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Todd Rundgren - Faithful (Click here to listen on Spotify)

Here’s a mid-70’s release from Todd where on the A-side he attempts to somewhat “faithfully” reproduce 6 of his favorite songs from Hendrix, Dylan, the Beach Boys and others, and on the B-side he presents 6 of his own new tracks (a few of which are now considered Rundgren classics).

Todd always has and still tends to confound his fans and the critics by pretty much doing whatever he feels like at any given time. Critics seemed to like the B-side but couldn’t understand why the A-side was all covers that seemed to have no collective theme. Todd had supposedly approached these covers in the way a classical conductor might approach a symphonic piece: something known to the audience that had been performed many times before and figuring how to interpret the piece without changing it. Enjoy!

by Bruce Wheeler