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Eric Carmen

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  1. "Always Something There To Remind Me" Bacharach/ David Originally recorded by Dionne Warwick, produced by Burt B. Brilliant.
  2. Sheryl Crow TOTALLY gets the Stones, AND rock'n roll.. "My Favorite Mistake" is brilliant. The only record of hers I didn't get was that horrible duet with Kid Rock. Awful song. Awful record.
  3. You do know why The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Mick, Robert Plant, Steve Marriot, Paul Rodgers and me all sang with that "southern" accent, right? That's because all of the British singers were imitating their favorite American soul singers, and I was imitating the Brits. If you sing the word "forever", with a Midwestern accent it comes out "Furreverrrr"( see REO Speedwagon ). Not good. Look up P.J. Proby's version of "Somewhere" from "West Side Story". He took that southern pronunciation to the LIMIT! You neve sing I, you sing Ah, my-mah, try-trah, by-bah, eyes- ahs, for- foh. It just SOUNDS better! The ONLY singer, who could get away with actually pronouncing words, American style, was Sinatra, and he had a Jersey accent. e
  4. "I Can't Explain," (" I'm getting funny dreams again and again...." ) "T-t-t-talkin' 'bout my g-generation...." ( the stuttering delivery was pure genius ) and "Pictures Of Lilly" ( a song about...um...well..you know what ! ) "Maybe I Know"( my favorite Lesley Gore record ), Most everything I wrote for "Raspberries," ("I Don't Know What I Want") comes to mind. All of the early Beatles' singles, "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones, half of Led Zeppelin's catalogue ( "Whole Lotta Love" )....This list could go on FOREVER because, probably one-third of all the 45 RPM records ever recorded dealt with "teen angst." "I Hate Myself For Lovin' You" ( my favorite Joan Jett song ) half of Holland, Dozier and Holland's catalogue, three quarters of Motown's catalogue, the entire "Pet Sounds" album,.... etc, etc, etc. e
  5. Not currently, but I'm hoping for a digital version soon. I've gotta say, I LOVE the stripped down version, almost as much as I love the full version! e
  6. I LOVED Dennis's "feel" on drums.
  7. Have you ever met someone who always thinks they're being slighted, or disrespected? Someone who always thinks he's getting the short end of the stick, and that life has conspired against him, and dealt him a bad hand? In my experience, people who feel and think this way inevitably walk around with a chip on their shoulder. They're suspicious of everyone else's motives, and actions, and, as such, bring an oppressively negative attitude with them, wherever they go. In that way, they become a self-fulfilling prophesy, which serves to reinforce their view that everybody is out to get them. Positive people attract positive energy. Negative people attract ( and THRIVE ON ) negative energy. When the "House of Blues's" booking agent for the Cleveland club, contacted Jim and asked about a Raspberries reunion, Jim called me afterwards and asked "What should I say to Wally?" I answered, "Just tell him to play his guitar and have fun." What other possible reason could there be for committing to such an undertaking? Four guys who hadn't been in the same room together for 32 years, getting back together and having an opportunity, maybe the ONLY opportunity, EVER, to forget the past, shake hands and be friends, and walk out onstage and blow away an audience that loves us, while having a ball doing it! Unfortunately, for some, their baggage will always get in the way, as it did in 1974, and again in 2004-2005. When I first met Wally, he was already a "rock star." I was just a "wannabe." I imagine it must have been hard for him when "the new guy" started writing all the hits. And it must have been an especially bitter pill to swallow when my first solo record became a smash hit. I remember Wally and his whole band coming to one of my shows at The Roxy in L.A., in 1976, and apparently, Wally was heckling me from the audience. I was unaware of it, but I was later told that people all around him told him to "shut up or get out." Wally ( with a little help from Jeff Sutton, Raspberries' sideman ) wrote a song that was recorded by their band, "Tatoo." Here are the lyrics: __________ Yer Stale W. Bryson/J. Hutton Yer sox are up and yer pants are tight Yer hair's fluffed up and you look all right Yer ten is hung and yer song is sung Yer curl is shot and fresh you're not Yer moves are all gone Yer close friends are all pawns