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    From the upcoming movie "Live at the Agora", Eric on Hank LoConti:
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    I’m a new member from Worcester UK, who is just discovering Eric’s albums and really loving them. I’m a piano teacher and music therapist and look forward to finding out and listening to more of his music.
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    Q&A ERIC CARMEN ON JOHN LENNON, RASPBERRIES GETTING BACK TOGETHER, FAVORITE COVERS, AND MORE By Darren Paltrowitz Having charted for the first time exactly 45 years ago in 1972, few artists have experienced a lengthy musical career like Eric Carmen. In the early 1970s, Carmen was the lead singer and principal songwriter of the Raspberries, who first hit it big with “Go All The Way.” More chart hits—including “Don’t Want To Say Goodbye,” “I Wanna Be With You,” “Let’s Pretend,” and “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)” — would follow before the Ohio-based group disbanded in 1975. 1976 brought the launch of Carmen’s solo career, and his first single “All By Myself” peaked at number two in the United States and number 12 in the United Kingdom. Massive success followed Carmen into the 1980s as he charted plenty more singles. 1987 was a major year for Carmen as his contribution to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, “Hungry Eyes,” went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Just a few years prior, his composition for the Footloose soundtrack, “Almost Paradise,” was also a radio staple around the world. Along the way, songs written by Carmen have been recorded by many key artists, including Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Frankie Valli, Diana Ross, Victoria Justice, and Eric Benét. In 2017, the catalog of Eric Carmen remains high in demand as new generations of music listeners have discovered his work. The Almost Famous soundtrack prominently featured “Go All The Way” in 2000. The same song was recorded by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs for their 2009 Under The Covers, Vol. 2 album, The Killers for the 2012 film Dark Shadows, and appears in the 2014 blockbuster film Guardians Of The Galaxy. Meanwhile, a 2004 reunion concert of the Raspberries, as recorded at the House Of Blues in Cleveland, is finally getting a proper release through Omnivore Recordings on August 18th. A 2-CD set, Pop Art Live finds founding members Carmen, Wally Bryson, David Smalley and Jim Bonfanti in top form. Pop Art Live also includes liner notes from filmmaker Cameron Crowe, Bernie Hogya, and Ken Sharp. Eric Carmen answered some Q&A for the Inquisitr about his past, present and future. The popularity of the Raspberries’ catalog increased substantially in the 1990s and 2000s, when the band wasn’t active. When did you first realize that your work with the Raspberries was influential to key artists? Eric Carmen: In 1974, when the band was recording our fourth album Starting Over at The Record Plant in New York, John Lennon was in the studio next to us producing, Harry Nilsson’s Pussycats album. John frequently would come by and stick his head in the door, while we were mixing and he later told me that he was “absolutely blown away by ‘Overnight Sensation'” and jokingly said that he and Ringo [Starr] were going to “do promotion.” That was certainly an amazing moment. Later on when Bruce Springsteen told me that while he was writing The River, all he listened to was Woody Guthrie and the Raspberries’ Greatest Hits, I began to realize our music was having an impact on some really great artists. Do you have a favorite Raspberries cover version? Not the Motley Crue version of “Tonight,” I would assume? Carmen: I enjoyed The Killers’ take on “Go All The Way” that appeared in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. For you, is there a favorite Raspberries song to perform live? Carmen: I enjoy them all. The band sounds very tight on "Pop Art Live." How much rehearsal was needed before performing this reunion concert in 2004? Carmen: We rehearsed on and off for about three months. Sometimes one or two of the band members weren’t available, so I would work with Paul Sidoti, Jennifer Lee, and Billy Sullivan on background vocals and string and horn parts. What was the impetus to reunite in 2004? Was it simply someone from House Of Blues reaching out? Carmen: Yes! The booker for the House Of Blues’ grand opening wanted to do something really special for Cleveland. His wife suggested, “Why don’t try to get the Raspberries to reunite?” He called Jim Bonfanti and Jim called me and we said, “If not now, when?” How did this working relationship with Omnivore Recordings come about? Carmen: I met Brad Rosenberger years ago when he was with Warner/Chappell Music Publishing. I was recording in L.A. in late 2013 with The Wondermints and Jeff Foskett and Ken Sharp brought Brad to the recording session. Brad had been sending me new Omnivore releases for years! I thought they were doing a wonderful job for their artists, so when this project came up, I thought Omnivore would be the perfect home for the recordings. Notably your voice has held up very well throughout your career. Do you do a lot of vocal warm-up? Or do a lot to take care of yourself? Carmen: I’ve never done any vocal warm ups, ever. As a matter of fact, I learned to sing playing three sets a night in smoky clubs. As luck would have it, my voice is best when it’s kind of blown out. "Pop Art Live" aside, what is coming up for you in your career? Do you have plans for any solo recordings? Carmen: I’ve been considering the possibility of performing again and I wouldn’t rule out making a new record. Is there something you wish more people knew about Eric Carmen? Carmen: I’m a very private person. If you want to know more about who I am, just listen to my music. Finally, Eric, any last words for the kids? Carmen: Dream big! —The Inquisitr, June 14, 2017 __________ Just found this one, so posting it. Enjoy! Bernie
