Todd Rundgren - Runt
Todd Rundgren – production, arrangements, vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Todd Rundgren]
Tony Sales – bass (except on "Once Burned", "I'm in the Clique", and "Birthday Carol"), percussion on "We Got to Get You a Woman" and "Devil's Bite"
Hunt Sales – drums (except on "Once Burned", "I'm in the Clique", and "Birthday Carol"), percussion on "We Got to Get You a Woman" and "Devil's Bite"
Rick Danko – bass on "Once Burned"
Levon Helm – drums on "Once Burned"
Mark Klingman – electric piano on "I'm in the Clique"
John Miller – bass on "I'm in the Clique"
Bobby Moses – drums on "I'm in the Clique"
Don Lee van Winkle – rhythm & acoustic guitar on "Birthday Carol"
Don Ferris – bass on "Birthday Carol"
Mickey Brook – drums on "Birthday Carol"
1 LP, Gatefold Cover
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 33RPM
Size : 12”
Record Press : Rainbo Records
Label : Friday Music
Original Label : Ampex Records
Recorded at Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Engineered & mixed by : Jack Adams
Remastered by Joe Reagoso & Kevin Gray
Originally released in 1970
Reissued in 2013
Side A :
- Broke Down and Busted
- Believe In Me
- We Gotta Get You A Woman
- Who's That Man?
- Once Burned
- Devil's Bite
Side B :
- I'm In the Clique
- There Are No Words
- Baby Let's Swing / The Last Thing You Said / Don't Tie My Hands
- Birthday Carol
"Reluctant to start a full-fledged solo career after leaving the Nazz, Todd Rundgren formed Runt, a band that was a front for what was in effect a solo project. Such isolationism lends Runt its unique atmosphere -- it is the insular work of a fiercely talented artist finally given the opportunity to pursue his off-kilter musical vision. From the moment the slow, bluesy psychedelic grind of "Broke Down and Busted" starts the album, it's apparent that Rundgren could never have made Runt with the Nazz -- and that's before the introspective ballads or the willfully strange stuff kicks in. Throughout the record, Rundgren reveals himself as a gifted synthesist, blending all manners of musical styles and quirks into a distinctive signature sound. He's as interested in sound as he is in song and while he would later pursue these tendencies to extremes, Runt finds him learning how to create an effective sound with the studio, which may be the reason why the album runs the gamut from hard rockers like "Who's That Man?" to ballads like "Once Burned." Although these songs are instantly appealing, the album really gets interesting when he reaches between those two extremes, whether it's in the classic pop medley "Baby Let's Swing," the bizarrely tongue-in-cheek "I'm in the Clique," or the equally impish "We Gotta Get You a Woman," which gave Rundgren his first hit. All the details buried within these songs -- not only in the deceptively direct productions, but within the writing itself -- confirm Rundgren's exceptional skill at songcraft. He occasionally slips on Runt, delivering tracks that rely on production instead of a blend of studiocraft and songcraft, but it remains a thoroughly impressive debut and one of his finest pop records." AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,06 / 5