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  1. One more to add... The South African band Clout covered Dave's "Hard to Get Over a Heartbreak."
  2. I agree! And I greatly enjoyed hearing Burton burn on their cover of "Tequilla" at the Scene Pavilion show last year. He's definitely a great one.
  3. By all accounts, Carl was a fine human being above and beyond his considerable musical talents. Alex Chilton of Big Star, who's not exactly known for handing out compliments, has spoken very highly of Carl, saying he taught him a lot about playing guitar during the time The Box Tops toured with The Beach Boys.
  4. In all fairness, a case could be made for The Hollies' harmonies being even tighter and smoother with Sylvester doing the high parts instead of Nash...Graham could be a little shrill at times. On the other hand, Nash was obviously the superior songwriter. Having said all this, and acknowledging that I love The Hollies deeply, I don't think there's too much question that the received knowledge that Raspberries blew The Hollies off the stage is the truth and has always been the truth. It's a shame Terry can't just acknowledge that and move on.
  5. I remember writing a review of the album this was on (the title is escaping me now) and singling out this one track. It's definitely a good one!
  6. Peter -- Just so someone takes your side, I too am a big fan of Greg Kihn's early Beserkley albums. I just finished making a CD for a friend of the choice tracks from "Next of Kihn" and "With the Naked Eye." Really good stuff. I think my favorites are "Sorry" and "Everybody Else." I saw The Greg Kihn Band live in the early 80s and enjoyed them thoroughly. Oddly, I was given to understand lately that Greg has taken on some rather right-wing tendancies...can't recall where I read that, but it doesn't interfere with my enjoyment of his music. Now on to Al Chan...it's great to see you here, Al! I'm a longtime fan of The Rubinoos as well, and also saw them live about the same time as the Greg Kihn Band in Cleveland. Can't even recall the venue for sure, but besides it being a great show musically, I also remember it being a bit of a mismatch with the other band on the bill (again, I can't recall who it was). What I remember, Al, is a couple of mooks in the front row jumping up and down and giving you guys the finger as you played. I suppose you ran into similar reactions all over from idiots who just didn't get it, but do you remember that? I love so many Rubinoos songs, but there's a special place in my heart for "As Long As I'm With You," the B-side of the "I Think We're Alone Now" single. An absolutely perfect summer song, and to my knowledge, it's never been on an LP. A true gem. Thanks, Al, to you and rest of the guys for so much great music!
  7. Since no one else has pointed this out, I will. The Action featured Brent Warren on bass. Brent later wrote some songs with Billy Sullivan for Scott McCarl's "Play On" album. He's been a good friend of mine since his earliest Action days. The main singer/guitarist in the band was Mike Purkhiser, who's the brother of Lux Interior of The Cramps.
  8. Actually, Robin, you'll have to do some reimagining. Wally sings lead on YGLTG, with Eric and Dave respectively doing the Paul and George backup vocals.
  9. The "I Can Remember" riff (basically a major 7th to a root chord) has been used in a lot of songs. The one that comes to mind right away is "Love's Theme" by the Love Unlimited Orchestra. "I Can Remember"'s pattern is 1-2-2, while "Love's Theme"'s is 1-1-2. Other than that, they're identical. "Choice of Colors" is a wonderful song, and Trindy's analysis is spot-on...that same chord pattern is played beneath the lead vocal's melody line.
  10. Ted, I have the WMMS broadcast of the July 1974 Raspberries performance at the Cleveland Agora. They do "I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine," and trust me when I say this, it's BETTER than the studio version! I mean it...MUCH better. Extremely powerful and heartfelt. This would definitely be my #1 nomintation for an addition to the set list.
