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Faithful

Todd Rundgren

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Todd Rundgren considered 1966 the beginning of his professional musical career, largely because the Nazz formed around that time. As a celebration, he recorded Faithful. Presumably, Faithful celebrates the past and the future by juxtaposing a side of original pop material with a side of covers. Actually, "covers" isn't accurate -- the six oldies that comprise the entirety of side one are re-creations, with Rundgren "faithfully" replicating the sound and feel of the Yardbirds ("Happenings Ten Years Time Ago"), Bob Dylan ("Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine"), Jimi Hendrix ("If Six Was Nine"), the Beach Boys ("Good Vibrations") and the Beatles "("Rain," "Strawberry Fields Forever"). All of this is entertaining, to a certain extent, especially since it's remarkable how close Rundgren comes to duplicating the very feel of the originals. Still, it's hard to see it as much more than a flamboyant throwaway, especially when compared with the glorious second side. For the first time since Something/Anything?, Rundgren allows himself to write and -- more importantly -- record straight-ahead pop songs. Certainly, A Wizard, A True Star, Todd and Initiation had their share of great songs, but they weren't delivered as pop songs; they were telegraphed as art. Here, Rundgren delivers pop and rock songs with ease, letting the melodies glide to the forefront. There are embellishments, of course, but the end result is a lushness that's apparent even on the hard rockers. If Rundgren had made all of Faithful originals, it would have been a pure pop masterpiece. As it stands, it's essential for the faithful -- not only for hardcore Toddheads, but for devoted pop fans as well.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
00:03:12

James McCarty, Writer - Jeff Beck, Writer - Todd Rundgren, Vocals, MainArtist - Jimmy Page, Writer - KEITH RELF, Writer

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

2
Good Vibrations
00:03:43

LOVE, Writer - Wilson, Writer - Brian Wilson, Writer - Mike Love, Writer - Todd Rundgren, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

3
Rain
00:03:17

John Lennon, Writer - Paul Mccartney, Writer - Todd Rundgren, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

4
Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
00:03:26

Bob Dylan, Writer - Todd Rundgren, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

5
If 6 Was 9
00:04:55

Jimi Hendrix, Writer - Todd Rundgren, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

6
Strawberry Fields Forever
00:03:52

John Lennon, Writer - Paul Mccartney, Writer - Todd Rundgren, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

7
Black and White
00:04:43

Todd Rundgren, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

8
Love of the Common Man
00:03:36

Todd Rundgren, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

9
When I Pray
00:02:58

Todd Rundgren, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

10
Cliché
00:04:01

Todd Rundgren, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

11
The Verb "To Love"
00:07:24

Todd Rundgren, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

12
Boogies (Hamburger Hell)
00:05:05

Todd Rundgren, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 1976 Bearsville Records ℗ 1976 Bearsville Records

Album Description

Todd Rundgren considered 1966 the beginning of his professional musical career, largely because the Nazz formed around that time. As a celebration, he recorded Faithful. Presumably, Faithful celebrates the past and the future by juxtaposing a side of original pop material with a side of covers. Actually, "covers" isn't accurate -- the six oldies that comprise the entirety of side one are re-creations, with Rundgren "faithfully" replicating the sound and feel of the Yardbirds ("Happenings Ten Years Time Ago"), Bob Dylan ("Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine"), Jimi Hendrix ("If Six Was Nine"), the Beach Boys ("Good Vibrations") and the Beatles "("Rain," "Strawberry Fields Forever"). All of this is entertaining, to a certain extent, especially since it's remarkable how close Rundgren comes to duplicating the very feel of the originals. Still, it's hard to see it as much more than a flamboyant throwaway, especially when compared with the glorious second side. For the first time since Something/Anything?, Rundgren allows himself to write and -- more importantly -- record straight-ahead pop songs. Certainly, A Wizard, A True Star, Todd and Initiation had their share of great songs, but they weren't delivered as pop songs; they were telegraphed as art. Here, Rundgren delivers pop and rock songs with ease, letting the melodies glide to the forefront. There are embellishments, of course, but the end result is a lushness that's apparent even on the hard rockers. If Rundgren had made all of Faithful originals, it would have been a pure pop masterpiece. As it stands, it's essential for the faithful -- not only for hardcore Toddheads, but for devoted pop fans as well.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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