Last of the New Wave Riders [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This seven-disc, nearly seven-hour box set contains volumes two, five, six, and nine of Todd Rundgren's Official Bootleg series of live recordings of his solo performances and those of his band Utopia. The four Utopia concerts chronicled here present a reasonably comprehensive history of the band. Taking them in chronological order which is not the order in which they are presented in the box, first up is Volume Five, Oops! Wrong Planet Tour from 1977, which includes among its 20 selections nine songs from Utopia's fourth album, for which it is named. Oops! Wrong Planet, the second Utopia album to be recorded with the lineup of guitarist Rundgren, keyboard player Roger...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This seven-disc, nearly seven-hour box set contains volumes two, five, six, and nine of Todd Rundgren's Official Bootleg series of live recordings of his solo performances and those of his band Utopia. The four Utopia concerts chronicled here present a reasonably comprehensive history of the band. Taking them in chronological order which is not the order in which they are presented in the box, first up is Volume Five, Oops! Wrong Planet Tour from 1977, which includes among its 20 selections nine songs from Utopia's fourth album, for which it is named. Oops! Wrong Planet, the second Utopia album to be recorded with the lineup of guitarist Rundgren, keyboard player Roger Powell, bassist Kasim Sulton, and drummer Willie Wilcox was the band's first to move in more of a pop
ock direction, and especially on the second disc of this show their earlier musical focus on progressive rock is still in evidence, particularly in the 34-minute version of "Singing and the Glass Guitar -- Utopia Theme" from their third album, RA and the selections from their second album, Another Live. Rundgren's dominance is demonstrated by the inclusion of seven songs that originated on his solo albums. Volume Two, Live in Tokyo '79, by far the most sonically impressive of the concerts, is the only one not tied into the promotion of a specific studio album. But the band clearly is looking forward to the release of their fifth album, Adventures in Utopia, and they introduce two songs, "Love Alone" and "Last of the New Wave Riders," later to appear on that disc. Perhaps because he didn't tour Japan frequently, Rundgren made a point of mixing his solo material with Utopia tracks; while the first disc largely consists of Utopia songs, the second is nearly all solo material, making for a total of 12 Rundgren songs and ten Utopia ones in the show. Volume Six, Deface the Music Tour, apparently recorded on Halloween, 1980, is dominated by songs from Utopia's sixth album, on which they re-created the styles of mid-'60s pop
ock, as if channeling a lost Beatles' album. Eleven of the 13 songs on Deface the Music are included among the concert's 25 selections, and they don't always sit well stylistically with Utopia's other material. No date is given for Volume Nine, the single-disc Oblivion Tour, but clearly the show comes from 1984, the year that the Oblivion studio album was released. This is the sound of Utopia at its most cohesive as a group; it is the only one of the four concerts that does not feature any Rundgren solo material. The band is still playing a few songs from Oops! Wrong Planet, but the rest of the set dates from the 1980s albums Adventures in Utopia, Utopia, Swing to the Right, and Oblivion. The band rocks hard with an aggressive, new wave edge, leaning toward the synthesizer/drum programming sound of the '80s. Rundgren pulled the plug on the group after only one more album, but the Oblivion Tour CD finds Utopia going out at the top. This box set is obviously intended for the Rundgren/Utopia faithful, not the casual listener. Those committed fans not only won't mind the repetition of repertoire "Trapped" is played in all four concerts; five other songs turn up in three of the shows; and 11 others get two performances each, they will compare the different versions for subtle and in some cases not so subtle differences. There are versions of many Rundgren/Utopia chart singles here -- "I Saw the Light," "Couldn't I Just Tell You," "Hello It's Me," "A Dream Goes on Forever," "Can We Still Be Friends," "Set Me Free," "The Very Last Time" -- but this is a collection for aficionados, who should be happy to find this material in a package more affordable than the expensive imports of the individual volumes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768465121
