Complete List of Utopia Albums And Discography

Utopia Albums

This Complete List Of Utopia Albums And Songs presents the full discography of Utopia   studio albums. The band Utopia was first formed in 1973.  The group Utopia hails from the area of New York City. This complete Utopia discography also includes every single Utopia live album. All these spectacular Utopia albums have been presented below in chronological order. We have also included all original release dates with each Utopia album as well as all original Utopia album covers. Every Utopia album listed below showcases the entire Utopia album tracklisting.

UTOPIA STUDIO ALBUMS

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia

Released 1974

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia marked the debut of Utopia as a band, an extension of Todd Rundgren’s solo work. This progressive rock album is renowned for its ambitious and complex compositions. It serves as an excellent example of 70s progressive rock that was influenced by technology and featured extensive musicianship.

The album featured Todd Rundgren on guitar and vocals, M. Frog Labat on synthesizers, Kevin Ellman on drums, John Siegler on bass, and Ralph Shuckett on keyboards. It was produced by Todd Rundgren and was released on Bearsville Records. The album was recorded at Utopia Sound, New York, in the summer of 1974.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Utopia Theme” – 14:32
  2. “Freak Parade” – 10:14
  3. “Freedom Fighters” – 4:01
  4. “The Ikon” – 30:22

Disco Jets

Released 1976

Disco Jets was initially recorded in 1976 but didn’t see a release until later. Although not as experimental or as genre-pushing as Todd Rundgren’s earlier work, it features a playful blend of disco and pop influences. It was more of an instrumental album designed to parody the popular disco scene at the time.

Produced by Todd Rundgren, the album was eventually released under the Castle Communications and Esoteric Recordings labels. The original recordings took place at Bearsville Studios, New York, between February and March of 1976.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Disco Jets” – 2:35
  2. “Cosmic Convoy” – 3:52
  3. “Time Warp” – 1:51
  4. “V.H.F.” – 1:26
  5. “Star Trek” – 2:07
  6. “Pet Rock” – 1:27
  7. “Space War” – 1:20
  8. “Rising Sign” – 3:54
  9. “Black Hole” – 3:28
  10. “Spirit of ’76” – 3:11

Ra

Released 1977

Ra marked a return to the more ambitious, prog-rock themes that had dominated Todd Rundgren’s Utopia’s earlier work. The album is conceptual, focusing on Egyptian mythology, specifically the sun god Ra. It remains a cult classic among fans of 70s progressive rock.

The album had Todd Rundgren on guitar and vocals, Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals, Roger Powell on keyboards and vocals, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. It was produced by Todd Rundgren and was released on Bearsville Records. The album was recorded at Utopia Sound Studios in New York in late 1976 and early 1977.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Overture: Mountaintop and Sunrise / Communion with the Sun” – 6:54
  2. “Magic Dragon Theatre” – 3:28
  3. “Jealousy” – 4:42
  4. “Eternal Love” – 4:51
  5. “Sunburst Finish” – 7:42
  6. “Hiroshima” – 7:15
  7. “Singring and the Glass Guitar (An Electrified Fairy Tale)” – 18:26

Oops! Wrong Planet

Released 1977

Oops! Wrong Planet shifted away from the conceptual and more progressive outings of the past, leaning toward a more pop and rock-oriented sound. The album features one of Utopia’s most famous tracks, “Love Is the Answer,” which later became a hit for England Dan & John Ford Coley.

The lineup remained consistent with Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell, and John “Willie” Wilcox. Produced by Todd Rundgren, the album was released on Bearsville Records. The recording sessions took place at Utopia Sound Studios, New York, during the summer of 1977.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Trapped” – 3:08
  2. “Windows” – 4:18
  3. “Love in Action” – 3:26
  4. “Crazy Lady Blue” – 3:39
  5. “Back on the Street” – 3:59
  6. “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” – 4:40
  7. “The Martyr” – 4:28
  8. “Abandon City” – 3:52
  9. “Gangrene” – 3:30
  10. “My Angel” – 3:22
  11. “Rape of the Young” – 3:12
  12. “Love Is the Answer” – 4:15

Adventures in Utopia

Released 1979

Adventures in Utopia was an album that managed to balance both the progressive tendencies and the pop sensibilities that make up Utopia’s unique sound. The album includes a variety of styles, showing the band’s versatility and Todd Rundgren’s unceasingly inventive songwriting.

