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  1. One year ago today, October 3, 2021, I discovered ericcarmen.com. The world was in covid lockdown and I was in quite a funk... like the rest of the world. It literally got me back to my happy place of creating and discovering music again. So voila here we are a year later. This might sound a little over the top but in my case it almost changed my life. It literally got me through covid lockdown and it's still providing me with lots of reading and entertainment. I was doing a little bit of creeping initially and didn't put on my first post until Nov. 23, 2021. Here is part of my first post: "Eric Carmen's music has been a part of my life since I was a young teenager struggling with the gift of music and my own music career and not knowing how to express it... what to do with continuous music that filled my head since I was 5." Thank you to all of my new friends and like-minded Music Freaks here on the site. And of course BIGGEST THANK YOU to Bernie for getting this all started and his continued devotion. I hope to be able to continue reading and posting on this site every day for many years to come.❤
    9 points
  2. How's this for a RARE photo? There were plenty of black and white portraits taken of Dave, Jim, Eric and Wally when Raspberries visited Merrie Olde England back in 1973, but here’s a rare COLOR photo of the boys from that trip. From deep inside the EricCarmen.com archives...enjoy!
    8 points
  3. How about: Carmen Get It!
    8 points
  4. I edited this video, which means I literally watched it hundreds of times. With that said, a few things to note: Eric looks and sounds GREAT! He is hitting some seriously HIGH notes in this performance! And his piano playing is spot-on! He is terrific on this keyboard—it really sounds like an acoustic piano. Jennifer Lee, Billy Sullivan and Paul Sidoti are knocking the backing vocals outta the park! They’re definitely getting an assist by Dave and Wally, but the Overdubs are really living up to their name on this one! Jim Bonfanti always said his biggest regret in leaving Raspberries was missing out on playing on “Overnight Sensation.” Well, with the reunion tour he got his chance! And man does he deliver! Wow! Dave also never played on this track before. At the first reunion rehearsal that I caught, Eric was teaching Dave to play it. They spent hours going over the bass parts together. When you watch him effortless play on this track live, chalk it up to his prowess as a skilled musician. The GREAT Wally Bryson! Hell, what were the lighting people doing when Raspberries played this tune? Taking a bathroom break? While Wally was scorching the stage on several solos on his Flying V they never turn a light on him until the end. So, if you were wondering why it looks like Wally is in a broom closet when ever I cut to him playing...that's why. Seriously, what’s up with that?!? All-in-all, Raspberries fans should be thrilled that this HD footage was captured, rediscovered and shared. Rock on!
    6 points
  5. Not Dead And Berried Yet…
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  6. Damn it…I had to look it up…
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  7. Get the Japanese version if you can - it has IWHIFYL from the Geffen LP and the single edit of Foolin' Myself. It also has The Rock Stops Here, Almost Paradise, Long Live Rock and Roll, and the alternate mix of Brand New Year. It does not have the live version of Ecstasy. And the audio quality is even bettter.
    5 points
  8. Saw John Fogerty last night...first time. Great performance—playing and singing like he's in his twenties. Hell of a songwriter! Check out this set list: 01. Up Around the Bend 02. Green River 03. Born on the Bayou 04. Rock and Roll Girls
 05. Who'll Stop the Rain 06. Lookin' Out My Back Door
 07. Joy of My Life
 08. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
 09. Run Through the Jungle 10. New Orleans
 11. Keep On Chooglin'
 12. Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
 13. Centerfield 14. Down on the Corner
 15. The Old Man Down the Road 16. Fortunate Son
 Encore: 17. Bad Moon Risin' 18. Proud Mary
    5 points
  9. As somebody that has long abandoned social media, I'm thankful that this site exists. Not only have I enjoyed posting here, but also have found some great nuggets of information from previous threads, particularly when Eric used to post on here. Thanks Berine for all you do.
    5 points
  10. I actually have a hard copy of Raspberries original Capitol contract somewhere. I’ll try and find it to see if it indicates the term of their deal.
    5 points
  11. Okay, okay...everybody calm down. They were second cousins. Eric and Marcy's grandfathers were brothers. And yes, "In the United States, second cousins are legally allowed to marry in every state." They did not know each other as children. And they were both legal age: MARRIAGE RECORD NAME: Eric Carmen NAME: Marcy Hill DATE: 31 Oct 1978 GROOM AGE: 29 BRIDE AGE: 21 STATE: OH 😎 Little know fact: Eric gave Marcy a shout out on the Change of Heart liner notes: "VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Marcy Hill." Even littler known fact: Marcy's daughter once contacted me through the website and told me her Mom used to be married to Eric. I asked her to send me a wedding photo, but I guess she got cold feet. 👣 PPS: The above photo looks like it was taken at a Change of Heart release party as the LP title is written atop the cake in the above photo.
