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Todd Rundgren was "just mapping my head right onto a record… battling against any sort of filtering process" when he recorded his blue-eyed soul-adelic masterpiece in late 1972. Extraterrestrial synthesizers, glam-cock-rock self-interrogations, surrealist pop manifestos, acidhead idealism ("love between the ugly is the most beautiful love of all," he sings in "Does Anybody Love You?"), and a 10-minute soul medley celebrating Curtis Mayfield and Smokey Robinson — an entire David Bowie career, in short — were all crammed into the grooves of a single hour-long vinyl disk. The end of Rundgren's early solo career (exemplified by "Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel") blends into his increasingly esoteric run of albums with the band Utopia (heralded by "Zen Archer") on an album that sounds no less magically singular today.