In late ’75 and early ’76, working around gaps in the the touring schedule for Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Todd Rundgren moved into SugarHill to work on his 1976 release “Faithful”. Faithful was a unique project celebrating the past and future. One side of the record was made up of original material and the other side included covers (recreations is a better word) of classic tunes by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds and Bob Dylan.
Rundgren had chosen SugarHill because of it’s arsenal of working vintage recording tech. Among those tools was a well maintained Telefunken U-47 microphone, a tube console, natural reverb chambers and more. He needed these tools to faithfully reproduce the techniques used on the original recordings. Todd ran his own sessions, played all the instruments and did all the vocals. Any additional engineering work was handled by Mickey Moody.
During these sessions Todd’s uncanny doppleganger of “Good Vibrations” was put to tape. When the album was released, disc jockeys would run contests to see if listeners could distinguish the Rundgren version from the Beach Boy’s original. The grand piano in Studio A also makes several appearances on the record.