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  1. Dave Marsh's book "The Heart Of Rock And Soul" has been out for a long time, with Raspberries "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)" at #890 in his list of the 1001 Greatest Singles of all-time, but someone has posted the list online at http://www.lexjansen.com/cgi-bin/marsh_query.php . There's a page for the Raspberries entry, but the photo is of the original lineup rather than the lineup that recorded the song: http://www.lexjansen.com/cgi-bin/marsh_query_artist.php?artist=raspberries . Don
  2. It's an amazing album --- if you loved Wally and Dave's songs on "Side 3," and Wally and Scott's songs on "Starting Over," I don't know how anyone could not enjoy "Refreshed." I love it. Don http://www.epinions.com/content_20892847748
  3. Found this while surfing the net, but it's a neat wire service article about some involved parents and a school project that happened last month (which mentions, not that this would be of interest to anyone on EC.Com, Eric Carmen). From http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=64218 : -------------------------------------------------- Hawken Students Organize Benefit at Rock Hall 4/19/2006 1:30:00 PM To: State Desk, Education Reporter Contact: Shelly Saltzman, 440-423-2922 or ssalt@hawken.edu or Laura Lewis, 440-423-2952 or llewi@hawken.edu, both of Hawken School LYNDHURST, Ohio, April 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- At the beginning of the school year, Hawken Middle School students are asked the question "How can I make a difference in the world?" The answer for Hawken eighth graders was to sponsor a benefit concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and to organize the event from start to finish. "Cleveland Live 8" will benefit the organization Free the Children, and will be held this Friday from 5:30. The benefit will take the place of a yearly tradition where local independent schools gather for an evening of socializing. It all started on the first day of school in August. Instead of starting the day by distributing supplies and delineating rules and regulations, eighth graders gathered and were presented with their essential question, "How can I make a difference in the global community?" The eighth grade at Hawken School challenges students to be globally aware and locally involved, and to develop a passion for activism. The students were given a challenge: to create a local benefit to help end poverty and disease in Africa, and to do it instead of a school social scheduled in late April. In English classes, students worked in small marketing groups to create persuasive letters to entice bands to play and to encourage support and participation from other local schools that are members of the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS). The students researched poverty and disease statistics for Africa and created compelling "factoid" presentations. They researched worthy non-government organizations. They also created logos and posters to promote the concert. In October, the marketing plans were presented for review to the marketing directors of Legacy Village. Eric Carmen, a Hawken parent and a member of The Raspberries, read the letters to bands. And Sonni Senkfor, a Hawken trustee, reviewed the factoids and the NGO rationales. A review panel chose winning entries in each category, and those winners became a Live 8 Committee. Then the students took total charge of creating, promoting, and orchestrating the event. The eight-student committee worked during the fall and winter to secure bands and a location. They learned how to work with community connections to get artists. They learned that Rob Weil, who is an executive at the Rock Hall, was a Hawken parent, and they contacted him for the location. (The nerve to get on the phone and make calls as well as to persist in sending emails until getting a response were two key lessons; in some ways a lot harder than studying for a Spanish quiz or even an English paper.) The students discovered they had to think about everything from insurance liability to food vendors to security. By spring break, the group was a cohesive working unit. The Hall and two local bands (Will Bowen and The Set Ups) were booked. The posters were printed, and tickets were designed, as well. Two of the students created a high-tech Power Point about all aspects of the project. The group presented to the CCIS middle school directors, and one student spent every afternoon from 3 to 4 making appointments so that the students could make presentations to the students at the CCIS schools. The experience these eighth graders have gained will go