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Limited 180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing. Includes pyramid insert and printed inner sleeve. The second album, Ra, by the rock band Utopia moves on where it stopped on their self-titled debut album. It''s the last of their pieces which are closely related to the prog music. It is dynamic and versatile and contains all the elements that make a create record. The band is exploring all their abilities and the song writing skills of frontman Todd Rundgren are at their peak. The cornerstone of the album is ''Singring and the Glass Guitar'', which comprises solos by each band member battling the elements: water (drums), wind (bass), fire (keyboards), and earth (guitar). Just listen to this wonderful record and enjoy the show yourself. Todd Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and record producer who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia. He is known for his stage outfits, experimental music and adopting computer technologies to describe his musical.

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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Simply Jaw-dropping
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2010
Lord have mercy. I listened to Ra today for the first time in at least 25 years, after watching the Utopia: Live from Columbus Ohio 1980 DVD. Utopia blitzed through Communion With the Sun so tightly in live performance that I had to go back and see what I''ve been missing.... See more
Lord have mercy. I listened to Ra today for the first time in at least 25 years, after watching the Utopia: Live from Columbus Ohio 1980 DVD. Utopia blitzed through Communion With the Sun so tightly in live performance that I had to go back and see what I''ve been missing. This CD is, like the title of this post says, simply jaw-dropping. From Communion With the Sun, through Jealousy, Sunburst Finish, and the others that were on side 1 of the vinyl version, the energy never flags, the music never fails to surprise and captivate. And then, side 2: Hiroshima, one of the most powerful antiwar songs ever made, and never mentioned when people start running through that category. "Under the rising sun, dirty little children play; and in the red pagoda, Mamma-san is praying." All to a pentatonicism that Puccini could have used in Madama Butterfly. And then the inevitable catastrophe, complete with explicit lyrics that are used not for shock value, but for emphasis. I was exhausted after all this. Finishing up the disc is Singring and the Glass Guitar, excerpts of which were also heard on the Columbus DVD. People always mock the leprechaun voice but it works, at least for me. Utopia maintains the pace of innovative, densely layered music that was its hallmark, finishing the CD in style. Todd Rundgren, of course, was the brains -- and I do mean brains -- behind Utopia, but Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox, and Roger Powell provided not only great songs but a modicum of editing and restraint that made Todd''s music even greater. This was truly synergy at work. This mp3 download, at $6.93, is the steal of the year at Amazon. If you are at all a fan of Todd Rundgren or music that challenges you instead of panders to you, do yourself a favor and download this album.
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Snowdog22
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Ra! Ra! Ra! Ra! Ra! Ra! Ra! Ra!
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2015
At the pinnacle of Prog-Rock mixed with a bit of Pop and Novelty...this is Todd and company at perhaps their most inspired and absolutely their vocal best. Dense and intricate harmonies joined with powerful rhythms and occasionally fiery guitar & synthesizer leads, this is... See more
At the pinnacle of Prog-Rock mixed with a bit of Pop and Novelty...this is Todd and company at perhaps their most inspired and absolutely their vocal best. Dense and intricate harmonies joined with powerful rhythms and occasionally fiery guitar & synthesizer leads, this is a heady concoction that captivates from start to finish. The song progression is masterful, coming from a time when vinyl album sides were assembled for just such effect...something lost in today''s digital world. Recording, mixing & production quality was landmark for the time and still stands out for its clarity and well-balanced sound. A must-have for any music collection.
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J.Park
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good musicianship
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2007
This 1977 follow-up to the great 1974 debut (Todd Rundgren''s Utopia) covers somewhat similar ground (American proggy hard rock), although the lineup had been stripped back and there was a higher proportion of shorter pieces. While I do not feel that RA is as consistently... See more
This 1977 follow-up to the great 1974 debut (Todd Rundgren''s Utopia) covers somewhat similar ground (American proggy hard rock), although the lineup had been stripped back and there was a higher proportion of shorter pieces. While I do not feel that RA is as consistently good as the debut, there is some excellent musicianship and fantastic melodies that make this album a worthwhile addition to the prog rock collection.

The huge, electric "orchestra" present on the debut had been reduced to a four-piece comprised of Roger Powell (synthesizers, piano, organ, and vocals); Todd Rundgren (electric and acoustic guitars); Kasim Sulton (electric bass guitar and vocals); and John "Willie" Wilcox (drums percussion, and vocals). This lineup was great and there is some impressive proggy ensemble work on RA. The abilities of each member are showcased on the lengthy track Singring and the Glass Guitar (An Electrified Fairytale) - they all get a 1-2 minute unaccompanied solo. Of the solos, I liked Roger''s synthesizer workout the best.

The seven tracks on RA range in length from 3''28" to the lengthy 18''24" Singring and the Glass Guitar. The music on RA is very much in the vein of what you might expect from the early Utopia albums: Olympian-scale feats on individual instruments; dense ensemble work; great vocal harmonies; and the occasional pop hook or two...or three. In general, I am fine with the music although I do not think that Singring works very well from a composition perspective: while there are excellent main themes and some great ensemble work at the beginning and end, about half of the piece is comprised of unaccompanied solos, a few of which are just a bit dull. My favorite tracks include Overture: Mountaintop and Sunrise/Communion with the Sun along with Sunburst Finish, although all of the pieces have something to offer. The odd track out is Magic Dragon Theatre which merges a scene from an imaginary "play" (complete with dialog), with some good prog. Very interesting overall.

