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  1. What a great night it was to finally meet so many board members in person and of course the band. I had not seen them since 1973 in person and it was completely surreal when they took the stage. Mind blowing, actually. Let’s have a 20th anniversary show of the reunion show, boys! (I know, I know. I can dream can’t I?)

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  2. 1 hour ago, James said:

    Pat if you are able to make it down the thread this far ( personally my fingers hurt from scrolling )...you'll know that your thread was not hijacked, but it WAS buried ..with honors given it was Kirk who did the dirty deed.

    :  )

    Whew…. after scrolling through that,  I now have an urge to listen to Marathon Man!!!!

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  3. Had a bit of a tiff with a former board member, who shall remain nameless, about how often we listen to the band. I can honestly say that since 1972, there has not been one week I have not either listened to at least one recording of the band or at the very minimum play some songs on the piano by them. There’s definitely days I haven’t listened to them, but weeks? Never. Not even close. it’s not like I sit there and go OK it’s Tuesday, time to play Raspberries, I just love listening to them. He claims I’m short changing myself by not expanding my horizons of listening to more broader music, but to me, the best is the best and I never get tired of their songs. 

    So I ask you, how often do you listen to Raspberries?

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  4. I’ve been fortunate enough to see EJ six or seven times in his career including once on this final tour. He was absolutely tremendous when I saw him a couple of months ago. Lots of rumors floating around that Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, etc. are going to show up at this. While I get the glitz of any of or all these three joining in,  I actually hope it’s not true because I think it will take away from Elton’s ‘s finale.  I’m truly hoping it’s Paul McCartney and they do “I saw her standing there” together  just like Elton did with John Lennon on John’s final live performance at MSG. I think that would be such perfect closure. 

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  5. That was one of the few things on my bucket list was to take all my daughters to see the two living Beatles and I was able to accomplish that a few years ago. As great as it is to see him, it’s even better when you are with loved ones. Terrific review,  LC!

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  6. 1 hour ago, Raspbernie said:

    Still looking for the clip where Kelly credits Ann with writing the tune, but here's their performance:

    It was immediately after the performance of the song. They had a woman In the crowd come up to a microphone and tell them that she met her husband because of the song and Kelly said something to the effect of “Not only did Ann write this song, but because of her these two got together” (paraphrasing). Wilson was looking down and kind of looked up when she said that but never said a word. 

    I rewound the DVR twice to make sure I wasn’t hearing things. I don’t blame Kelly, because I’m sure one of her staff incorrectly told her who wrote the song, but very disappointed in Ann, as I’ve always been a fan.

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  7. Wow, and Rodney Dangerfield claims HE gets “no respect”. 

    I was just channel surfing and happened to see Ann Wilson from Heart singing along with Kelly Clarkson on the Kelly Clarkson show the ballad  “Almost Paradise”. They did a really great version of it, but once they began talking,  Kelly said Ann wrote the song and Ann didn’t bother to correct her! 

    I mean, wouldn’t you say something like,  “actually I didn’t write that it was written by a great songwriter named Eric Carmen” ?????

    Come on, Ann……. You are better than that.

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  8. On 5/3/2022 at 5:11 PM, James said:

    Ok, nice post Pat. Thank you for the insight from you, a strong musician and songwriter in your own right.

    So what we´re going to do is go with the Starting Over line-up, and because that line-up will conquer the world and bring in a ton of revenue, we´ll have the funds to bring Jim back to play along with Mike, where they can each contribute where their talents fit.

    Empresario James : )


    After reading your reply, we need to get you involved in solving world peace….. or does this post belong in cartoon world?

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  9. On 4/27/2022 at 12:12 PM, James said:

    Watching the Raspberries play Don Kirshner last night, while they toured "Starting Over" got me thinking a little.  And imho, the truth is, while I sentimentally favor Jim and Dave,....the line-up for "Starting Over" with Scott and Michael was much better for what the Raspberries were, ie: the rocking melodic music they were expert at. Scott and Michael were perfect and added an extra ooomph to the rocking element, and in Scott´s case, the melodic pop element. What a line-up.

    Amazing what that foursome could have done if they´d stayed together

    James, I agree that I would’ve loved to have heard the second lineup produce four or five more rocking albums but as far as talent goes FOR THE SONG, to me there’s no one like Jim Bonfanti as a drummer when it comes to putting in little fills in the right place for rockers as well as slow songs. So very very underrated. Give a listen to a song like “If You Change Your Mind” (which to me is as good as a song can get on all fronts) What he plays is so simple but it’s absolutely perfect. Kind of like the old term  “complex simplicity”. Nothing against Michael, who I think is a great power rock drummer, but I think it would’ve definitely changed the flow of the song having him drum on that. Just my two cents. 

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  10. On 4/21/2022 at 1:41 PM, Rhonda B said:

    I was just thinking of my University years in the mid- late 70s and how much I played this excellent song  "Lady"  by Little River Band 1978. An Australian band that is actually still together but of course with different members now. They had so many great hits. Aww, the music of the 70's... I think most of us here can relate.

    I loved the band when Glenn Shorrock was the singer. So many great songs like lady, Lonesome loser, take it easy on me, reminiscing, cool change, etc. I remember watching a special on them on public broadcasting MANY years ago that I  had on video tape but I have no idea where it’s at now. Wish I could see that again as it was a terrific concert. 

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  11. 18 hours ago, LC said:

    My oversight, Bernie.... Apologies! I didn't remember this being a Christmas gift, but... I could have been quite naughty the year you presented it. 

    Given the reproductions and pass-alongs at YouTube, maybe EC.com needs its own YouTube channel, where you house EC and Raspberries rarities as a way to start reclaiming them. With a little SEOing, we can make them more desirable to the search algorithms than what's up there now! I mean, as long as so many of your finds have leaked out there anyway, better to have them branded with the site, right? Look at that poster named Canale 32 (no relation!): He or she has a good little archive. Why not us? 

    Sounds like a great idea to me. That way Bernie can receive proper credit and we can all enjoy these rare recordings often. What an incredible vocal by Eric on that demo! Wow!

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  12. Longtime poster Tim from Wisconsin had a heart attack Friday night and had a stent put in. Thankfully, he is back home and resting today after a 99% blockage. Let’s drop a prayer and some well wishes and good vibes for a great guy! 

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