TODD RUNDGREN Singles (1990)

Singles (1990)
38 A’s & B’s – Japanese Only

An imported collection, 19 Todd Rundgren singles, both A & B-sides, from 1972 to 1983. Leave it to the Japanese to make you want something before even you knew you wanted it. Naturally, this 2CD set contains some of Todd’s best work, along with a handful of obscurities for the faithful. Not to mention two different versions of “Wolfman Jack,” which had the distinction of being a 1972 B-side and a 1974 A-side. The latter, featuring the Wolfman himself, released at about the same time as The Guess Who’s Jack-endowed top ten hit, “Clap For The Wolfman.” Which came out first, I don’t know. This set also contains one of my personal all time favorite songs (by anybody), “Couldn’t I Just Tell You.” The cover states that it’s remastered… in 1990. So that doesn’t mean much. If you’re shopping at Amazon (HERE), demand the 50 page Japanese-English lyric book.

ONE
We Gotta Get You A Woman (3:09)
Baby Let’s Swing/The Last Thing You Said/Don’t Tie My Hands (5:29)
Be Nice To Me (3:26)
Broke Down & Busted (4:35)
A Long Time, A Long Way To Go (2:15)
Parole (4:20)
I Saw The Light (3:01)
Marlene (3:56)
Couldn’t I Just Tell You (3:21)
Wolfman Jack (2:54)
Hello It’s Me (4:16)
Cold Morning Light (3:37)
Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel (4:18)
Does Anybody Love You? (1:34)
A Dream Goes On Forever (2:24)
Heavy Metal Kids (4:16)
Wolfman Jack (2:49)
Breathless (3:17)
Real Man (4:27)
Prana (4:24)

TWO
Good Vibrations (3:45)
When I Pray (2:58)
Love Of The Common Man (3:37)
Black And White (4:44)
Can We Still Be Friends (3:37)
Determination (3:13)
You Cried Wolf (2:33)
Onomatopoeia (1:37)
It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference (3:51)
Don’t You Ever Learn? (6:06)
Time Heals (3:34)
Tiny Demons (3:11)
Compassion (4:46)
Pulse (3:10)
Bang The Drum All Day (3:37)
Chant (4:26)
Hideaway (5:00)
Emperor Of The Highway (1:41)

29 Comments

  • 1
    Reggie
    April 13, 2010 - 11:54 | Permalink

    Very nice. Thank you.

    Reg

  • 2
    John Medd
    April 13, 2010 - 13:32 | Permalink

    I loved his With A Twist album where he gave most of these singles a Bossa treatment. Sublime.

  • 3
    Mona
    April 13, 2010 - 13:55 | Permalink

    2Capt.W/
    Indeed very, very nice. Thank you! I also just discovered that you had that very wonderful Yo! Miles @ The Fillmore set. Not sure how I missed that as I thought that I had grabbed all of the Kaiser stuff from you. Not complaining…was a joy to hear!
    Regards/

  • 4
    Anonymous
    April 13, 2010 - 14:40 | Permalink

    Great stuff – thanks!

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    April 13, 2010 - 11:35 | Permalink

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  • 6
    tomatodon
    April 13, 2010 - 23:01 | Permalink

    wonderful….thanks.

  • 7
    Miles
    April 14, 2010 - 00:52 | Permalink

    My goodness! You're on roll with some delightful shares. First Patti Smith, then Cheap Trick, McCartney and The Firemen, and TR. Although I've already had this TR material in my collection for deacades, I somehow can't resist hearing them again in this singles collection. I may have substitute something else for 'Bang The Drum All Day' however, I've heard it one too many times. I actullay believe it's currently being utilized on a TV commercial, which in my aesthetic realm is always the kiss of death. But outside of 'Hello, It's Me, it's probably his best known song. Pity.

  • 8
    Capt. Willard
    April 14, 2010 - 01:27 | Permalink

    More or less my thoughts, Miles. I prefer the full albums from the early 70s, myself, but a singles collection is a nice idea that's worth hearing or having.

  • 9
    Anonymous
    April 14, 2010 - 03:06 | Permalink

    You're spot on, Capt. I didn't know I needed this! Much obliged again …

  • 10
    Art Ducko
    April 14, 2010 - 09:36 | Permalink

    Thanks again, Cap. You're too good to us. Any Nazz compilations in the vault?

