Eric Carmen

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  1. Hey Eric, please come back! It's been too long since you've been on here. We miss you! C'mon EC fans, ask Eric to come back!


  2. Guardians Soundtrack Garners Gold Record!

    I'm goin' to Disney World!
  3. Boats Against The Current's secret weapon: David Wintour

    Sorry it took me so long to reply to this post. First, I have a shock for you. DAVID IS NOT PLAYING A FRETLESS BASS!!!!!! Yes, you heard me right. He was playing a Fender Precision or Fender Jazz bass, WITH FRETS! He just happens to be such an unbelievably brilliant, melodic and smooth bass player that it SOUNDS as if there aren't any frets. I must now confess that you are now talking to the president of the David Wintour Fan Club. His playing on the "Boats Against The Current Album" amazes me to this day, every time I hear it. David and I became really great friends over the course of recording that album, and he is an absolutely lovely person, as well as a great bassist. The two of us were so "locked" at the end of "Nowhere To Hide" that the left hand of my piano literally disappears beneath his bass notes because they were played together, down to the nanosecond. And the beautiful "sixths" he played on those three last chords were improvised, on the spot, during the final take. It was soooo perfect, I seem to remember looking over at him, and giggling, after the last note had finally ended. Genius, that! And his playing on "Run Away" and "Boats" was every bit as perfect. In the midst of the hell that Gus Dudgeon brought to that recording, David's brilliance and sensitivity made it all bearable. I always thought if Paul McCartney listened to those tracks, HE would have been knocked out!
  4. Guardians Soundtrack Garners Gold Record!

    The Trifecta! "Footloose" Soundtrack / Number one on Billboard's Top 200 album chart/ Multi-platinum "Dirty Dancing" Soundtrack / Number one on Billboard's Top 200 album chart/ Multi-platinum "Guardians Of The Galaxy" Soundtrack/ Number one on Billboard's Top 200 album chart/ Gold ( so far...) : )
  5. Request for Another Raspberries Encore!

    P.S. Van Gogh sold TWO paintings before his death. Go figure. I've had some "great moments" in my career. One of them came at a BMI awards dinner, when this great big guy with a short beard came up to me and said "Boats Against The Current. That's a hell of a GREAT SONG!" I thanked him, and asked his name, and he said "Steve Cropper." And I said "Steve..."Dock Of The Bay"...Cropper?" and he nodded "yes." Those are the moments that make it all worthwhile. I had a "Sir George Martin Moment" like that one, as well. The recognition by my peers, the writers and artists I ADMIRED, has always been more important than the "official recognition" of The Rock Hall. Bruce Springsteen's approval trumps most others. Same for all the artists that wrote lovely things for the liner notes of "The Essential." A little statue is always nice, but I'd rather have the approval of someone I really admire.
  6. Request for Another Raspberries Encore!

    I could write a thousand pages on this subject, but, sadly, the post above pretty much explains all there is to know. If, by some fluke, The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame ever sees fit to deem us "worthy,"( which is unlikely, for any number of reasons, not the least of which is that Jann Wenner doesn't believe that any group that wasn't from the East Coast or the West Coast is of any importance, from what I have been told). The Midwest doesn't exist and nothing that came from there could have any relevance. Rock, like everything else, is political, and I'm afraid the band never achieved the "stature" that would cause us to be nominated, let alone elected. And, because of "All By Myself", and Clive's refusal to support anything "rock" after that record, I will be dismissed as a "balladeer." Hell, The Moody Blues, who made one of the most magnificent, cutting edge, albums of the sixties ( "Days Of Future Past" ) aren't in the Rock Hall, but one hit wonders like Percy Sledge are. Personally, I would argue that "Nights In White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon" were more influential than "When A Man Loves A Woman," but I would also argue that "Warmth Of The Sun" was more important than anything Madonna ever did, or will do. So, it really doesn't matter whether we end up in the Rock Hall or not. I remember being absolutely shocked a few years ago when The Ronettes were finally inducted. THE FUCKING RONETTES WEREN'T INDUCTED BEFORE.....( I can't even begin to list the acts that shouldn't have been there, before The Ronettes ). All that means is one of those acts that WAS inducted had a better advocate than The Ronettes had. That's how it works. Life isn't fair. Get over it, or, as Taylor Swift says..."Shake It Off!"
  7. G. Simmons -- "Rock is finally dead".

    I figured out the royalty rate Pandora pays for one "hit", which they define as one person, somewhere, listening to a song. It is .00004% of one penny. The justification is that, if the song was played on the radio, thousands of people would hear it, so there should be a higher royalty rate. But because each "hit" on Pandora represents only one person, the royalty rate is reduced to basically nothing. This philosophy will make the CEO's of Pandora, and Spotify, who are selling millions of dollars in advertising, rich, but it will never produce another Bob Dylan, or John Lennon and Paul McCartney, or Brian Wilson, or Jimmy Page, or Billy Joel. So, what we get is Kanye West, and Wiz Kalifa, and a thousand other people whose songs will never be remembered next year, let alone in fifty years, and a totally dumbed down audience who thinks these acts are "genius," because they've never been exposed to anything better. My son PRE-ORDERED a CD by someone named "Earl Sweatshirt."PRE-ORDERED, as if there wouldn't be enough copies of said CD to "go around!" I'm embarrassed, but it coincides with my theory that every generation has to find music their parents hate. It's just such a strange feeling to know that, somewhere out there, there could be the next Rolling Stones, or Beatles, or Who, and, because of the economics, they will have no reason to try to really "make it," and my son will think Kanye is a "genius." Makes me want to puke.
  8. G. Simmons -- "Rock is finally dead".

