- Released: February 28, 1989
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: Rhino
Q - 4/97, p.1374 Stars (out of 5)
- "Todd Rundgren's first recording outfit minted all the enduring hallmarks of power pop..."
- 1.Open My Eyes
- 2.Back Of Your Mind
- 3.See What You Can Be
- 4.Hello It's Me
- 5.Wildwood Blues
- 6.If That's The Way You Feel
- 7.When I Get My Plane
- 8.Lemming Song
- 10.She's Going Down
Nazz: Todd Rundgren (vocals, guitar); Robert "Stewkey" Antoni (vocals, keyboards); Carson Van Osten (bass); Thom Mooney (drums).
Producers: Todd Rundgren, Michael Friedman, Bill Traut.
Includes liner notes by Merf Sohmers and Patti Hobart, and original release liner notes by Jon Landau.
If not for Nazz leader Todd Rundgren's subsequent commercially successful solo career, the Nazz might be a band beloved strictly by '60s pop obsessives. Without Rundgren's classic pop voice and incipient songwriting smarts, the Nazz may have been just another also-ran on the NUGGETS anthology. However, while a few of the tracks on this 1968 debut are so-so R&B-based workouts too poppy to be "heavy," most of these songs are terrific. The justifiably legendary single "Open My Eyes" is a '60s pop classic, and the early version of "Hello It's Me," later a huge hit single from Rundgren's solo breakthrough SOMETHING/ANYTHING?, shows that Rundgren's sense of songcraft was already in full flower. Ultimately, this is a paisley pop delight.