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  1. "Used To Feel So fucking Optimistic..."

    -Eric Carmen"

    I apologize to all of the EC.COM-ers for not being up here & continuing to scream & yell about the best newly reunited band amongst the pop landscape... Raspberries...

    I think the whole Cleveleand/Thanksgiving experience was just so massively unbelievable (YET VERY REAL) that it's taken a bit of stepping back to let the whole thing become a part of my life story & REALLY be THAT incredible dream that came true.

    BUT NOW they're coming to MY TURF!!!! ...so the sleeves are rolled up, the snow's gonna melt just that much faster & it's gonna be the coolest summer since the sumer of '72 when "Go All The Way" was the most splentastic thing on the radio... I swear....

    And if takes all of us little freaks out hear to cram every little last cynical NYC rock scribe with the FACT that this is as important as, say, The Zombies' or Roy Wood's recent live returns (also after 30+ years!!) I promise not to stop ranting until Wally gets the 12-string packed and Eric brings the blessed vocal chords to 237 W. 42nd St!!!!!!

    Even though I know that there will always be a lack of true respect & due props for the band & their place in the pantheon, I'm really hoping these two gigs will help re-establish and change some minds... This can happen & I'm really trying to be VERY FUCKING OPTIMISTIC!! damn it....

    Let's go Eric, Dave, Wally & Jim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I actually just got off the phone with Rolling Stone mag in NYC. I spoke with the NYC Managing Editor's assistant. I asked her why "RS was not giving any coverage to the reunion of the Raspberries." She replied, "Hmm..good question, would you like to speak with Associate Editor, Jonathan Ringen?", to which I replied, "Certainly." Next thing I know I'm leaving a message on Mr Ringen's voicemail.

    MARVIN, YOU F%&@ING ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. Eric's voice was absolutely stunning.... and these are "near-impossible" songs to sing live... the fact that he did it in his mid-50s is one of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed...

    Most rock and pop singers go soft as they age or, as in the case of Paul McCartney (and definitely Elton John) their voices change and do not sound like the way they did when they were in their 20s...

    Eric's voice sounds basically unchanged, maybe a little bit deeper/fuller, but tone wise, it was unmistakable.... Wally and Dave were also blessed with the same luck and really sounded like the records...

  4. Marvin, Bernie, anyone...

    feel free to use any quote I've posted as "From the editor of 'Yeah Yeah Yeah' magazine"...

    we're small but respected amongst some circles of hip-dom...

    if RS sees that the "hip underground press" is behind the band, it really helps legitimize it... Yes, it's a sad state of affairs when RS can't figure it out on their own.... or see that they once--however fleeting--cared about the band...

    but I think we have to remember that the Raspberries have been gone for 30 years and the only thing RS sees is that it was Eric Carmen's old band...

    On the surface, there's nothing quick and obvious about its need for coverage because Eric has become so deeply associated with mainstream adult pop music and not rock and roll... For those unaware of who and what the Raspberries were, it will come as a huge surprise...

    i will also try--when i have time--to send RS my own 2 cents... I just sense it will be like pissing in the wind... the only thing that will change RS's mind is if they actually see the band-- in NYC or LA....

    and they should do a tour with the likes of Cheap Trick (not Grass Roots or Turtles) so that their legitimacy is taken seriously and not as a "soft" oldies act...

  5. It's all word of mouth from this point on. Let's SHOUT it loud and often: "Raspberries are back and they're better than ever!!!"

    Bernie [/QB]

    ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, BERNIE.... I tried tossing the possibility of writing a live review for the Village Voice to Chuck Eddy (who's a huge fan of "Go All The Way") but I don't think it's gonna fly because it happened in Cleveland... if an NYC show is in the plans I need to know asap so I can get the chance to review it... I CAN'T LET THEM DOWN

    And tune in to WRSU & WFMU tomorrow at 12noon... both Joe (WFMU) Belock & myself (WRSU) will be spreading the myth & legend amongst the hippest circles in the tri-state underground via the airwaves & internet streaming... Joe was at the concert and was blown away...

