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Release Info: TODD RUNDGREN - A Wizard, A True Star
1. International Feel
2. Never Never Land
3. Tic Tic Tic, It Wears Off
4. You Need Your Head
5. Rock & Roll Pussy
6. Dogfight Giggle
7. You Don't Have to Camp Around
9. Zen Archer
10. Just Another Onionhead/Da Da Dali
11. When the Shit Hits The Fan/Sunset Blvd.
12. Le Feel Internacionale
13. Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel
14. Does Anybody Love You?
15. Medley: I'm So Proud/Ooh Baby Baby/La la Means I Love You/Cool Jerk
16. Hungry For Love
17. I Don't Want To Tie You Down
18. Is It My Name?
19. Just One Victory
A Wizard, a True Star is a progressive rock recording by Todd Rundgren, released in 1973.
The album, and especially the first side of the vinyl recording, is an extended medley after the fashion of The Beatles' late recordings; brief songs segue into one another, and the lyrics are frequently humorous or hallucinatory. The first side features a cover version of "Never Never Land" from the Broadway version of Peter Pan; the second side features a much-applauded medley of covers of doo-wop and bubblegum soul hits. Its length (55:56) pushed the limits of just how much music could fit on a long-player record (LP); as a result, the sound quality of this LP is usually less-than-stellar. The compact disc version was thought to avoid these difficulties. The first issue on vinyl (JW - 1 is written in the trail-off), the only pressing made from the original master, has the best fidelity; finding one in near mint condition is not easy.
Arthur Wood made the curious cover painting that is featured on the original recording.
First issues of the vinyl LP included a "band aid" poem written by Patti Smith, a short bio about the album as well as a postcard encouraging purchasers to send their name to be included on a poster in Todd's next album. Re-issues of the vinyl LP did not include any of these extras and the cover was a standard square cover instead of die-cut.
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