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I have loved this album from the first time I heard it.
RA is an album for the Utopian faithful. Anyone who likes Todd Rundgren will have heard of UTOPIA who brought some interesting albums. Todd Rundgren is one of the most interesting songwriters around with a huge volume of songs he has released over the years.
He first started in a band called “THE NAZZ” which were an o.k. rock band but even then you could hear Rundgren’s distinctive guitar sound, then he formed Utopia and then went solo, having some commercial success.
Apart from being a great songwriter, Todd Rundgren is a great guitarist and the solos on RA, especially on the song “Hiroshima”, show just how good he is.
He recently brought out a new album called “Arena” which is really good and something worth while having a listen to but first find a copy of RA and become enllightened.

THE ALBUM

Utopia was an American progressive rock band led by Todd Rundgren that toured and recorded from 1973 to 1987.
Like The Beatles, Utopia rotated lead vocals and shared writing credits, although Rundgren was a predominant influence. One distinctive feature of Utopia was its stylistic breadth, which ranged across psychedelic-progressive 1970s rock, soul-pop, blues, ‘stadium rock’ and heavy metal. Another was the band’s unabashed optimism, as evidenced by its name.

The third album Ra (1977) continued the progressive trend, opening with an electronic arrangement of the “Overture: Mountaintop and Sunrise” theme (from Bernard Herrmann’s score for the film Journey to the Center of the Earth), but it also contained several shorter, more accessible songs, and the group’s subsequent albums increasingly featured more concise and ‘pop-oriented’ material that showed the influence of the prevailing New Wave trend.

Side one

1. “Overture: Mountaintop and Sunrise/Communion with the Sun”
2. “Magic Dragon Theatre”
3. “Jealousy”
4. “Eternal Love”
5. “Sunburst Finish”

Side two

1. “Hiroshima”
2. “Singring and the Glass Guitar (An Electrified Fairytale)”

MUSICIANS

* Todd Rundgren – guitar and vocal
* Roger Powell – keyboards, synthesizer and vocals
* Kasim Sulton – bass and vocals
* John “Willie” Wilcox – drums, percussion and vocals

* Producer: Todd Rundgren for Alchemedia Productions, Inc.
* Engineer: John Holbrook
* Assistant Engineer: Tom Mark
* Musical arrangements by Utopia
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Songwriting Credits

* “Overture: Mountaintop and Sunrise” by Bernard Herrmann (from his score for the film Journey to the Center of the Earth)
* “Communion With the Sun” by Rundgren
* “Magic Dragon Theatre” by Rundgren/Sulton
* “Jealousy” by Rundgren/Wilcox
* “Eternal Love” by Powell/Sulton
* “Sunburst Finish” by Powell/Rundgren
* “Hiroshima” by Powell/Rundgren
* “Singring and the Glass Guitar” by Powell/Rundgren/Sulton/Wilcox

(thanks again to Wikipedia for the information supplied)