    4 points
  12. Ringo must have been singing, "Don't Pass Me By" when the Covid bug was in his area...
    4 points
  13. https://www.middleburycampus.com/article/2022/09/crossword
    4 points
  14. This has been around for a while. Just made its way to the Tube:
    4 points
  15. I forgot about this great little cover by Tracey Ullman. It just popped up as a suggestion. She brings out the fun in the song and I particularly like the guy she's with at the very end of the video.😉
    4 points
  16. IMPORTANT: Everyone needs to rewatch the video! A mono version was initially uploaded to YouTube. The proper stereo mix is now online. Definitely worth a replay (or ten or twenty)!
    4 points
  17. Here's a rare Raspberries ad. From Record World, June 16, 1973. Capitol promotion team hard at work.
    4 points
  18. This from a 1979 publication.
    4 points
  19. It's hard to tell from that angle, but EC's jacket had some raspberries embroidered on it too. I didn't know the roof pics were taken in London. There have been at least a couple of other color shots in circulation...I think the article comes from Mojo, date unknown.
    4 points
  20. Here's one helluva GREAT photo of Eric on stage in Japan. Wow! From FM Fan East in January 1980.
    4 points
  21. Love this idea Craig, here's my take: 1. Change of Heart (super suave and classy B&W photography) 2. Eric Carmen [Arista] (possibly the most iconic image of Eric, but reprints lose the great copper metallic effect) 3. Boats Against the Current (decent photo, but the calligraphy chosen for the font is fantastic) 4. Winter Dreams (another classy use of B&W) 5. Eric Carmen [Geffen] (not a bad photo, but it hurts a bit to see him inhaling on a cigarette) 6. I Was Born to Love You (far less effective than the Winter Dreams cover) 7. Tonight You're Mine (honestly don't hate this one completely, but I can admit it's a trainwreck)
    4 points
  22. Just a blank cover with no name. Let the people give it's own name like Led Zeppelin IV. Or maybe a white wall with raspberries stains all over it. I always thought it would have made a cool album cover for Eric's first solo album to show the white suit discarded on a heap, and also the basket of raspberries from Side 3 overturned and lying beside it.
    4 points
  23. The Raspberries Official YouTube Channel has posted an awesome new video. Check out the incredible "count the hairs on Eric's head" high-definition quality! Wow!
    3 points
  24. I love this thread. It deals with my favorite topic (me). : )
    3 points
  25. 3 points
  26. Yup, happened to me when Ringo and Eric were supposed to play The Grove. Ringo had a sore throat. There I was, no notification, standing at the box office in my custom-made t-shirt, looking forlornly at the venue. I asked them if I could at least see where my seat would have been so I could get some closure. I think they felt sorry for me and actually let me in the empty theater. I felt a little better when I went outside and met a couple that had driven from Bakersfield!
    3 points
  27. I don't mean to hijack this thread, but Rhonda's reference to Jeopardy reminded me of this classic Family Feud clip in which Richard Dawson asks the question, during the Fast Money Round "In what month of pregnancy does a woman start to look pregnant?" The contestants obvious response..."SEPTEMBER!"
    3 points
  28. Too much of the "Raspberries / Eric aren't COOL enough" crap. And on top of that, the guys that are too macho to possibly like a ballad or a song with too good of a melody.