beyond the money they raise through Friday's benefit. They have taken on leadership roles and learned skills that will serve them well in continuing to make a difference locally and globally. More information on the event can be found at http://www.hawken.edu. Hawken School is an independent, nonsectarian, coed day school of approximately 960 students, grades pre-K through 12, located on two campuses in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland. Founded in 1915, Hawken is recognized as one of the premier college preparatory schools in the nation with a diverse student body participating in a challenging program of academics, arts, and athletics that prepares them to meet the challenges of tomorrow's world. http://www.usnewswire.com/ -------------------------------------------------- Don
  4. Your welcome, Skip, and in 1974 I was one happy 17-year-old. I missed Dave and Jim, but "Starting Over" blew me away. It seemed like all the critics finally "got it" and Capitol Records was taking out full-page advertisements in Rolling Stone, Circus (a neat sketch of the band members rather than photos), and other publications. And then Robert Christgau, writing in Creem magazine --- http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=The+Raspberries --- wrote: -------------------------------------------------- The Raspberries: Starting Over [Capitol, 1974] I don't quite believe it myself, but this really does it--brings the middle '60s into the middle '70s. Full of great singles for a singular time, which obviously doesn't mean this one. Two secrets. First, Scott McCarl is the big bad John they've always needed to complement Eric Carmen's supersweet Paul. Second, a vague concept (just like Sgt. Pepper!) adds dimension to several otherwise minor tracks. Highlights: "All Through the Night" (Eric as Rod the Mod), "Hands on You" (drumless John-and-Paul takeout), and "Overnight Sensation" (about being in it for hit records rather than money, which is what I call a concept). A- -------------------------------------------------- He's a tough reviewer --- he saves an "A" rating for albums like The Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper" and an "A+" for The Rolling Stones' "Exile On Main Street." He gave "B's" to albums by Badfinger and Artful Dodger. I find myself disagreeing with his reviews sometimes, but he is interesting to read. Christgau gave "grades" to albums, and had given a C+ to "Raspberries," a B- to "Fresh" and a "B" to "Side 3," so he wasn't a big fan of Raspberries until he gave an A- to "Starting Over." In 1976, he also gave an A- to "Raspberries Best" (the fifth and final Top 200 charting album for Raspberries). His 1974 "Dean's List" --- http://www.robertchristgau.com/xg/pnj/deans74.php --- ranks Raspberries "Starting Over" at #4 among the best albums of that year (behind Steely Dan, Bob Dylan and The New York Dolls, but ahead of Eric Clapton at #5, Big Star at #15, The Rolling Stones at #16, and Neil Young at #28). I used to read Christgau's reviews in Creem and more recently he can be read in Blender magazine reviewing current acts. You can search for his reviews of other artists via a search engine on his website at http://www.robertchristgau.com (warning: he gave the first Eric solo album a C+, he gave the first Fotomaker album a D+, and finally he gave the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack a D, so you may not like some of his reviews). Don
  5. In case anyone missed the June 2006 Vintage Guitar on the newstands, the text of the interview with my all-time favorite guitarist Wally Bryson has been posted at: http://www.raspberries.net/VintageGuitarInterviewWally.htm Don
  6. Here's a bigger shot of that Drysdales CD release party photo with (left to right) Patrick Potts, drummer Brad Elvis (Big Hello, Elvis Brothers, The Romantics), Scott McCarl and Wally Bryson --- http://hometown.aol.com/dkrider214/myhomepage/photo.html . Scott and Wally look so Beatle-ish in the photo, maybe because Patrick said they were doing a Beatles medley of "Love Me Do" and "I Should've Known Better" when the shot was taken! The photo was taken by Gary Devroy. Don
