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Everything posted by Raspbernie

  1. The Rock Stops Here...

    Great record. Eric doesn’t get the respect he deserves for helping bring the R&R Hall of Fame to Cleveland. Bernie
  2. One-man-band Let's Pretend cover

    This guy always impresses. Plus his taste in music is right on the money! Bernie
  3. Metal hair band cover GATW

    Pretty true to the original. Minus the hair. Eric not included. Bernie
  4. HBO's Divorce: GATW

  5. Happy Birthday, Bernie!!!!!

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, they are much appreciated! Bernie
  6. Neil Diamond

    Sad news, indeed. Happy I got to see him in concert a couple of years ago. Bernie
  7. Starting Over 4 song drum cover

    👍 Bernie
  8. Another "Hall of Fame" in Ohio....

    "Mount Funkmore.” Like it already. Bernie
  9. IWBWY covered by The Beats

    I always liked this one! Bernie
  10. Last Dance

    Great! And yes, Kirshner '73. Bernie
  11. 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
  12. Brand New Year: Video 2017-2018 Version

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

    Spins and Reviews By Alan Haber Raspberries | Pop Art Live (Omnivore, 2017) For a thrilling listening experience back in 1976, you could do worse than planting Raspberries’ Best featuring Eric Carmen on your turntable. Every one of the 10 tracks on offer was bang-zoom top-flight–“Go All the Way,” “Tonight,” “Ecstasy,” and “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)” to name just four. Plus, the first few songs on side one were programmed to start a hairbreadth after the one before it, elevating the excitement level about a million percent. Listening to Best, I always wondered what it would be like to be at a Raspberries concert. It seemed to me that nothing could quite compare to the emotional payoff experienced by people this close to the band up on a stage that probably shook wildly with every beat bounced upward and then showered down on the audience. Plus, all of that singing along… Now, with the release of Pop Art Live, fans like me can finally feel the power of a you-are-there Raspberries performance. Recorded on November 26, 2004 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, this beautifully mixed and mastered document puts listeners in the cross hairs of a dynamic performance of 28 group classics and covers of choice songs from the Beatles and the Who. It is an invigorating experience. The band is in fine voice and plays throughout the show like they hadn’t just gotten together for a reunion performance 30 years later. Working together as a cohesive unit on stage, they are clearly on a mission, invested in every note as they work to please every audience member, all of them hungry for a taste of Raspberries history. Augmented by a trio of musicians called “The Overdubs” that helps to flesh out their sound, Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, David Smalley, and Jim Bonfanti work every inch of the room as they play the hits and key album tracks and just generally whoop it up, Raspberries style. The highlights are many–“Nobody Knows,” “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record),” “Might as Well,” “Starting Over,” “Should I Wait,” and “Come Around and See Me” spring to mind–but the whole program is a collective highlight and delight, which is probably more to the point. To say that Jim Bonfanti’s drums are the propulsive glue that holds these proceedings together would be an understatement; he has lost none of his power and is even more powerful than he was before. It should go without saying that the rest of the band is also performing at the height of their powers, but I’ll say it: This magical foursome was on that November night. Kudos to Omnivore Recordings for releasing this astounding, pulse-pounding document, and kudos to you for buying it. Because, of course, you will be…right? —Pure Pop Radio, August 9, 2017
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Ad for Best of Eric Carmen

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

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

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

    Nicely done! Bernie
  20. Jesus All The Way

    Wow. Just...wow. Merry Christmas, kiddos! Bernie
  21. 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
  22. "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
  23. 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
  24. David Cassidy dies

    Terribly sad. One of my favorite singers. Really underrated because of the teenybopper thing. But, what a voice! RIP, David. Bernie