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Long before The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Todd Rundgren and Phil Spector — the people most often credited with revolutionizing modern pop — Les Paul created the solid-body electric guitar and was wowing the masses with amazing multi-tracked music.
Rock ’n’ roll and Egyptology have long been fairly substantial companions. Not one of them, however, ever shared the convictions of Ramases, a central heating salesman from Sheffield, England, who believed himself to be the reincarnation of an Egyptian god and who, in the heady days of late 1960s England, found a lot of other people ready to believe him as well.
A Wizard, A True Star was such an abrupt about-face for Todd Rundgren after the 1972 pop classic Something/Anything? that some wondered if he was hell-bent on committing career hari-kari. More than three decades later, Rundgren is, once again, throwing the dogs off the scent with Arena.