Back To The Bars

by Todd Rundgren

Back To The Bars

Back to the Bars is a live album by rock musician Todd Rundgren, which was released as a double LP in 1978. The album was recorded during week-long stints in New York City (The Bottom Line), Los Angeles (The Roxy), and Cleveland (The Agora). The music featured the best of Rundgren’s most commercial work spanning seven of the eight solo albums released in the 1970s up to, but not including, his most recent at the time. This effort was in place of rumors of a re-release of his out-of-print first two LPs, Runt, and Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren. The only offering from those were “The Range War”, and the bulk of the material came from Something/Anything?, A Wizard, a True Star, Todd, Initiation, and Faithful. The finale included past and present members of Rundgren’s Utopia: Roger Powell, Kasim Sulton, John Wilcox, John Siegler, Ralph Schuckett and Moogy Klingman. Also joining in were the Hello People: Norman Smart, Greg Geddes, Bobby Sedita, and Larry Tasse. Special guest stars were Rick Derringer, Spencer Davis, Daryl Hall, John Oates, and Stevie Nicks. Despite a hard push to replicate the success of Frampton Comes Alive!, Back to the Bars did not generate any significant singles or lift for Rundgren.


  1. Real Man
  2. Love Of The Common Man
  3. The Verb “To Love”
  4. Love In Action
  5. A Dream Goes On Forever
  6. Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel
  7. The Range War
  8. Black And White
  9. The Last Ride
  10. Cliches
  11. Don’t You Ever Learn?
  12. Never Never Land
  13. Black Maria
  14. Zen Archer
  15. Medley
  16. I’m So Proud
  17. Oh Baby Baby
  18. La La Means I Love You
  19. I Saw The Light
  20. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
  21. Eastern Intrigue
  22. Initiation
  23. Couldn’t I Just Tell You
  24. Hello It’s Me

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Format Vinyl 2× LP
Label Bearsville
Catalog Number K 65511
Notes Recorded live at The Bottom Line in New York, The Roxy in Los Angeles and the Agora in Cleveland Manufactured in the UK. Gatefold sleeve. Comes with picture inner sleeve. Has the cat. # as K65511 on the back and spine of the outer sleeve and on the inner sleeves.
Discogs URL Todd Rundgren - Back To The Bars