Healing (Todd Rundgren album)

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Healing
Studio album by Todd Rundgren
ReleasedJanuary 28, 1981
GenreNew Age music, Pop rock, Power pop
Length53:37
LabelBearsville
Rhino
ProducerTodd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren chronology
Back to the Bars
(1978)
Healing
(1981)
The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect
(1983)
Singles from Healing
  1. "Time Heals" b/w "Tiny Demons"
    Released: March 1981
 
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Healing
Studio album by Todd Rundgren
ReleasedJanuary 28, 1981
GenreNew Age music, Pop rock, Power pop
Length53:37
LabelBearsville
Rhino
ProducerTodd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren chronology
Back to the Bars
(1978)
Healing
(1981)
The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect
(1983)
Singles from Healing
  1. "Time Heals" b/w "Tiny Demons"
    Released: March 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
Piero Scaruffi(6/10)[3]

Healing is Todd Rundgren's ninth studio album, released in 1981. Spirituality and the human condition is Healing's theme; something Rundgren had touched on many times in earlier works but never with the consistency exhibited here as every track explores a different aspect. The back cover image of the album (artwork by Prairie Prince) shows the caduceus overlaid by a treble clef and a Qabalistic Tree of Life overlaid by a bass clef, reflecting Rundgren's linking of his spirituality and music.

The original vinyl release includes a bonus 7" 45rpm single featuring the tracks "Time Heals" and "Tiny Demons" which are unlisted on the album sleeve but are included at the end of the later CD release as tracks 10 and 11.

"Time Heals" and "Compassion" were both released as singles and a promotional video was made for Time Heals. The Time Heals video was among the first music videos aired on MTV.

Live performance[edit source | edit]

In September 2010, Rundgren performed his Todd and Healing albums live for the first time in Akron, Ohio, followed by concerts in Muskegon MI, Indianapolis IN, St. Louis MO, Glenside PA, and Morristown NJ. A large LED display and lasers were on display throughout the shows with Rundgren and the band dressed in extravagant costumes. Rundgren's band consisted of Jesse Gress, Greg Hawkes, Prairie Prince, Bobby Strickland, and Kasim Sulton. Led by choirmaster Dirk Hillyer, local choirs from near each venue joined the band during parts of the Healing set.

Track listing[edit source | edit]

Vinyl LP[edit source | edit]

Side one
  1. "Healer" - 3:40
  2. "Pulse" - 3:07
  3. "Flesh" - 3:58
  4. "Golden Goose" - 3:16
  5. "Compassion" - 4:43
  6. "Shine" - 8:12
Side two
  1. "Healing, Part I" - 7:28
  2. "Healing, Part II" - 7:52
  3. "Healing, Part III" - 4:40
Bonus 7-inch 45rpm Single
  1. "Time Heals" - 3:33
  2. "Tiny Demons" - 3:08

CD[edit source | edit]

  1. "Healer" - 3:40
  2. "Pulse" - 3:07
  3. "Flesh" - 3:58
  4. "Golden Goose" - 3:16
  5. "Compassion" - 4:43
  6. "Shine" - 8:12
  7. "Healing, Part I" - 7:28
  8. "Healing, Part II" - 7:52
  9. "Healing, Part III" - 4:40
  10. "Time Heals" - 3:33
  11. "Tiny Demons" - 3:08

Personnel[edit source | edit]

Charts[edit source | edit]

Album

YearChartPosition
1981US Billboard Pop Albums[4]48

Single

YearSingleChartPosition
1981"Time Heals"Billboard Pop Singles[5]107
1981"Time Heals"Billboard Mainstream Rock[5]18
1981"Compassion"Billboard Mainstream Rock[5]48

Formats[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Scaruffi, Piero (1999). "Todd Rundgren". pieroscaruffi.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "allmusic ((( Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  5. ^ a b c "allmusic ((( Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-17.