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3.53 | 16 ratings | 4 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fix Your Gaze (4:23)
2. Zen Machine (4:42)
3. Trapped (3:10)
4. Princess Of The Universe (3:28)
5. Abandon City (4:55)
6. Hammer In My Heart (4:30)
7. Swing To The Right (4:57)
8. The Ikon (4:38)
9. Hiroshima (7:24)
10. Back On The Street (4:28)
11. Only Human (6:20)
12. Love In Action (3:42)
13. Caravan (7:56)
14. Last Of The New Wave Riders (5:28)
15. One World (3:27)

Total Time: 71:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Todd Rundgren / vocals, guitar
- Kasim Sulton / vocals, bass guitar
- Roger Powell / vocals, keyboards
- Willie Wilcox / vocals, drums

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Rhino Records

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UTOPIA Redux '92 Live In Japan ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
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UTOPIA Redux '92 Live In Japan reviews

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Review by daveconn
3 stars As I thumb through my record collection, it occurs to me that Japan is like the Love Boat of live venues. Or perhaps it's a pop culture doppler effect, a land that time forgot where American-darlings-turned-doyens can still play king for a day. It may even be some sort of cosmic payback for Pink Lady. Anyway, so it was that UTOPIA found themselves in the land of the rising sun, where the '80s reign eternal, very much alive in Japan. And for two weeks in 1993, it was 1986 all over again. Maybe the talking dog with the bowtie was behind the whole thing, and maybe it's just that UTOPIA never really died in spirit. The band had kept busy, their affection for the material apparently never waned, and (in crossing the Pacific) found the water necessary to reconstitute UTOPIA. If you're worried that the new UTOPIA sounds stale, relax ducks. TODD, ROGER, WILLIE and KAS charge through the material with just as much energy as you remember: "Trapped", "Princess of the Universe", "The Ikon", "Love In Action", "One World." And, most of the time, they nail it. Despite a little tinkering with tracks like "Caravan", "Redux '92" generally sticks to the blueprints. Perfectionist that he is, TODD works hard to capture the exact sound of the originals, and the result is a live record that feels like the work of a young band touring as if their livelihood depended on it (and not a dormant band dusting off the oldies for a few bucks). It's an effort the faithful will appreciate, and even those visiting UTOPIA for the first time may find this a suitable sampler. More impressive, in a rare case of restraint, not one TODD RUNDGREN solo track slips into the proceedings. What does slip in, and I suppose it would have been conspicuously absent otherwise, is "Hiroshima". It's a dicey move, delivered here like a lead balloon, which the audience receives graciously and (thankfully) adds a touch of levity to at the end. Without testing the tensile strength of our rights to free speech, I do believe that part of the USA's lack of credibility among foreign nations is our selective memory. Never forget the sacrifice we made at Normandy, France. Never forget Pearl Harbor, Japan. Never mention Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A United States that remembered its own atrocities might become a UTOPIA indeed.

So in summation: good live disc (buy it) -- patriotic rhetoric (don't buy it). Apparently, a 55-minute video of this was also made available on VHS and novelty-size coaster (oops, I mean "laser disc").

Review by Evolver
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3 stars This was the first live album since Utopia's second album "Another Live", and the first live Utopia album by the permanent lineup of Rundgren, Sultan, Powell and Wilcox. It is also, in fact, a reunion album, as the band broke up about six years before this tour.

Unfortunately, Utopia with this lineup quickly changed from a prog fusion band to a (highly talented) power pop group. And the set list here, because it covers their entire catalog, has very little true prog. Only The Ikon is really a prog song, but it's shortened down from it's original thirty minutes down to under five minutes. A few other songs have some prog elements, but that's all we get.

On the plus side, the band, even when playing non-prog, was damned good at it. Trapped, Swing to The Right, Abandon City and Caravan all sound great here. And the harder rockers, Hiroshima and The Last Of The New Wave Riders are just fantastic.

The low points are the later and blander Utopia tracks, like Only Human and One World.

But still, it's good to have a live set from this version of the band (although I have a tape of a radio broadcast from 1980 that blows this set away).

Latest members reviews

4 stars Amazing, I bought this NEW for only 5 bucks. Thought it might just be a curiosity of a live Japan show I might listen to a few times and put at the bottom of the CD piles. Wrong! This is an excellent collection of Utopia music. There is a heavy dominance of the more "poppy" Utopia such as "Tra ... (read more)

Report this review (#294368) | Posted by mohaveman | Friday, August 13, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I love this CD. It has several tracks included that the DVD doesn't for reasons unknown, although the DVD does contain "Just One Victory," a favorite of mine missing on the CD. Utopia fans should enjoy this cross-section of material which is nicely sprinkled with the best material from all vo ... (read more)

Report this review (#67941) | Posted by | Thursday, February 2, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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