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Something/Anything? (1972) - Todd Rundgren


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Todd Rundgren

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Disc One:
I Saw The LightLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 2:59
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville. Todd Rundgren: "If there's a single on this album, this is it, so I put it first like at Mowtown. Dedicated to Paul Fishkin, the man with the 45RPM ears (but still no woman)"
It Wouldn't Have Made Any DifferenceLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:51
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
Wolfman JackLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 2:55
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
Cold Morning LightLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:35
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
It Takes Two To Tango (This Is For The Girls)Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 2:43
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
Sweeter MemoriesLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:32
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
Intro
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 1:10
BreathlessInstrumental
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:15
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Mixing was done at Bearsville.
The Night The Carousel Burnt DownLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 4:32
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
Saving GraceLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 4:11
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
MarleneLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:55
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
Song Of The VikingLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 2:37
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
I Went To The MirrorLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 4:06
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
Disc Two:
Black MariaLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 5:18
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
One More Day (No Word)Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:54
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
Couldn't I Just Tell YouLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:56
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
Torch SongLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 2:51
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville.
Little Red LightsLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 4:51
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Most vocals recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. The remaining vocals and mixing was done at Bearsville. Instrumental break in 3 movements: 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear. A terrific chase ensues, resulting in many new highway statistics and ultimately, the realization of the desire expressed in the chorus. RIP
Money (That's What I Want)
  Date Performance: 1966
  Comments: Part 1 of track titled: "Overture - My Roots". Total running time of track is 2:30 By Money. Randy Read was the owner of the equipment. Collie is Randy's brother. Some guy named Stockman plays the strange rhythms.
Messin' With The Kid
  Date Performance: 1966
  Comments: Part 2 of track titled: "Overture - My Roots". Total running time of track is 2:30 By Woody's Truck Stop. Performed at the Artists Hut in Philadelphia, late '66. Todd says "The personnel changed so many time that I don't remember who played"
Dust In The WindLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:46
  Comments: Recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. Scene 1 - The back room at Max's Kansas City All around are barely familiar faces, each with the same look of despair. At the back corner table under a hideous red fluorescent light sculpture sits our hero. A salad is set before him and he begins to sing and sob into it. As the last strains of the song die away, everyone leaves our hero alone to despair his miserable life of struggling for stardom. Enter a covey of N.Y.C. rock critics. They are despairing the low ebb in popular opinion toward rock critics. Every night they meet to tell stories about high school (what else). Our hero (in disgust): "It doesn't have to be perfect as long as it's...you know...if it's stupid enough, it's cool." Richard Meltzer (played by Amos Garret): "Ah, my meat!"
Piss AaronLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:28
  Comments: Recorded at Bearsville Sound. Scene 2 - The next day. Our hero is doing a demo for a record company of dubious competence. When he arrives at the studio, he becomes taken with one of the background singers, so much so that he has trouble counting the song in. It is a tune from his past.
Hello It's MeLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 4:41
  Comments: Recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. He gets a little nervous on the second middle-8, but regains his cookies and chalks up another above average performance. The kid waxes funky for the fadeout. There are many people now in the studio, dancing and gyrating in a hypnotic manner. But when the song is over, he finds that the girl is gone. Again he is alone, meandering around the giant studio complex (which has been operating at a loss for seven months). He passes an open door where a bunch of 'hepcapts' (studio musicians) are doing a date. He is recognized. Serge: "There goes Todd" O.H. "Yipes!" They decide to 'jam' The kid waxes jive and breaks into a message song a la New Tempts (not to demean anyone's sincere intentions, including mine).
Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than MeLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:57
  Comments: Recorded at Bearsville Sound. Scene 3 - Three weeks later. Our hero is back in the studio, this time under contract (one week with 900 three day options). The company's new president is a young hot shot hoping to up the corporate image. At the urging of the AMA, he has convinced the kid to write a public service kind of message song to hip people to the dangers of V.D. The kid has had other things on his mind, however, particularly the cute little background singer. She is there today to sing, and he is there to sing to her. She confesses a love for him. O.H. "Love is infectious..." The B.G. Singer: "I'm falling in love with the singer." The Producer: "That was the take!"
You Left Me SoreLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:43
  Comments: Recorded at The Record Plant, N.Y. In the final chorus, the kid's voice cracks and he is a laughing stock. He has obviously lost the girl forever. Scene 4 - The Whiskey a GoGo, L.A. Our hero is slumped in a chair in the corner of the dressing room, hald conscious. Mario, the manager, splashes a Coke in his face to revive him. O.H. "The sugar in that water was enough to revitalize me and that Coke syrup there that was in that glass and the saccharine.... Mario (snapping him out of it): "Todd, there's that nation of fans you can't let down." O.H. "Oh I'm sorry fans. I balked for a moment, but I'll play all night if you want me to." He babbles meaninglessly as he is led to the stage. He breaks into a song of everyday degeneracy in the pop world.
SlutLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:35
  Comments: Recorded at I.D. Sound, Los Angeles. Our hero has sung his heart out. His throat is ripped to shreds. As the last chords die, the merciless silence bears witness to the fact that everyone in the audience has split. Our hero sighs and drops dead on the spot. O.H. "Whew" The End
    Guest Appearances »