    WFMU-FM (91.1 in NJ)

    WRSU-FM (88.7 in central NJ)

    do a google search for their websites...

  6. For those of us that couldnt make the concert a complete set list with brief descriptions of each song would be great.

    it may not be what you're looking for, but I wrote a long exhaustive piece on the whole event (Posted as "If You Believe In What We're Doing Is Right") which goes into some detail about almost every song played...
  7. I think he affimratively resaid my name. It was just as dumbfounding as when I heard David Bowie walking down the hallway of his studio and saying "Pat Pierson?" as to wondering if I was there (when I did the interview).

    Thanks for the kind words, Bernie. Everything you've done has been so reaffirming and top-notch.

    The main thing I want to see change is the band's place in the history books. With the help of choice live gigs in LA and NYC this might happen along with a well-done career retrospective CD and maybe a live DVD. If writers can clearly and profoundly express what makes the Raspberries so unique, special and groundbreaking things can change.

    The Raspberries have always had the tough task of getting close to unanimous acclaim from the rock press. And since the latest era of rock writers and historians have gravitated to the less-sentimental artists (although they, the writers, come across as sentimental) it's not gonna be easy. That's why the live show matters so much. I knew Eric had it in him, BUT I did not know it would be THAT incredible. They literally blow your mind & that's a very rare thing. And to have someone like Eric Carmen come out of the shadows to "rock" is an incredible and pleasant shock. And as a band, they still have that ineffable magic that only the rare few great transcendental bands can hang onto.

    Just so you know: Some cool hip people from NJ were there including Joe Belock who writes for my mag and is a DJ on WFMU (Tuesday at Noon--the same time I'm on WRSU)... and Todd who is the guy who books the bands who plays Maxwell's in Hoboken. I was very surprised to see Todd there.

  8. Moments:

    1. The end of "I Can Remember"—sounded like the gods of pop had fulfilled their purpose. It was a true peak...

    2. Wally mouthing Eric's line in "I Can Remember": "But the more things seem to change, the more they stay the same" and giving an affirmitive gesture...

    3. Bernie's intro film w/ curtain rise into "I Wanna Be With You"

    4. Wally singing The Choir's "When You Were With Me" and watching a lot of his family in tears of joy...

    5. Marvin's incense...

    6. Watching my close friends Tommy and Bob Allen (who indirectly turned me onto the band) witness it all..

    7. Watching my close friend Nick Celeste witness it all for the first time (after trying 3 times in his teens).

    8. Watching Nick Celeste show Eric Carmen the tix from Carnegie Hall he won from WPIX in 1973 which were unused because he couldn't get a ride into NYC... this time I supplied the ride

    9. Watching Ken Sharp in the balcony witness his first Berries show with Beatlemania glow in his eyes...

    10. All the extremely hard guitar parts that Wally pulled off w/ ease...

    11. The rhythm section: David Smalley and Jim Bonfanti... Just playing like no time had passed...

    12. Eric singing "Play On"

    13. Watching Eric Carmen give Tommy Allen a big hug...

    14. Watching Dennis 'the fly' Ferrante (he helped engineer their first 3 albums) hanging out with The Raspberries for the first time in over 30 years and posing for a classic photo...

    15. GO ALL THE f-ing WAY!!!!!!!!! LIVE!

    16. Wally's lead on "Party's Over"

    17. Eric's voice on "I'm A Rocker"

    18. David Smalley singing "It's Cold Outside"

    19. Jim Bonfanti playing drums on "Overnight Sensation"

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  9. I just wrote this and I really haven't proof-read it thoroughly, but this will be my live review for my magazine (Yeah Yeah Yeah) which will be coming out in early 2005... Lotsa thanks to Ken Sharp for helping me meet the band... and to Bernie for relighting the flame... and to the band for being such cool guys to meet and Eric Carmen for being the greatest power pop singer of all time...

