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Todd Rundgren to release vinyl live version of A Wizard, A True Star!

Todd Rundgren
(Image credit: Cleopatra Records)

Todd Rundgren is to release a live recording of his 1973 classic album A Wizard, True Star!. The new version will be released on rainbow swirl coloured vinyl through Cleopatra Records on March 5.

The new live version  A Wizard, A True Star... Live! was recorded 2009 in Akron Ohio. The special concert was orriginally released on crystal clear DVD and CD last year and now has been pressed on deluxe rainbow swirl vinyl (which you can see below) and comes in a gorgeous gatefold jacket featuring images from Todd Rundgren’s truly epic multi-media concert event - a front-to-back recreation of A Wizard, A True Star!.

Released in 1973, A Wizard, A True Star! was Rundgren's fourth solo album. Produced, engineered, and almost entirely performed by Rundgren, he envisioned the record as a hallucinogenic-inspired "flight plan" with all the tracks segueing seamlessly into each other.

The album, which mixes prog, psychedelia, bubblegum pop, show tunes and soul music, highlighted a move towards proggier music from Rundgren who was growing increasingly influenced by the likes of Zappa, Yes and the prog fusion of Mahavishnu Orchestra. He would form his progressive rock side project Utopia the same year.

Get A Wizard, A True Star... Live!.

Todd Rundgren

(Image credit: Cleopatra Records)

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star... Live!

LP1 SIDE A
1. International Feel
2. Never Never Land
3. Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off 
4. You Need Your Head 
5. Rock and Roll Pussy 
6. Dogfight Giggle 
7. You Don't Have To Camp Around
8. Flamingo 

LP1 SIDE B
1. Zen Archer 
2. Just Another Onionhead-Da Da Dali 
3. Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel
4. Does Anybody Love You

LP2 SIDE A
1. Medley: I'm So Proud/Ooo Baby Baby/La La Means I Love You/Cool Jerk
2. Hungry for Love
3. I Don't Want to Tie You Down

LP2 SIDE B
1. Is It My Name
2. When the Shit Hits the Fan/Sunset Blvd
3. Le Feel Internacionale 
4. Just One Victory 

CD

1. International Feel
2. Never Never Land
3. Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off
4. You Need Your Head
5. Rock And Roll Pussy
6. Dogfight Giggle
7. You Don't Have To Camp Around
8. Flamingo
9. Zen Archer
10. Just Another Onionhead - Da Da Dali
11. Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel
12. Does Anybody Love You?
13. Medley: I'm So Proud, Ooh Baby Baby
14. Medley: La La Means I Love You, Cool Jerk
15. Hungry For Love
16. I Don't Want To Tie You Down
17. Is It My Name?
18. When The Shit Hits The Fan - Sunset Blvd
19. Le Feel Internacionale
20. Just One Victory

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.