In terms of the concepts on RA, quite literally, everything under the "sun" is taken on. Of these concepts, the one that I latched on to (or at least loosely embraced) is that presented on Singring. There is a narrator on Singring that is supposed to be a Middle Earth dweller (an elf) that narrates the tale of Singring in what sounds like a mock Scottish accent on helium. I have to admit it is actually pretty funny, although I can imagine that most prog fans would raise their eyebrows at this track. As far as the actual concept goes, Singring tells the tale of four brave souls that locate the four keys needed to open up a glass guitar that contains an imprisoned and weeping spirit (Singring). I may be way off here (I am a Biologist), but it seems that Todd may have been bemoaning the loss of urgency and "spiritual vitality" in music in the late 1970''s - "if you take a look around, harmony is dying" - and that this was his attempt to "rescue" the vitality and urgency of rock music. If this is what the band was aiming for then hats off to them.

In terms of the CD package, Rhino/Bearsville did a pretty good job and the CD booklet features each of the band members dressed up in Egyptian garb and posed in odd (quasi-ritualistic?) stances - with the exception of the drummer who simply stands with his arms folded over his chest. The lyrics to each of the songs are printed on the inner sleeve. The sound quality is excellent.

All in all, while RA is a good album of interesting prog rock and nice pop tunes, there were aspects of the album that just did not sit too well with me, although I am very forgiving and was able to overlook them. I would recommend this album to hardcore proggers as the last album of its type to be released by Utopia. After RA, the band plunged headlong into pop territory with Oops, Wrong Planet (1977). For those folks that are starting out with Utopia, definitely snag the 1974 debut album - it is a great listen.
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roika
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
RA rocks!
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2018
I have always loved the opening track (Communion with the Sun) from this album and so I was glad to be able to download it after several years. It is so invigorating!
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Utopia At Their Best.
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2020
I have been a fan of Todd Rundgren and Utopia since the 1970''s and have been lucky enough to see them in concert. RA for me is probably the best album that Utopia have ever done, buy it you will not be disappointed and it will open you mind to more superb music and songs... See more
I have been a fan of Todd Rundgren and Utopia since the 1970''s and have been lucky enough to see them in concert. RA for me is probably the best album that Utopia have ever done, buy it you will not be disappointed and it will open you mind to more superb music and songs from this great band and Todd Rundgren.
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Karl Lehenbauer
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A Must-Have For All Utopia Enthusiasts
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 1999
Preceding Adventures In Utopia, which is perhaps Utopia''s most commercially accessible album, Ra is for me the best album the band produced. Todd Rundgren is very creative and playful here, free from the suffering that seems to undermine a lot of his later work. I get... See more
Preceding Adventures In Utopia, which is perhaps Utopia''s most commercially accessible album, Ra is for me the best album the band produced. Todd Rundgren is very creative and playful here, free from the suffering that seems to undermine a lot of his later work. I get the feeling that the band had fun making this record, and it rocks. Todd and Roger Powell create hypnotic synth and guitar interplay, trading licks in Jealousy, Sunburst Finish, Hiroshima and Singring and the Glass Guitar. Utopia''s signature four-part vocal harmonies are right on throughout, and Todd, Kasim Sultan, Roger, Pand Willie Wilcox are uniquely showcased both as vocalists and musicians in Singring.
This is one to have... and listen to.
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joe martucci
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Utopia Rules
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2016
This is Utopia at their best. The songs are flawless. The musicianship & vocals are outstanding as is the production. I love the sound of the vinyl much better than the cd. I owned an original vinyl copy this is superior. I had the pleasure of seeing this version of Utopia... See more
This is Utopia at their best. The songs are flawless. The musicianship & vocals are outstanding as is the production. I love the sound of the vinyl much better than the cd. I owned an original vinyl copy this is superior. I had the pleasure of seeing this version of Utopia in buffalo & they were phenomenal. Do yourself a favor buy this now. We''ll unfortunately never hear bands like this anymore!
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louis j thibault
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In the top 100 best rock albums ever
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2012
Was an active musician and concert goer in the 70''s. Was lent Ra. Decided to not only buy the cassette but go see Utopia in Boston on this tour. It sounds as fresh and dynamic as it did then. It has it all, lyrics, keyboards, vocals and guitar work of a classic. A vibe of... See more
Was an active musician and concert goer in the 70''s. Was lent Ra. Decided to not only buy the cassette but go see Utopia in Boston on this tour. It sounds as fresh and dynamic as it did then. It has it all, lyrics, keyboards, vocals and guitar work of a classic. A vibe of the ancient. A bit of humor and a tear or two. Lost the cassette years ago. Re invested. Worth every cent. It only lacks one thing. A ghost. Well, welcome to ghost talk.....

Everlasting Love, is the least reviewed. Yet, I hum this tune most all. I have reason.

Ra, blinding the horizon............
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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great slbum from a great period for rock music in general.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2020
Been very keen to add this album to my collection...well pleased!
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Patricia Tonkin
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great nostalgia.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2018
Had this on Tape for years. First listened to it in High Barnet in c. 1978 and came from the record store opposite the Church. Great nostalgia.
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Mr. G. Lennox-gordon
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
RA..RA..RAAAAH
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 15, 2012
This album is as good now as when I first heard it in the late 70''s. Todd Rundgren''s songs contain the full range of political and social commenting sadly lacking in many rock albums but combined always with memorably tuneful melody and consummate musicianship. Sing Ring...See more
This album is as good now as when I first heard it in the late 70''s. Todd Rundgren''s songs contain the full range of political and social commenting sadly lacking in many rock albums but combined always with memorably tuneful melody and consummate musicianship. Sing Ring and the Glass Guitar (an Electrified FairyTale) is the exception; this glorious culmination of the album leans to the fantastic. My personal favourite of all of Rundgren''s work which elevates Music to the pinnacle of importance which it holds in my heart and in my life.
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great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 5, 2020
well worth it
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 29, 2016
Excellent value for money.
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