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  1. The tape is a clip from the syndicated TV series "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" which aired twice on that show in 1975 (March and August). Though the Kirshner gig was live (and that batch of 'Berries sounded more like Free singing "Go All The Way" live), Time-Life Music has chosen to use a clip from the show (Eric-Wally-Scott-Michael) and impose the original (Eric-Wally-Dave-Jim) "Go All The Way" recording over the clip. Speaking of Barry Williams, he and Florence Henderson once did a God awful performance of Eric's "All By Myself" on TV (I remember him singing "all by myself" and her responding "all by himself" over-and-over until I flipped channels). Don
  2. Raspberries clunker? Probably the two Rasprollswagens after 32 years on the road (didn't know they built two of them until I read Bernie's and Ken's book "Marathon Man").
  3. Barb, Wish I read the community section more often --- I got an email from a musician friend about Mike's death only this morning so I found an article at Billboard.Com's Oct. 5 edition and posted it on this site's other message board. I'm really sad about Mike's passing. Seems my favorite bands keep losing members at a young age (two The Beach Boys, two members of The Who, two members of The Sweet and three members of Badfinger). I'm glad that all the guys in Raspberries are still around to be loved by their fans --- life can be so very, very short, and as The Beatles sang, "there's no time for fussing and fighting." I was glad to hear Joey Molland and Mike were talking again. Don
  4. Something not mentioned in the Billboard article was that Mike played drums on Bonnie Tyler's # 1 hit "It's A Heartache." I think it would be a gorgeous tribute to the memory of Badfinger if Raspberries would cover "No Matter What" in California. I talked to the surviving member of Badfinger, Joey Molland, back in 1993 after a show and he's a huge Raspberries fan (and I believe all the 'Berries are equally big fans of Badfinger). For me, Raspberries and Badfinger are almost one thought. I can't think of one without thinking of the other --- the two bands were my teenage years, and they mean more to me than anyone can imagine, ranking with my love of The Beatles.
  5. Sad news for Badfinger fans. May the friends and family of Mike Gibbins of Badfinger know how much we truly loved him. According to Billboard.Com of Oct. 5: Badfinger Drummer Michael Gibbins Dies By Jonathan Cohen, N.Y. Badfinger drummer Michael Gibbins died yesterday (Oct. 4) in his sleep at his home in Florida at the age of 56. A cause of death was not made public. Funeral and visitation details can be found on Gibbins' official Web site. Originally known as the Iveys, the group rose to fame in the late '60s as the first act signed to the Beatles' Apple label. It was the beneficiary of the Paul McCartney-penned "Come and Get It," which was a top-5 U.K. hit in 1968 and eventually reached No. 7 on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1970. Several members of the group had their hands in notable post-Beatles sessions, including John Lennon's "Imagine" and George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass," plus Harrison's 1972 "Concert for Bangladesh." As previously reported, the latter project will be reissued Oct. 25 on CD/DVD via Rhino. Despite critical acclaim and a handful of hit singles, Badfinger never achieved the massive success many had predicted. On April 23, 1975, frontman Pete Ham committed suicide; bassist Tom Evans and guitarist Joey Molland reactivated the group with a new lineup in 1978, but after years of infighting, Evans took his own life on Nov. 19, 1983. Gibbins released his lone solo album, "A Place in Time," in 1998 via the Forbidden label. "I spoke to Mike on Monday afternoon," Molland tells Billboard.com. "He was in good spirits and we were looking forward to seeing each other at the 'Bangladesh' re-release event in [Los Angeles] on Oct. 17." Molland continues, "Mike and I had a falling out some time ago but we had been very much in touch with each other over the last five or six months, I'm happy to say, and we were starting to talk about the future." "Mike was a great friend to us all, a great rock drummer, father and husband," Molland says. "Courageous and honest in all things, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him." Don
  6. Man, I love "Someday" and "Everything" (I knew musicians in Louisville who would play "Everything" backstage in 1976 before every show). I really feel Eric reached into his heart on those two songs and I still identify with the message they presented. I don't care for "Isn't It Romantic" and the only Eric solo song I truly dislike is "You Need Some Lovin'" (though I adore the rest of the "Tonight You're Mine" album). Don
  7. Bernie, You made a wise choice and I'm sure it was a tough call to make. Don
  8. Correction: "...He did since it in 1987 on the American Music Awards..." --- the word "since" should be "sing"; so much for my journalism education... Don
  9. To the best of my knowledge, Eric didn't sing the tune on the Academy Awards. He did since it in 1987 on the American Music Awards show complete with the Dirty Dancing dancers surrounding him --- it was done as if he was singing from a chair in a movie theater audience watching the film (as actual Dirty Dancers "made out" in the seats around him and the video for "Hungry Eyes" played on a screen). Kinda cool --- since Whitney Houston introduced Eric and seemed excited to be doing so! Could that be the performance you mentioned? Don