  • Catalog Number: 84651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Too Much Water (4:35)
  2. 2 Rock Love (4:41)
  3. 3 Princess of the Universe (3:10)
  4. 4 If I Didn't Try (4:07)
  5. 5 Bring Me My Longbow (5:04)
  6. 6 Hammer in My Heart (4:20)
  7. 7 Abandon City (4:39)
  8. 8 Set Me Free (3:05)
  9. 9 Medley: Itch in My Brain/Love With a Thinker (8:37)
  10. 10 You Make Me Crazy (3:37)
  11. 11 Swing to the Right (4:48)
  12. 12 The Very Last Time (3:46)
  13. 13 Trapped (3:11)
  14. 14 Caravan (7:44)
  15. 15 Last of the New Wave Riders (4:29)
  16. 16 Crybaby (4:41)
  17. 17 Love Is the Answer (4:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Just Want to Touch You (2:09)
  2. 2 Where Does the World Go to Hide (1:51)
  3. 3 Silly Boy (2:29)
  4. 4 Feel Too Good (4:19)
  5. 5 The Road to Utopia (3:46)
  6. 6 Set Me Free (3:40)
  7. 7 Love of the Common Man (3:51)
  8. 8 Crazy Lady Blue (4:43)
  9. 9 One World (3:23)
  10. 10 Back on the Street (4:18)
  11. 11 Crystal Ball (2:40)
  12. 12 All Smiles (3:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Shot in the Dark (3:59)
  2. 2 Caravan (8:00)
  3. 3 The Very Last Time (3:48)
  4. 4 Alone (2:36)
  5. 5 Always Late (2:24)
  6. 6 Take It Home (2:57)
  7. 7 That's Not Right (3:01)
  8. 8 Everybody Else Is Wrong (3:56)
  9. 9 I Saw the Light (2:55)
  10. 10 Trapped (3:01)
  11. 11 Love in Action (3:55)
  12. 12 Couldn't I Just Tell You (3:23)
  13. 13 Love Is the Answer (6:52)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Intro (3:04)
  2. 2 Trapped (3:37)
  3. 3 Marriage of Heaven and Hell (4:15)
  4. 4 Abandon City (4:26)
  5. 5 Love of the Common Man (3:37)
  6. 6 Back on the Street (4:10)
  7. 7 Black and White (4:56)
  8. 8 Crazy Lady Blue (3:57)
  9. 9 Love in Action (3:30)
  10. 10 The Death of Rock 'N' Roll (3:50)
  11. 11 Communion With the Sun (5:34)
  12. 12 When the Shit Hits the Fan (International Feel) (6:09)
  13. 13 The Last Ride (5:51)
  14. 14 Gangrene (3:57)
Disc 5
  1. 1 My Angel (3:48)
  2. 2 The Seven Rays (9:29)
  3. 3 Heavy Metal Kids (4:12)
  4. 4 Singring and the Glass Guitar (Utopia Theme) (34:21)
  5. 5 Love Is the Answer (5:13)
  6. 6 Couldn't I Just Tell You (3:45)
  7. 7 Just One Victory (5:50)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Trapped (3:12)
  2. 2 Love in Action (3:36)
  3. 3 Abandon City (5:02)
  4. 4 Love of the Common Man (3:39)
  5. 5 It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference (4:41)
  6. 6 Shot in the Dark (3:28)
  7. 7 The Seven Rays (13:24)
  8. 8 Can We Still Be Friends? (4:32)
  9. 9 Gangrene (3:48)
  10. 10 The Wheel (9:23)
  11. 11 Love Alone (4:23)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Last of the New Wave Riders (5:18)
  2. 2 The Death of Rock 'N' Roll (4:20)
  3. 3 The Verb "To Love" (7:51)
  4. 4 Hiroshima (7:44)
  5. 5 A Dream Goes on Forever (2:34)
  6. 6 Black Maria (5:36)
  7. 7 Eastern Intrigue (5:15)
  8. 8 Initiation (6:56)
  9. 9 Couldn't I Just Tell You (3:34)
  10. 10 Hello It's Me (5:07)
  11. 11 Just One Victory (5:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Utopia Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Composer, Producer
Utopia Composer
Roger Powell Composer
Kasim Sulton Composer
Andy Powell Composer
Andy Jay Powell Composer
John Siegler Composer
Jon Wilcox Composer
Julie Powell Composer
Eric Gardner Executive Producer
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