    -Pat Pierson

    "If you believe in what we're doing is right, close your eyes and be still…"

    -Eric Carmen ("I Wanna Be With You")

    Friday, November 26th, 2004: 9pm

    Cleveland, Ohio

    With the rise of the curtain (after the beautifully heartfelt short intro film) it all came alive…

    There is something so specific about the Raspberries' music and Friday night's performance that makes it impossible to "compare" it to anything else. Unless you have an experience of another artist who is in their own "universe." The elements that made the night so incredibly intense will never converge again. That's why I drove 500 miles to bear witness.

    Beyond my personal desire to see the original line up reunite and play a set of music was the legacy. The storied drama and classic "Almost Famous"-like tale of local boys done good. But we all know what happened. We all know the break down. Fame was SO fleeting. Two boys from the Choir left amidst the breaking of friendships and musical bonds less than 18 months after they cracked the top 5 with "Go All The Way." It was the usual cracks due to "star-making" machinery and the popular song; and because they were young.

    Eric and Wally "prevailed" for another year (with a great upstart Scott McCarl on bass and Michael McBride on drums) and a classic final album, but everything fizzled out with far too much friction between the "old comrades" and a lack of public interest. Wally never regained such rock and roll prowess despite respective attempts with Fotomaker and Tattoo. Eric Carmen got a career in pop music, but lost "the band."

    Cynics come and cynics go. Fans (myself included) can get misty eyed and myopic. Brass tacks: Who the F*ck knew?! 1999 almost happened. Eric bought a Rickenbacker guitar, learned a Beatles cover or two and was "ready." But old tensions brewed and killed it. Those who saw Eric sing "Go All The Way" with Ringo's All-Star Band maybe thought it was plausible. To me, that sounded like fun, but was more part of a tourist attraction, and something of an enjoyable ride with a Beatle. It wasn't "Looking For The Magic."

    "Because a photograph is like an hourglass out of time…" -Dwight Twilley ("Looking For The Magic")

    We can't bring Phil Seymour (Dwight Twilley's better half) back from the grave. That's the hourglass out of time. I have photographs of George Harrison and John Lennon. I won't be able to see them reunite with Paul and Ringo. Deep down, Eric Carmen knew (KNOWS) why his band is so special. Deeper down is something you or I can't get at: The roots. That's mysticism and the power of coming age in the years of Beatlemania. These are words. They lived it. Eric, Jim, Dave and Wally drank from the cup. They (The Choir and Cyrus Erie) made sure they got the gig opening for The Yardbirds and The Who. Wally made sure he asked Pete Townsend, "how do you play 'Substitute'?" They even lent the F*CKING Who their equipment?!!! That's beyond devotion. That's pure LOVE.

    "But if I had my time again, you all know just what I'd do…"

    -Ian Hunter ("Ballad Of Mott [26th March 1972 Zurich])

    So what happened???

    I don't know much beyond the fact that everyone ironed out their differences to reclaim the glory. And reclaim it they did. We've heard a lot about "bands" reuniting lately, and many, like The Stooges, Roxy Music, and New York Dolls were pretty incredible, but none of those reunions packed the same punch as this one did. With Iggy, you know he's been tearing it up most of his career in similar fashion to his birth with The Stooges. Was the reunion cool? Of course, but it wasn't a big surprise. Roxy was sweet but without Brian Eno, it can't hold up to the standards we're looking for. New York Dolls?? See: The Beatles. The only reunion I can draw a close parallel to is the Sex Pistols, but even that one bore mixed results (Johnny Rotten singing the songs drastically different and the band being hit or miss.) …And (my personal favorite band) Big Star sucked.