  10. The Shambles covered "Might As Well" on the CD "Raspberries Preserved." With apologies to The Shambles, I do agree with Bernie that The Rubinoos would be the perfect match for Raspberries as an opening act. Don
  11. Matt, I'm not surprised Jerry Corbetta likes Raspberries. Eric recorded a song co-written by Jerry on his "Eric Carmen" CD on Geffen. The tune was "Come Back To My Love" and Jerry wrote it with Bob Gaudio and John Bettis. I liked Sugarloaf's "Green-Eyed Lady" and "Don't Call Us" (nice Beatles' lick at its heart). The only time I've seen Jerry in person was when he was in one of the later versions of The Four Seasons. Don If you truly have nothing better to do, I wrote a review of Eric's Geffen album in 1999: http://www.epinions.com/musc-review-1B5E-33BBCD6-385484CC-prod4
  12. First, kudos to James for defending a nice lady's honor and also to Darlene for being a good sport. I'm still blown away about what Bruce Springsteen is doing --- I mean, the guy's "Devils & Dust" album debuted at # 1 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart in May of 2005 and Soundscan reported that the album sold 220,000 units in its first week, so Bruce is still amazingly popular more than three decades after his first recording. If even a fraction of his fans seek out Raspberries "Greatest," that could put the guys back on the charts. Tony, there's a list of Bruce gigs at http://www.brucespringsteen.net/live/index.html --- apparently his tour ends August 13, so he may not have any other plans when the boys play Atlantic City. If Bruce were to walk into the Conan studio and say, "Look, lil' man, the Boss wants Raspberries on your show..." --- well, Raspberries might become Conan's house band (introduced by Sister Mary Raspberry, of course)...
  13. There's a list of board members and the nominating committee for the Rock Hall of Fame at a Hollies' fan site: http://www.suitelorraine.com/suitelorraine/Pages/sampleletters.html This is why Bruce Springsteen could be a huge help to Raspberries in getting into the Rock Hall of Fame. Assuming the list to be current, the list includes Springsteen producer Jon Landau and Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh. Also on the list are Don Ienner (brother of Raspberries' producer Jimmy Ienner), Jimmy Iovine (one of today's biggest producers (U2 is among his credits), he was Jimmy "Shoes" Iovine as assistant engineer of the Raspberries' "Starting Over" CD) and Clive Davis. Another connection: Raspberries' "Starting Over" album was recorded at the Record Plant in NYC in 1974. The assistant engineers included Jimmy Iovine, Dave Thoener and Corky Stasiak. In 1975, when I saw Springsteen's "Born To Run" at the Army post exchange at Fort Knox, I knew the title track, but what sold me was seeing that Springsteen recorded the album in the same studio with Iovine, Thoener and Stasiak as engineers or assistant engineers, so I knew the sound on "Born To Run" would be incredible, and it was. Having Bruce Springsteen bend some ears is HUGE! I admire him for it. I think I first noticed Bruce in Circus magazine circa January 1974 when Ed Naha wrote an article on Raspberries. The same issue had an article on a new artist: Bruce Springtseen. Speaking of Bruce's band, drummer Max Weinberg has fronted the house band on the Conan O'Brien show since 1993. He's another Raspberries fan --- he put out a series of CDs in 1994 on Rhino (probably out-of-print now) called "Max Weinberg Presents - Let There Be Drums." Each CD focused on the bands, by decade, that Max thought had the best drum sounds. On "Volume 3, The '70s," Max chose Raspberries' "Overnight Sensation" as one of the tracks (along with tracks by artists such as The Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr and, you guessed it, Bruce Springsteen). I hope Max gets the guys on Conan (surely some Raspberries fans in matching T-shirts can grab the front row at a taping and chant "We want Raspberries!" until Conan yields the stage...) Anyway, what Bruce is doing is totally cool and very exciting. I now return you to your message board... Don
  14. I'm not sure why backing personnel would be an issue. When I saw Raspberries in 1973, they had backing musicians on the "Side 3" tour (Opie O'Brien on mellotron and Neil Gilpin on fiddle, for instance, both of whom also played on the "Side 3" album and at Carnegie Hall with the band). Plus Jeff Hutton on keyboards on the 1974-75 tour (and on the "Starting Over" album). On a side note: if you can find the deleted "Yellow Pills Volume One" compilation CD (various artists), the band Wallop is Wally Bryson and Opie O'Brien doing the original version of "When Is Your Dream" in 1993 (the song later was redone by Wally, Dave Smalley and Scott McCarl on The Raspberries' "Refreshed" CD). I prefer that earlier version because Wally's vocal is an uncanny John Lennon-sounding instrument on the tune. Opie O'Brien's artwork can be viewed at: http://www.heartsart.com/info/inguest.asp?gid=207 And grab a copy of Billy Sullivan's solo CD and Paul Sidoti's work on CD with Jim Bonfanti in Boxer --- great stuff.