  7. On "Refreshed" in 2000, Dave Smalley's "Pop Teasers" had some memorable lyrics: "You said there would be a tour / you put-it-off all summer / I packed the cooler / left work early man / what a bummer / Go on and play, pop teasers / I checked my email everyday / I need some confirmation / I call my pop friends man / I just can't get no information / Go out and play, pop teasers..." It's also an introspective tune, as Dave and Scott sing co-lead: "They're old; they're going gray / Their gear is covered with dust, yeah / We'll resurrect them one more time..." JohnO, I loved the "Shoe Fetish" CD, and I reviewed that in 2001: http://www.epinions.com/content_35463007876 --- and Mr. Borack and all involved in that project did a fantastic job! Donmand, I loved part 1 of your story... And Marvin, I love Scott's vocal on The Drysdales "Lost In Your Smile" on their CD --- catchy tune and nice to hear Scott's bass all over that album. Patrick Potts (great guy) sent me this shot of Wally and Scott playing with The Drysdales at The Drysdales CD release party in Chicago in October of 2000: http://members.tripod.com/donkrider/063c8960.jpg Don Krider
  8. Speaking of Scott, there's a website for Scott McCarl's pre-Raspberries recording band, Yellow Hair, at http://www.yellowhair.com . It appears to be run by a band member from Yellow Hair. The 7th Cavalry uniforms the band wears in a poster reproduced on one page remind me of the way Gary Puckett & The Union Gap used to dress. And for those familiar with Scott McCarl's backup vocal work with the band Glider (who cut one LP for United Artists Records in 1977 --- Scott's in the group photo on the back of the LP), I ran across a listing for Ted Myers, Glider's lead singer --- http://www.taxi.com/aandr.html (scan down the page until you hit "Ted Myers"). Myers is an nteresting guy whose songs have been recorded by Three Dog Night, Chilliwack and Seals & Croft, among others (2001 Grammy nominee for "Best Historical Album" producer), and he was an A&R guy for Rhino Records for 10 years as well. The Glider "band" album is kind of late '70s generic pop showcasing Ted Myers as a singer and songwriter. Not much for Scott fans (he's credited with backup vocals only, so you can't hear his great bass guitar work). Personally, I loved the "Refreshed" CD (released as "The Raspberries" when all the previous albums (with Eric) were "Raspberries" releases). Dave Smalley's "Pop Teasers" on that EP is a classic. The songs by Wally, Dave and Scott are as good as anything they did with Raspberries (Eric's songs are missed, but I loved the other guys songs on Raspberries albums, too). Scott's "Play On" CD is a must-have album (including the demo that got Eric interested in Scott). The song "I'll Be On My Way" was co-written by Billy Sullivan of Overdubs fame (co-written with Brent Warren of The Action). I've heard Titan Records may still have a few copies of the "Berries Off The Vine" video (1998 VHS with Scott, Wally, Dave and Jim), as well as Scott's "Play On" CD and the Scott McCarl vinyl 45 rpm single (with picture sleeve) "In Love Without A Girl" (the flipside is the non-album track cover of The Beatles' "This Boy," which is gorgeous). There's a mailing address and an email link for Titan Records (I'd inquire before ordering to see what may be available; the autographed copies of the CD, I believe, are probably all gone, since that page was created many years ago) at http://www.raspberries.net/titan.htm A December 1998 interview with Scott McCarl: http://www.justeseninc.com/mccarl.htm --- Scott describes in his own words his thoughts on the two July 1998 Cleveland shows (the Odeon and the Hard Rock Cafe opening the same week), as well as the February 1998 Poptopia Festival appearance in Los Angeles (Scott backed by Wally). Don Krider
  9. I should have mentioned in that first post (too excited, I guess) that those British books list what those British critics consider to be the best rock albums ever made! Gang, there's also the lovely U. S. book "MusicHound - Rock: The Essential Album Guide" edited by Gary Graff and Daniel Durcholz, which may be easier to find. The (drum roll please) book features the legendary Carl Cafarelli commenting on The Choir's CD "Choir Practice" as "an essential pure pop primer" on which "many of the songs are simply wonderful." That book also has a section on Raspberries written by Keith Klingensmith which calls Eric Carmen's songwriting in the band "some of the most powerful pop you'd ever want to hear." Of Raspberries, Klingensmith writes, "the Raspberries have since gained a rightful place as one of the true pioneers of power pop," and adds, "the Raspberries will continue to be one of the most influential pop bands to come out of the post-Beatles' '70s." Cool stuff! Also: Check out Spin magazine's 100 Greatest Singles of All-Time from 1989: http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/spin100.html#singles89 (Raspberries' "Go All The Way" at #91, two notches ahead of The Beatles' "Please Please Me"!) And if you're wondering what songs are Clive Davis personal picks on Rhapsody, here's his list at: http://www.rhapsody.com/playlistcentral/...p;pageregion=A1 --- you will note that "All By Myself" by Eric Carmen is at #12 among Clive's favorites tunes! Don
