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  1. On 3/15/2021 at 11:03 PM, Kirk said:

    If I rub my R&R HOF postcard and say some magic words...

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    This worthy thread of James-instigated rankings deserves a bump not only for the Wally, Dave, and Scott song choices but for this extremely rare and incredibly cool six-man autographed postcard Kirk showed off.

    I'm envious, Kirk. What would your asking price be? 🤣

    Okay, not for sale. Any chance you can drop a cleaner scan here?

  2. On 12/6/2005 at 6:34 AM, Raspbernie said:

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    "I went to see Aerosmith last night and they ROCKED!!! I'd have to put it in my top five concerts of all time. They were that good! The stage and the lighting were absolutely incredible and the band was tight, focused and powerful. And Steven…well, he's simply one of the best rock 'n roll front men ever. Mick Jagger is still terrific and a great showman, but he never really had a great vocal instrument. Steven has the voice AND the style (I'd like to get his tailor's phone number). And he's a Prince of a guy.

    Note to all the EC.com readers: If Aerosmith is headed your way, don't miss 'em. They are one of the last, truly great rock bands."

    Talk to you soon,

    Eric

    Bumping a blast from the distant past (2005). What a happy time—Eric looks game-ready (the photo is from 2005, amid Raspberries reunion days) while visiting Steven Tyler backstage. And he delivered a concert review through Bernie.

    Back up to Page 1 to catch the whole conversation. (I bumped it way back in 2011... so I thought it was worth a new excavation.) 

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  3. Happy birthday to the 'berries bass-man and author of some memorable songs, my favorites of which are:

    • Should I Wait? — An A+ number and a beautiful change-up on the rock'n'roll-heavy Side 3 album. Hearing this on Live on Sunset Strip for the first time was almost a religious experience. 
    • Makin' It Easy — Also on the Side 3 album, this crunchy country-rocker has some kick-ass attitude that I've always loved. It also made a killer number on the reunion tour, with the Live on Sunset Strip version proving it. I love the Eagles-type backup vocals on the recording and in concert. 
    • It Seemed So Easy — An identifiable love-lost midtempo country-rocker and one of multiple Smalley/Carmen compositions on Fresh.
    • Goin' Nowhere Tonight — Another Smalley/Carmen country-rock song with a bouncy melody and some cool Wally lead guitar playing. I heard this for the first time after borrowing my sister's "I Wanna Be With You" 45 rpm single, as it's the B side. Who's to say it couldn't have been an A side on its own as a potential hit on country music charts?
    • They Grow Up — This is from Dave's underappreciated solo album Internal Monologue. Beautiful and touching song... as my fellow dads of daughters would attest. 

    Somewhere around here, I have a "Dave Smalley Ranked" thread (at least I think I do). 

     

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  4. Wow — great interview! I find it very moving to see Eric at that juncture in time. Why? Because I had interviewed him for the magazine I was editing in 1984 and 1988... and then he sort of disappeared... and then he returned for the reunion years and I got to catch up with him at his birthday party at Bernie's and a reunion show in 2007, and later for an interview about the Beatles. This 1995 interview fills in the gap in between those meetings and talks. That's Eric!

    As I've always said, he was an interviewer's dream: extremely eloquent, well-spoken, smart, and thoughtful. I knew from my personal dealings with EC that he really appreciated journalists who "got" what he was doing, and who appreciated his music.

    In turn, I felt like Eric really understood what we were after in interviewing him: beefy, substantive soundbites that helped add liveliness to an article. That's not something a journalist takes for granted! I've had interview subjects who — In contrast to Eric — came off as disinterested, and gave stock answers to questions, and acted like they couldn't wait to finish.  

    Anyway, Eric Carmen really was a considerate guy. I remember a phone interview where I got him talking about his composing process, and to make a point, he put his phone down and started playing "I Can Remember" on his piano, so I'd get a better understanding of what he was saying. That was a major thrill: Eric Carmen played "I Can Remember" for an audience of... me! 

    Another time, my recorder stopped working, so I was handwriting his comments, and I remember he how he slowed down his talking, and spoke very deliberately just to accommodate my frenzied scribbling. I mean, THAT is a considerate person, to empathize with someone and make his life a little easier... Yes, that's Eric!

    R.I.P., my old friend. I still can't believe it....

    —LC

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  5. I missed the post by new member Carmen Gloria in April; just seeing it now. It's a beautiful post, really, and I got the gist out of just from some keywords in Spanish. Still, I had to drop it into Google Translate to get the full effect. I'm sure there are a couple of translation flubs from Google, but it nonetheless hangs together. Well-said, Carmen Gloria: 

    In my adolescence I always listened to All by Myself, and many times they ask me....does he feel that alone!!!!!!

    I was really impressed by his way of interpreting this song, even more so when I saw him performing Boats Against the Curret, a song so deep, intense and emotional that it captivated me. What a way of singing, his body language said it all, his passion, I really can't stop listening and seeing it.