  15. I've spent 33 years listening to your voice, loving your songs and admiring your growth as a person. You are the definition of the word "cool." So now the youngest Berry hits the age of 56, and all the Berries share the same age and the same stage. You all are musical brothers born of different parents brought together by love. Thanks for sharing the dream that is Raspberries with the world once again. My son and I wish you a very "Happy Birthday!" Don and Eric Krider
  16. I don't know if this has been posted before, but I found it online and thought I'd take a chance that it's a new item here --- it's an interview with Eric and Jim (pre-concert) in a long story from Denver's The Rocky Mountain News, June 30, 2005, at (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/music/article/0,1299,DRMN_54_3892245,00.html): 'Starting Over'After three decades apart, rock legends give fans a Raspberries revivalBy Mark Brown, Rocky Mountain News June 30, 2005 Usually the KOOL Koncert is a perfectly fine trip through nostalgia. The oldies station at 105-FM books acts that are often decades past any relevance. No offense intended; it's an afternoon of nice tunes and musical history, but it stays very firmly in its oldies niche. That's what it's all about. But when word got out about this year's lineup, hard-core music fans gasped. Not only would the show feature a re-formed Box Tops (with the brilliant but reclusive Alex Chilton fronting the band that changed rock history), but power-pop fans around the nation were thrilled to see the name the Raspberries on the bill. Yes, it's really them, in the original lineup. After more than three decades, the Raspberries - Eric Carmen, Jim Bonfanti, Wally Bryson and Dave Smalley - are back together, and Saturday's show is by far their highest-profile date after a test-run through a smattering of small-club shows near their Cleveland home. "It's the original four, not some guy who was the drummer who put three new guys in the band," Carmen says. "It has to be the original four or it can never be. It can't be any one of us or any three of us. I think that's paid off now," Bonfanti says. Despite an attempted album that Bryson and Smalley put out under the Raspberries name a few years back (which sunk like a stone), "we protected the name and that's really a cool thing. Very few groups get together today that have the original members." We're getting Saturday's show only because House of Blues has developed a relationship with the band (whose first reunion show was at a HOB club) and Denver vice-president Jason Miller talked them into it. "We initially shied away from doing any concerts like this. . . . we'd rather play for 700 manic fans who know our stuff than 7,000 that don't. House of Blues prevailed upon us and we said. 'OK,' " Carmen explains. To fans, the Raspberries are the greatest missed opportunity in music. After four brilliant and solid albums from 1972 to 1974 - with huge pop radio hits such as Go All the Way, Let's Pretend, Overnight Sensation and I Wanna Be With You - the band split because of internal tensions after the release of its most critically acclaimed album, 1974's Starting Over. After making the album that should have launched a stunning career into orbit, the Raspberries instead broke up. "We've had 31 years now to sit back and look at it . . . and also learn about the business. What really happened was the people who controlled the band at that time were a bit greedy," Carmen says. "We never had a good manager. The people who controlled us didn't want a good manager who would question their contracts. They liked the status quo and didn't want us to ever get smart." The Raspberries were marketed as a teen act, even as Rolling Stone and other publications were declaring their albums works of art. "Rolling Stone in 1974 picked Overnight Sensation as best single of the year and the Starting Over album as one of the seven best of the year. It sold the least of all four albums. The frustration level was unbelievable," Carmen recalls. "We weren't making any money. We were on the road constantly. Management would put us anywhere there was a microphone." So who did the band members blame for their plight? Each other. "Of course!" Bonfanti says with a laugh. "At the time we didn't know any better. Now we know these things. That's what helps us get past that ugly stuff - we realized it really wasn't us. It was the frustration that broke us apart." You have to understand the time. In the early '70s, the Beatles had broken up. FM radio was rising, and tight, bright singles gave way to free-form programming. "We were the antithesis - on purpose - of everything else that was going on," Carmen says. "When 1970 hit and FM became the format of choice, it became about albums. It was suddenly Traffic and Yes