    "Used feel so f*cking optimistic…"

    -Eric Carmen ("Starting Over")

    The optimism is here again. This was the greatest reunion concert I've ever seen. And I wasn't so sure of that from the get go. Things started off well and strong with "I Wanna Be With You" and a sharp cover of The Who's "Can't Explain" but the power had yet to really rise to its optimum level. They made good with Smalley's "Makin' It Easy" and then gave everyone the first BIG surprise of the night with Eric singing "Play On" as a dedication to the band's second bassist, Scott McCarl. It was spot-on. Still, they had yet to conquer. Solid, mind you, but not transcendent. The next four songs were nice mid-tempo fare: a cover of The Beatles' "Baby's In Black," a nice take of "Nobody Knows," "Should I Wait" (Dave Smalley's best song) and "If You Change Your Mind" which sounded great, despite Eric's mis-step with the lyrics. It's been a while since he sang these songs, kids. Wally finally entered the program with "Come Around And See Me." Like Eric and Dave, Wally's voice had not lost any of its clarity or tone. These guys sounded like no time had passed. Another Beatles tune ("No Reply") followed. They can sing the pants off these Beatles songs. Nice.

    Sea Change: It was slight but pronounced. "I Saw The Light." This was where they began to shine. It was better than the record and much more like a fleshed out version of the demo which had a gorgeous Left Banke feel to it and lush harmonies. Incredible. From there they rode well doing more spot-on album cuts ("Might As Well," "It Seemed So Easy," and "Last Dance") aptly proving they were never just a studio band.

    "We must be in heaven, man…"

    The latter part of the set is where everything took on grand dimensions. It's also where they really stacked the deck in their favor. It was a pay-off unparalleled.

    It began with "Let's Pretend." Sung not nearly as high, but as powerful as the original. Carmen proving he was in a zone and capable of blowing the doors off of anyone. This is where it was becoming very exciting. One last Beatles cover came: a fond take of "Ticket To Ride."

    The next two songs were from The Choir. The first was a drop-dead gorgeous pop song ("When You Were With Me") sung by Wally which had his wife and daughter (up in the balcony) in tears. One look at them in that moment had everything welling up. I had to look away. Next was the "big local hit," ("It's Cold Outside") sung by Smalley. Beautiful. Now it was time to show off.

    We all knew the big hits were still to come. That was the "sick" anticipation. BUT, who knew that "I Can Remember" would be the tune to take this night to heights unforeseen? Well, that's what f*cking happened. Talk about unable to breathe. This was spectacle. This was pop and rock merged to its finest distillation. And unlike the album, it didn't come across as a "stretch." It was fleshed out in a way that brought it new legs. The performance was sheer magic proving how incredible Wally and Jim are. This was the moment to die for.

    "Starting Over" followed and was fine. The next big moment was "Don't Want To Say Goodbye" which perfectly captured the spirit of '72 and gave Wally and Eric the classic duel-vocal spotlight. Unlike anything else this night. Another sign of classic pop dimensions and their insane ability to pull it off live. Wally's natch hard rock gem, "Party's Over" followed proving the band had balls.


    "Overnight Sensation" was performed live with Jim Bonfanti and Dave Smalley for the first time ever and it was beyond amazing with Bonfanti pulling it off with ease and his own stamp and Smalley doing the low-bass background vocals. They kicked it old school and it was truly mind-blowing. "Tonight" was nuts. Yes, they rocked as hard as The Faces. And, yes, Eric Carmen was god at this point, singing with some unleashed force that blew all of us away. "Hard To Get Over A Heartbreak" followed. A bit off, despite it being Dave's most Raspberries-friendly song. "Ecstasy" was the set closer and just reinforced the fact that this was the true essence of power pop. Music as an orgasmic release. Definitely.


    Despite my reservations for "I'm A Rocker" it worked. (I always felt it was a bit forced and something close to an attempt to reach the audience who didn't take them seriously. "All Through The Night" was always more convincing.) This was Eric's greatest vocal performance of the night. It was just absolutely ripping.

    And they closed the night with "Go All The Way." And I'm in heaven. And they're gods. And The Raspberries hung around so that afterwards we could meet them and gush about how f*cking incredible they were. And get our pictures taken with them. Pinch me.

