June 19, 2015

20,000 Vinyl LPs 43: Todd Rundgren radio show LP promo

Todd Rundgren radio show LP promo detail
detail photo by Styrous®

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I started the Vinyl LP series because I have a collection of over 20,000 vinyl record albums I am selling; each blog entry is about an album from my collection. Inquire for information here.   

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The Todd Rundgren Radio Show is a promotional LP that was issued by Bearsville Records in 1972 to promote the double album, Something/Anything?, by Tod Rundgren. It was Rundgren's third solo release, and was recorded the previous year in Los Angeles, New York City and Bearsville Studios, Woodstock. It is a wacky, rambling assemblage of music, sounds, voices and various sound effects, noises and whatever.  Oh, also, it's a hell of a lot of fun. There is a video of the album on YouTube (link below). 


Todd Rundgren radio show LP promo album cover
photo byStyrous®



Rundgren recorded in his studio at home thus, was able to do more lengthy studio experiments, such as using a Putney VCS3 synthesizer



The Putney was introduced by the Electronic Music Studios in 1969 and designed by David Cockerell. The studio was formed in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff, Tristram Cary and Cockerell. It was developed in the basement of Zinovieff's house and was nicknamed "The Putney" after the London suburb where he was living.  

The VCS3 consisted of 3 voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs), a noise generator, two input amplifiers, ring modulator, voltage-controlled low-pass filter, trapezoid envelope generator, voltage-controlled reverberation, level meter, two output amplifiers thus providing a stereo output, and a joystick providing 'X' and 'Y' modulation control.

There is a terrific video in which you can hear the sound of the Putney in action on the Synthtopia website (link below).      


The album contains a promo letter . . .


Todd Rundgren radio show promo letter
photo by Styrous®


. . . and a promo survey form


Todd Rundgren radio show promo survey
photo by Styrous®






da record

Todd Rundgren radio show vinyl LP 
side 1
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Todd Rundgren radio show vinyl LP 
side 2
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da label

 
Todd Rundgren radio show vinyl LP 
label detail: side 1
photo by Styrous®

Todd Rundgren radio show vinyl LP 
label detail: side 2
photo by Styrous®




Links on the web: 
   
Todd Rundgren Radio website    
Todd Rundgren radio show on YouTube     
Putney in action on the Synthtopia website.            
Todd Rundgren and The Metropole Orchestra Amsterdam 2012 on YouTube     
  
What a lot of fun!   



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