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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.
  15. The Animals come to mind. The five original members -- Burdon, Chandler, Valentine, Price and Steel -- did an album in the 80s entitled (IIRC) "Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted." And before that, the five original Byrds -- McGuinn, Clark, Crosby, Hillman and Clarke -- did an album entitled simply "The Byrds" in 1973. The first time all five had recorded together as The Byrds since 1965.
  16. FWIW, Laura Nyro used to instruct the session musicians who played on her albums to play "in color"; i.e., "OK, now play this passage very brown...and then the next one should be yellow."
  17. I'm making some corrections to an online lyric site. (You wouldn't believe how "off" some of them are. And the bad thing is, once a lyric appears wrong once, it's copied endlessly to other sites like a bad gene!) I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the "Won't you let me sleep with you" line near the end of "Tonight" was edited out of the promo 45s supplied to radio stations in 1973. What I can't recall with absolute certainty is whether it was also edited out of the commercially released 45. As this site purports to have lyrics to singles only, the presence of this line would be incorrect if the line was edited from the commercial 45 as well, as I believe it was. I'm sure I have the 45 somewhere, but locating it might involve some serious excavation that I'd rather avoid! Can anyone locate their copy, give a listen and let me know? Thanks!
  18. Re "The Beach Boys Today!": I don't deny the greatness of Brian's accomplishment with "Pet Sounds." But if you were to ask me what Beach Boys album I've actually listened to more than any other, it would be "Today!" -- Side 2 in particular. "Please Let Me Wonder," "I'm So Young," "Kiss Me Baby" and "She Knows Me Too Well" are the holy quartet of Beach Boys songs in one place. In fact, I've listened to a lot of music in my time, but there are only a select few songs that have actually brought tears to my eyes. "She Knows Me Too Well" -- when Brian's aching falsetto arches upward on the title phrase -- is one of them.
  19. Quote:It also turns out that the shows have put Carmen back into a "power popframe of mind," songwriting-wise. "Playing with the band has certainly rekindled some of the rock'n'roll thoughts that I used to have," he admits. "I think if I were to do anything now, I would think about writing something for this band, which would be fun to do. We haven't gotten to anything specific. But I think we could do that. We just have to see if there's anybody there who wants to buy it." I've just now seen this article for the first time, and I'm so glad I did. I was toying with sending a question along these very lines to the "Ask Eric" feature, but I wasn't sure I could word it diplomatically enough. As someone who was there at the beginning and eagerly devoured every article about Raspberries, what always struck me was Eric's passion for the music that influenced him so much. I mean, he was really into it when he talked about The Small Faces, The Who, The Beatles, etc., and you could tell how much this music meant to him, and how it inspired him. That's why I could never understand the direction his solo career ultimately took. I just didn't get how he could love this stuff so much and then more or less forsake it completely. It was my fondest hope that the Raspberries reunion shows would do EXACTLY what Eric now says they've done...rekindle the passion for the music he is *meant* to write and perform. That one quote from Eric is the greatest piece of news I've received in a long time. I can't wait to see where it leads! And, uh, YES...I would want to buy it!
  20. Only because it's something I've never actually done before, here's my Baker's Dozen. These, however, are chronological rather than in ranked order, as I don't believe in having music I love competing with itself: 1. Go All the Way 2. Come Around and See Me 3. I Can Remember 4. I Wanna Be with You 5. Let's Pretend 6. Every Way I Can 7. If You Change Your Mind 8. Tonight 9. Last Dance 10. Hard to Get Over a Heartbreak 11. Play On 12. Cry 13. I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine Obviously, were it not for the size constraint, I would have added many more!
  21. Darlene, that's a cool story of your own! I don't know of Bruno Mikos, but I do know that Youngstown continues to be a hotbed of polka music. A substantial portion of Grammy-winning polka albums over the past several years have been recorded at Peppermint Productions here in Youngstown, a studio whose owner I know. In fact, Peppermint back in the day also recorded a number of rock groups, including my own hometown favorites Blue Ash -- a simply amazing band that anyone who loves Raspberries would love too. They had an album out on Mercury in 1973 and a later one on the Playboy label. But beyond this, they recorded incessantly at Peppermint, and much of this unreleased material is now available on "...Around Again," a 2-CD set that I can't recommend highly enough. Go to www.blueashmusic.com to learn more. Blue Ash has reunited of late to play a few selected gigs, and I was fortunate enough to see them perform in Sharon, PA just two nights before the first Raspberries show. I tell everyone that I saw both bands on the same bill at Packard Music Hall in Warren on January 31, 1974 (and I've got the tape to prove it, snared on my smuggled-in cassette recorder). I never in a million years imagined I'd see them again...and yet I saw them both within two nights of each other. That was a great week!
  22. Sorry I haven't been here for a while so I'm just catching up. I'm from Youngstown, so I didn't get to see all the great Cleveland bands in their heyday...with one exception. My senior year in high school, I had a girlfriend who moved away when her dad got a new job in Massachusetts (breaking my heart in the process, of course!). Around Thanksgiving 1969, she and her parents came to Cleveland to visit some family they had there, so I got to reunite with her again. It turns out that her family were friends with Otto N (I'll butcher his last name if I try to write it, but Clevelanders all know who I mean) -- the legendary owner of all the Hullaballoo Clubs in Cleveland. Otto was there at their house that night, and he invited my girlfriend and me to the local Hullaballoo -- and also gave us our own private seating up in the light booth, which wasn't being used that night. Well, who should be playing that evening but Cyrus Erie! As we were both huge Beatle freaks, we were completely blown away by them. "Abbey Road" had just come out the month before, and they did several of its tracks perfectly. I remember them doing some Stones stuff too, probably from "Let It Bleed," which had also come out just recently. I wish I had more distinct memories of everything else they played that night -- given our "private" vantage point, I must confess that my girlfriend and I didn't spend every single minute watching the band! But I do remember Wally playing the same Gibson double-neck guitar that he still uses today, and Eric bouncing around between guitar, keyboards and (if I'm not mistaken) drums at one point. Overall, they were just amazing, and the whole thing is a very special memory for me.
  23. There's a story about my first album and single. I started listening to Top 40 radio in December 1962, and the local station was featuring the "Sherry" album by The Four Seasons. I went to a local department store with my allowance money, determined to buy it, but they didn't have it. So I bought my first 45 instead, "Big Girls Don't Cry." (This worked out in a way, as the B-side, "Connie-O," wasn't on the "Sherry" album.) Then a few days later, I bought the album as well! Second single I bought was "He's So Fine" by The Chiffons. Then there was a bit of a gap till I got "Meet the Beatles" as a birthday present in February 1964. I got "The Ventures in Space" as a Christmas present later that year. I would say that I got my true record-buying mania in gear when I bought "Having a Rave-up" by The Yardbirds and "Big Hits, High Tide and Green Grass" by The Rolling Stones in 1965.
  24. I've loved Raspberries from the very beginning, and though I've never (till now) actually had one of their songs as part of the formal repertoire of any band I'm in, there are party tapes of one of my bands jamming on "I Wanna Be with You" and "Let's Pretend." But then again, that was back in 1974, when I actually had a prayer of hitting some of those notes! You guys are certainly right about keys -- "Let's Pretend" is one of only two songs they've pitched down in their current incarnation (from G to E). Speaking of which, I've been in an acoustic duo for the past four years or so with a fellow Berries fan (we were both at the November show), and we've recently started doing "Nobody Knows." My partner, who has a higher voice than I do, sings lead, but nevertheless we've had to pitch it down from G to F! Great fun to do, though.
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