  11. Barb, I apologize for using the phrase "entirely accurate." In untangling the complicated Iveys/Badfinger story, I may have misconstrued the chronology you posted. I never accused you of stating that Joey peforms on the Magic Christian Music album, but I supposed I implied it by saying "I don't know if he's on any of the tracks." I also apparently wrongly assumed that, as Ron is credited on a Badfinger album, that he also played gigs with them under that name. I apologize for this error. And I was wrong when I said Joey is not credited on the Magic Christian Music album. Well, in a narrow sense I'm correct in that he's not *credited* for writing or performing on any of the songs (whereas Ron Griffiths is on one). But I hadn't remembered that Joey is mentioned in the narrative of the liner notes as being a member. And interestingly, he's not pictured on the cover...only Pete, Tom and Mike are. As for original members of bands, I suppose what I should have said is that most KNOWLEDGEABLE people (such as those who post on this board, i.e., the ones who are talking to each other here) would not say that Ringo was an original member of The Beatles. Yes, the everyday, very casual observer would probably say that he was. But that still doesn't make it a correct statement. Ringo is the certainly the drummer most associated with The Beatles, just as Dave Smalley is the bassist most associated with Raspberries. But neither is an original member of the band. That IS my line of reasoning, and I'm sticking with it. And now to be REALLY technical, Pete Best was indeed "the first drummer The Beatles had." John, Paul, George and Stu had been supported by other drummers earlier in their career, but the band was not known as "The Beatles" then -- but rather as The Beatals, The Silver Beetles, The Silver Beatles, etc. By the time they were known simply as The Beatles, Pete Best had already joined as their permanent drummer. Finally, Joey did indeed play "No Matter What" in the key of G when I saw him on the Ralph Emery Show in the 1980s. There's no doubt about that, I saw it with my own eyes. Now he may well have returned to playing the song in the original key of A subsequently. I guess I was wrong to assume that he continued to play it in G, though you can understand why it's a rational assumption. I know from personal experience that as you age, your high range narrows. So if Joey was able to defy the odds and get back up to A in later years, good for him!
  12. Much as I hate to contradict Badfinger Barb, I don't think this is entirely correct. The Magic Christian Music album features Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins and a guy named Ron (I can't recall his last name). I don't know if Joey is on any of its tracks, but I do know that he's not credited on the album (whereas Ron is). Most people would not say "Ringo was an original member of The Beatles." They would note that Pete Best played hundreds of gigs as The Beatles' drummer before being fired and replaced by Ringo. Badfinger may not have played as many, but they did play with Ron as a member before Joey joined. That makes Joey "not an original member" in my book. Joey has done some good work on his various solo albums, but personally I'm not real interested in going to see him and a bunch of hired hands play "No Matter What" in the key of G instead of A. Joey has been doing this since at least the 1980s, when I saw him do it on Ralph Emery's show on The Nashville Network.
  13. I not only remember it...I have a tape of their July 1975 Agora show, recorded directly off WMMS. "Little Queenie" is not a part of this show (so there must be more than one), but "Play On," "Cry," "Party's Over" and "Rose Colored Glasses" are. And also, a live version of "I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine" that's much more powerful than the studio one. The whole thing ends with (as Wally says) "old" Raspberries -- an extended workout on "All Right Now" on which Mr. Bryson nearly levitates right off the stage. This show has given me much pleasure over these many years.
  14. I have to echo Brian's comments. The guys' playing and singing was exemplary, the energy level was there, but the sound was hurting big time in spots. I realize it's not fair to compare it to the first HOB show, which I also saw, because of the considerable difference in the venues. I know outdoor is much more difficult, and it was a lot bigger, so there's more to fill. But besides problems in the vocal mix, there were several occasions when Wally's solos didn't cut through as they should have. Absolute #1 requirement for a sound man: KNOW the music you're presenting. Know when there's gonna be a solo and be ready to adjust to make sure it's heard. If you don't know exactly what to expect during each song, you shouldn't be behind the board. I don't want to be completely negative, so I will say this in his favor: the drum mix was exceptionally good, and you really could hear Jim in all his glory. "I Don't Know What I Want" was simply awe-inspiring all the way around...what power! And I will say that the mix was fine on the two Beatles songs that just the four of them did. They absolutely nailed "You're Going to Lose That Girl"! Those glorious three-part harmonies on the bridge...perfect in every way. Again, I don't want to seem overly negative. It was a wonderful show...the guys seemed to be having a really good time, and there were many highlights besides those I've mentioned. Special kudos to The Knack, too...they were great! I hate to spoil the fun for those who have yet to see them, but in addition to great songs from all their albums, very crisply performed, we got...wait for it..."Tequilla," with some amazing guitar work from Burton Averre, segueing right into The Doors' "Break on Through to the Other Side." Don't laugh...it worked!! All you B.B. King folks...you'll have a great time, as I'm sure the sound will be under better control in that venue. Big big thanks to Raspberries and all their support people for again making a dream come true for me that I never thought could happen.
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