Eric Carmen fans hungry for new music might find themselves somewhat satiated by not one, but two, new CD releases coming soon. While technically not "new music," there are certainly recordings here that most fans have never heard, including unreleased demos that span Eric's career. Those unreleased songs (along with digitally remastered tracks from old favorites) will make these two CDs "Must Haves" for every Eric Carmen fan and collector.
First up, coming on March 25, 2014, is a big label release from Sony. The Essential Eric Carmen will be a two-disc, 30-track release encompassing Eric Carmen's career from a newly-signed singer/songwriter into Raspberries and through a wildly successful solo career that produced hits over a decade apart. The release will also include a new song! Read Eric's comments on the new release HERE!
Eric started his career with a pair of singles in 1969 for Epic Records as a member of The Cyrus Erie and The Quic. The "A"-sides of those singles will be included here on this official release—for the first time EVER—remastered from the original master tapes. Also included are several hits from Eric's next group, Raspberries, along with numerous recordings spanning his career as a solo artist on Arista Records, including Eric's surprise late-'80s hit, "Hungry Eyes" from the film Dirty Dancing, followed by his solo smash follow-up, "Make Me Lose Control."
As part of this unprecedented package, Sony will have a number of unique never-before-released digital downloads that will accompany the release. One of the titles fans will be able to download will be Eric's original demo for "Make Me Lose Control," titled "Long Live Rock And Roll." This lush, Eric Carmen produced demo, has been traded on cassette tape from fan to fan over the years, but the version included on this CD will be mastered from Eric's original demo tape.
Also coming right after The Essential Eric Carmen will be a monumental release of Eric Carmen's earliest studio recording.
Covering the years leading up to the first Raspberries LP, Eric Carmen: The Early Years will feature tracks written and recorded by Eric when he set foot into a recording studio for the first time.
This incredible offering will include his released Cyrus Erie and Quick singles (both "A" and "B" sides) along with his never-before-heard solo single recorded for Epic Records, but never released to the public. These two tracks, "I'll Hold Out My Hand" and "It Wont Be the Same Without You" (like all of the others), will be remastered from the original master tapes.
All that, along with FIVE unreleased Cyrus Erie demos, recorded by Eric before the Cleveland-based group headed to New York City to record their first Epic single!
More information (including label and release date) will be coming on this exciting compilation as details get confirmed. until then, let the drooling begin!