Todd Rundgren – Runt 1970 U.S. Ampex LP in shrink


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Free U.S. shipping!  An original U.S. pressing of Runt, the first album by Todd Rundgren, with the cover still in the shrink wrap.

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Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of Runt, the first album by Todd Rundgren, with the cover still in the shrink wrap.

Note: This is an original U.S. pressing, and not the common counterfeit pressing. (see below)

About this copy: This copy of Runt is a 1970 U.S. pressing on the blue Ampex label.

The cover is M- and is still in the original shrink wrap.

The disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs.  This version of the LP plays the tracks listed on the cover and label.  This is a Monarch pressing, with the letters MR in a circle stamped in the dead wax.

We acquired this album sealed about 30 years ago and opened it about ten years ago to see which version of the LP was inside.  We’ve played it once.  It’s as clean an original pressing as you’re ever likely to find and it looks exactly like it did when we opened it, sleeve scuffs and all.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Released in 1970, Runt was the first album by Todd Rundgren.

The album reached #185 on the U.S. album chart.

This album was originally issued on the blue Ampex label, and later on the tan Bearsville label.  Both versions were heavily counterfeited in the late 1970s and can be identified by blurry text in the lower right hand corner of the back cover where the words “Queens Litho in U.S.A.” appear.    The text is sharp on the original pressings and blurry on the counterfeits. gave Runt a 4 1/2 star review:

Reluctant to start a full-fledged solo career after leaving the Nazz, Todd Rundgren formed Runt, a band that was a front for what was in effect a solo project. Such isolationism lends Runt its unique atmosphere — it is the insular work of a fiercely talented artist finally given the opportunity to pursue his off-kilter musical vision. …He occasionally slips on Runt, delivering tracks that rely on production instead of a blend of studiocraft and songcraft, but it remains a thoroughly impressive debut and one of his finest pop records.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Ampex
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in