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Performance CreditsUtopia Primary Artist,Group
Todd Rundgren Guitar,Piano,Saxophone,Vocals
Roger Powell Synthesizer,Trumpet,Keyboards,Vocals
Kasim Sulton Bass,Vocals
John Holbrook Narrator
Jon Wilcox Percussion,Drums,Vocals
John "Willie" Wilcox Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Technical CreditsTodd Rundgren Producer
John Holbrook Engineer
Eddy Offord Engineer
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RA based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is the new and improved Utopia, essentially the same band that played on TR's FAITHFUL-- John Siegler departs, enter Kasim Sulton on bass. Sulton, Roger Powell and Willie Wilcox will continue with Todd through eight, count 'em, eight albums. So, I consider RA the debut proper of Utopia. The opening track is promising: ''Communion With the Sun'' has a certain grandeur; ''Magic Dragon Theater'' isn't bad. The rest of Side 1 sags somewhat. ''Hiroshima'' is the other noteworthy here, continuing with the larger-than-life sound... what is it? Arena Rock? ''Singring and the Glass Guitar'' is what kills the album, though. Built around an otherwise decent Rundgren tune, at 18 minutes it is far too long. The only reason for the extended jams is, apparently, to fill up space. That's something this band NEVER had to do on future recordings. The production is murky-- sounds as if it were recorded in the Houston Astrodome. Overall, though, RA is an enjoyable record that points to a long future for this much underrated band.
this album was recorded solely to be performed live in the 70's the stage was a huge pyramid and the showcase song was sing ring & the glass guitar while 18 minutes is too long for a casual listen at home, in concert it was amazing each player had their solos and the band told the electrified fairytale culminating with a guitar made of ice smashed at the end. i saw this tour 4 times and it was ''totally awesome''