Personnel: Todd Rundgren (vocals, guitar); Roger Powell (keyboards, synthesizer); John Siegler (bass); John Wilcox (drums, percussion).
The first half of FAITHFUL consists of dead-on, note-perfect recreations of six classic '60s pop tunes: the Yardbirds' freakout "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Rain," Bob Dylan's "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)," and Jimi Hendrix's dreamy "If Six Was Nine."
The second half of this set is made up of Rundgren originals in the style of the preceding batch of covers. (Think of the Rutles, though this pre-dates that loving parody.) Rundgren and the members of his fusion-oriented side project Utopia pull the feat off beautifully. The covers are perfect, and the originals include two of his best tunes, "The Verb 'To Love'" and "Love of the Common Man." Falling for this set depends on whether one thinks this conceit is worthwhile.
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