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  1. IWBWY covered by The Beats

    I always liked this one! Bernie
  2. Last Dance

    Great! And yes, Kirshner '73. Bernie
  3. Gator All By Himself...

    Looks like an official social media post by the University of Florida so I think he should. Or at the very least they would have needed to get his permission to use his lyrics. Bernie
  4. Brand New Year: Video 2017-2018 Version

    Very nice! Happy New Year! Bernie
  5. Pop Art Live: Reviews

    Without a Doubt, Raspberries’ ‘Pop Art Live’ Is My Favorite Special Release of 2017 By Scott Keller Howdy folks! I know I said that I would not be back here for the rest of 2017, but I did not expect to receive an awesome Christmas from my long-time buddy Bondo. Back on Black Friday Record Store Day, I had called him to see if he could find the new Cheap Trick Christmas album that had been released on vinyl for that special day. My record store had only received one copy, and some young lady had pilfered the copy before I could get my hands on it. Of course, the whole situation was quite assuming to my two adult boys. Anyway, Bondo, who is always up for these kind of escapades, kindly visited his local record store and picked up a copy of said Yuletide Cheap Trick album. But, while on the phone, Bondo asked me if I bought a copy of the Raspberries’ vinyl version their Pop Art Live CD that I loved so much. I told him that it was too expensive for my pocketbook. So, unbeknownst to me, he purchased a copy of the album for me. So, when I opened the package Bondo sent me, I was totally expecting to find my vinyl copy of Cheap Trick’s Christmas Christmas album. And, when I looked closely, I noticed a second vinyl album wrapped in bubble wrap with Cheap Trick. When I separated the two albums, much to my surprise was a triple 180g colored vinyl album version of my beloved Raspberries’ Pop Art Live. Now, the vinyl album contains two extra songs not found on the CD version, plus the songs are in a completely different order than they were on the double CD release. Now, instead of the CD ending with the band’s biggest hit song, “Go All the Way”, the album ends with the two songs unavailable on the CD version, “Drivin’ Around/Cruisin’ Music” and “I Don’t Know What I Want”. Each record is a different color, as each side holds five songs. Record A is translucent red vinyl, Record B is translucent blue vinyl, and Record C is translucent orange vinyl, though it was advertised as being yellow. Both the CD and vinyl versions were released by Omnivore Recordings, a record company who has built its reputation by releasing excellent music by critically-acclaimed artists who were not the biggest sellers on the planet. The company has taken much care with each and every released that I have purchased, such as their brilliant triple-double album set commemorating Big Star’s Third album, in addition to others. Now, this Raspberries vinyl version of Pop Art Live is a revelation when compared to the CD version. Now, I am discovering the power pop forefather band not only prospered from the excellent songwriting of frontman Eric Carmen, this band is not short of excellent musicians. But, it is their undoctored vocal harmonies that most jumps out at me. It’s as though this band has copped the live playing ability of the latter-day Beatles and combined it with Beach Boys- or Hollies-like harmonies, the reckless rocking abandon of early The Who and the terrific pop songsmiths of the Beatles or Motown. The world really missed out on a talented band when they ignored the Raspberries between 1972 and 1974. If you listen to this live album, their influence on such seminal power poppers as The Knack, Cheap Trick, Jellyfish, Material Issue and the Velvet Crush becomes clearer upon multiple listens. In the live setting, the band’s songs not have that magical pop that may have been missing a bit in their studio albums from the Seventies. Sure, the subject matter is strictly for the teen-angst sufferers and survivors alike, but it is the depth at which Carmen attacks the lyrics that separates the Raspberries from the other so-called teen idols of the Seventies like David Cassidy and Donnie Osmond. Once again, this is due to the brilliant literary mind of Eric Carmen. And whenever one of the other band members, such as “classic lineup” Raspberries Wally Bryson (lead guitar and vocals), David Smalley (bass and vocals) and Jim Bonfanti (drums), or latter-day members like Scott McCarl (guitar and vocals) and Michael McBride (drums), becomes involved in the songwriting, the band never misfires. Every one of their songs sounds as if they were written during the classic days of the Sixties. Raspberries, unfortunately, arrived on the scene when it was cool to be a rock band with the ability to extend their playing to new-found lengths and improvised heights. Today, many of those bands would be lumped with Phish into a category known as the jam bands. From Skynyrd to Zeppelin, Allmans to Zappa, everyone was jamming back then. Then, slowly, these artists who were more taken with the pop sounds of mid-Sixties artists like The Beatles, the Hollies, Beach Boys, The Who and The Kinks, to list a few, began to take their favorite aspects of each band and mixing those attributes from each band into their own sounds. And, thus the beginnings of the sound of Power Pop, of which Raspberries were one of the first practitioners. On Pop Art Live, Raspberries deftly intersperse cover versions of songs by The Beatles (“No Reply” and “Ticket to Ride”) and The Who (“I Can’t Explain”) with their own originals with nary a drop in the quality of the basic songwriting. And, never once, while listening to all six sides of music did I ever bore. The energy level of the band was maintained at a level that most twenty-somethings would have difficulty. Let’s just say that the four members of Raspberries have ripened individually, as well as a unit, even though the band had taken a thirty-year break. Now that I have played this album several times in the past couple of weeks, I hope the Raspberries will re-form in order to create some new music. Who cares if the public buys it! Hell, few did back in their heyday. But, at least I now have their definitive version of their last hit song “Overnite Sensation (Hit Record)”. Sure, that plea has been unfulfilled for now over 40 years, but at least the band could show the up and coming Power Pop bands what a REAL Power Pop band sounds like. If this is the last gasp of a once great band, then Pop Art Live will stand the test of time as an excellent introduction to the world of Raspberries. —If My Records Could Talk, December 28, 2017
  6. Pop Art Live: Reviews