Brother yer day has just dawned Lord how you make me yawn, yawn __________ About the same time, I wrote this: We was young And still believed in " A Hard Day's Night" But no one seemed to understand And there was no relief in sight The comp'ny man He's got his nose glued to the charts He says the record's doin' fine, But now the group is fallin' apart I hope there's no hard feelings 'Cause there isn't any one to blame I hope there's no hard feelings 'Cause nothin' ever stays the same While we was locked in image prison Waitin' for that break We was raped, re-shaped, just tryin' to escape Caught in a rock 'n roll time warp Tryin' to find a way to get out Four years on And things were really getting too intense Critics ravin 'bout our album But we're makin' fifty cents And in the end We were facin' the hard, cold truth So tomorrow, come what may Looks like it's Ricky and the Tooth Chorus We gave it everything we had to give But it was getting so tough Too much frustration makes it hard to live I think enough is enough I said enough is enough..... I hope there's no hard feelings 'Cause there isn't any one to blame I hope there's no hard feelings 'Cause nothin' ever stays the same While we was locked in image prison Waitin' for that break We was raped, re-shaped, just tryin' to escape Caught in a rock 'n roll time warp Tryin' to find a way to get out Caught in a rock n' roll time warp Tryin' to find a way to get out Let me out Let me out Let me out Let me out Let me out.... Eric Carmen/1975 __________ I love the guy, but he's always been his own worst enemy. Danny Klawon once said to me ( in 1969 ) and I quote: "Wally's a great guy, as long as you don't have to play in a band with him." And that's the truth. I watched the video of "Live On Sunset Strip" a couple days ago, and it just made me so sad. All I could think about was how incredibly talented Wally is, and how he was the perfect guitarist for me, and how effortless he made incredibly complicated guitar parts look, when he played them, and how much fun it was to work with a guitarist who could realize my "piano chords" on his guitar, and how awesome it was to hear "Tonight" and "Go All The Way" come together, the way I heard them in my head, and then to see and feel the disconnect and discord and bitterness on that stage. Believe me when I tell you, Jim and I have had this conversation a THOUSAND TIMES, and it breaks both of our hearts. To see and hear what "could have been" and realize it will never be, is very difficult for both of us. If only Wally had been a "team player," we could have accomplished so much. Honestly, it kills me. e
  8. Well, it certainly would have been an intriguing idea. Obviously, I LOVE The Beach Boys, and during the course of touring, I had a lot of interaction with Carl and Dennis. I've since met Al Jardine a number of times, and all of them were great. Bruce has an amazing falsetto and we worked together on "Boats." Carl was an absolute "angel" who would give you the shirt off his back, and, contrary to Dennis's "bad boy" reputation, I found him to be very kind and sincere. He actually used to stand in the back of the hall during our set, and give me his critique of our sound mix, afterwards. I love the songs so much, I just might have considered it.
  9. Happy "Eastover" everyone!
  10. And.........Just in case you couldn't tell from the "teaser' Bernie posted, for the "Alternate Mix" of "Brand New Year", we removed the drums, bass, horns and percussion, leaving the piano, the lead and background vocals, and a tiny little bit of the strings. That's it! It's basically my original demo, with the background vocals added. Cool! e
  11. As the "debate" rages on, I direct everyone back to the title of this thread, and my original post. This discussion would not have taken place at all, absent TWO THINGS. THING ONE: Wally's "sour grapes" interview with Shindig Magazine, in which, yet again, he "decided", and that IS the word "DECIDED," of his own free will, to, once again, take the low road. No one made him do it. It was HIS CHOICE. Just as it was Scott's choice to take the high road. THING TWO: Kay decided to spew her paranoid, misinformed vitriol all over her Facebook page, for all to read. Absent those two "events", this conversation would have never taken place. Here is the long and the short of it. "Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have NEVER gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams. Let go of your nonsense. Let go of the delusion that you DESERVE better and go EARN it!" —Steve Maraboli Quote Of The Day e
