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Once in a while we come across a full length video (DVD or Blu ray these days) that could possibly fit along with the record review section but stands on its own. Because of this we tend to highlight these on their own as something you may want to watch and listen to This entry is] definitely one of those (and I'm speaking as someone who witnessed one of the dates firsthand). While it is streamable on a certain online video app (in this case [at the time of the print issue publication] Night Flight Plus), the fact there's a physical format means we'll review it as such. So here's our summer viewing music related pick of the issue.
Enjoy, Boone

TODD RUNDGREN'S UTOPIA - Live at the Chicago Theater double CD/DVD/Blu ray

Probably one of the biggest surprises of the last year was this tour so it's probably natural that it would get documented. This double CD focuses on the Chicago stop of the reunion tour (after 32 years) of most of Utopia's classic lineup with a set overlooking the band's wide ranging sound and career path from their progressive rock epic beginnings to the collective power pop influenced by new wave and 60s rock they wound up as. Disc one tackles the 70s era of the band with longer prog rock songs full of solos then sharpening into tighter songs along the way. Disc two is Utopia in its power pop headspace, dishing out short tight songs with glee and abandon, including their sole top 40 hit ("Set Me Free") before climaxing with the song whose cover became a hit ("Love is the Answer") and Todd Rundgren's almost signature song these days "Just One Victory." You can even see how things happen via the included DVD and Blu Ray discs in this edition (use whichever you prefer and/or have access to a player for) so those of us who went can relive the tour and those who couldn't make it get to see what occurred.

While those who really want the vinyl can check out the double album (comprised of the songs from the first set), those interested in how the entire concert came across would do well to hear (or even see) this and decide for themselves. Given that Todd Rundgren is notorious for knowing what his fans want (often his classic rock hits to relive their youth) and doing something totally
different it's both bizarre and cool that this reunion happened, in the process providing them at least some of what they've wanted over the decades. (BOONE)
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