something/Anything?, filled with variations on "I Saw the Light" and "Hello It's Me," will be shocked by A Wizard. As much a mind-f*ck as an album, A Wizard, a True Star rarely breaks down to full-fledged songs, especially on the first side, where songs and melodies ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Something/Anything? proved that Todd Rundgren could write a pop classic as gracefully as any of his peers, but buried beneath the surface were signs that he would never be satisfied as merely a pop singer/songwriter. A close listen to the album reveals the eccentricities and restless spirit that surges to the forefront on its follow-up, A Wizard, a True Star. Anyone expecting the third record of Something/Anything?, filled with variations on "I Saw the Light" and "Hello It's Me," will be shocked by A Wizard. As much a mind-f*ck as an album, A Wizard, a True Star rarely breaks down to full-fledged songs, especially on the first side, where songs and melodies float in and out of a hazy post-psychedelic mist. Stylistically, there may not be much new -- he touched on so many different bases on Something/Anything? that it's hard to expand to new territory -- but it's all synthesized and assembled in fresh, strange ways. Often, it's a jarring, disturbing listen, especially since Rundgren's humor has turned bizarre and insular. It truly takes a concerted effort on the part of the listener to unravel the record, since Rundgren makes no concessions -- not only does the soul medley jerk in unpredictable ways, but the anthemic closer, "Just One Victory," is layered with so many overdubs that it's hard to hear its moving melody unless you pay attention. And that's the key to understanding A Wizard, a True Star -- it's one of those rare rock albums that demands full attention and, depending on your own vantage, it may even reward such close listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2008
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • EAN: 4988002547241
  • Catalog Number: 64205

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Todd Rundgren Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Rick Derringer Guitar
Michael Brecker Horn
David Sanborn Horn, Saxophone
M. Frog Labat Synthesizer
Randy Brecker Horn
Mark "Moogy" Klingman Keyboards
Barry Rogers Trombone
Ralph Schuckett Bass
John Siegler Bass, Cello
John Siomos Drums
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Composer, Producer
Tom Cosgrove Contributor
Bill Gelber Contributor
Ralph Shuckett Contributor
John Sieger Contributor
Arthur Wood Cover Painting
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Todd Amazed Me! I Saw the Light

    Okay, it was a while ago when this LP released and I admit I was in college at the time. Something/Anything had won me over to TR and I knew this album was coming but had not seen it out when I was at a friend's house late one night and Lightly Spiritually Detached and my friend said, "You just have to hear this while Lythely Spinning Delights." Wizard was the LP he put on the Technics turntable. To my utter amazement, as the sounds and words came flowing out of the speakers and flying around the room, the most amazing geometric shapes and vivid colors began taking form in the air. We were transported into a beautiful, swirling miasma of psychedelia and sound! After Looking South Determinedly many times, I had thought I knew what the "trip" was all about...I was wrong. Todd had mapped it all out and actually engineered a path on his mixing boards and instruments. Imagine my wonderment when I discovered that the "hallucinations" were all artfully painted on an album cover I had never seen!!! TR, master of his art, had recorded an adventure of the mind engineered to guide the neurons along a path he had discovered and enjoyed so much he just had to share!!!! Bravo, TR!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Indispensable!

    OK, many fans of ''old Todd'' hated AWATS and what came after, but I regard it as his greatest achievement. This is a brilliant record, period. If I had to jettison my entire Rundgren collection (I've got 'em all, including the Nazz LPs) except one, THIS is the one I'd keep. Side 1, the ''International Feel'' is a suite of song fragments, electronic passages, and instrumental moments, woven seamlessly together-- with a heavy dose of LSD. Side 2 covers more traditional territory-- Philly Soul (''Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel''), hard rock (''Is It My Name?''), and the all-time great pop anthem ''Just One Victory''. But the core of Side 2 is the medley of soul classics-- that alone should earn Rundgren accolades from every fan of popular music. Even the album sleeve is classic!

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