  10. There's a couple of books out in England, written by music critics, that offer huge praise for Raspberries' "Starting Over" LP (somewhat surprising since the album didn't chart in England and the band never had a hit single there, but a place that truly respects Raspberries as artists). This might be a good sign for Raspberries if they ever want to launch a Cleveland Invasion of the UK. In "The MOJO Collection," edited by Jim Irvin, featuring albums chosen by the critics belonging to MOJO magazine, one of Great Britain's hottest music zines, on page 367-78, is a full-page-and-a-half on "Starting Over." It calls the album: "...a shining example of what evangelists call 'the sandpaper ministry': the opposing forces sanded down one another's imperfections to a heavenly sheen, creating a result that was probably finer than any of them had in mind..." In "The Encyclopedia Of Albums," edited by Paul Du Noyer, he says of "Starting Over": "...By the time that band had proved you could make power pop pay the Rasps had quit, dispirited - but not until this fourth and last album had proved their potential. The single 'Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)' encapsulated their hopes and dreams..." Most of the acts in the two books are uniquely British hitmakers, so the presence of our American Beatles (Raspberries) in both books is pretty neat, I think. Don
  11. Skip, I'll let the band members speak for themselves on "this issue," as you call it, if they want to speak on it. There's plenty of forums where you can ask that question of each band member directly and possibly get the answer you're looking for. Anything I've heard privately remains private. I will say that I believe each member of Raspberries (Eric, Wally, Dave, Jim, Scott, Michael) is a wonderful person. Families argue. Friends disagree. In the end, these good people will work things out. Personally, I'm happy for any Raspberries-related event that comes up in the future, be it band reunions or solo projects. I truly love these guys --- every one of them. I'm glad our guys are still alive and kicking, and still willing to "play on" --- so many of the artists I grew up with are gone. Thank God we still have all the Raspberries with us. Let's just be happy with whatever comes up in the future and enjoy it as fans. Eric doing a solo show with an orchestra is something I've always dreamed of, and that's my area of attention now --- let's all work together to make it successful. (And if Rolling Stone doesn't cover this, we should kick some editor's butt...) Don
  12. Marvin, we are indeed on the same page --- I've always viewed Eric as the 6th Beach Boy. I remember an old Phonograph Record Magazine "Beach Boys issue" where Eric described each of The Beach Boys as a specific musical instrument --- neatest commentary I've ever read. Now that I think about it, I could see "Sunrise" as part of a Beach Boys-inspired medley, but I'd rather hear the entire album version done live (actually, I was just imagining that if Eric ever did an orchestra tour city-by-city (the Louisville Orchestra has "Pops" concerts with major artists, and I imagine most major cities do that as well), how cool that would be with a full orchestra playing behind it...) Don
  13. I think Eric's being very generous with the lead time (five months), which allows me to set some money aside for a trip. Eric gave us all a "heads up" on an event that *might* happen, something that shows he does care about his fans. I think we all appreciate that. I wish more artists did that. If we get a solo show, I'd love to hear a medley of Eric's Beach Boys-inspired tunes ("Drivin' Around," "On The Beach," "Cruisin' Music," "My Girl," "She Did It," "Someday") --- that was one treat I loved for years on the later Raspberries LPs and then on the first solo albums (seemed like an Eric Carmen "tradition" at the time), each with a Beach Boys-inspired song that was as good as Brian Wilson's best work (and I love Brian Wilson). At the very least, I'd love to hear "Someday" done live. Don
  14. Eric, I wanted to wish you a belated Happy 30th Annivesary of the certification of "All By Myself" as a Gold Record Award winner by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies on April 21, 1976. I'm curious as to how you were notified of the award, who the first person you notified about the achievement was (I've read that you gave your mom your copy of the Gold Record for "Go All The Way") and how the presentation of the award was made to you. Really, any memories of such a major event would be interesting to read. Thanks in advance, Don
