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    Gotham City
  • Interests
    Crime fighting, cool hi-tech crime-fighting gadgets.
  • Occupation
    Millionaire industrialist/philanthropist by day.

    Crime fighting super-hero by night with my cohort Robin, the Boy Wonder.
  • Favorite Eric Carmen Album
    Eric Carmen
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  1. Raspberries 180 Gram Vinyl Review

    A big 10-4 on the Starting Over album having a more refined and balanced sound. Sorry for the CB radio lingo!! LOL!
  2. Raspberries 180 Gram Vinyl Review

    Interestingly, I still have an original (mint condition) 1972 45rpm single of GATW which, when played on my high-end audio system, sounds as good as any CD release! This to me is astounding. Not that the 45 had such great sound, but that the recording has so little dynamics, which were most likely lost in compression. Not being an audio engineer, it is only my guess that the original tapes need to be remixed and remastered using 21st century technology in order to get a really "clean" version, but we must be careful what we ask for...the result may sound significantly different than what our brains remember from 1972 AM radio!!! Newer may not actually sound "better" !!! Remember, this was early 1970's Power-Pop, not Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops!!! Not really audiophile criteria! Shades of RCA Red Seal!!!
  3. Monkee Davy Jones has died

    In the Kirschner interview, he extolled the joys of not needing to split as much profit with the comic-strip Archies as with the human Monkees (oxymoron???), and no heated contract negotiating sessions!! If Archie gave him any lip, Don could just put some "Liquid Paper" over his mouth!!! LOL!! These interviews are easily found on the web. Check it out.
  4. Raspberries 180 Gram Vinyl Review

    I remember buying the Japanese import mini-LP CD of the first album, fantasizing about how those finicky Japanese engineers must have cleaned up the masters. When I played it, however, it sounded no different from my Capitol-issue CD of Raspberries greatest hits. I think this is as good as it will ever be. I agree totally with you about the heavy compression, Kirk.
  5. Monkee Davy Jones has died

    There was an interesting show about the history of the formation of the Monkees and their eventual breakup due to internal fighting with Don Kirschner and the shows producers. The gist of the story is that these guys were hired as actors to play the role of a band in a TV show. All their music was written and performed by top writers and studio session players, with the guys doing just the vocals. When Mike Nesmith blew the lid off the truth, Peter Tork joined him in the rebellion. During a heated meeting with Kirschner, Mike told him to go "f--k" himself. Don allowed them to write and perform their own original material, which totally bombed on release. As punishment, Kirschner withheld the next Monkees hit that was in the pipeline, and instead released it as part of a Saturday morning cartoon show...The Archies went to number 1 with "Sugar, Sugar" and reportedly outsold every Monkees single release. Soon after, the Monkees TV show was canceled and the guys went their separate ways. Years later, in several interviews, Mickey Dolenz says he and Davey always took The Monkees as a job, and were perfectly happy to do things the way Kirschner wanted, and Peter Tork has said that in retrospect, he made the blunder of his life in rebelling with Mike. He suffered for many years with substance abuse troubles and still regrets killing the golden goose. Nesmith was independently wealthy from Mommy's Liquid Paper profits, so he could care less. In his later interviews, Kirschner still could not comprehend how guys that he turned into stars from nothing would turn on him and ruin a good thing for a lot of people.
  6. IWBWY from HBO's "Vinyl"

    The sound just isn't there. Raspberries' version jumps out at you from the opening chords, and holds you captive till the end fade.. Eric's vocal is passionate. This sounds more like a karaoke version to me, or perhaps an elevator Muzak version. Just my humble opinion. But, this version would never have charted as high as our guys' fantastic, definitive version.
  7. Happy Birthday, James!!!

    Happy Birthday Oh Master of the Harem!! I don't want to know how you will celibate, er, I mean, celebrate your birthday!! LOL!!
  8. Celine breaks down in Vegas

    While I have never been a Celine fan, I can't imagine the painful emotions that develop within her while singing ABM after losing her husband and brother 2 days apart. She no doubt literally feels all by herself. My prayers go out to her.
  9. My mother dies R.I.P.

    My deepest sympathy for your loss, Matt. May your mother rest in peace.

    I sent Catwoman a lovely arrangement of catnip-laced Godiva chocolates!!!
  11. HBO's Vinyl: Featuring Raspberries!

    I also do not get HBO. I'll have to wait till it is released on DVD.
  12. HBO's Vinyl: Featuring Raspberries!

    I've been hooked on vinyl since I was a kid!
  13. "Celine Dion Classic"...Really?

    I try to look for the good in things. I think to myself, "what if that were me up there in front of everyone?". Not so easy.LOL!
  14. "Celine Dion Classic"...Really?

    He seemed like a nice kid, and we can't fault his taste in music!
  15. HBO's Vinyl: Featuring Raspberries!

    How great is it that Eric and Raspberries continue to be relevant, musically, some 45 years after releasing their debut album. Two years ago Guardians of the Galaxy used GATW in the soundtrack of the hit movie, and 5 years ago Life On Mars, an ABC-TV series, used GATW in an extended scene that played the entire song. Bravo Berries!! Makes me wish, almost, that I had HBO.