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  2. Happy Birthday to Pretender!

    Have a great day, man! James

    Lew!!!....if you study Biden, you´ll know he earned a bunch of $s via corruption. As VP you can go to school on how Biden did it, and do it yourself!!!!!! Man, Lew´s gonna be RICH. P.S. when you rob your millions Lew, don´t pay Trask a cent of commission. He´ll claim he deserves a cut as he picked you for VP etc etc etc. But don´t cave in. AnyWay, TRASK / BUNDLES 2020!! ......I´m SO in. .....´nough said.
  4. Steven Tyler sabotages opening bands...

    You would think Tyler would be more confident than that.



    What do you see as my contribution to the ticket?...
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  12. Eric Carmen’s vocal range...

    Eric's voice is great. you ever notice when he goes for the higher note it seems like he is going to strain but it never does!!!

  14. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 Bonus Quote of the Day (Billboard, on the Raspberries’ Classic Final Album, “Starting Over”) “Eric Carmen must be considered one of the strongest rock vocalists around, and it is a mistake to consider this band for kids only. There are a lot of music fans waiting for the kind of skillful, good rock this band serves up. Probably the strongest overall effort yet from this band, thematically and musically. Best cuts: ‘Overnight Sensation (Hit Record),’ ‘Play On,’ ‘I Don't Know What I Want,’ ‘I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine,’ ‘Starting Over.’” --“Pop Pick,” Billboard Magazine, September 28, 1974, on The Raspberries’ final album, Starting Over (from Eric Carmen’s Web site) All hail The Raspberries! Most of the rock critics of the time wouldn’t give the power pop group of the Seventies a break, and the pressure from the record company just became too great to endure. Two members left, but it still didn’t help. The title Starting Over took on unintended irony when the band collapsed. By the following spring, it was, as Carmen later sang on his eponymous solo album, time for “Ricky and the Tooth” (i.e., producer Jimmy Ienner). All I know is that throughout high school, I wore out Starting Over—and, if I’d been able to get my hands on the Raspberries’ earlier LPs, they probably would have received the same treatment. For true believers, none of what I say is necessary. But for anyone else—well, just think of some of their biggest fans: John Lennon, Keith Moon, Kurt Cobain, Bruce Springsteen. From great, full-out rock ‘n’ roll (“Cruisin’ Music,” a Beach Boys tribute covered in a prior post of mine) to the most hauntingly tender love songs (the title track), this album had it all. But towering over it all was the first song, perhaps the great production masterpiece of Carmen’s entire career: “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record),” a thunderous five-minute extravaganza packed with piano, guitar, all-stops-out lead vocals by Carmen--and one hell of a lot of heart. It shows the struggle to get a creative product out there for fans to appreciate (“Well the program director don’t pull it/Then it’s bound to get back the bullet”), climaxing in the magical moment when the song-within-a-song issues from a transistor radio. That LP has been consigned to history in the CD era, but I played it so often I can hear it still, as much as I can the heartbeat of my youth. In my head I hear The record play, hear it play… POSTED BY MIKET AT 4:33 PM NO COMMENTS: LABELS: " BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY, "OVERNIGHT SENSATION","STARTING OVER, ERIC CARMEN, THE RASPBERRIES TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2009 Song Lyric of the Day (The Raspberries, Keepin’ the Summer Alive with “Cruisin’ Music”) “Get up in the morning Check out the weather If it looks like sun I get my things together Throw some cutoffs on Got my tank-top and tennies now And head for the beach.”—The Raspberries, “Cruisin’ Music,” written by Eric Carmen, for the band’s album Starting Over(1974) Some might say that “Hot Fun in the Summertime" is the greatest song that Brian Wilson should have written but didn't. My own nomination is for this one, the last chart entry before lead singer Eric Carmen left The Raspberries. It’s got all the essentials for The Summer Song—sun, sand, cars, and, of course, girls. When he wasn’t channeling F. Scott Fitzgerald (see the song titles “Boats Against the Current” and “Winter Dreams”), Carmen was literally channeling the Beach Boys on his transistor radio. If you don’t believe me, try listening to “She Did It” from his Boats Against the Current solo album, or, in his Raspberries days, his take on the romantic dilemma of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?”, “Let’s