Back to the Bars

Back to the Bars

5.0 1
by Todd Rundgren
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Following a year of Utopia and the completion of The Hermit of Mink Hollow, Todd Rundgren hit the road with a musical retrospective on the advice of Bearsville president Paul Fishkin, who wanted a live greatest-hits record to plug. Ever perverse, that's not exactly what Rundgren delivered.

Overview

Following a year of Utopia and the completion of The Hermit of Mink Hollow, Todd Rundgren hit the road with a musical retrospective on the advice of Bearsville president Paul Fishkin, who wanted a live greatest-hits record to plug. Ever perverse, that's not exactly what Rundgren delivered. Culled from three shows -- where he was supported by both Utopia and a carefully assembled band at New York's Bottom Line, one at L.A.'s the Roxy, one at Cleveland's the Agora -- the resulting double album Back to the Bars was an idiosyncratic collection of hits and personal favorites, covering many (but not all) of his best songs, from "I Saw the Light," "Couldn't I Just Tell You," "Hello It's Me" and "Real Man" to "The Range War," "Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel" and "The Verb 'To Love.'" All of the performances are tough and persuasive -- enough so that the songs that sounded like production numbers on record, such as large stretches of A Wizard, A True Star, reveal themselves as effective compositions and often sound a great deal more accessible here. That said, Back to the Bars isn't an ideal introduction to Rundgren, simply because his studio wizardry is one of the main reasons his records are so interesting, yet it is true that the record has enough great songs and quirks to paint an effective portrait of Rundgren's music. As such, it's the rare live album that caters to both the casual and hardcore fan and should be equally enjoyable to either audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227110925
catalogNumber:
71109

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Todd Rundgren   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Rick Derringer   Guitar
Stevie Nicks   Vocals
Daryl Hall   Vocals
Roger Powell   Trumpet,Keyboards
Kasim Sulton   Bass
Greg Geddes   Vocals
Mark "Moogy" Klingman   Keyboards
John Oates   Vocals
Ralph Schuckett   Bass
Ralph Shuckett   Organ
John Siegler   Bass,Cello
Norman D. Smart   Drums
Larry Tasse   Vocals
Jon Wilcox   Drums
Spencer Davis   Harmonica,Vocals

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Composer,Producer
Utopia   Contributor
Roger Powell   Contributor
Kasim Sulton   Contributor
Thom Bell   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Rob Davis   Guitar Techician
Adolph Green   Composer
William "Poogie" Hart   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Bobby Sedita   Contributor
John Seigler   Contributor
Norman D. Smart   Contributor
Jule Styne   Composer
Larry Tasse   Contributor
Jon Wilcox   Contributor
Hipgnosis   Sleeve Design
Paul Lester   Liner Notes

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Back to the Bars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago