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  2. https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/i-totally-missed-the-raspberries.499862/
  3. Not many U.K. Success’

    Maybe if Eric had sung them in proper English...
  4. Music Box ABM

    Freakin’ cool...
  5. Yesterday
  6. Not many U.K. Success’

    I'd like to see his chart successes from Japan.
  7. Not many U.K. Success’

    https://www.officialcharts.com/artist/15680/eric-carmen/
  8. Pretty good synopsis...

    I apologize if this was posted before...Some cool mentions on his sales in other charts and markets... https://roundhillmusic.com/catalogs/eric-carmen/
  9. Raspberries Tribute Live in Japan

    Lew, this guy does a tribute show to Eric every year on Eric's birthday- usually at a small club. Now, it looks like he's going to tackle the Raspberries reunion show set with a backing band at the aforementioned venue- which, from the pictures I saw, is still a fairly small club. Should be good- wish I was closer!
  10. Raspberries Tribute Live in Japan

    I am a little lost on this...Is this a big concert on a big scale that is done as a tribute to Eric or is it something on a small scale where a few fans/musicians get together and do a little tribute show...?
  11. Raspberries Tribute Live Show is planned in Tokyo on Nov.26!!! Hiroyuki Izuta and his support band M's Company will perform according to Raspberries Reunion Show setlist. Maybe some of you’ll know Hiroyuki Izuta with his Eric Carmen’s cover that I uploaded the video NGFLA and FOOLIN’ MYSELF. The concert is scheduled on Nov.26 at Crawfish Akasaka in Tokyo, Japan. Power-pop legends the Raspberries and Eric Carmen are highly regarded also in Japan.
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  13. Interesting topic and response...

    I'd pick Let's Pretend because it's such a beautiful song-Tammy Quick
  14. Dave consistently wrote some really good tunes. Here's a GREAT one from "Raspberries: Refreshed." Bernie
  15. Interesting topic and response...

    "If You Change Your Mind" is a GREAT one—and would be my pick for a Raspberries tune. But I guess I'd have to go with "Boats," if EC solo was in the mix. Bernie
  16. Go All The Way’s Historical Status?

    The promo 45 had mono/stereo versions. Bernie
  17. Rip Taylor dies at 84

    Also Rip & special guests The 5th Dimension appeared in a Bobby Sherman half hour variety special show in 1971 which is on YouTube!!!
  18. Double Fantasy

    Art Garfunkel did a nice reading of Second Avenue also...
  19. Double Fantasy

    I think Art Garfunkel would do a lovely version. He is one of the few male artists who has the sensitivity to deliver an EC song the way it is supposed to be. I love his versions of Since I Don't Have You & I Only Have Eyes For You.
  20. Starting Over review...

    That issue of Rolling Stone with the review of Starting Over by Ken Barnes is in my collection somewhere. The bonus review by Robert Christgau is on the money. The guy from '95 whose name is not worth mentioning didn't get it at all...
  21. Starting Over review...

    Starting Over The Raspberries Capitol ST 11329 Released: October 1974 Chart Peak: #143 Weeks Charted: 6 The Raspberries have at last realized their potential. They've clearly become the premier synthesizers of Sixties pop influences extant. Even more importantly, the end results of their adroit collages of musical knowledge often equal or surpass their models' original creations. As illustrations there are two perfectly astonishing tracks on Starting Over. "I Don't Know What I Want" is the ultimate Who tribute, a superbly integrated pastiche of Who styles, 1965-71. Fragments of Townshend melodies surface here and there, and Eric Carmen's vocal is an uncanny Roger Daltrey imitation. Yet the song stands on its own merits as a modern teenage frustration classic. Original album advertising art. Click image for larger view. "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)" boasts a stunning production, combining an ultra-complex Beach Boys approach with Phil Spector techniques. Lyrically it's a refreshingly frank confession of the band's number one goal. Unlike those sensitive, questing souls who profess to disdain their gold records, the Raspberries want that hit on the radio. And they know what it takes to get it off -- "If the program director don't pull it/Then it's time to get back a bullet" is a far cry from the naive "Please Mr. DJ play my record" plaints of a decade ago. Though the Beach Boys and the Who are historically my favorite artists, I'd have to admit that "Overnight Sensation" and "I Don't Know What I Want" eclipse anything either band has done recently. They also overshadow the rest of the album, whichis almost uniformly excellent and contains three other tracks which likewise outshine most of the available product. "I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine" is a gorgeous rockaballad, "Play On" has captivating harmonies over high-voltage rocking and "Cruisin Music" is a consummately produced Beach Boys-style tribute to the car radio. Starting Over is still not the ultimate Raspberries triumph, but its highest points are as lofty as any heights rock music '74 has scaled. - Ken Barnes, Rolling Stone, 10/24/74. Bonus Reviews! I don't quite believe it myself, but this really does it -- brings the middle '60s into the middle '70s. Full of great singles for a singular time, which obviously doesn't mean this one. Two secrets. First, Scott McCarl is the big bad John they've always needed to compliment Eric Carmen's supersweet Paul. Second, a vague concept (just like Sgt. Pepper!) adds dimension to several otherwise minor tracks. Highlights: "All through the Night" (Eric as Rod the Mod), "Hands on You" (drumless John-and-Paul takeout), and "Overnight Sensation" (about being in it for hit records rather than money, which is what I call a concept). A- - Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981. The band's last album is something of a disappointment, much louder and punchier than their previous work but lacking the elegance that characterized their overall sound. None of the songs is bad, and some are quite good, but they sound like they're going through the motions at this point, and they did break up soon after. Starting Over was selected as Album of the Year in the 1974 Rolling StoneCritics Poll. * * * - Bruce Eder, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
  22. Double Fantasy

    I always thought Mariah Carey should have done either ABM or "Boats". I believe I once read she considered ABM, but Celine beat her to the punch. I think Mariah's career would have gone a better route in the 90's had she gone with either!
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