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Somewhere Anywhere: Unreleased Tracks
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Japanese compilation of 23 unreleased recordings from his commercially successful period in the '70s on Bearsville. All cuts have been remastered using 20 bit K2 technology. Includes six versions of 'Something/ Anything', ... more »
Japanese compilation of 23 unreleased recordings from his commercially successful period in the '70s on Bearsville. All cuts have been remastered using 20 bit K2 technology. Includes six versions of 'Something/ Anything', plus a version of 'It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference', as well as covers of Smokey's 'Ooh Baby Baby' & the Lennon-McCartneytune 'Hold Me Tight', plus four cuts with Utopia, including covers of ? & The Mysterians' '96 Tears' & The Who's 'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere'. 1998 Bearsville release. The full title is 'Somewhere/ Anywhere? Unreleased Tracks'.
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An interesting mix of live and studio work
Greg | Verona, WI USA | 09/14/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is definitely a rarity work with live cuts of Todd and Utopia performing songs written by other artists (i.e., The Who, The Move, and the Beatles!) But there also are some excellent solo versions of Todd ballads and one unreleased studio track that is pretty good! This disc also includes promos for S/A? and a few other miscellaneous things. Until the Rhino Delux Something /Anything comes out (if ever!) this is the closest you'll get to some of his radio program songs performed by him. The Japanese sure know how to re-master. This is 20 bit and sounds great!!"
Somewhere/Anywhere.... I love it!
Stephanie L. DiLorenzo | Corning, NY | 06/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, I found this CD to be a great complement to TR's Something/Anything. I loved the 2000 Live Version of Utopia's "Just One Victory", as did I love Todd's cover of 96 tears. I liked the live songs, the studio songs, and Todd's little comments and bloopers during a few songs. It shows the real artist, and the real talent. There were many tracks that were like a promo... repeating "somewhere... anywhere", just as in TR's Something/Anything, there were tracks that repeated "something" and "anything". Overall, this was a great CD... there aren't enough Todd fans out there, but I'm here to tell you, if you like Todd... or love him, like I do... you'll LOVE Utopia.. or his first band, Nazz. :-D"
Good stuff but not equal to the hefty price tag.
Gareth Davies-Morris | San Diego, CA USA | 07/10/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Not so much a rarities collection (if that means a set of unreleased tracks or demo takes) but rather an alternative to the other live albums out there (Back To The Bars, Redux, etc.). According to the brief liner notes by the mighty Todd, this is all there is as far as rare tracks go, so we should be happy with the selection! The songs are mostly live versions from the Runt tour (1971) through The Road To Utopia tour (1979), with the disc front-loaded by Runt-era takes on Be Nice To Me and Broke Down & Busted, as well as a Utopia mk I version of the Nazz tune Open My Eyes. We also get two studio demos: early versions of It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference (which you might call It Couldn't Have Been More Different!) from Something/Anything, and Where Does The Time Go, eventually from One Long Year. The Amazon ad's a bit deceptive, though; the 6 versions of S/A are actually original vocal performances (for radio promos, I assume) to advertise the album. However, they're not talking spots at all, but cool 'a cappella' snippets that send up (or celebrate, depending on how you look at it) doo-wop, soul, scat, and other styles - all quite authentically, and in 16 seconds each, for the most part.
The quality is excellent, between Todd's always superior production and the crystal-clear Japanese mastering (20-bit blah blah blah). The package has separate liner notes from Todd and co-producer Mark McKenna; the Japanese booklet has English lyrics and a nice chart (also in English) showing musicians, recording dates, and locations. A bonus is the final set of four tracks listed as Sequences 1-4 with no credits or other details, which are almost certainly outtakes from Initiation, being intense, sometimes ambient synth instrumentals in the vein of A Treatise On Cosmic Fire, with Sequence 1 even recalling Shaft Goes To Outer Space (from Todd). All in all, for the Rundgren completist only -- but for such a person, well worth acquiring.