4 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1974, after making several seminal albums as a solo multi-instrumentalist, erstwhile Nazz leader Todd Rundgren chose to give group life another go by forming Utopia. Their debut album is a dazzling display of prog rock perfection, dominated by three epic-length suites (plus the comparatively concise "Freedom Fighters"). Marked by long, complex instrumental passages, the record finds Rundgren's guitar sharing the foreground with the band's three keyboardists, creating a richly textured soundscape in the process. The breathtaking closing track, "The Ikon," contains so many different musical twists and turns it could practically be an album in itself.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1974, after making several seminal albums as a solo multi-instrumentalist, erstwhile Nazz leader Todd Rundgren chose to give group life another go by forming Utopia. Their debut album is a dazzling display of prog rock perfection, dominated by three epic-length suites (plus the comparatively concise "Freedom Fighters"). Marked by long, complex instrumental passages, the record finds Rundgren's guitar sharing the foreground with the band's three keyboardists, creating a richly textured soundscape in the process. The breathtaking closing track, "The Ikon," contains so many different musical twists and turns it could practically be an album in itself.

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