    3 points
  29. 3 points
  30. Here's one quote from Eric on the reason for song selections: Sorry, "Foolin' Myself" didn't make the cut. That said, there were lots of good songs that didn't make the cut. We only had 30 available slots to fill, and Tim and I were determined to create a balance between the rockers and the ballads. One of Tim's main goals, from the very beginning, was to show everyone I "didn't stop rockin' when I signed with Arista." e And, another one: The track we started with was "Get The Message," which I probably hadn't listened to in forty years. While I was initially a bit hesitant about GTM, because, in reality, it was a one take track, intended by the producers to be the "B" side of the single, and, in their own words, they wanted it to "suck," by the time Mark had finished, about an hour later, and I began to see what could be done when you have a genius engineer and today's technology, I was actually excited about the track. We went on to remaster maybe eight or nine more of the tracks during that session, which covered everything from Cyrus Erie, to The Quick, to the Raspberries, to my solo stuff on Arista, to a live track recorded at The Bottom Line in New York in 1976, which Tim had located in England, and even a track from the Geffen album, and my demo of "Almost Paradise." Well, I received two CD's, representing 28 of the 30 tracks yesterday, all remastered. I took them out to my car (equipped with a Bose Surround Sound system) and cranked up the volume. It was a religious experience. The difference between any previously "remastered" disc and what the original sounded like, I would estimate might be about 2% better. The difference between THIS REMASTERING and the original versions? Maybe 300% better. You might remember me talking about how I was disappointed in the recorded version of "My Girl", (I had gone into the studio thinking it might be the first single) because I heard it like "Frankenstein," and Jimmy Ienner heard it like "Tinkerbell." Well, guess what? It's now everything I heard in my head. It's "Frankenstein" all right, and so is "Last Night." In my conversations with Mark Wilder, during the remastering, it became clear that everything I've learned about the "sonics" of recording over the years, and could convey to Mark ( Do you think we could add some 100 cycles to the kick drum? That's the frequency that makes the kick drum punch you in the chest. And could we add a little bit at 40 cycles to the bass? That's the frequency that makes the whole bottom end of the record warm and deep and BIG! And how about a little bit at 22,000 cycles so the strings open up and I can hear the resin on the bows?) all paid off. Mark is clearly a genius, and pretty much every single song he touched became better. Not by a little bit, but by MILES! It would be a mistake to think of this double CD release as "just another compilation." I can tell you, you have never heard most of these songs, until you've heard them on this package. I read recently about a little 3" by 3" box called The International. Bob Lefsetz raved about it in one of his columns last week. Apparently, with a really good pair of headphones, you plug this box into your sound source and it somehow converts digital recordings, which are usually squashed sounding MP3's, into ANALOGUE!!!!!! It opens them up and gives them the depth and warmth of vinyl! I guess Jimmy Iovine (former Raspberries engineer, Springsteen engineer, Stevie Nix producer, and founder of Interscope Records) decided he couldn't stand the sound quality of MP3's anymore, and decided to do something about it. Hence, The International. Bob Lefsetz described the experience of listening to a really great record through this box, with great headphones as being "like eating watermelon, and ice cream, and having sex at the same time." If you Google "The International" it should take you to their website. They're not inexpensive (I think they retail for $599) but Bob sure made it sound like they're worth every penny. But, I digress. There are still some possible changes that may occur to the track list, and Sony is talking about me possibly writing and recording a NEW TRACK, maybe even TWO, but all I can tell you is this double CD is going to BLOW YOU AWAY, COMPLETELY!!!!! Not that I'm excited about hearing these songs sound the way I intended them to sound, for the first time, or anything. Tim Smith told me Sony isn't planning on marketing this record to 50 and 60 year olds (no offense). He heard my first solo album when his older brother brought it home and played the daylights out of it. He fell in love with it. He was seven years old, at the time. He wants to bring my music to a whole new generation of fans. 20 and 30 year-olds, who have probably never heard of me. How fun!!! Well, I think I've brought you up to date. I've written a few sentences for the liner notes about each song. Another of Tim's goals for this package is to show people who only know me as a "balladeer", that before Arista Records, I was a rocker, and I didn't stop rocking after "All By Myself." Mark Wilder did a BRILLIANT job on "It Hurts Too Much" and "Tonight you're Mine." And the "live' version of "That's Rock 'n Roll" recorded at the Bottom Line, in 1976, TOTALLY RAWKS!!!!!! A certain "iconic" record executive once told me "Once you go 'pop', you can never go back." I beg to differ, and this record will prove just how wrong he was, once and for all." Peace and love, Eric O.K. one more: Fear not. There are going to be THIRTY TRACKS on "The Essential," and there are plenty of ballads. How could we do a record like this and NOT include "All By Myself" (the LONG version), "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again", "Run Away," "Nowhere To Hide", "Love is All That Matters", "Desperate Fools" and "The Way We Used To Be," etc ?
    3 points
  31. For me you put the best songs on the album, no "quotas" . The last 2 albums while very very good, were inferior to the first 4, and thus fewer songs represented. Having said that I agree with you guys that "I´m thru with love" should have made it, ...I´d also add that "...hear it from your lips" should have made it, as well as "Cartoon World". It´s a travesty that "Foolin Myself" didn´t make it as it is in the running for Eric´s best song of all time. It´s a masterpiece, and I´m not alone in thinking this. To make room for some of the above, I´d have kicked off the album "Tonight You´re Mine" (one of a handful of songs I don´t like of his), "Nowhere to Hide" (I know I´m in the minority here as many love this song) ...and "Marathon Man"....just an ok song that doesn´t deserve to be on a "Best Of..." type album. I´d also have kicked off "Hungry Eyes" as it´s just an ok song, and not written by Eric Carmen. "If you change your mind" and especially "I can remember" are major omissions from his Raspberry stuff. But Craig is right, an impossible job to choose what goes on a "Best Of..." album when 90% of Eric Carmen´s songs are "Best of..." type quality.