Brook Baxes, Mike/Michael Brecker, Randy/Randal Brecker, Anthony Carrubba, Jim Col(e)grove, Dennis Cooley, Richard Corey, Rick Derringer, (Brother) Gene Dinwiddie, Henry Fanton, Amos Garret(t), Jim/James R. Horn, Serge Katzen, Ben Keith, Jackie (John Joseph) Kelso(n)(, Jr.), Mark (Moogy) Klingman, Robbie Kogel, Bugsy (Charles J.) Maugh, Money, Billy Mundi, Cecilia/Cecelia Norfleet, Eddie/Edward James Olmos, Collie Read, Randy Read, Randy Read, Collie Read, Barry Ro(d)gers, Vicki Sue Robinson, Hope Ruff, Todd Rundgren, Todd Rundgren, Hunt Sales, Tony Sales, Charlie Schoning, John Siegler, John T. Siomos, Rick Valenti/Valente, Rick Valenti/Valente, Rick Vito, Ralph Wash, Stu Woods, Woody's Truck Stop

    Released »

1972-02

    Format »

Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Janie Bradford (Songwriter), Berry Gordy, Jr. (Songwriter), Mark (Moogy) Klingman (Songwriter), Mel London (Songwriter), Todd Rundgren (Songwriter), Dan Turbeville (Vocals Recorded By), Todd Rundgren (Produced By), Nick Jameson (Engineered By), Dan Turbeville (Engineered By), Todd Rundgren (Arranged By), Bill Inglot (Digital Remastering By), Maria Berry (CD Repackaging By), Don Brown (CD Repackaging By), James Lowe (Engineering By), James Lowe (Back Cover Photo By), Todd Rundgren (Back Cover Photo By), Joe Travis Clapper (Insert Photos By), Granny Takes A Trip (Duds By), John Lee (Occasional Engineering Assist By), Todd Rundgren (Album Package Concepts By), Les Underhill (Front Cover Photo By)

    Record Label »
Bearsville Records/Rhino Records

    Catalogue Number »

2 BX 2066 (US LP) 85503 (France LP) 8122-71107-2 (US/UK Rhino CD Reissue) 8122-71107-4 (US/UK Rhino Cassette Reissue)

    Running Time »

86:57

    Liner Notes »

Part 1 - A Bouquet Of Ear Catching Melodies, consists of "I Saw The Light", "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference", "Wolfman Jack", "Cold Morning Light", "It Takes Two To Tango (This Is For The Girls)" & "Sweeter Memories"

Part 2 consists of "Intro", "Breathless", "The Night The Carousel Burnt Down", "Saving Grace", "Marlene", "Song Of The Viking" & "I Went To The Mirror". This is the cerebral side. In fact the last song is so cerebral it's almost embarrasing

Part 3 - The Kid Gets Heavy, consists of "Black Maria", "One More Day (No Word)", "Couldn't I Just Tell You", "Torch Song" & "Little Red Lights".