The album featured Todd Rundgren on guitar and vocals, Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals, Roger Powell on keyboards and vocals, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. Produced by Todd Rundgren and Utopia, the album was released on Bearsville Records. The recording sessions took place at Utopia Sound Studios, New York, during late 1979.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Road to Utopia” – 4:30
  2. “You Make Me Crazy” – 3:47
  3. “Second Nature” – 4:42
  4. “Set Me Free” – 3:09
  5. “Caravan” – 7:03
  6. “Last of the New Wave Riders” – 4:22
  7. “Shot in the Dark” – 3:18
  8. “The Very Last Time” – 3:52
  9. “Love Alone” – 5:24
  10. “Rock Love” – 5:24

Deface the Music

Released 1980

Deface the Music is unique in Utopia’s discography for its purposeful emulation of The Beatles. It was an album made in homage to the iconic British band and captures the essence of The Beatles’ evolution through the 1960s.

The lineup includes Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell, and John “Willie” Wilcox. It was produced by Todd Rundgren and released on Bearsville Records. The recording sessions took place at Utopia Sound Studios, New York, during the middle of 1980.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “I Just Want to Touch You” – 2:03
  2. “Crystal Ball” – 2:02
  3. “Where Does the World Go to Hide” – 1:41
  4. “Silly Boy” – 2:21
  5. “Alone” – 2:10
  6. “That’s Not Right” – 2:41
  7. “Take It Home” – 2:49
  8. “Hoi Poloi” – 2:35
  9. “Life Goes On” – 2:28
  10. “Feel Too Good” – 3:07
  11. “Always Late” – 2:30
  12. “All Smiles” – 2:23
  13. “Everybody Else Is Wrong” – 4:05

Swing to the Right

Released 1982

Swing to the Right moved Utopia towards a more overtly political stance, taking on social issues and government policy, a departure from their earlier, more abstract or fantastical subjects. The album has a heavier, rock-oriented sound.

The album’s personnel consisted of Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell, and John “Willie” Wilcox. It was produced by Todd Rundgren and Utopia and was released on Bearsville Records. It was recorded at Utopia Sound Studios, New York, during late 1981 and early 1982.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Swing to the Right” – 4:23
  2. “Lysistrata” – 2:49
  3. “The Up” – 4:09
  4. “Junk Rock (Million Monkeys)” – 3:07
  5. “Shinola” – 4:14
  6. “For the Love of Money” – 5:52
  7. “Last Dollar on Earth” – 4:11
  8. “Fahrenheit 451” – 2:49
  9. “Only Human” – 4:19
  10. “One World” – 3:07

Utopia

Released: 1982

Utopia’s 1982 self-titled album often referred to as the “Network” album due to its cover art, marked a departure from their earlier progressive rock and pop styles, opting for a more streamlined, new wave approach. The album, though not a commercial blockbuster, did achieve critical acclaim and is regarded as one of the band’s most consistent efforts.

The album featured Todd Rundgren on vocals, guitar, and production, Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals, Roger Powell on keyboards and synthesizers, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren and was released on Network Records. It was recorded at Utopia Sound Studios in Lake Hill, New York, between June and August 1982.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Libertine” – 3:52
  2. “Bad Little Actress” – 3:09
  3. “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” – 2:35
  4. “Neck on Up” – 3:07
  5. “Say Yeah” – 3:05
  6. “Call It What You Will” – 3:04
  7. “I’m Looking at You But I’m Talking to Myself” – 4:00
  8. “Hammer in My Heart” – 4:54
  9. “Burn Three Times” – 3:17
  10. “There Goes My Inspiration” – 3:51

Oblivion

Released: 1984

Oblivion is an album by Utopia, released in 1984. This album took a turn towards a more synthesizer-heavy approach, incorporating new wave and electronic elements. Despite the modern soundscape, the album didn’t achieve significant commercial success, but it did have a solid impact on the band’s dedicated fanbase.

The album featured Todd Rundgren on vocals, guitar, and production, Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals, Roger Powell on keyboards and synthesizers, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. Oblivion was produced by Todd Rundgren and was released on Passport Records. It was recorded at Utopia Sound Studios in Lake Hill, New York, between August and October 1984.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Itch in My Brain” – 4:53
  2. “Love with a Thinker” – 3:15
  3. “Bring Me My Longbow” – 3:23
  4. “If I Didn’t Try” – 4:09
  5. “Too Much Water” – 4:38
  6. “Maybe I Could Change” – 3:59
  7. “Crybaby” – 4:16
  8. “Welcome to My Revolution” – 4:52

P.O.V.

