Todd Rundgren

Todd Archive Series, Vol. 8: Another Side of Roxy

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Although no date is assigned to the archival Todd Rundgren concert release Another Side of Roxy, it isn't hard to figure out that it derives from the same set of performances at the Roxy nightclub in Los Angeles in 1978 that was also one of the sources (along with shows in New York and Cleveland) for the live album Back to the Bars. Rundgren performs seven numbers -- "Real Man," "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference," "Love of the Common Man," "Love in Action," "The Verb 'To Love'," a medley of three soul standards with his hit "I Saw the Light," and his biggest hit, "Hello It's Me" -- that also appear on Back to the Bars. And among the other eight selections, four songs are from his then-current album Hermit of Mink Hollow, including the Top 40 hit "Can We Still Be Friends?" Rundgren fans will be interested in those live renditions, as well as the rare performance of Moogy Klingman's "Lady Face." Another Side of Roxy is, as its title implies, not an essential Rundgren album, especially because of the existence of Back to the Bars. But it is a strong performance of some of Rundgren's most popular songs in an intimate club atmosphere, yet with a full-scale band playing the arrangements.

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