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    Wow...GREAT! Can't wait to see this documentary! Bernie
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    Remember The Raspberries? BY Mitchell Cohen The Raspberries came out of two snappy Ohio bands, the Choir and Cyrus Erie, and they were on a mission. They looked around, and couldn't help but notice—this is 1971-ish—that "rock" was becoming more ornate and pretentious, moving further and further away from the ideals that inspired kids to want to get together and make a racket. As the group's primary singer and songwriter Eric Carmen told an interviewer, "The Raspberries was formed as a kind of reaction to prog rock, which we didn't like. Let's bring some songwriting and harmonies back to music." If you thought the apex of pop music was the era of the Who's I Can't Explainand the Beatles' Ticket to Ride (a case that could easily be made), if you were not one of the music aficionados who were under the spell of ELP's Tarkus and Yes's Fragile, then the Raspberries made perfect sense. Their music sounded as though it was constantly chasing Please Please Me as a platonic ideal of what a pop record should be. And there was a cadre of rock writers who subscribed to that philosophy. Raspberries could have been created in a laboratory to appeal to them: here was a band that asked the question, What if Paul McCartney was the lead singer of the Who, singing songs written by Brian Wilson, produced by Phil Spector?, and then answered with records that burst out of AM radio with irrepressible verve and moxie. What wasn't to love? Many rock writers saw the Raspberries as a validation of pop classicism, as confirmation that they weren't alone in wishing that rock would get back to traditional values. It was music as a declaration of ideals. The critics swooned: writers like Greg Shaw, Ken Barnes, Metal Mike Saunders, Alan Betrock, Mark Shipper, Gene Sculatti (Robert Christgau lumped them together as the "Nostalgia Crowd," and found their affection for the Raspberries over the top). It was understandable, and not unjustified. Power pop, as it came to be called, was presented as a remedy, and the Raspberries' writer-fans weren't just praising the songs and the production they were endorsing the principle behind the songs. Making this music was a form of mutual flattery: the band was validating the critics' taste, and the critics reciprocated with praise for doing the noble thing. Raspberries, like Big Star, the Flamin' Groovies, Blue Ash, Stories, felt like a necessary course-correction, except it wasn't. It was, at least in the first part of the '70s, a losing battle. Raspberries had the journalists sewn up, and they had pop hits, but as Carmen has frequently pointed out, the coalition of critics and kid-sisters wasn't enough. A lot of the serious-rock contingent never got on board. Maybe it was those suits. Maybe it was the faint aroma of bubblegum. Maybe just snobbery. And maybe they had the wrong type of success. If they didn't have those few top 40 singles, it's possible that now Raspberries would be considered one of those cool shoulda-made-it bands like Big Star. If Eric Carmen didn't veer into a solo career that emphasized his tendency to schmaltz it up, if his songs didn't get adopted by Celine Dion and Shaun Cassidy, you could imagine him being ranked alongside Todd Rundgren, Emitt Rhodes and Michael Brown of the Left Banke as someone who executed a personal vision of smart, melodic pop-rock. The Raspberries shouldn't be dismissed that cavalierly. Their records are combination of British pop and early glam, and they contain the seeds of hair-metal (Mötley Crüe cut a version of Carmen's Tonight that stayed in the vaults for a long time) and the second, more commercially viable, generation of power pop (Cheap Trick, The Knack, the Romantics). As Bruce Springsteen (who nicked a couple of song titles from Raspberries tunes, and kicked off Born to Runwith a Max Weinberg drum fanfare influenced by I Wanna Be With You) wrote in liner notes for a live Raspberries album, "Their best records are as fun and sound as fresh today as when they were released." Here is a Raspberries Top 10, along with a handful of Eric Carmen solo cuts that tell the rest of the story. —Music Afficionado, October 27, 2017 __________ I guess you had to forget them to remember them. Early comments interesting from someone involved in the partial band early reunion stuff. Interesting website worth checking out as well, still evolving but Bob Lefsetz, clearly a Raspberries/EC supporter, recommends.