Released: 1985

P.O.V. is Utopia’s follow-up to “Oblivion,” released in 1985. The album was a commercial disappointment despite containing some of the band’s more mainstream songs. The band attempted to continue the new wave and synth-pop approach of the previous album, but the market had changed, and it failed to catch on widely.

The line-up remained unchanged with Todd Rundgren on vocals, guitar, and production, Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals, Roger Powell on keyboards and synthesizers, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren and was released on Passport Records. P.O.V. was recorded at Utopia Sound Studios in Lake Hill, New York, between February and April 1985.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Play This Game” – 4:12
  2. “Style” – 4:13
  3. “Stand for Something” – 3:48
  4. “Secret Society” – 4:18
  5. “Zen Machine” – 4:06
  6. “Mated” – 3:51
  7. “Wildlife” – 3:40
  8. “Mimi Gets Mad” – 3:36
  9. “Mystified” – 4:24
  10. “More Light” – 3:58

UTOPIA LIVE ALBUMS

Another Live

Released: 1975

“Another Live” is Utopia’s second album, released in 1975. Unlike their debut, which was a live recording of largely instrumental compositions, “Another Live” included both live performances of earlier tracks as well as new material. The record showed the band’s versatility in styles ranging from progressive rock to pop, featuring both complex musical arrangements and simpler, more accessible songs.

The album lineup included Todd Rundgren on vocals and guitar, Roger Powell on keyboards and synthesizers, John Siegler on bass and cello, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. Moogy Klingman, one of the original Utopia members, also made guest appearances. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren and was released on Bearsville Records. It was recorded at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, in August 1975.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Another Life” – 3:58
  2. “The Wheel” – 7:11
  3. “The Seven Rays” – 9:43
  4. “Intro / Mister Triscuits” – 3:11
  5. “Something’s Coming” – 2:49
  6. “Heavy Metal Kids” – 4:17
  7. “Do Ya” – 4:11
  8. “Just One Victory” – 7:02

Redux ’92: Live in Japan

Released: 1993 (Recorded in 1992)

Redux ’92: Live in Japan is a live album by Utopia, recorded in 1992 but released in 1993. The album was recorded during the reunion tour of the band, capturing the energy and dynamics of their live performances. Although it was a live record, the quality of the musicianship and production made it feel almost like a studio album.

The album featured the classic Utopia lineup of Todd Rundgren on vocals, guitar, and production, Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals, Roger Powell on keyboards and synthesizers, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren and was released on Rhino Records. It was recorded during Utopia’s reunion tour in Japan in 1992.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Fix Your Gaze” – 4:14
  2. “Zen Machine” – 4:12
  3. “Trapped” – 3:08
  4. “Princess of the Universe” – 2:58
  5. “Abandon City” – 5:05
  6. “Hammer in My Heart” – 4:38
  7. “Swing to the Right” – 5:21
  8. “The Ikon” – 8:12
  9. “Hiroshima” – 7:20
  10. “Back on the Street” – 4:14
  11. “Only Human” – 5:36
  12. “Love in Action” – 3:48
  13. “Caravan” – 7:20
  14. “Last of the New Wave Riders” – 6:28

Official Bootleg, Vol. 9: Oblivion Tour

Released: 1999 (Recorded in 1984)

“Official Bootleg, Vol. 9: Oblivion Tour” is an official bootleg release by Utopia, capturing live performances from their 1984 tour to support their “Oblivion” album. Despite being a bootleg, the audio quality is quite good and showcases the band’s live prowess and musical versatility.

The album featured Todd Rundgren on vocals, guitar, and production, Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals, Roger Powell on keyboards and synthesizers, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. The bootleg was released under the label Rhino Handmade. It was recorded during their 1984 Oblivion Tour across various locations.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Zen Machine” – 4:14
  2. “Itch In My Brain” – 4:10
  3. “Princess of the Universe” – 3:45
  4. “Hammer In My Heart” – 4:25
  5. “Hiroshima” – 6:50
  6. “Too Much Water” – 4:50
  7. “Swing to the Right” – 4:35
  8. “The Up” – 4:55
  9. “Call It What You Will” – 3:55
  10. “Last of the New Wave Riders” – 6:25

Bootleg Series, Vol. 2: KSAN 95FM, Live ’79

Released: 2003 (Recorded in 1979)

“Bootleg Series, Vol. 2: KSAN 95FM, Live ’79” is another bootleg installment, capturing Utopia’s live performance from a 1979 radio broadcast on KSAN 95FM. The album showcases the band’s multifaceted musicianship, covering genres from progressive rock to new wave. It provides a snapshot of the band at a transitional point in their career.