    ROCKIN’ IS MA BUSINESS: Blurt’s Rock & Roll Roundup By Michael “Denim” Toland The legendary status of the Raspberries in the power pop community obscures the fact that the Cleveland band was quite popular during their early 70s heyday, regularly lobbing hit singles into the charts. Regardless of standing in the nebulous cloud of the music industry, the original quartet reunited in the first decade of the new millennium to show the young whippersnappers how it was done during the years when the Beatles, the Kinks and the Who were their only role models. Pop Art Live (Omnivore) captures a fiery gig from 2004 in front of a hometown crowd, all four original members included. Eric Carmen’s voice no longer hits the gloriously throat-shredding heights of the band’s glory days, but that’s no crime—age comes to us all, after all—and it otherwise retains its melodic power. The band backs him as if they couldn’t wait to get back in the saddle, making it clear that this reunion was done as much out of love as any financial incentive. Running enthusiastically through the catalog, the ‘berries reminds us just how many gems they’ve polished—not just the hits (“I Wanna Be With You,” “Overnight Sensation,” “Tonight,” a titanic, show-closing “Go All the Way”), but lesser-known, equally fine cuts like “Makin’ It Easy,” “I Can Remember” and “Nobody Knows.” Add in a couple of songs by Raspberries precursors the Choir and some filler from the Beatles catalog and it’s a power pop party. Plus it’s a double live album like the days of old. —Blurt Magazine, December 18, 2017
  7. Ad for Best of Eric Carmen

    Perhaps a European commercial? Bernie
  8. You Can't Beat The Meetles... Go All The Way!!!

    Rock photographer (and EC.com Member) Maggie Clarke second from the left! Bernie
  9. GATW Deconstructed...

    That's actually a pretty good version! Not perfect. But pretty darned close! Bernie
  10. IWBWY cover

    Nicely done! Bernie
  11. Jesus All The Way

    Wow. Just...wow. Merry Christmas, kiddos! Bernie
  12. Pop Art Live on Vinyl!

    Now, in addition to the 2-CD or Digital release, Raspberries: Pop Art Live will be available as a 3-LP set on red, blue, and yellow vinyl for Record Store Day/Black Friday (November 24, 2017) with BONUS TRACKS! Side 1: 1. I WANNA BE WITH YOU 2. PLAY ON 3. I CAN’T EXPLAIN 4. NOBODY KNOWS 5. OVERNIGHT SENSATION Side 2: 1. GO ALL THE WAY 2. DON’T WANT TO SAY GOODBYE 3. ECSTASY 4. I SAW THE LIGHT 5. TONGIHT Side 3: 1. STARTING OVER 2. BABY’S IN BLACK 3. MIGHT AS WELL 4. HARD TO GET OVER A HEARTBREAK 5. LET’S PRETEND Side 4: 1. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND 2. LAST DANCE 3. SHOULD I WAIT 4. NO REPLY 5. I CAN REMEMBER Side 5: 1. I’M A ROCKER 2. IT SEEMED SO EASY 3. WHEN YOU WERE WITH ME 4. IT’S COLD OUTSIDE 5. TICKET TO RIDE Side 6: 1. PARTY’S OVER 2. COME AROUND AND SEE ME 3. MAKIN’ IT EASY Vinyl-Only Bonus Tracks: 4. DRIVIN’ AROUND / CRUSIN MUSIC 5. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT Bernie
  13. "Lyndhurst" Compressor