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    Beautiful! I love your dedication to Eric's music, Naeko! This whole EricCarmen.com thing came from the passion I had for Eric's words and music. The way it affected me and the way it had powers over me...to propel me forward when I felt myself falling back, to comfort me when I was in despair and to support me when I felt nobody had my back. You've got it, too. Bravo. Bernie
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    David Cassidy has died at 67 years old. Story on TMZ website: http://www.tmz.com/2017/11/21/david-cassidy-dead-at-67/#disqus_thread
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    My understanding is that these "Record Store Day" events (and special releases) are meant to support your local record shop, most of which have unfortunately closed for good. So, you should actually pop over and give them some love (and money) or soon they'll all be gone. Bernie
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    Interesting interpretation:
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    Charles Manson has died at 83 years old. Story here: http://www.tmz.com/2017/11/19/charles-manson-dead-at-83/#disqus_thread
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    Late to the game on this one. I haven't checked in at EC for a while, and while browsing Apple Music I come to find THIS. I have the signed version of Sunset Strip, and I find Pop Art to be a much more enjoyable listen. Less polished, and it's like listening to 1974 Raspberries, rather than 2000's. The mix is better, the individual guitars stand out, and the in my opinion, the energy is at another level. What a gift! Edit: Holy isht! Ticket to Ride. OMFG. Edit 2: Actually, all 3 Beatles songs are amazing. These guys should form a Beatles tribute band...
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    According to Omnivore's site, it'll be available "at your local record store" on black Friday. In my town the record store is conveniently located between Blockbuster and FotoMat. Dave
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    That is when The Raspberries released "Fresh"!! Story here from the Ultimate Classic Rock website: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/45-years-ago-raspberries-release-their-second-album-fresh/
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    Some links to follow for more info: Agora Movie Productions, LLC Facebook: LiveAtTheAgoraMovie Twitter: @AgoraMovie Twitter: @JayPatrikBoland Email: jay.boland@liveattheagora.com
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    Wow! When will we see this?
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    I Wanna Take Forever Tonight (cover) It's me, Aventurine! (^_-)-☆ Enjoy! Vocal : Aventurine Piano : Second Moon Chorus : Teruko
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    Hi Angie! Welcome to the ec.com family!!!!
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    Great song for Halloween, The Poppy Family "There's No Blood In Bone" (1969 or 1970) which did not chart in the U.S. though but a minor hit in Canada:
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    Angie, did you know Eric composes his songs on the piano? Therapy, for sure!
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    Hey AngieG, Welcome to EricCarmen.com—do yourself a favor and dig into the Message Boards. Eric used to post long, in-depth stories of everything from his songwriting process to his memories of recording many of his most popular tunes. Enjoy! Bernie
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    This writer clearly "gets it"! Eric tweeted his delight with the review Raspberries will NOT be forgotten...
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    I haven't been on as much but must say the website looks great Bernie. Will try to check in a little more now - still wishing Eric would tour or even just one solo performance. Applebees new Hungry Eyes commercial is giving him lots of exposure. Only commercial I bother to turn up. Hope everyone is doing ok. Again, great job Bernie. Pam
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    not bad! not bad, at all! love his light touch on the piano. Dave
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    Gorgeous vocals! Nice find, Kirk
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    Fats Domino has died at 89 years old. His version of The Beatles "Lady Madonna" went to # 100 (2 weeks) in September of 1968:
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    I think I see a home made compilation disc in my future.
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    Never will forget running into Wally on the streets of Manhattan after the first night at BB Kings in New York. He had stepped outside his hotel to have a smoke apparently and we just happened to walk right by him. My wife and I said hi and introduced ourselves and talked about the concert the night before and music in general. He was so gracious and friendly and down to earth. It was a great moment after traveling out from the Midwest especially for that gig. Wallys guitar playing was awesome during that reunion tour. We are so happy we saw several of those gigs because they were extraordinary-- but what would you expect from one of the greatest pop bands in history?
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    Naeko, that was wonderful. Thank you!
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    That´s what I was thinking too Kirk. Truth trumps being cool every time, at least it should. If an album is wall-to-wall good/great, then just say it Señor Music Critic. Anyway, "I Can Remember" is their best song, IMHO. James
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    Solid review, but you lost me there, champ. Don't think I have ever heard anyone refer to "I Can Remember" as schlock! Bernie
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    For the ladies...a tall thin blonde who REALLY does play the saxophone, and just about everything else! (Thanks AnneNR...borrowed from one of your posts.)
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    Lost my mother last year. Life just is never quite the same when you lose a good mother.
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    Yes. I kept the news off of the website until Eric tweeted the news. She was his biggest fan. Bernie
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    Sad news, indeed. Prayers to Eric and his family.
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    Eric just tweeted that his mother passed away the 21st - service was held yesterday.
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