Part 4 consists of "Overture - My Roots", "Dust In The Wind", "Piss Aaron", "Hello It's Me", "Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me", "You Left Me Sore" & "Slut". ?My original idea for this side was a series of songs with sing along choruses. All the songs were performed live and there were no over-dubs. The people that showed up were the people who sang and played, meaning that anyone who happened to be in the studio or in the neighborhood and didn't have anything better to do came in to play. Everybody, including me, learned the songs immediately prior to recording them, so most of it is spontaneous to a degree. Anyway, I decided it would scan better if I drafted it into a sort of operetta, that kind of thing being very popular nowadays.

Randy Brecker, Mike Brecker, Barry Rodgers and Rick Derringer appear through the courtesy of Columbia Records

US CD Reissue Notes:

Digital Remastering at K-Disc

Issued under license from Bearsville Records
P.O. Box 135
Bearsville, NY 12409

Manufactured and marketed by Rhino Records

(P) & (C) 1972 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

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P.O. Box 867
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Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public-performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited!

Made in USA

Compact Disc Digital Audio

AAD

UK CD Reissue Notes:

Made in Germany by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe

LC 2982

CA 855

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Best place to hear what Todd Rundgren is all about
Review written by John Fitzgerald, May 27th, 2005

I fully admit that I'm not big on Todd Rundgren but I do respect that the studio wizardry and mix of soulful ballads and bubblegum rockers is what he mainly stands for and I don't think many would doubt that "Something/Anything" is the best place to go in order to find out what Rundgren is all about. It is a rare occasion when Rundgren works with others in the studio (as he usually plays all of the instruments himself on his records and he does do that on the first three sides of this album) but he got some other players together to join him for "live in the studio" tracks that take up much of side 4 of this 2 record set, Rick Vito was one of these players and he's listed as playing guitar on the album's last track, the screaming gruff strutting rocker "Slut" on which I think Rick's guitar can be heard best on the song's main intro phrase licks in a slidy fashion. Side 4 starts with "Overture - My roots: Money (Thats what I want)/Messin' with the kid" which is a lo-fi tape recording of some of Todd's early (and I mean, EARLY bands, pre Nazz were talking here, probably from his school days) starting typically thin with the school dance sounding run through of the R&B classic M(TWIW) and then, on beat, in kicks a growly metalic MWTK which is slightly better on sound quality but not by much. The live in the studio tracks then kick in with "Dust in the wind" which is a horn led busy vocals ballad followed by "Piss Aaron", a New Orleans flavored novelty. Then we get the bright heartfelt top 5 hit "Hello it's me". The echoy sax led rocker "Some folks is even whiter than me" comes next and "You left me sore" is shuffling bouncy pop. As for the rest, side 1 kicks off with the underrated piano chunking top 20 hit "I saw the light" which is followed by the Bread-ish type ballad "It wouldn't have made any difference", the clapping rocker "Wolfman Jack", the mid tempo chirper "Cold morning light", the up-ish jingler "It takes two to tango (This is for the girls)" and the slow melter "Sweeter memories". Side 2 starts with an entertaining one minute spoken piece labeled "Intro" in which Todd teaches us where to spot studio "errors" notably hiss, hum, bad editing and "punch outs" in analog tapes. The rest of side 2 is "Breathless" (which is a tropical sounding instrumental), "The night the carousel burnt down" (a lightweight bouncer), "Saving grace" (a whimsical medium paced skipper), "Marlene" (a plinking slow-ish ballad), "Song of the Viking" (up beat pep) and "I went to the mirror" (a piano mumbling dragger). Side 3 starts with a punchy rocker called "Black Maria" and though good, it's not the flame out rocker that it's often spoken about being. "One more day (No word)" is a chirpy strummer, "Couldn't I just tell you" is a classic rock FM radio staple with a bright bubblegum shouting style. "Torch song" is a piano led moaner and "Little red lights" is the heaviest rocker here with Hendrix like scratching guitar scrapes. Though my personal tastes find this album spotty, the better moments are nice listens and who knows, this album may inspire you to investigate Rundgren's work further.

    Last Modified »
2011-04-12
    Tracklisting »
Discography entry submitted by Jeff Kenney.