    Sounds pretty sweet, Billy. The guy doing the demo is getting some really great tone out of it. Looks like it's made by Bogner. I've been playing through one for a few years. Paul Sidoti hooked me up with his guy back when he was using them with Taylor Swift. I love the vintage Marshall-y ness of it. I've not found a better amp to remind me of what my Les Paul used to sound like when I was pushing air from a 100-watt Super Lead with 4x12 cabinets back in the day. Marshall hasn't made a good amp since the '70s. But this Bogner comes pretty close. Bernie
  14. Happy 13th anniversary of the Raspberries reunion

    Great times! Would have never thought it would have been possible...until it happened! Feel so fortunate to have seen so many shows. Bernie
  15. David Cassidy dies

    Terribly sad. One of my favorite singers. Really underrated because of the teenybopper thing. But, what a voice! RIP, David. Bernie
  16. Pop Art Live on Vinyl!

    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
  17. Racy Go All The Way cover

    Not sure about the cover song, but the video has some merit. 😳 Bernie
  18. Tonight cover

    I like it. Bernie
  19. Might As Well cover

    Played and sung with passion! Love it! Bernie
  20. That's Rock and Roll cover

    Ha. Love it! Especially when the lead singer motions for the dude in the middle to change the lyrics page. His only job (as far as I can tell) seems to be to flip the page. Bernie
  21. Raspberries - Pop Art Live

    Fans who were there and fans who wished they were there can now re-live the historic first Raspberries reunion show in all its explosive (power pop) power from Omnivore Recordings. DOWNLOAD ON ITUNES BUY ON AMAZON.COM 2-CD $22.98 / DIGITAL $15.99 Disc 1: 1. I WANNA BE WITH YOU 2. PLAY ON 3. I CAN’T EXPLAIN 4. NOBODY KNOWS 5. LET’S PRETEND 6. DON’T WANNA SAY GOODBYE 7. PARTY’S OVER 8. OVERNIGHT SENSATION (HIT RECORD) 9. MIGHT AS WELL 10. IT SEEMED SO EASY 11. BABY’S IN BLACK 12. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND 13. TONIGHT 14. I CAN REMEMBER Disc 2: 1. STARTING OVER 2. LAST DANCE 3. I SAW THE LIGHT 4. NO REPLY 5. WHEN YOU WERE WITH ME 6. IT’S COLD OUTSIDE 7. SHOULD I WAIT 8. COME AROUND AND SEE ME 9. MAKIN’ IT EASY 10. TICKET TO RIDE 11. HARD TO GET OVER A HEARTBREAK 12. ECSTACY 13. I’M A ROCKER 14. GO ALL THE WAY
  22. Q&A With Eric: Pop Art Live

    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
  23. Pop Art Live: Reviews

    Raspberries Pop Art Live Omnivore Recordings I’m not sure why it took 13 years to release this, a but curious about that but anyway, on 11/26/04 the original Raspberries: Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, David Smalley an Jim Bonfanti took the stage at Cleveland’s (their hometown) House of Blues for the first time in 30 plus years. Of course all of the hits and then some are laid out here. It opens with “I Wanna Be With You” and ends with “Go All the Way” and in between you get to hear “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record),” “Tonight,” “Let’s Pretend” Some other faves include the country-ish “Should I Wait” and the rockin’ “Ecstasy.” In addition to those we’re treated to covers of the Beatles and the Who plus one of my favorite songs by another Cleveland band The Choir, “It’s Cold Outside” (Stiv Bators did an excellent cover of this tune as well). There’s nothing on here that you wouldn’t expect really. A classic band getting back together 30 years later to play their songs for a hometown crowd. The sound is excellent and the band sounds great (exquisite harmonies). A few different folks offer up liner notes one being Cameron Crowe who states that as a 15 year old kind he wormed his way into reviewing the Raspberries debut and it changed his life. Good to see that through the years the band isn’t just seen as some goofy 70’s pop band but as real players who wrote great songs and could compete with anybody at the time. The two disc 28-songs set is pretty damn terrific and aside from the cover art (who’s idea was that?!), this is a great package all the way around. —DaggerZine, October 17, 2017