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The repertoire comes from both Rundgren's own catalog (including the majestic "Just One Victory") and Utopia's ("The Wheel," "One World"). And while Todd and the boys (Roger Powell on keyboards, Kasim Sulton on bass, and drummer Willie Wilcox) occasionally indulge their prog-rock tendencies (as on "Caravan," where economy gives away to flashy Rundgren guitar solos and swirling keyboard excursions), the emphasis generally is on solid pop craft. The visual presentation, aside from a few trippy effects added in post-production, is also straight-ahead, while the audio quality is excellent (Rundgren himself, a well-known techno geek, oversaw the 5.1 Surround Sound remastering). All in all, Todd fans will find this package to be, well, a little slice of utopia. --Sam Graham
Todd uses one of Eric Clapton old guitars for this for this show, the painted SG, so the guitar sounds a little compressed. He does break out "ricky" for Love In Action though. After all, it IS Utopia. There's plenty of soaring guitar with Rog's adept synth playing backed by Kaz and Willie. Time Heals and The Wheel though are definitely the show grabbers for me.
How come nobody know who these guys are??
One hopes that we will soon see "An Evening With Utopia" on dvd as it is the longest of the live show on video. The only thing that could improve the discs would be...the directors cuts...you know, the rest of the shows...
This 85-minute documentary, part of a six-segment jazz and blues project funded by a multinational coalition of producers, benefits from a creative visual presentation and a smart selection of performers and interview subjects to explore not only the various regional and chronological styles of the blues itself, but also the music's alternately subtle and striking impact on other styles from swing and rock & roll to jazz itself. The blues' vital odyssey from the Mississippi Delta through the South and on to increasingly distant American cities is traced, as are the varying rural and urban styles of such masters as Son House, Leadbelly, Bessie Smith, Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, and T-Bone Walker. Giving this portrait a broader, rightly inclusive sense of how the blues has threaded through African American culture are performances by nominal jazz and rhythm & blues masters including Count Basie , Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Rushing, and Dinah Washington, among others. Perceptive interview segments with writers including Albert Murray and the late Robert Palmer further illuminate a fertile terrain that has managed to regenerate itself through successive periods of rediscovery. --Sam Sutherland
THE ATOMIC BRAIN is set inside an evil mansion with a mad scientist, an old woman and three young women as servants. There's grave robbing and brain transplanting---lots of fun!!!
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE has a crazed surgeon decapitating his fiance. He keeps her head in his lab trying to find a body for her. A real screamer!!!
CARNIVAL OF SOULS is a creepy film about a woman who survives a car accident and becomes a church organist. She becomes haunted by visions of the dancing dead. Keep your friends close when watching this one!!!
NIGHT TIDE stars Dennis Hopper as a man on leave in California. He loves an orphan girl who works as a mermaid. Look out for creatures that kill when the moon is full. Keep your head covered for this one!!!
Tiffany Collinsville IL
A BUCKET OF BLOOD stars Dick Miller who plays a nobody who gains fame among the beatniks. His realistic sculptures are made by covering dead bodies with clay. Watch out---you may just jump out of your own skin!!!
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS stars Jack Nicholson as a skid row flower shop owner facing a dilemma with a demanding carnivorous plant. Don't get too close to the screen---it might gobble you up!!!
THE TERROR stars Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson. Nicholson plays an officer in Napoleon's army who pursues a mysterious woman. The woman becomes the pawn of a old witch bent of driving a baron to suicide. Creepy atmosphere in a castle with a crypt.
THE WASP WOMAN stars Janet Starlin, the vain, youth-obsessed owner of a cosmetics firm who turns into a man-killing wasp-woman.
With its telepathic poodles, sleep-shopping, a sinister lightning-rod salesman and a farewell episode that turns the whole series inside-out, I would highly recommend this disc and any future episodes of this neat little feast of humorous, colorful, and occasionally touching TV. Those of you who have never seen the show or are only familiar with the US/Canadian revival that was shown on Saturday mornings a few years back should definitely see the original.