    3 points
  32. Raspberries played one final show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2009.
    3 points
  33. This was done right before B.B. King show in NYC… Interview is the first half hour of the show… https://wfmu.org/archiveplayer/?show=15750&archive=113410&starttime=
    3 points
  34. Bernie is right. These are both GREAT songs. But "The Way We Used To Be" is also a GREAT song. I would have been pulling my hair out if I was responsible for choosing which songs I had to leave out of the Essential.
    3 points
  35. Treat to watch. When I finished watching this, I was reminded (and this happens occasionally on this site) of how things were for me in the Pre-Geffen album days of how little information there was out there about Raspberries or Eric. I didn't even know if he was alive. Since then, I've gotten to enjoy the fruits of this site, an Eric appearance at the HOF, an Eric biography book, Raspberries reunion shows, and CD's/DVD's and clips like this one. The trouble is, I'm greedy and can't stop wanting more.
    3 points
  36. Haha. Thanks for the compliment...I designed it—and posted it with the song (heard for the first time) here at EricCarmen.com—for those who want to hear it: ERIC CARMEN - BOARDWALK BABY (UNRELEASED)
    3 points
  37. Watched it about 10 times now. I'm just so impressed with the quality of the video and the sound. And if there is any question that Eric is meant to play the piano, please watch from 4:50-5:25. This is what we mean when we say we would sit and watch a concert of Eric just playing the piano, if he didn't feel his vocals were up to par. So very evident his classical training and how emotionally involved he is while playing. Bravo Eric! I love this!❤❤
    3 points
  38. Everybody's chops- especially Eric's- got better as the reunion shows progressed. Pretty amazing, really!
    3 points
  39. I wanted to reach out and thank everyone who donated to help support keeping EricCarmen.com online. The physical cost each Fall is $150 for the hosting and another $150 for the SSL certificate to keep the site secured. Plus an additional $50 to license the Forum app. There are also annual fees to re-register the url. Sheesh. I used to run the EC.com Garage Sale each year to defray the cost, but with a smaller daily visitor log it seemed less viable. Your donations make it easier for me to continue to believe there is still a place for the EricCarmen.com Forum. 👍
    3 points
  40. I love when he says, "I'm not in it for the money.....obviously!"
    3 points
  41. I think we should proceed with publishing this calendar - easy enough to do here if the Men of EricCarmen.com want to email me photos! https://www.calendarlabs.com/photo-calendar/
    3 points
  42. I bit the bullet and paid the fee, otherwise the whole site would be down.
    3 points
  43. Here's one promoting Fresh. From Record World, November 18, 1972.
    3 points
  44. Light The Way (Eric Carmen) Recorded by Oliver United Artists UA50735 | 1970 Dreams All those silver dreams, Though destined to be broken Still linger in my memories, these tarnished pages Loves That have been and gone, Left saccharin and ashes Scattered in a wind of silent indifference Light the way, light the way Where do I belong? Light the way, light the way Oh, where do I belong? Tears Bitter sweetened tears Have left their burning traces Of bridges soaked in kerosene and expectation Light the way, light the way Where do I belong? Light the way, light the way Where do I belong? Hopes For a time of peace Left many broken hearted For causes that are lost are felt far more deeply Light the way, light the way Where do we belong? Light the way, light the way Oh, where do we belong? Oh, where do we belong?
    3 points
  45. Reminds me of this video of Eric live in Japan from around that time. I'm hoping more of this concert surfaces at some point.
    3 points
  46. It's a great site. I think it needs a regular event to draw in some people. Kyle, what if you played a couple songs on piano live, every Friday night? Live-streamed at EC.com.... Hey, Bernie is open to ideas!
    3 points
  47. I too would love to hear (as it's been said in writeups and interviews) Eric noodling about the piano and telling stories from the road for an evening!
    3 points
  48. Don’t we all….
    3 points
  49. Posts have a weighted average as follows: 10 pts- Post has strong Eric content 9 pts- Post has strong Raspberries content 8 pts- Post has some Eric content 7 pts- Post has some Raspberries content 6 pts- Post has no Eric or Raspberries content but is posted in the correct section 5 pts- Post has a relevant link 4pts- Post has mention of Eric but it's only swoon-worthy 3 pts- Post has mention of a harem 2pts- Post is anonymous 1 pt- Post whines about being a moderator 😁
    3 points
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