Today Wonder

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Today Wonder
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Studio album by
RecordedFebruary 1988
Genre Alternative rock
Length78:31 (2002 reissue)
Label Hot
Producer Ed Kuepper
Ed Kuepper chronology
Everybody's Got To
Today Wonder
Honey Steel's Gold

Today Wonder is the fourth solo album by Australian guitarist and songwriter Ed Kuepper. It was recorded in 1990 by Kuepper and drummer Mark Dawson and released on the Hot label. [1] The album was re-released in 2002 with eight bonus tracks recorded for a Dutch radio station.



Five years after the recording, Kuepper said, "I wanted to do something that had a much looser approach. Today Wonder was about as open as you can get. They were all demos. The album I did in a weekend with Dawson." Kuepper approached many record labels with none showing any interest. "We hawked them around everywhere Given that a couple of the songs on that album have broken me, it's pretty ironic. Record companies just couldn't hear anything." [2]


The Allmusic review by Ned Raggett awarded the album 4 stars and states "Today Wonder in many ways was the release that helped determine part (if not all) of Ed Kuepper's future work. Specifically, it's the way around close, quiet, but still tense and strong performances... The end result's a beauty of a record". [3]

Clinton Walker described the album as, "remarkable for the nature of the songs themselves, as Kuepper plumbed a personal honesty that most singer/songwriters wouldn't dare confront. Today Wonder, in finding new dimensions and textures again, was nothing short or revelatory." [2]

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Track listing

All compositions by Ed Kuepper except as indicated
  1. "Horse Under Water" - 6:04
  2. "Always the Woman Pays" - 3:13
  3. "Everything I've Got Belongs to You" - 4:33
  4. "What You Don't Know" - 4:01
  5. "I'd Rather Be the Devil" (Skip James) - 4:24
  6. "There's Nothing Natural" - 3:45
  7. "Today Wonder Medley: Today Wonder/Hey Gyp/White Houses" (Kuepper, Donovan Leitch, Eric Burdon) - 4:32
  8. "Pretty Mary" - 3:41
  9. "Eternally Yours" - 5:33
  10. "If I Were a Carpenter" (Tim Hardin) - 3:57
  11. "Intermission" - 0:18
  12. "Always the Woman Pays" [Live] - 4:02 Bonus track on CD reissue
  13. "What You Don't Know" [Live] - 4:32 Bonus track on CD reissue
  14. "Pretty Mary" [Live] - 4:18 Bonus track on CD reissue
  15. "Today Wonder Medley" [Live] (Kuepper, Leitch, Burdon) - 4:14 Bonus track on CD reissue
  16. "Horse Under Water" [Live] - 5:30 Bonus track on CD reissue
  17. "I Am Your Prince/Told Myself" [Live] - 7:15 Bonus track on CD reissue
  18. "Everything I've Got Belongs to You" [Live] - 4:32 Bonus track on CD reissue
  • Recorded at Electric Avenue Studio, Rozelle, Sydney, Australia (tracks 1-10) and the Netherlands (tracks 11-18).


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  1. The Kuepper Files: Discography accessed July 3, 2010
  2. 1 2 Clinton Walker (1996). Stranded: The Secret History of Australian Independent Music 1977–1991 . Pan MacMillan. p. 263. ISBN   0-7329-0883-3.
  3. 1 2 Raggett, Ned Allmusic Review accessed July 3, 2010