- Released: July 25, 2006
- Label: Sanctuary Records
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 Goin' Down
- 11.Nazz Radio Commercials
- 12.The Train Kept A Rollin'
- 13.Magic Me
- 14.See What You Can Be
- 15.Hello It's Me
- 17.Open My Eyes
- 18.Lemming Song
- 19.Nazz Are Blue, The - (live)
- 20.Why Is It Me
- 21.Hello It's Me - (Mono Single Mix)
- 22.Open My Eyes - (Mono Single mix)
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.
The Nazz: Carson Van Osten, Thom Mooney, Stewkey, Todd Rundgren.
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.