  10. Bob Allen is basically right... although the Outkast are the best in their genre...

    The other thing is the harsh reality of the decline of the Raspberies' validity amongst the canon of pop & rock... Doesn't matter WHAT anyone says or replies... The truth is the Raspberries' legacy is losing its hold on the cognescenti and will not tap into the taste of the writers/zeitgeist because they straddled the line of sentimentality & rock 'n' roll... it's a tough pill to swallow, but the Berries are just too odd for their own good... if they were blatantly bubblegum (i.e. Bay City Rollers/Partridge Family) there might be a place for them... If they were as artsy as Big Star they'd be hailed as gods.....

    oh well.......

  11. "Someday's a long time and we've been waiting so long to be here..."

    I just wanted to share a little unbridled enthusiasm and just reiterate what everyone else whose got tix must be thinking/feeling. I can't believe it's going to happen!!!

    Today was my weekly radio show on the Rutgers University station (WRSU-FM). It began with a brief nod & wink to the anniversary of the release of The Beatles' "White Album" and followed with a set dedicated to the upcoming Raspberries reunion gig....

    the beginning was moody and slow per my deeper connections with The White Album which are the quiet songs (which really sound great on grey dreary days in November-- just like today in NJ)

    the following set was an attempt to capture the excitement and anticiaptation of this week's event and also give the listener a very brief historical taste (i.e. The Choir & Cyrus Erie) along with two applicable non-Berries songs; Easybeats' 'Friday On My Mind' and Ian Hunter's 'Cleveland Rocks.'

    Listening back to the tape of the show (on my way home) the segue of "Go All The Way" into "Friday On My Mind" freaked me out and totally hit the nerve I was aiming for. "Cleveland Rocks" into "Tonight" basically sealed it...

    I hope all the guys in the band are as peaked as I dream they are. With the recent release of Bernie's bio on Eric--and my usual fantical/love to reinspect and go back to such groundbreaking bands like the Raspberries--I remain as in awe of the genius singles as ever and I revel in the magic of the band. They are a very rare breed and deserve all the praise one can heap without becoming too hyperbolic. (Hard to do.)

    With the recent passing of Greg Shaw I was saddened because he was one of the few people to actually put into words (with rare passion and eloquoence) what the Berries' actually accomplished and what the true essence of their defining singles meant. These are not mere singles or just some "memorable" tunes from a good band back in the day (choose whoever you want from 1972). Playing "I Wanna Be With You," "Go All The Way" and "Tonight" on the radio today made me realize (once again) that there's nothing like this anywhere else. And it will never happen quite this way again. (Sui generis, indeed.)

    The concept and dream of these Cleveland mods was fulfilled and captured with as much glory and aplomb as any kids wishing they could replicate the thrill of The Beatles' performance on Ed Sullivan. The fact that it happened in 1972, was just all the more incredible. The fact that the dream didn't grow on a mass scale the way their '60s heroes' did doesn't change the music. The songs live and they jump and explode with a fresh incendiary spirit. Too bad the spirit was lost to most of the masses when they were released. I just guess the 'Berries weren't made for their time.

    To those it did connect with, it changed them forever. It was a revolution. It brought the focus of pop, melody, structure and pure heartfelt inspiration back to the airwaves for one last goodbye & we owe them all the gratitude in the world for that. Or at least enough to drive 400+ miles on Thanksgiving week 2004 to see them tear it up live on their home turf!

    Cleveland rocks!

