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  • Runt [Ampex, 1970] B
  • The Ballad of Todd Rundgren [Ampex, 1971] B

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Runt [Ampex, 1970]
If there were any justice, "We Got to Get You a Woman" would melt Ti-Grace Atkinson's heart and "I'm in the Clique" would earn the artiste a free night at the Record Plant. But they're not playing the single on WBAI, and the artiste, ex-Nazz and present whiz Todd Rundgren, already knows his way around. Takes a certain professional brass to write a song called "There Are No Words" that goes "Oh, Ah, OOOOO"--or to assume the persona of a newborn twin, especially for nine minutes. B

The Ballad of Todd Rundgren [Ampex, 1971]
If pop can be either sunny or moony, this is green cheese. And though it's less wildly uneven than its predecessor, that cuts two ways--the boyish "Be Nice to Me" and the mock-macho "Parole," while quite nice, will never call me back to the ordinary stuff the way Runt's prize runts did. B