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Encore Records Ltd

Various - The Studio Wizardly of Todd Rundgren - CD

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1 CD - UK Import

 Todd Rundgren first came to attention in 1968 as the precociously talented leader of Nazz. Initially he was unsure about his vocal capabilities, but by the time he had gone solo and released his breakthrough third album, "Something/Anything", in 1972, it was clear that he had tonsils to match his prodigious songwriting and musical skills.

He not only wrote, arranged, sang and produced the whole double album but even played all of the instruments on three sides of the release. Rundgren had swiftly built up a reputation as a hot shot fixer after flying to London to rescue Badfinger's "Straight Up" album from its year-long production problems. Even more impressive was when Grossman negotiated a $50,000 fee for Rundgren to produce Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band" album - an unheard of sum in 1973 - which instantly catapulted him to the status of star producer as well.

"The Studio Wizardry of Todd Rundgren" traces the long journey from his early days. Rundgren's restless nature and diverse tastes are reflected in these choices with a wide-ranging mix of music and artists, and naturally he also contributes his own musical and compositional skills to many of the tracks. The productions themselves are selected from across the years 1970 to 1990, with tracks from XTC, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Sparks, Janis Joplin, The Psychedelic Furs, The Pursuit Of Happiness, and many more.