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  1. At The Record Plant

    This week's rare photos are from the private collection of Jim Bonfanti and take us back to the glory days of Raspberries circa 1972. The first photo shows Record Plant engineer Shelly Yakus at the mixing console during a recording session for Raspberries' first Capitol LP. Shelly worked alongside producer Jimmy Ienner and assistant engineer Dennis "The Fly" Ferrante at New York City's Record Plant, where all four Raspberries LPs were recorded. The second photo shows a promotional Record Plant "wooden nickle" that Jim has kept in his possession for the past 35 years. The third photo is a terrific snapshot of Wally Bryson holding his personal copy of the group's first gold record for Raspberries' smash hit "Go All The Way." Bernie
  2. At The Record Plant

    They got tired of the Message Board after begging for the Message Board to stay open! Bernie
  3. My Thanks To You :-)

    By the way, I just wanted to thank everyone who has been coming here for the past 10 years along with those of you who have only been here the past 10 days. I wonder how many websites in cyberspace ever get enough traction to celebrate 1 million hits? Yet, here we are...over the 2 million hit mark! Amazing. It's a testament to you guys, and your indefatigable spirit to keep coming back. Sure, it's easy when things are happening, like concerts, new releases, and special announcements. But what makes this thing click and whirl each and every day isn't about that. It's about when things are slow. When there is no new news. When you just come back to...well, just come back. We're all part of a family here. We pat each other on the back when someone we hardly know finds themselves with good fortune. Likewise, we give each other a shoulder to cry on when they hit hard times. All of you are so damned important to me, that I just wanted you to know that. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart <3
  4. Opening spread

  5. Lisa R.I.P.

    Really, really sad news. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Bernie
  6. Paul McCartney—playlists

    LC, Interesting post...but I'd take "Here There and Everywhere" off your list! I can't imagine ANYONE could find fault with that one! Bernie
  7. No Go Slow Weekend

  8. Raspberries Trading Cards

    These two cards come from a RARE set of Raspberries trading cards issued with the special edition of Raspberries: TONIGHT! If you're one of the lucky owners of the limited edition book...Yay! Everyone else may continue to drool. Bernie
  9. Grumpy Cat dies

    A gold star to Larry for firing on all cylinders to keep this Message Board alive! Going the extra mile to add his thoughts to a Grumpy Cat post, of all things! Kudos, LC! Bernie
  10. Mary Hopkin does Doris Day

    He was so brilliant back then! Brilliant still, of course, but back then?!? Hoo boy! Bernie
  11. Raspberries Trading Cards

    The cards were Ken Sharp’s idea, and they did turn out VERY cool ( if I do say so myself)! Bernie
  12. Carpool Karaoke: ABM

    Ha! Bernie
  13. Mary Hopkin does Doris Day

    And the maestro. Bernie
  14. I Can Hardly Believe...

    A great song! And a tough one for Eric to sing, which is probably why they cut it from their sets. Always loved how he could effortlessly go from that soft, sweet ballad voice to that rough and tumble loud scream. Just amazing! Bernie
  15. GATW "From The Fire" cover

    Solid. Bernie
  16. I saw that tweet by Eric on the Spotify fake artists. Real interesting (and disturbing) revelation. Seems the crooked music industry is just as crooked as ever. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Bernie
  17. Tim Conway

    One of the greats! Bernie
  18. Paul Gilbert does "My Girl"

    Cool. Bernie
  19. "Midnight Special" 1975

    Obviously, the old guys running the TV networks thought those hideous effects were “hip” and “cool.” Bernie
  20. Gilbert o’Sullivan

    Always loved "Alone Again Naturally." Bernie
  21. Rumor Mill

    True! A reunion (of sorts) did, indeed, take place! It was an AMAZING show! Bernie
  22. Susie, I was going to post something about this but you beat me to it! Actually, the guitar at the Met is one of Joan's touring guitars (different control knobs, one pickup) that she made while safeguarding Eric's original. I've read for over a decade that she has the original is a "safe," but I've never seen a recent picture of it. Hope she actually still has it. Bernie PS: Cool to see Eric's name in the description!
  23. The Eric Carmen Story

    I'm flying to Los Angeles for a couple of days at the end of this week, so I'll take my trusty laptop and try and bang out another few chapters in the ongoing "Eric Carmen Story." For those of you following along, I should be able to get pretty close to finishing this thing if my battery holds up --Bernie