Runt + Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren

Runt + Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren

by Todd Rundgren


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Runt + Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2011
Label: Edsel Records Uk
UPC: 0740155212131
catalogNumber: 5521213

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   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
Carl Fisher   Cover Photo
Bob Cato   Layout
Bob Zoell   Back Cover Photo
Tom Hanley   Cover Photo
Bruce Laurance   Cover Photo
Jools Williamson   Packaging
Jim Lowe   Engineer

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