The lineup featured Todd Rundgren on vocals and guitar, Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals, Roger Powell on keyboards and synthesizers, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. The album was released under the label Sonic Past Music. It was recorded during a live radio broadcast on KSAN 95FM in San Francisco, California, in 1979.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Communion With The Sun” – 7:38
  2. “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” – 4:01
  3. “Love of the Common Man” – 3:30
  4. “Trapped” – 3:09
  5. “Abandon City” – 2:48
  6. “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” – 4:40
  7. “The Martyr” – 5:12
  8. “Love In Action” – 3:15
  9. “Initiation” – 6:29
  10. “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” – 3:58
  11. “Hello, It’s Me” – 4:25
  12. “Just One Victory” – 6:05

Live At Hammersmith Odeon ’75

Released: 2012 (Recorded in 1975)

“Live At Hammersmith Odeon ’75” is a live album capturing a 1975 performance by Utopia at the iconic London venue. Originally a fan favorite bootleg, it was officially released in 2012 and provides a raw, energetic showcase of the band’s early years. The concert includes material from their first couple of albums as well as Todd Rundgren’s solo work, encapsulating a wide range of styles from progressive rock to pop and soul.

The lineup featured Todd Rundgren on vocals and guitar, Roger Powell on keyboards and synthesizers, John Siegler on bass and cello, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. Moogy Klingman, one of the original Utopia members, also appeared. The album was released under the Shout! Factory label. It was recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, UK, in 1975.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Utopia Theme” – 14:25
  2. “Don’t You Ever Learn?” – 5:58
  3. “The Seven Rays” – 8:29
  4. “Real Man” – 4:43
  5. “The Wheel” – 7:12
  6. “Freedom Fighters” – 4:05
  7. “The Ikon” – 27:32
  8. “Another Life” – 3:20
  9. “The Death of Rock ‘N’ Roll” – 3:10

Live at the Chicago Theater

Released: 2019 (Recorded in 2018)

“Live at the Chicago Theater” is a concert film and album capturing Utopia’s 2018 reunion performance at the renowned Chicago Theater. This release signifies the band’s first reunion in 32 years and was widely anticipated by fans. It features a selection of songs that span the band’s entire career, highlighting their transformation from a progressive ensemble to a more mainstream rock act.

The lineup featured Todd Rundgren on vocals and guitar, Kasim Sulton on bass and vocals, Roger Powell on keyboards and synthesizers, and John “Willie” Wilcox on drums. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren and was released on Cleopatra Entertainment. It was recorded live at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois, in 2018.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Utopia Theme” – 7:05
  2. “The Ikon” – 8:00
  3. “Another Life” – 4:45
  4. “Do Ya” – 3:58
  5. “Freedom Fighters” – 4:08
  6. “The Wheel” – 7:09
  7. “Back on the Street” – 4:21
  8. “Something’s Coming” – 3:35
  9. “Monument” – 4:03
  10. “Overture: Mountaintop and Sunrise / Communion With the Sun” – 7:20
  11. “Last of the New Wave Riders” – 5:26

Utopia – Benefit for Moogy Klingman

Released: 2011 (Recorded in 2011)

“Live From Peekskill and New York City – Benefit for Moogy Klingman” is a special live release commemorating the benefit concerts held for original Utopia member Moogy Klingman, who was battling cancer. The album captures the energy and emotion of these concerts, featuring both classic Utopia tracks and deep cuts. These performances are particularly special as they were some of Moogy’s final appearances with the band before his passing later that year.

The lineup featured Todd Rundgren on vocals and guitar, Moogy Klingman on keyboards, Ralph Schuckett on keyboards, John Siegler on bass, and Kevin Ellman on drums. The album was self-released and specifically intended to support Klingman’s medical costs. It was recorded live at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, New York, and at the Highline Ballroom in New York City in 2011.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Utopia Theme” – 15:05
  2. “Freak Parade” – 10:20
  3. “Heavy Metal Kids” – 4:17
  4. “Another Life” – 3:45
  5. “Something’s Coming” – 3:50
  6. “The Seven Rays” – 8:02
  7. “Do Ya” – 4:03
  8. “The Wheel” – 7:10
  9. “The Ikon” – 30:15

 

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