Pretend.” (A word of advice: Steer clear of the cover version of the latter by The Bay City Rollers. While Carmen sings the tune with conviction, you’ll probably feel the goo coming off your hands from the overhyped Seventies answer to the Beatles.) A week ago, Carmen turned 60. It’s hard to believe that the composer of “Go All the Way,” “Ecstasy,” “Tonight,” and “I Wanna Be With You” is now a settled-down family man. But the sound of this particular Raspberries single is so fresh that it’s easy to overlook the time-capsule lyrics (“Those suntanned girls/Are lookin' outta sight/A beach-drenched chick/Would never get uptight”). If there were any justice in this world, the Raspberries would have been hailed as the greatest thing to hit pop since—well, The Beach Boys. But life isn’t fair. The hell with it. Find this song on iTunes (or, in my case, a Raspberries CD), and play it loud. Summer’s here—late, it’s true, for the New York area—but not too late to “check out the weather,” hop in the car and catch a wave. POSTED BY MIKET AT 3:44 AM NO COMMENTS: LABELS: ERIC CARMEN, POP MUSIC, SONG LYRIC OF THE DAY, THE RASPBERRIES FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2008
  15. This Day in Pop Music History (Raspberries’ ‘Starting Over’ Becomes Swan Song) September 16, 1974—The title of the fourth studio album by the power pop group The Raspberries not only tried to capitalize on one of the LP’s more commercially viable songs, but also a new direction and new hope in the replacement of two members. But, despite possessing what many fans consider its greatest production masterpiece and winning critical approval for once, Starting Over proved to be the group’s final collection of original material. I have already written posts about what may have been the group’s zenith, its 1973 Carnegie Hall gig; the group’s infectious tip of the hat on Starting Over to one of their influences, the Beach Boys, on “Cruisin’ Music”; even another post on Starting Over. But that hardly exhausts what can be said about the group’s denouement. Hopes were high, as Starting Over was released, that Michael McBride, a former member of lead singer Eric Carmen’s prior band, Cyrus Erie, would fill Jim Bonfanti’s shoes on the drums, and that Nebraska bassist Scott McCarl would not only prove an adequate permanent substitute for Dave Smalley but that he might form a creative songwriting combo with Carmen, much like their heroes, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Expectations were even greater because producer Jimmy Ienner had crafted Carmen’s "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)," into an exhilarating, Spectorian five-minute suite that began to climb the Billboard charts. But “Overnight Sensation” could climb no higher than #18 on the singles chart and the album as a whole only reached #143. By early the following year, after a grinding tour, continuing intra-band tensions and not enough money, The Raspberries split for good. Carmen told his side of the story in the song “No Hard Feelings”from his first, bestselling eponymous solo album: “While we were locked in image prison waiting for that break We were raped, reshaped, and trying to escape Caught in a rock 'n' roll time warp and trying to find a way to get out." With a record company keeping them “in image prison,” it was all a product of circumstances beyond their control, he suggested: “There isn’t anyone to blame.” In truth, the causes of the breakup were small, petty—but, because they were myriad, all that much harder to repair the damage. While the lack of money coming certainly didn’t help, group members also seethed and sometimes fought over songwriting credit, the direction of the band—even the apparel they wore onstage. Carmen was considerably more prosaic about the group’s breakup in an interview with Bullzeye.com seven years ago: “We did the Starting Over album, and Rolling Stone picked it as one of their seven best of the year in their annual writers and critics poll, and they picked 'Overnight Sensation' as the best record of the year, and we subsequently sold the fewest number of copies of any of our records, and played every hole on the east coast for six or seven solid months of demoralizing gigging. And that was pretty much the end of it. We realized at some point that there was no way to climb out. What we had tried to do had been successful on one level, and a complete bust on another level. The rock critics got it, and the 16-year-old girls got it, but FM radio was just not about to play a band that sounded like they were making singles, and so it was kind of like beating your head against the wall at a certain point. It was time to move on and try something else.” The cumulative toll of four years of wayward promoting by Capitol