  • 11
    Art Ducko
    April 14, 2010 - 10:00 | Permalink

    And you're right, "Couldn't I Just Tell You" is one of those gorgeous tunes (and he had plenty), that Todd just seemed to come up with at will, but isn't "I Saw The Light" the most perfect song to start an album with? With a roll of those drums & keyboards kicking in, this just let you know what pop perfection was in the early seventies.

  • 12
    Festoonic
    April 14, 2010 - 13:18 | Permalink

    That Philly thing. Couldn't be lovelier — and even Bang On The Drum sounds good. Thank you!

  • 13
    Eric
    April 14, 2010 - 20:11 | Permalink

    Thanks!! Check his visit to Daryl Hall's web show…very entertaining

  • 14
    jackie p
    April 17, 2010 - 18:52 | Permalink

    Thanks so much!

  • 15
    max1major
    April 17, 2010 - 19:57 | Permalink

    thanks for the share. TR rocks.

  • 16
    Anonymous
    April 18, 2010 - 00:47 | Permalink

    Todd's Wolfman Jack was from '72, The Guess Who's Clap For The Wolfman was '74. Heard any of Todd's Robert Johnson covers yet, I like 'em! Thanks, boboquisp

  • 17
    Capt. Willard
    April 18, 2010 - 01:15 | Permalink

    As mentioned in the text, Todd re-released the song WITH Wolfman Jack on it, in 1974. His 1972 version didn't feature WJ. I was wondering which record featuring the voice of Wolfman Jack came out first.

  • 18
    drfeelgoed
    April 22, 2010 - 09:24 | Permalink

    Thanks again, great opportunity to improve my musical knowledge of Todd!

  • 19
    Anonymous
    April 23, 2010 - 10:50 | Permalink

    Bang On The Drum is about maturbation right!?

  • 20
    January 18, 2012 - 13:28 | Permalink

    I must have missed this one the first time around. Glad to have found it before it was too late.

    Thanks for sharing Willard

    T

  • 21
    Duncanmusic
    January 18, 2012 - 20:16 | Permalink

    Just for Parole & Real Man. I’m good. Thanks.

  • 22
    Winking Tiger
    January 18, 2012 - 21:42 | Permalink

    I just wanted to say I agree with Willard’s comments concerning ‘Couldn’t I Just Tell You.” This song contains not one, but two great rock ‘n’ roll moments. First is where Todd’s voice cracks during the line ‘I’m not a coward if that’s what you believe,’ and the second is when everything stops for the ‘Overdubbed Guitar Army Break.’ Sometimes, it’s hard to believe such records were made by an actual human being and not some super-evolved alien person…

  • 23
    Willard
    January 18, 2012 - 22:45 | Permalink

    I’m a disciple of A Wizard A True Star, so I happen to subscribe to the super-evolved alien person theory. Met him once before a show at a club. He was playing a stand up video game (some shoot em up), and reluctantly answered a few dumb fan questions while he played. Never once looked at me, though. He was playing a political benefit, performing onstage with Pat Travers and Ian Hunter.

  • 24
    January 20, 2012 - 23:16 | Permalink

    I’ve enjoyed this collection since you first posted it. I think it’s a good place to start for those who have never heard Todd. The set also points out the obvious dumbing down anthologies that are foisted on the US public as opposed to the more eclectic Japanese releases. It ain’t right!

  • 25
    Newman
    March 12, 2013 - 16:19 | Permalink

    Willard,
    I’m not sure if you will read this or not but I have a suggestion for a Bonus Tracks set. Yep, you guessed it… Todd Rundgren. Those Edsel reissues full of stuff! Just a thought. Thanks for all you do.

    Love
    Newman

    • 26
      Willard
      March 12, 2013 - 22:25 | Permalink

      It’s a good idea.. but I don’t have ‘em.

  • 27
    zappahead
    July 13, 2013 - 12:07 | Permalink

    First time I got into Todd was when he had a spat with John Lennon on the letters page of Sounds…or was it Melody Maker?…and I thought he gave as good as he got …then I listened to Wizard a true star…..which blew my mind…..so….to hear a singles collection from him is something nice to look forward to….thanks Willard for the share…some classics on here and like all your musical choices…..another winner…..thanks a million.

  • 29
    May 11, 2014 - 22:16 | Permalink

    That’s a really nice collection, actually. I was such a Todd fanatic at one time and love his songs, solo albums, and guitar playing more than his Utopian excess (though I dug some of that as well at the time, and saw them in Central Park from where the first LP was recorded – I think; I have almost no physical copies of anything anymore). At any rate, I didn’t know of this and even the wife will enjoy it. Thanks again.

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