Probably ever since the dawn of records, less-than-honest record companies have repackaged/retitled compilation albums without the artist's consent or knowledge -- all for the love of the almighty dollar. And Todd Rundgren has certainly been the victim of this sneaky crime quite a bit throughout his career, as evidenced by the release of Todd Rundgren Rocks. This release is comprised of the same exact recordings that comprised such earlier releases as With a Little Help from My Friends, Todd Rundgren & His Friends, etc. -- in other words, it's Rundgren's vocals from earlier recordings, merged with newly recording backing tracks by classic rock/heavy metal veterans. Since it's Rundgren's actual vocals on the versions included of "Hello It's Me," "Love Is the Answer," "Bang the Drum All Day," Todd Rundgren Rocks cannot be considered a true tribute album. And that said, since it's newly recorded backing music, it cannot be considered a true best-of compilation, either. The final verdict? You'd be better off buying one of the true Rundgren compilations out on the market (1997's The Very Best of Todd Rundgren or 2002's The Essentials, for example).
Todd Rundgren Rocks Review
by Greg Prato