  15. Darlene, the clothing each of the guys is wearing in that "Starting Over" poster is priceless: all cool. I loved bell-bottom jeans! And all those patches... Don
  16. MAC, Casey Kasem used Billboard's weekly charts and I don't have every one of those weeks to check out, so it's entirely possible. I can tell you that "Let's Pretend" charted in Billboard for 16 weeks (second only to "Go All The Way"'s 18 weeks on the chart among Raspberries' hits). I do have access to all of Cash Box's weekly charts and "Let's Pretend" (on that chart for 17 weeks) peaked at #18 for a second week June 30, 1973, then fell to #34 the week of July 7, and then dropped totally off the Cash Box chart ( http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/randypny/cashbox/1973.html ). Don
  17. Curious question: any interesting memories of Raspberries (or solo) album cover photo sessions? I'm mainly asking about Raspberries sessions since the out-takes from "Fresh" look like lots of laughs were had (you know, okay, who sits in front, etc.) and you had Bob Gruen shooting the inner sleeve of "Side 3" and Richard Dilello (Beatles photo/author of "The Longest Cocktail Party," and who also shot Badfinger's "Straight Up" cover) doing the photography on "Starting Over." I always thought the inner poster on "Starting Over" would have been a better album cover than what Capitol came up with. Not having a say in album covers must have been frustrating. Don
  18. Tim, I was thinking newspaper-styled publications in my original post, but I loved the magazines like Circus and Rock Scene, which always covered Raspberries. Lisa Robinson and Rock Scene used to cover all the Cleveland bands under headings of "The New Liverpool," and Ed Naha's articles in Circus on Raspberries were always among the best coverage done on the band. It was neat in those days. Seeing Raspberries on the cover of Hit Parader (November 1973 issue, but it was on newsstands in September) was fantastic. And to have Bob Gruen (who shot the famous John Lennon "New York t-shirt" photo) photograph Raspberries for Hit Parader's cover was cool, too (and his shots on the original inner sleeve of "Side 3" are great). The issue of Rolling Stone that reviewed "Starting Over" in 1974 was the first one I remember that also had its staff comparing songs in other reviews of albums to Raspberries. Their reviewers seemed to have finally "gotten it" and were saying this song by Fleetwood Mac sounded like Raspberries or how much better a song by Paper Lace would sound if done by Raspberries. Those were the days. Poor4life, I wasn't aware ICE had stopped publication. That is sad. And you nailed it about music publications today. Eric, I can only imagine what it was like to be ushered around by Clive Davis to meet all the "faces" at that venue. I remember an article written about a mid-1960s Beatles party where John Lennon (my press law professor had me read this!), apparently tired of being ushered around to meet hundreds of "important" people whose names he knew he'd never remember, started mumbling, "Yes, face. Thank you, face," to people (must haven driven the folks at Capitol Records nuts!)... Don
  19. Finally found the June issue of Vintage Guitar at Borders yesterday (after three trips where I kept finding the May issue on the newstands). Very nice article, with great photos by Gene Taylor and Mike Miller. That's three guitar magazines that have profiled Wally (Vintage Guitar, Guitar Digest, and 20th Century Guitar), so "who's next?" Hoping the folks at Guitar Player are paying attention... Don
  20. Once upon a time, there were plenty of newsstand music publications to compete with Rolling Stone (remember Phonograph Record Magazine, Zoo World and The Music Gig?). They often covered on a regular basis acts not likely to be found in Rolling Stone's pages very often. The Music Gig also had its own charts and the May 1976 issue has Eric's debut album at #24 (with the single "All By Myself" at #2). Inside, there's an article in the "Regional Updates" section on the Atlanta/Macon,Georgia, scene written by Jim Pettigrew (with a photo of Eric). The article talks about the "new" 70-story Peachtree Hotel complex being "transformed into a veritable rock and roll loony bin during the recent five-day Radio & Records Convention" that involved all the major labels and many independents. Pettigrew writes about the event and a number of "hospitality suites" with music "at peak volume." Amid the discussion about the various bands in various rooms, Pettigrew has this commentary: "On the top floor, Clive Davis proudly ushered around Eric Carmen, who'd 'blown the Electric Ballroom apart' by an unprecedented three-encore set." 30 years ago, but still kind of neat! Don