    All of his songs are really incredible.

    And today I am too sad for his regretful departure, I have been in shock since I found out and I can't stop seeing and listening to him, in my house, in the car everywhere I am. His music will not die as long as we continue listening to it, someone with Eric Carmen's talent will always live in us who love his work.

    I love you to infinity Eric Carmen 

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  6. Yes, one of hundreds of top-shelf compositions John Stewart wrote. Thank you for putting it up here, Rhonda. 

    I've mentioned this before: Rhonda saw one of my posts in 2022 where I raved briefly about John Stewart song. She asked for a few suggestions of songs that define JS. I figured I'd send her a half-dozen and that would be the end of it. No way — John Stewart's way with a melody, his soulful guitar playing, and his intelligent, insightful lyrics connected right away. So... those first few songs I reviewed for Rhonda turned into a John Stewart Master Class. We're now up to 182 songs, no duds among them, as Rhonda can attest. 

    Make that 183. I didn't even get to "Roll Away the Stone" yet;  Rhonda discovered it on her own and did her a worthy review. It's an Americana ballad played beautifully by John's band in 1974 in Phoenix. His stature in Phoenix is worth mentioning.... In the early 1970s, a DJ at a radio station there started playing John's early albums — the most pivotal of which is California Bloodlines (1969, Capitol). The DJ's exposure resulted ion such a huge following for John that it made sense for him to play there. In 1974, a series of sold-out shows resulted in a double-live album called The Phoenix Concerts. Highly recommended!

    "Roll Away the Stone" was a new song he trotted out for The Phoenix Concerts. There was no studio version of this song. Yet it's played note-perfect, and John's in fine voice, and it more than holds up today. It's sort of a call to look inward ("Are we cursed, are we blind / Have we all lost our mind?) in finding ways to do better, and to make a positive impact. I wish there were footage of this performance. 

    So, a thank-you to Rhonda for giving this song some love — and especially for being my audience of one in my JS "Master Class" series. In reviewing 182 songs, I've become even more appreciative of my old friend John Stewart. I'm not a musician, but Rhonda is, so she responded to my 182 reviews with her own insights, often getting technical about things like chords and structure. More than ever, I know. why John was such an otherworldly songwriter.

    As Raspberries have been called godfathers of power-pop, John Stewart is known as the godfather of Americana music.  

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  7. Rediscovered this great old thread... this is one where Lew gave his take on lyrics in general and inspired me to think about doing a "Lew vs. LC on Lyrics" thread.... because I consider lyrics to be far more important than Lew does. Lew, are you up for a point-counterpoint thing? (Why do I always think of Dan Ackroyd's "Jane, you ignorant slut..." line from old Saturday Night Live skits?)

    Not to take away from Duane's original point, which is a good one. 

    Speaking of which, Duane — if you're out there — you mentioned you had an edit for "Run Away" too. Did I miss it here? 

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  8. Good to see you posting again, Jeff. I remember you from years ago. You can check out anytime, but you can never leave.  Welcome back also to our old friends Julie and Mike. 

    I can't speak for former members who left and never came back (or, haven't come back yet). I can just speak for myself. I like the music talk here, and I like those who have remained, and I like the idea of contributing posts that can go into more depth.

    I will say this: A lot of former posters seem to love Facebook — there are multiple Raspberries and power-pop pages they frequent (as I do). But on Facebook-type sites, really good posts get buried by piles of newer posts — and get lost to the ages pretty quickly. Here at EC.com and similar type boards, I like the fact that really good posts can get bumped and refreshed at our whim. Good topics fittingly have legs. The searchability Bernie built into this site allows us to keep chewing on topics that deserve it.

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  9. One of Eric's most moving — and also most underappreciated — ballads is "The Way We Used to Be." It shows off his masterful playing, versatile vocal ability, and craftsmanship as a songwriter. And the lyrics fit perfectly.

    Click through to the YouTube video (one of multiple presenting the same song) and you'll see that this one has 3.4K views. Clearly, we are not the only EC fans who know his deepest catalog treasures. There are also nearly 300 comments.

     

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  10. A "conspicuously absent" list of luminaries who haven't posted a memoriam to Eric Carmen. (Please correct me if I'm wrong on any of these...)

    • Ringo Starr
    • Bruce Springsteen
    • Billy Joel
    • Jon Bon Jovi
    • Susanna Hoffs

    Also, only one of the Overdubs, Billy Sullivan, posted tributes to Eric. 

    Maybe they didn't hear about it, or didn't consider him a close enough friend, or have privately acknowledged Eric's passing. But in this day of 24/7 social media, people notice when your voice is silent. 

  11. Good comeback, and glad to hear you survived those speed bumps. I guess all of us have hit some kind of speed bump along the way, but we just keep on keepin' on.

    Boats is truly a masterpiece. Listening to that record feels like "home" to me.

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