Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Utopia - "Set Me Free"

Set Me Free - Adventures In Utopia

(Debuted February 23, 1980, Peaked #27, 12 Weeks on the Chart)

Utopia was a side project for Todd Rundgren. that may seem odd to some, since Rundgren is well-known for being a person who tends to play all the instruments on his solo LPs. Beginning as a progressive rock band in 1973, the group released several albums in that vein but emerged at the turn of the decade with an album called Adventures in Utopia, which was as solidly pop as anything that Rundgren did.

Further underscoring the fact that Utopia was a separate project for Rundren was the fact that "Set Me Free" was sung by bass player Kasim Sulton. Despite the single's success, Rundgren went on to other projects in the meantime and took the group's sound in different directions for its next two albums. After two years, another Utopia record surfaced that went back in a pop direction, but the wider audience had long since moved on. As a result, "Set Me Free" would be the group's only Top 40 entry.

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