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  1. Wish I had this shot in my book!
  2. Significant upgrade from my old VHS copy. Many thanks to the original YouTube poster! 👍
  3. The photos from the Japanese music magazine were shot at a recording session in Los Angeles in 1979.
  4. Agree. But she was inducted as a performer: LAURA NYRO Year: 2012 Inducted by: BETTE MIDLER Category: PERFORMERS This is rock and roll?
  5. Here's one helluva GREAT photo of Eric on stage in Japan. Wow! From FM Fan East in January 1980.
  6. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Laura Nyro 🤨
  7. Good for you, Matt! Can't go wrong seeing a legend like Clapton! I last saw him on his so-called "Farewell Tour" a decade or so ago. 🙄
  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
  9. Clear, concise and easy to read. 🤪
  10. Who knew there was an online converter from ALL CAPS to sentence case? - - - - The Second Disc Expanded and remastered music news Review: raspberries, "Raspberries" vinyl edition March 10, 2016 by Joe Marchese When Eric CArmen and Wally Bryson of Cyrus Eyrie teamed up with Jim Bonfanti and Dave Smalley of the Choir, the result was pop bliss. The Raspberries emerged from the ashes from the two bands, and over the course of four albums—three with the original line-up, and one with just Carmen and Bryson remaining—they came to define power pop. Yet today, some might wonder: why is the Cleveland, Ohio band so fondly remembered despite only placing one top 5 single in the U.S. And two more top 20s? For the answer to that question, one need only seek out the splendid, freshly-remastered 180-gram vinyl reissue of the Raspberries' 1972 self-titled debut available now from analog spark, the audiophile imprint of Razor and Tie. The high-octane sonic explosion of "Go All The Way," written by the Cyrus Eyrie team of Carmen and Bryson, remains one of the great album openers of all time. Melding AM melodicism to FM energy with killer riffs and vibrant harmonies, Jimmy Ienner's production captured a sense of youthful abandon and freewheeling spirit for an audience that may have been seeking something heavier than Gilbert O'Sullivan, Sammy Davis, Jr. or Melanie (all of whom scored Top 10 hits in the year-end Billboard Hot 100) but lighter than, say, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin or even the eternal Rolling Stones. The suggestive lyrics of "Go All The Way" earned it a banned-by-the-BBC badge of honor, but today, its three minutes of pop perfection seem more sweet than provocative. The track, a Top 5 hit and the band's most familiar recording today, sets the tone for an album which itself is a blend of soft and hard. Raspberries primarily features love songs, or variations thereof, with the group's American take on its British invasion heroes. The raspberries wore those influences (Beatles, Hollies, the Who) on their sleeves; the band's admiration for sunny California's Beach Boys, too, would more fully manifest itself on later albums but also pops up here. Carmen, Bryson and Smalley all contributed songs to Raspberries, with Carmen and Bryson each earning five credits (solo and as collaborators) and Smalley penning two tracks. Bryson's "Come Around And See Me" plays like a vintage, early-era Lennon/McCartney ballad at a faster clip, and indeed, Macca seems like a clear touchstone on the LP. Bryson's peppy "With You In My Life" has vaudeville horns scored by Jimmie Haskell and a bounce that both owe a debt to "When I'm 64." (veteran arranger Haskell died earlier this year at 79 years old after a long, distinguished career working with artists from Bobby Darin to Blondie.) the soaring Carmen/Bryson co-write "Don't Want To Say Goodbye," a rumination on love and loneliness scored by Haskell for strings, evinces a McCartney-esque knack for balladry even as it transforms from ballad to rocker. (it earned the Raspberries a No. 86 pop hit.) If Carmen and Bryson's "I Saw The Light" has to take second place to Todd Rundgren's song of the same title (which was released as a single on April 8, 1972—two days before Raspberries reached shops!) it's still a fine example of the band's softer side. Carmen's two solo compositions, the lovelorn, piano-and-string-driven "Waiting" and soft rock-esque "I Still Remember," clearly augur for the direction his solo career would take on songs like the classically-derived mega-hit "All By Myself." On an album dominated by short, AM-friendly pop-rockers, "I Still Remember" distinguishes itself by its 8-minute length. Touches of Brian Wilson (think "She Knows Me Too Well"), Jimmy Webb and the band's contemporary Rundgren all shine. Dave Smalley's two songs balance Carmen's romanticism: the tight, guitar-heavy "Rock And Roll Mama" and the even more high-energy "Get It Moving." Jimmy Ienner's production is enhanced on analog spark's splendid new vinyl presentation. Raspberries was mixed for a "compressed," AM-radio-friendly sound that, by design, was never sonically crisp. As mastered and cut by Kevin Gray at cohearant audio from the original stereo master tapes, this reissue is naturally faithful to this style as envisioned by the producer and the band for Raspberries' original vinyl issue. But there's a definite vibrancy and clarity to the harder-hitting tracks that's lacking from the album's CD editions, and a real subtlety to the quieter moments, too. The driving drums gain a real presence, but the sound throughout is never too aggressive. You may well hear new instrumental detail you previously missed. Though there's no scratch-and-sniff sticker as on the original U.S. Issue, the packaging has been replicated with exacting detail. The vinyl has been pressed and plated at RTI, and the attractive and sturdy stoughton tip-on jacket is joined by other features such as a replica period capitol records label and a protective inner sleeve for the LP. The career of the Raspberries was a short-lived one, but the band left behind a legacy of happy, jangly and bright pop-rock that still begs to jump out of your speakers today. Analog spark has gone all the way in commemorating the band's debut in high style. You can order Raspberries on vinyl at Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada!
  12. From an era when newsmen were honorable and trustworthy. RIP, Bernard.
  13. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. I’ve always wanted to say that…
  14. Kirk, You're right! This pic is from the April 10, 1976 issue of Cashbox. And you're right, I've never seen it before either.
  15. Solid cover. I like what they brought to it with the slide guitar. Nice arrangement.
  16. Wow! Great advice. Plus, you're seeing Ringo!
  17. 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.
  18. That’s a really great question, Lew, and something I never asked Eric. My best guess would be doing a solo record for Capitol, or maybe jump to Warner Bros., who had America (Eric was friends with Gerry Beckley). Warner Bros. later had Shaun Cassidy, so they were kind of in the EC mix post-Arista.
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