I was just thinking....
If I were Arista Records, I know I'd be obsessed with breaking new rappers and capitalizing on my American Idol artists (fair enough), but I'd also want to maximize my back catalog when the opportunity presents itself.
And since the release of Raspberries' live CD is drawing nearer, I'd say to myself, "Why not capitalize on any buzz, large or small, relating to the reunion of that influential rock'n'roll band?"
And then I'd dip into my catalog and put together an Eric Carmen compilation. Rather than make it a variation on a previous "best-of" CD, I'd give it some shape --- a theme. Like maybe, Eric Carmen: Ballads. Or Songs of Love and Love Lost.
And then I'd get it out there while there's still a living and breathing audience of CD-buying baby boomers. And I'd push to have it out on Valentine's Day. (I know -- you have to plan ahead to do that. But Valentine's Day and love/love-lost go together, so....)
Anyway, such a compilation would be a nice way to highlight a number of Eric's well-known hits as well as underappreciated "album cuts." And this would be my lineup:
1. All By Myself
2. Boats Against the Current
3. The Way We Used to Be
4. All for Love
5. Never Gonna Fall in Love Again
6. I'm Through with Love
7. Foolin' Myself
8. Nowhere to Hide
9. Desperate Fools
10. She Remembered
11. I Was Born to Love You
12. Heaven Can Wait
13. I Wanna Take Forever Tonight
14. Love Is All That Matters
15. Almost Paradise
Pretty powerful group of ballads, no? And nice sequencing, don't you think? All those sad ballads through the first 9 tracks, with the mood turning on "She Remembered," and then five "happy ending" songs to finish....
I'd buy it! Heck, a lot of people would buy it based solely on "All By Myself" and "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again."