by Utopia


Ra is the second studio album and third release by Utopia on Bearsville Records, released in 1977. Rundgren planned on releasing the LP in 1976 on his own label “Ethereal Records” as the new 4 piece line up was not signed to Bearsville. Replete with an elaborate $250,000 stage show featuring a 22-foot-tall (6.7 m) pyramid and golden sphinx which took 18 months of prep, Ra was Rundgren’s most ambitious live undertaking. The cornerstone of the album and show is “Singring and the Glass Guitar,” which comprises solos by each band member battling the elements: water (drums), wind (bass), fire (keyboards), and earth (guitar). The album was modestly successful, peaking the Billboard Top 200 at #79.


  1. Overture (Instrumental)
  2. Communion With The Sun (7:15)
  3. Magic Dragon Theatre (3:28)
  4. Jealousy (4:43)
  5. Eternal Love (4:51)
  6. Sunburst Finish (7:38)
  7. Hiroshima (7:16)
  8. Singring And The Glass Guitar (An Electrified Fairytale) (18:24)

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Wikipedia URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra_(Utopia_album)
Format Vinyl LP Album
Label Bearsville
Catalog Number K 55514
Notes Recorded at Bearsville Sound Studio, Bearsville, N.Y. and at Utopia Sound, Lake Hill, N.Y. “Communion With The Sun” and “Jealousy recorded at Turtle Creek Barn
Discogs URL Utopia - Ra