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A Wizard, a True Star (1973)

Todd Rundgren
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Pop rock, Power pop, Art rock, Progressive rock

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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 medley of covers of R&B hits. The album's length (55:56) pushed the limits of how much music could fit on a long-playing record; as a result, the sound quality is a little lower in comparison. Acknowledging that on the album's inner sleeve, which was packed with his handwritten notes, Rundgren advised listeners to turn up the volume on their speakers, being that each side of the record is about 6 or 7 minutes longer than standard records. The compact disc version was thought to avoid these difficulties. The first issue on vinyl (identifiable by the notation "STERLING RL" 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.
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Tracks

2:50 International Feel
1:34 Never Never Land
1:14 Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off
1:02 You Need Your Head
1:08 Rock and Roll Pussy
1:05 Dogfight Giggle
1:03 You Don't Have to Camp Around
2:34 Flamingo
5:35 Zen Archer
2:23 Just Another Onionhead / Dada Dali
4:02 When the Shit Hits the Fan / Sunset Blvd.
1:46 Le Feel InternacionĂ¡le
4:15 Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel
1:31 Does Anybody Love You?
10:34 Medley: I'm So Proud / Ooh Baby Baby / La La Means I Love You / Cool Jerk
2:18 Hungry For Love
1:56 I Don't Want to Tie You Down
4:01 Is it My Name?
4:59 Just One Victory
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