and Jethro Tull. Extended guitar solos and extended drum solos. Personally, I found that stuff pretty boring. If you've heard Jeff Beck play a solo and if you've heard Jimi Hendrix play a solo, if you've heard Jimmy Page play a solo, how many guys lesser than that do you really need to hear play an eight-minute solo?" Songs such as Go All the Way and I Wanna Be With You are propelled by jangling, ringing guitars as well as Bonfanti's explosive drumming. "It seemed to me the thing you need to do as an act in any day is try to figure out what you do that's different and better than the other people out there. I thought what we should do was make great 3 1/2-minute pop songs, because nobody was doing it." The Raspberries did just that, fusing hard-rock guitar with pop-perfect vocals and harmonies, but few could see the band beyond the hits - even the record companies. "There was definitely a backlash. There were certain people in the beginning who did not get it at all," Carmen says. Bonfanti predicted that "there'll be no middle ground with us. They'll love us or hate us. And that was pretty much the way it played out." The band found itself with radio airplay, chart position, critical acclaim and album sales that most acts would kill for today. The Go All the Way single itself sold more than a million copies. But it all went sour. In the early days, "we were put on tour by managers who would have us play at a barn dance. We'd walk into situations where there's a lousy PA system or the stage was terrible. No one in the audience cares about the technical stuff. They just walk out and say 'Aw, the Raspberries were awful,' " Carmen says. They don't want that to happen again. "When the Raspberries broke up in the '70s, I felt it was just another band. I'd been in bands. Bands broke up. Yet we're mentioned over and over. I started to realize many years later that, wow, we actually kinda had something - which then would frustrate me," Bonfanti says. "We could have been a contender!" Carmen jokes. "The artists that have mentioned us, I'm still amazed," Bonfanti says. The Raspberries' former roadie, Kevin Dugan, went to work for Van Halen and other bands two decades ago. He'd call Carmen and say "These metal guys I'm working with, they're just saying 'Tell me Raspberries stories!' " Carmen says. "Poison, Van Halen. Axl Rose is a huge fan."
  17. I love "On The Beach," but I usually edit it for tapes in the car --- take out the seagulls and and ocean wave sounds, and the song is a bit more fun to listen to. I used to love the seagulls and ocean wave sounds, because they reminded me of The Shangra-Las "Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)" and Lesley Gore's "California Nights" (since Eric said in 1973 that Lesley was his favorite female singer, you need to hear "California Nights" (she lip-synched to it on an old "Batman" episode) to understand why), with some early Brian Wilson thrown in. These days, I just think the song flows better without the seagulls and ocean waves. Those harmonies and electric piano are to die for, I might add. Of course, when you play the song backwards it does say "Got Milk?"... Don
  18. I'd be embarrassed to say how many times I've reread "Eric Carmen: Marathon Man." I think Bernie and Ken did a fantastic job with the book. Frankly, I don't care about the drinking, drugs, sex or relationships of Eric Carmen --- I just care about the music and the people who make it. The book led to the Raspberries reunion and hopefully it will influence some folks in high places to take a fresh look at the band --- the Rock Hall, a major record company, concert venues, etc. In one volume, you get quotes from The Runaways, The Sex Pistols, Rick Springfield, Bruce Springsteen and countless others expressing a love for Raspberries, and that will turn some heads, I think. While I agree that celebrities surrender some right to privacy, I do believe that they also have a right to a "no comment" on very personal things, too. Just my opinion, of course. Besides, "Eric Carmen: Marathon Man" rocks! (Seriously, if you put the book on an old 33rpm turntable and play the book backwards, that's what it says...) Don
  19. Wingman, welcome to the board. Darlene, very well-said. Your positive vibes are totally cool! I love three of Eric's six solo albums ("Eric Carmen" (Arista), "Boats Against The Current" and "Tonight You're Mine"), but I still love his Raspberries' music best. Bottom line: we all love Eric's music. I think it's his output with Raspberries that has the best chance of getting Eric, and all the guys, into the Rock Hall (I was doubting that chance, but the reunion sure makes it seem more possible now). The media loves the band --- besides Rolling Stone naming "Overnight Sensation" into its 100 Greatest Singles Of The Rock Era, Spin magazine named "Go All The Way" to their 100 Greatest Singles list several years ago. In Britain, the respected MOJO magazine in its February 2000 issue called them one of the "100 Essential Cult Heroes" of the rock era. Things to note when promoting the band's reunion! Don ;-)
