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Runt + Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of all of Edsel's 2011 Todd Rundgren reissues, their double-disc set of Runt and The Ballad of Todd Rundgren has the most enticing bonus material. Ballad is expanded by four live tracks -- "Broke Down and Busted" live from Carnegie Hall in 1972, then "Believe in Me," "Be Nice to Me," and "Hold Me Tight" from a live broadcast in June 1971 -- but the real news is the first reissue of a scrapped alternate version of Runt that briefly appeared in 1970. This version contains significantly different, not necessarily better, mixes of "Believe in Me," "We Gotta Get You a Woman," "Devil's Bite," and "Birthday Carol," a version of "Broke Down and Busted" with "There Are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of all of Edsel's 2011 Todd Rundgren reissues, their double-disc set of Runt and The Ballad of Todd Rundgren has the most enticing bonus material. Ballad is expanded by four live tracks -- "Broke Down and Busted" live from Carnegie Hall in 1972, then "Believe in Me," "Be Nice to Me," and "Hold Me Tight" from a live broadcast in June 1971 -- but the real news is the first reissue of a scrapped alternate version of Runt that briefly appeared in 1970. This version contains significantly different, not necessarily better, mixes of "Believe in Me," "We Gotta Get You a Woman," "Devil's Bite," and "Birthday Carol," a version of "Broke Down and Busted" with "There Are No Words" used as an introduction, a full-length version of "Baby Let's Swing," an early version of "Hope I'm Around" that's considerably more forceful than what wound up on Ballad, and, finally, the abandoned "Say No More." While nothing here eclipses what was on the finished Runt -- all the finished mixes are better than the ones here -- it's nevertheless necessary for Todd fanatics, particularly for the slightly awkward "Hope I'm Around," the extended "Baby Let's Swing," and "Say No More," even if it's easy to see why the latter was cut from Runt.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2011
  • Label: Edsel Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155212131
  • Catalog Number: 5521213
  • Sales rank: 34,993

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Todd Rundgren Primary Artist, Vocals
Rick Danko Bass
Don Ferris Bass
John Guerin Drums
Levon Helm Drums
Hunt Sales Percussion, Conga, Drums
Tony Sales Bass, Percussion, Conga, Tambourine, Vibraslap, 8-string Bass
Jerry Scheff Bass
Don Lee VanWinkle Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
N.D. Smart II Drums, Maracas, Timbales
Bobby Moses Drums
John Miller Bass
Mickey Brook Drums
Mark Klingman Electric Piano
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Todd Rundgren Arranger, Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Jack Adams Engineer
Aaron Baron Engineer
Milton Glaser Cover Design
Mark McKenna Engineer
Paul Myers Liner Notes
James Lowe Engineer
Peter Rynston Mastering
Carl Fisher Cover Photo
Bob Cato Layout
Bob Zoell Back Cover Photo
Tom Hanley Cover Photo
Bruce Laurance Cover Photo
Jools Williamson Packaging
Hiro Takigauchi Mastering
Jim Lowe Engineer
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