Todd Rundgren's Utopia features lengthy, complex and highly arranged progressive rock pieces, performed by a six-piece multi-instrumentalist ensemble. The album contains only four tracks and runs for almost sixty minutes in total, opening with "Utopia Theme" — recorded live in concert — and closing with the extended concept piece "The Ikon", which runs more than thirty minutes and takes up all of Side 2 of the album.
It features a six-piece ensemble featuring Todd Rundgren (guitar & vocals), Kevin Ellman (drums and percussion), Mark "Moogy" Klingman (keyboards), Jean Yves "M. Frog" Labat (synthesizers), Ralph Schukett (keyboards), and John Siegler (bass and cello). (from Wikipedia.org)
Trans is the 14th studio album by Neil Young, released in 1982. Recorded partially and released during his notorious Geffen era in the 1980s, Trans baffled many Neil Young fans. Some suggested that the album could be a satirical message that Young was trying to send about the direction music was headed in the future. A vocoder features prominently in five of the nine tracks. While the album was poorly received, some critics point out that the melodies are strong and that the album involves Young addressing new musical movements, as he did previously on Rust Never Sleeps and later with the grunge movement. (from Wikipedia.org)