Records—who, seeing the quartet’s lack of facial hair and affinity for The Beatles and The Beach Boys, had promoted them as teenyboppers (even dressing them in matching suits)—had proven too much to overcome. Yet critics from the time who found the band overly derivative would be astonished to find that, four decades later, the Cleveland Fab Four have won a cult following as progenitors of power pop. It might be a stretch to call Starting Over “a loose concept album,” as one online review I read called it. But let’s just say that a strong connecting thread among the songs is the rock ‘n’ roll life, starting with the title track and proceeding through “Play On,” a McCarl tune where the bassist seems to channel John Lennon; "The Party's Over," lead guitarist Wally Bryson’s sayonara to the old incarnation of the group; “All Through the Night,” Carmen’s winking narrative of a close encounter with a groupie; and “Hands on You,” Bryson and McCarl’s louche follow-up to Carmen’s prior quartet on teenage lust: “Go All the Way,” “I Wanna Be With You,” “Ecstasy” and “Tonight.” Fans of The Raspberries are a different breed of animal, showing up in the most unexpected situations. Several years ago, I followed up on a kind note on this blog from a reader who told me he was a church musician. How had he come across my stuff? I asked. I half expected to hear that this person had read a “Quote of the Day” featuring a pope, a spiritual writer, maybe even one of the psalms. But such was not the case. Instead, the church musician responded, he came upon the blog through something I wrote about The Raspberries. It was fans like him—or, to confess my allegiance frankly, like us—who kept the dream of a Raspberries reunion going, even when the peace among its members proved so terribly fragile. In 2005, after 30 years of going solo, Carmen reunited with Bryson, Bonfanti and Smalley in what was originally supposed to be a one-shot gig at Cleveland’s House of Blues but that soon ended up creating a small concert tour. The product of that coming-together, Live on Sunset Strip, gave their rabid cult following what they had awaited all these years. Relations among group members—particularly Carmen and Bryson—have proven so delicate that their sweet moment of the reunion might be all their fans get for their patience. But that might be enough. POSTED BY MIKET AT 10:09 PM LABELS: ERIC CARMEN, OVERNIGHT SENSATION, POP MUSIC, ROCK 'N' ROLL, STARTING OVER, THE RASPBERRIES, THIS DAY IN POP MUSIC HISTORY 1 COMMENT: Unknown said... I saw the Raspberries at Concord College in Athens, West Virginia in late winter or early spring, 1975. No Wally Bryson. I thought they were about done. I enjoyed the concert. I saw Eric Carmen in Charleston, WV in the winter of 76, i think. He opened for the Sweet, and I thought he was a lot better.Of course, I had went to see him. I did have a few Sweet records, but I liked The Raspberries a lot better. I have the DVD of the Sunset strip concert, and Pop Art Live. The only one of their CDs I have is Fresh. I do have the Capitol collectors series CD with 20 songs. Sincerely, A Raspberries fan since 72 SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 AT 4:52 PM
  16. http://researcharchive.wintec.ac.nz/5394/1/Braae%2C Music and the Middlebrow Slides.pdf Couldn’t get page to properly display so I put up the link...EC is featured prominently in their explanations...
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  18. Podcast featuring EC...

    Good job, Craig(although I’m not sure what the term “Yacht Rock” means...)
  19. Podcast featuring EC...

    Good catch, Craig!
  20. Podcast featuring EC...

    This also at 13:22 mark- https://podbay.fm/podcast/1372511062/e/1573221644
  21. Joe Porcaro dies at 90

    More on Joe: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/joe-porcaro-dies/
  22. Eric Carmen’s vocal range...

    Lew, you sleuth out the most interesting stuff...
  23. Not sure what the hell this means... Singing carrots Log in Home page Find songs My repertoire Vocal range finder Artists vocal ranges About Give your feedback Eric Carmen vocal range Please note: we are estimating the vocal range for the artists based on what we know about the songs they perform. The 'real' vocal range of the person of course might be different. This estimate is just based on the highest and lowest known pitches from the songs we have in our database. It might be that the singer can actually hit lower or higher notes, but never did so in their recordings known to us. According to our database the vocal range of this artist is: Song with the LOWEST pitch - All by Myself (E3-F5) Song with the HIGHEST pitch - I Was Born To Love You (Eb4-C6) Find your vocal range
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