    Pat Pierson

    p.s. posted under here is the 1st half of today's radio show (The Radio Boy program on WRSU)

    1. intro Peter Finch "Network"/ Beatles- "Revolution 9"

    2. THE BEATLES- Mother Nature's Son ("The Beatles" Apple 1968)

    3. THE BEATLES- Julia ("The Beatles" Apple 1968)

    4. THE BEATLES- Revolution1 ("The Beatles" Apple 1968)

    5. THE BEATLES- Long Long Long ("The Beatles" Apple 1968)

    6. RASPBERRIES- I Wanna Be With You ("Fresh" Capitol 1972)

    7. THE CHOIR- I'd Rather You Leave Me (Bomp EP 1976/1968)

    8. CYRUS ERIE- Get The Message (single Epic 1968)

    9. RASPBERRIES- Go All The Way ("Raspberries" Capitol 1972)

    10. EASYBEATS- Friday On My Mind ("Gonna Have A Good Time" Retroactive 1999/1967)

    11. IAN HUNTER- Cleveland Rocks ("Once Bitten Twice Shy" Legacy/Columbia 2000/1979)

    12. RASPBERRIES- Tonight ("Side 3" Capitol 1973)

    13. BEACH BOYS- I Just Wasn't Made For These Times ("Pet Sounds" Capitol 1966)

  12. Terry Knight's legacy was never a pretty sight and his dealings with Grand Funk Railroad were of the worst and most evil purposes-- a true corrupted soul amongst many in the '60s and '70s where many bands (i.e. Badfinger) were virtually raped and destroyed by evil prikks looking to line their pockets... His sordid death does not come as a surprise...

  13. For any music fan whose desires and dreams are to expand, experience and explore, John Peel was a true hero and one of the key pioneers in the world of "alternative" music...

    from his quiet beginnings on the BBC, which allowed a not-so well known David Bowie to get his career started to his intensely vigorous work with the majority of punk and post-punk who formed the period's zeitgeist, PEEL was a definitve force in the shaping of British music over the last 35 years...

    Rave on....

  14. Any Raspberries fan worth his or her scratch 'n sniff sticker will be saddened by the news of the passing of one of Rock's greatest scribes Greg Shaw. Shaw died this week of heart-failure at age 55.

    Shaw was the leading force in the American Underground rock journalist boom of the 1960s and 1970s. With his independent magazine, BOMP!, Shaw helped ignite an underground revolution that focused on the power and energy of the '60s British Invasion, Garage/Punk rock, and Mod/Psychedelic scenes and brought it into the consciousness of the bloated 1970s. Shaw--along with writers like Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau etc.--helped flame the fires of rock and roll's most exciting proponents. The Raspberries being one of his most highly cherished and championed combos.

    In 1978 Shaw devoted a whole issue of BOMP! magazine to the evolution and progress of power pop. In said issue the 'Berries were noted as being the defining band of the movement. This issue of BOMP! was noted by many as being the HOLY GRAIL of power pop and helped set the stage for the next two decades.

    Shaw's record label leaned more towards Garage and punk related itmes, despite being the first place to issue rare recordings by The Choir. Nonetheless, it was way ahead of its time predicting the nu-garage rock revolution way before anyone thought it could ever be possible.

    For more info check: www.bomp.com

  15. Marvin,

    The Princeton Record Exchange is located on 20 S. Tulane St--right off the main drag (rt 27 i think) in town--right near the University's library........ a very highly recommended place to go, especially if you're looking for vinyl

  16. Bernie,

    actually, i do know about all the work Tommy went thru to make the song come to life... I was suggesting that someone close to Eric try to steer him into the best direction possible for future recordings...

    I think he is too far gifted a human to let his talent rest... it's not that he has to do something big or monumental, but i think if he realizes there's people out there who are really up to the task of helping him acheive something great (just like the Wondermints with Brian Wilson) he could really do something substantial and special... and it could resonate with his best stuff...

    a lot of this depends on his inspiration and the hunger and drive to do something creative... i can't imagine someone so naturally gifted not wanting to at least try to do something and see how it turns out... he just needs the right people to work with... ergo Jon Brion (& Tommy Allen)...