  20. Ted, I appreciate the comments on the defibrillator --- good to know. I'm 48 and otherwise in good shape, so, while nervous, I'm not sweating it too much. The other offer is appreciated, too, but I'm still hoping my Cleveland plans work out --- my son wants to see the Rock Hall while we're there. Dave's song is perfect for Memorial Day --- kind of hoping some deejays and station managers catch on to it one of these days. Don
  21. Ted, Thanks for the welcome and the comments. I'll bet Raspberries won't have a problem finding a label when they're ready to do so --- I doubt anyone knows more about what to look for in a deal than they do. I really admire Eric, Wally, Dave and Jim for surprising us all with a reunion and for rising above past differences. Now their children and grandchildren, and loves ones, can see the band they may have only heard of. I had tickets to Chicago, but had a last minute problem to deal with so I missed that one. I do have tickets to Cleveland in July, although I have to hedge my plans a bit since my cardiologist wants to talk to me about some "minor" surgery in late June (I'm not real keen on having a defibrillator implanted in my chest, so I have a decision to make at that time) --- but my plan remains to take my 22-year-old son to see the band, God willing. The reunion is a wonderful thing: the guys getting along; the fans getting along --- very cool! On another note: if anyone hasn't heard it, Dave Smalley's "Internal Monologue" contains a really great tribute to his father's passing and to men who have served their country's armed forces (as Dave did in Vietnam) called "A Warrior At Rest" --- that song is so "right now" in a time of war that I hope everyone gives it a listen. Don
  22. Alproof, On "Raspberries Best Featuring Eric Carmen," all the songs were not written by Eric alone. "Don't Want To Say Goodbye" was written by Eric and Wally, and "Drivin' Around" was written by Eric and Dave. To make matters worse, on "Power Pop Volume Two" on Cherry Red Records, "Hard To Get Over A Heartbreak" is listed as written by Eric Carmen, when it was written by Dave Smalley alone. I agree that Capitol was taking advantage of Eric's solo album success on Arista and I cringed at the "Featuring Eric Carmen" emphasis on that 1976 album because I feared the other guys might be considered just backup personnel for Eric and their talents might be overlooked as a result. Eric is a brilliant, talented individual, but Raspberries were a band, like The Beatles, whose entire lineup(s) were greater than any individual's contribution to the band --- I admire each of the guys. The unique songwriting, lead vocal skills and instrumental talents of each of the guys made them special in every way. I totally agree about "Play On," too --- a song ignored to death by Capitol for some reason. Check out Capitol's website at http://www.hollywoodandvine.com and go to the Raspberries "artist" page they've finally added to the site to promote "Greatest" --- except for info on how to buy "Greatest," they have no info on the band (not even a bio), no tour info and no website links. I've written to complain about that sad situation (as have others) and Capitol has not responded --- an irritating record label to say the least. Don
  23. I'll cast my vote for "No Matter What" also. Don
  24. I think it's cool a couple of birthday boys will be touring in July --- I believe Dave Smalley's birthday is July 10 and Wally Bryson's birthday is July 18, if memory serves, so a big thank you to the boys in the band and their loved ones for all the special times shared with the fans. Don
  25. Ken Sharp did a great interview with Wally Bryson in 20th Century Guitar magazine in October 1997 (Steve Lukather on the cover). Neat little story in there about The Choir (Wally, Dave, Jim) opening for The Who in 1967 and Wally asking Pete Townshend how the hell to play "Substitute," and Pete took the time to show Wally, who was 17 or 18 at the time, how to play it. That issue is worth looking for (photos of Wally's guitars and Wally commenting on what guitars he used on each Raspberries' song). The magazine has a new website at http://www.tcguitar.com (there's even a click on link for a free sample copy of the current issue on the main page there). They sell back issues, but the October 1997 issue isn't listed (doesn't mean they haven't got a few copies laying around somewhere, of course, and there's a contact form on the site for asking questions). Don
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