    Gene IS right, but it's not 'rock" that's dead, it's the whole music business. There's an entire generation out there that have never held a CD ( Let alone an ALBUM! ) in their collective hands. The concept of owning the CD is almost dead. There are a handful of acts, like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, who can still sell 3,000,000 units. Their fans are so devoted they WANT to own the CD! But, just watching the charts since the release of the "Guardians Of The Galaxy" Soundtrack, it's easy to see the problem. A couple of weeks ago, some rapper named Wiz Kalifa debuted his new CD, and knocked the "Guardians" Soundtrack out of the number one slot. I think he sold approximately 90,000 units, and "Guardians' only sold 68,000 that week. The following week, Wiz's sales dropped by 85%, and his album went from number one to number eight or nine. This is how it works in "the 'new' music business. All of the fans of a particular artist rush out and buy their CD the first week, and then sales drop off precipitously in the weeks that follow. Only a few artists have the ability to put five hit singles on an album, and that's what keeps CD's at the top of the charts these days. I think I mentioned in a previous post that "All By Myself" got almost a million hits on Pandora, during a six month reporting period. That netted me $38.00. Meanwhile, the CEO of Pandora took home a $29,000,000 paycheck last year. That is what Gene is talking about, and I'm afraid he's absolutely right. Why would anyone want to spend a year writing great songs, and then all the time and money it would take to record them properly, only to have them stolen and receive no compensation for all your hard work. Sadly, if I was thinking about being singer/ songwriter today, I'd probably decide to do something else. And that's why there are very few new records being made by people like me. And that's why there are basically three major record labels left, when there used to be fifty. If you give away what you do, for free, or people just steal it, how can you make a living? The only answer is touring 300 days a year, and selling lots and lots of merchandise, and there are darn few musicians I know that find that an equitable situation.
  9. Raspberries Win MTV Poll with Write-In Vote!

    Very Cool!!! Thanks guys and girls!!! e
  10. Klasic piano, you made me laugh! Some of the technology available today, indeed, makes recording much easier, and sometimes, much better! Don't get me wrong. I LOVE the digital age of recording! I just think that people can use it to "enhance" a recording, or they can use it to "replace" recording, altogether. In the right hands, the technology is great. Unfortunately, most of what I hear on the radio suggests it's being used for all the wrong reasons. Spoken like a true "old school" guy.
  11. I might have written about this in the past. Excuse me if I'm repeating myself. Back in the 70's, when I was working at Sound Factory in LA, with superb engineers like Val Garay and Greg Ladanyi, there were a whole bunch of artists who recorded at that studio. James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon to name just a few. The WHOLE POINT of recording, with Val or Greg, was to make the studio as transparent as possible. As I've said before, the ONLY thing important to me, as a singer, is whether or not my vocal performance convinces the listener that I meant every word I sang. We wanted natural, acoustic sounding instruments. We used $15,000 Neumann U 67 and U 47 tube microphones, because of their incredible warmth and accuracy. We did everything humanly possible to reduce tape noise to a minimum. Val actually created a special piece of equipment that would let us hit a button to "cue in" certain instruments, eliminating the need for them to already be "on" when they weren't playing, thus eliminating noise, even the air makes noise if the microphone is "on." This was all before automation made it unnecessary to do those thing manually. When I listen to the top 20 songs out now, it is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what we were trying to go for, authenticity. Every vocal is auto-tuned, often vocoders and other electronics are used that, to me, make the singer sound "robotic." Every sound is unnatural. The tracks are completely computer generated. They record one chorus, and then cut and paste it into all the other spots. It sounds to my ears, completely inauthentic. That's one reason why I haven't spent a lot of time writing and recording. Today's record listeners would not know what to make of the kind of a songs and records I would create.
  12. Now I'm curious!!! Can you tell me, privately, who it is?
  13. I am sorry to report that I have never, until now, even HEARD of "Vose & Sons." My old Steinway was a wonderful piano, and I could kick myself for selling it. ( And I sold it for a tiny fraction of the price it apparently was worth ). On the bright side, the piano I'm playing in your "Member pic, is sitting in my living room, right now. It's a 7'6" Yamaha Conservatory Grand, with a high gloss finish that I purchased around 1978, and is mint condition. It's the piano I wrote "Brand New Year" and many other songs on. I'd be interested to know what You think THAT piano might be worth, signed of course!
  14. "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" is #1 on Billboard!

    That's OK. The number one and number three spot were both "debuts." Usually, there is a major drop off the following week. We could go back to number one, next week unless there's another major debut, by a different artist. In any case, there are now over 300,000 people who have a new CD with "Go All The Way" on it, and my guess is, a whole bunch of them are in their teens and 20's! Good stuff!