  17. It's a really good Eric Carmen song, despite Desmond Child...and Desmond should be bludgeoned for saying "Bacharach" in reference to himself... luckily Eric had the experience (i.e. he worked w/ Jimmy Ienner) to handle bloated producers etc... Irony: stript of the "original" bad production and reinforced with real instruments, the song takes life... and the vocals are great... proving Desmond don't know diddly...

    Here's my dream:

    Bernie should take Eric Carmen out to Los Angeles to see Jon Brion perform at Largo on a Friday night. Afterwards, Bernie & Eric should meet Jon and discuss the possibility of working together. Tommy Allen can also help, working as a liaison regarding the whole process. (Tommy knows Brion fairly well.) THIS would be an exciting way for Eric to get back to his roots and his love for great pop music (i.e. Beach Boys, Left Banke, Beatles...) and make modern recordings that sound amazing and reinforce his best instincts.

  18. i met chris in the early '90s after a friend turned me onto to his demos.... ironically he came from syracuse, ny-- the same town as Bob Allen's brother Tommy and The Flashcubes--a place where my pop world was changed..

  19. My most recent experience interviewing David Bowie makes me bais towards him, but who else of that stature would allow a kid with an small indie magazine to have a face to face interview for 40 minutes?

    Nice guys/girls:

    Cheap Trick (several times)



    Paul Stanley

    Joey Ramone!

    Brian Wilson (short but sweet)



    the only rock star w/ an attitude I ever encountered was Clem Burke of Blondie...

  20. "a track by Small Faces titled "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" that, in retrospect, sounds like a template for the Raspberries "Go All The Way".

  21. Originally posted by blackhawkpat:

    [QB] I'm reading a review of a new British Invasion CD in Performing Songwriter (June 2004), when I stumble upon this line...."a track by Small Faces titled "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" that, in retrospect, sounds like a template for the Raspberries "Go All The Way".

    YET ANOTHER WRITER MAKING AN IRRATIONAL LEAP OF JUDGEMENT... Despite grabbing from numerous sources/influences, "Go All The Way" succeeds because it's an expansion AND it's unlike anything prior... The ESSENCE of the song is pure Eric Carmen... unlike "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" it is devoid of soul/R&B roots and it also cuts with an ineffable yearning that makes the song so genuinely magical...

    The Small Faces track, as good as it is, sounds a bit trite in comparison... the concept may be slightly akin (boy/girl mod stuff) but "Go All The Way" is an insane amalgamation of pop/rock styles converging through the muse of a budding pop star at his hungriest moment; trying to recharge a world sorely lacking the magic and power of prime era Who, Kinks, Beach Boys & Beatles before the drugs took hold and the beards started growing... There's nothing before or after to match it because there's no other period in pop music where such a thing could happen... although some have tried...it was never the same again...

  22. Pierson nice to see that there is someone else on this site who feels similarly about Bruce. I gave up long ago trying to change people's opinions. With Bruce there is no middle ground: You either love him, or you don't understand.


    Well, I don't feel quite the same... I just recognize his talents for what they are & I realize that his sincerity & devotion are pure and connect to what is the best elements of rock and roll... I HATE "Born In The USA" & most of the album-- i felt he became overblown & the production was lame...

    Almost everything he's done has made sense with what his fans expected from him as an artist... and his live shows have also reflected that... I guess you could say that the same thing goes for a band like, say, Rush (in place of Styx, who don't deserve any props), which means all of this doesn't really matter a whole lot...

    If there are people who think he's over rated, they have the right to that opinion.... I think Bruce deserves most of the praise he gets-- he does work for it and he truly has the talent--and he UNDERSTANDS the spirit of rock and roll---

    Rush, on the other hand, work hard and do well by their fans, but have never shown an inkling of grasping the spirit of rock and roll versus trying to show how expansive their musical chops are and how much they dig 'concepts'... Big difference...

    but many people don't care about the spirit of rock and roll and would rather hear virtuso windbag progressive "rock" music that sounds difficult and "heady" versus someone channeling the spirit of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash etc whilst creating something new and exciting...

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