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  1. 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
  2. How about: Carmen Get It!
    8 points
  3. 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
  4. Not Dead And Berried Yet…
    6 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. From what I've read and heard, Craig's account seems on the money. Eric was, for better or for worse, the biggest talent in the group (in terms of vocals and songwriting prowess). In situations like those, the rest of the band has to decide if they want to ride the wave and be content playing backup, or leave the group... Seems like a lot of times, members choose the latter and the band is forced to dissolve. I'm sure with Eric and Wally it was a difficult relationship, since they were so close, and I get the feeling the idea was to treat each other as equals. But singing and songwriting is paramount, and whilst Wally was a fantastic guitarist, he didn't have the vocal or compositional chops to stand equal with Eric... which I'm sure caused a lot of tension. It may sound harsh, but Eric's talents allowed him the ability to cultivate a career with or without the Raspberries backing him up. There's plenty of top-notch players and musicians, but being a true artist, the all-in-one package so to speak, is a rare gift.
    5 points
  9. Here's a rare Raspberries ad. From Record World, June 16, 1973. Capitol promotion team hard at work.
    4 points
  10. This from a 1979 publication.
    4 points
  11. 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
  12. Here's one helluva GREAT photo of Eric on stage in Japan. Wow! From FM Fan East in January 1980.
    4 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Don’t we all….
    4 points
  16. I was never a big fan of the "I'm leaving the board" post. Sometimes everybody needs (and deserves) a little break from things. I know I've taken my own fare share of breaks—even from my own website! Give folks space. It'll all sort out in the end.
    4 points
  17. 15 days of WINNING!!! (zero days of knowing how to Photoshop).
    4 points
  18. 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 😁
    4 points
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Everybody's chops- especially Eric's- got better as the reunion shows progressed. Pretty amazing, really!
    3 points
  22. 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. 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
  23. I love when he says, "I'm not in it for the money.....obviously!"
    3 points
  24. 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
  25. Here's one promoting Fresh. From Record World, November 18, 1972.
    3 points
  26. At the 2000 R&R Hall of Fame show, Eric commented that some of the notes he wrote for himself in his 20's were not reachable in his 50's. One of them was the 'bad' note in I Wanna Be With You. When the song got to the 'so bad' part, Eric looked away from the mic as Jennifer chipped in.
    3 points
  27. I first became aware of this AMA Awards "Dirty Dancing" segment performance while digging around in Google Images and found some photos I'd not yet seen. I eventually ended up at this link: https://www.gettyimages.com/search/2/image?family=editorial&phrase=ERic carmen 1988 which has 14 photos taken live. There's just too much going on to believe that Eric was in "lip sync" mode? Because of how the balcony set he sings on opens up to the stage, I'm inclined to believe there was either a backing track or a live band involved.
    3 points
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. On behalf of Lew I thank you for your kind comments! Hey Lew, My beer order is ready.
    3 points
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. Just a karaoke version, but it really shows off the chord progressions that make Eric's music so moving:
    3 points
  34. http://www.richardsrose.com.au/stan-2/
    3 points
  35. It was the '70s, Rhonda. Nobody pressed charges back then. You got your ass kicked, you just took it. 😚
    3 points
  36. I remember doing all of that research to pull the photos of each of Eric's guitars together for that post. Lots of work.
    3 points
  37. Remember the gigs they were playing in 1975, They deserved better than playing Rutgers, The breakup was inevitable regardless of who pulled the trigger on it. Not to take away from Wallys talent but Eric was the most important piece of the band and had the most to gain from the split.
    3 points
  38. Sounds like an inside job…
    3 points
  39. I have no idea but can look into it. With that said I’ve won 635 days! Woohoo! 🤪
    3 points
  40. Bernie, Lew is throwing you some softballs this morning! Fun to be reminded of these!!
    2 points
  41. Here's another. From Radio & Records magazine, October 25, 1974.
    2 points
  42. Eric’s vocal style is part Paul McCartney, part Steve Marriott. Probably forged from singing lots of tunes by both in early bands. And his songwriting naturally blends in an equal dose of Brian Wilson.
    2 points
  43. The Yamaha International Song Festival show had a full orchestra. I remember Eric saying that when they hit the first chord on "Marathon Man," it almost knocked him off his piano bench. 😄
    2 points
  44. The boys are stylin'...great shot!
    2 points
  45. According to this website, it’s good to read that he’s not dating anybody…Marriage will do that… https://m.whosdatedwho.com/dating/eric-carmen
    2 points
  46. Thanks for asking…I landed a job with another beer distributor looking to break into a new market…Love the job and company but only making 60% of what I was making before…
    2 points
  47. GREAT thread! With participation from Eric himself! And from what I could find online, bands performed at Tomorrowland Terrace in the early '70s. Here's a pic of "The New Establishment" in action. Groovy.
    2 points
  48. Wishing great happiness and joy to my dear friend with whom I share parallel lives. Hoping that all your birthday dreams come true, beautiful Darlene!!! I'm certain that wonderful hubby of yours will spoil you rotten, as he should. 😊♥️🎻 And Happy Birthday to Darlene's adopted twin, Tony Cartmill. Such a character! 😊 🥳🧁🍰🎁🎂🎈🎉
    2 points
  49. Hi Lew, assuming you mean on this site I checked and see 161 days won in my profile. It’s difficult to recall what I posted here on those days though. In day to day life I expect we’ve all won many days as we are still here. 😀 Cheers!
    2 points
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