  21. Paul, I'll be the guy yelling for "Go All The Way" from the audience! I am fascinated by the differences in the three charts. I've been gathering data on the Cash Box album charts of late (our library here being a great source) and Raspberries and Eric Carmen albums charted much higher in Cash Box in most cases than they did in Billboard. Makes you wonder "why?" Don
  22. Really nice article (with a color photo) about Donnie Ienner in Friday Morning Quarterback, April 13, 2006: http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=201303 Mentions Raspberries and Eric in the final paragraph. Don
  23. Skip from St. Paul MN wrote: ""Mr. Krider, this is a very informative piece of material that you have researched. In comparison, in the sense that each band had four lp's, where would the Box Tops stand in the same analysis?" Skip, I completed that research for you and added it to a Box Tops review I wrote six years ago at: http://www.epinions.com/musc-review-53AD-3CB3ACE-38D49442-prod5 Additional data I didn't have previously for this Raspberries-thread: Raspberries "Don't Want To Say Goodbye" hit #89 in Record World (meaning it did hit all three charts; Raspberries' chart data is the first post in this thread). Something interesting on the charts (interesting considering the EC-Oliver connection): Oliver charted with a single called "I Can Remember" in 1970, which peaked at #94 in Record World (source: http://www.geocities.com/muggy59/100o.html ). Different song released two years before the Raspberries album track of the same name. In other news: my sister gave birth to her first child, a daughter, on Tuesday, April 11 --- Sydney Elizabeth Cleveland (Cleveland being my sister's last name by marriage, but funny considering my love of the city of Cleveland's bands). Six pounds, 15 ounces, and 19-inches in length --- http://www.growingfamily.com/webnursery/...&height=536 The baby's first name is taken from my sister's favorite city in Australia. Uncle Don
  24. -------------------------------------------------- skip from st.paul mn wrote: With the statement earlier, I should have put Burton Cummings with the group of hall of fame, or should be, members. Mr. Cummings I would guess (Mr. Krider please help), sold more then most of the recent inductees in the "Hall." Don, could you verify the sales? And could that be verified by 70's vs 2000's standards. Also, please advise with regard to the Box Tops issue raised a few weeks ago. Thanks, Skip -------------------------------------------------- Skip, I'll post your Box Tops info in the "Cruisin' Music" section of this board in a few days (with my dad in the hospital and my sister expecting a baby on April 8th, I've been a bit busy, but I haven't forgotten your inquiry). Since the RIAA only tracks U. S. sales and since there is no organization that tracks worldwide sales, I don't have the info you're seeking on Burton Cummings and The Guess Who regarding sales, but you might direct that inquiry toward Mark Chadbourne, who runs the "All Hashed Out" Guess Who website --- http://community-2.webtv.net/mmchadbourne/AHO/ --- since there's a message on that site's main page from Burton Cummings saying that he visits it almost every day. There's a "discussion forum" on the site where you could post that question: http://community-2.webtv.net/backcoveguy/tos/page13.html and maybe a Guess Who authority will have the info you seek. I would direct you to the official Burton Cummings site, but it's still udner construction at http://www.officialburtoncummings.com I can tell you that, according to Whitburn's "Top Pop" book, The Guess Who's U. S. chart run was 21 Hot 100 singles in Billboard (including 13 Top 40 hits) between 1965-75, that Randy Bachman had 12 Hot 100 hits with Bachman-Turner Overdrive (with six Top 40 entries) in 1973-79 and that Burton Cummings solo had five Hot 100 hits in 1976-81 (including two Top 40 entries). The Guess Who had three U. S. RIAA certified gold singles ("These Eyes," "Laughing" and "American Woman") while BTO and Burton Cummings each had one U. S. gold single, with "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" and "Stand Tall" respectively. The Guess Who were inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame in 2002, with Cummings and Bachman inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2005. There is an online petition to get them into Cleveland's Rock Hall at http://www.petitiononline.com/tfh1/ Don
  25. Skip, I'll post a reply to your Burton Cummings/Box Tops question in the "Cruissin' Music" section so I don't interfere with this thread's topic. Don
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