  12. Steve Jobs' last words: "Oh WOW"!
  13. I'm not very religious, myself, but I respect the tradition of all religions, and their ability to help people through the most difficult times. That, to me, is the greatest purpose of "religion." It doesn't matter which one you believe. They are all right, and they are all wrong. Near death experiences suggest that whatever you expected to see when you were alive, is what you will see in those last moments when your brain releases a flood of endorphins and painkillers. This, alone, to me, is proof of God. The pineal gland is the most protected gland in the human brain. More protected , in it's own way, than the heart is protected by the rib cage and human anatomy. The pineal gland is the size of a grain of rice. It secretes a chemical responsible for the crazy dreams we all have, but in such tiny quantities that they are immeasurable, compared to the release at the moment of death. The comparison is a thimble full of pain killers versus a river full of pain killers. I can't think of anything in evolution ( and, believe me, I'm a "science guy" ) that could account for the pineal gland. I hate to break things down to something so basic, and silly, but it's the first irrefutable idea I have ever experienced when it comes to "proof of God." I'm a born sceptic, but this kind of makes me a believer. At the very least, it gives me a reason to hope that there really is something more than what we understand out there. Absent that hope, I can't think of a single reason for man to exist. Weird, that a gland the size of a grain of rice could give me hope I could never find anywhere else, except in music. Go figure! Here's a starting point. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineal_gland
  14. Jimmy Fallon is the first rightful heir to the Johnny Carson show, that I have ever seen. My prediction is that he will be the guy that everyone who follows him will be compared to. Just a hunch. He's smart, talented, likeable, quick as a whip, and, I can only judge him by my own instincts, the guy that people will look back on, in twenty -five years, to compare the "new" guy to. He's the first guy, I think, that could really inhabit Johnny Carson's late-night spot, for years to come. Excellent choice, NBC! I love Colbert, too, but it's apples and oranges.
  15. Tape may be a little warmer sounding, but digital is so CLEAN!!!!!! I never noticed any lack of warmth recording "Brand New Year." The bass sounds rich. The highs sound higher. I don't know if I'd want to go back to tape again.
  16. In the "old days" of recording on tape, you ran the tape speed at 15 IPS ( inches per second ) or 30 IPS. At 30 IPS you got twice as much signal to noise, hence better sound quality. A lot of what we used to do when I worked with Val Garay and Greg Ladanyi at Sound Factory was about trying to eliminate "noise." We would wait until the last possible nanosecond to cue in the vocal mic, because if you had it in, say, during the intro of "Boats", you would hear an unnecessary "hiss" ( noise ) before the vocal started. We did the same thing with every instrument, because each track with an open mic would contribute more noise. Running the tape at 15 IPS, you would get twice as much noise to signal. The only upshot of 15 IPS was that you could get more "takes" on a reel of tape. At 30 IPS, you might get four takes, at 15, you might get eight. And, yes, Shelly Yakus was the lead engineer on all four Raspberries albums.
  17. I'll explain what this means, tomorrow. Too tired now. Must sleep. G'night. e
  18. By the way, Raspberries first three albums, I believe were 16 track, recorded at 15 IPS. HORRIFIC!!!!!! State of the art in 1972 was 24 tracks at 30 IPS. I think the only Raspberries album recorded with a 24 track recorder was "Starting Over," and, if I'm not mistaken, even that was recorded at 15 IPS. Just awful!!!!!
  19. Harry is great guy and a terrific producer AND a wonderful human being. We were both going through a lot of craziness in our personal lives when the "Tonight You're Mine" album was recorded, but , somehow, we got through it, and "It Hurts Too Much" and "Tonight You're Mine" sound better than ever on "The Essential....". I've communicated with Harry, recently, via Facebook, and it's really great to know that the stuff we did together has turned out so well. He's a class act.
  20. Thanks for the terrific review, Pat! I'd like to weigh in on a couple of points. First, the "Raspberries" tracks. Mark Wilder got to PERSONALLY transfer all the Sony owned tracks from analogue to digital. What I didn't know until last week is that, because Capitol owns the Raspberries stuff, we had to use what they gave us, which was some sort of analogue to digital transfer, done by God knows who, probably years ago. Because of the highly compressed nature of most of the tracks to begin with, AND not having the ability to have Mark do the transfers, I think there is the least difference in the "Raspberries tracks. Having said that, I know that Tim REALLY wanted to hear Wally's Rickenbacker 12 string on "IWBWY", and I hear a higher high end and a lower low end on these tracks than has ever been there before. Turn "Tonight" up really loud and Jim's drums sound like cannons!!! "Run Away" was sung in one take. "The Way We Used To Be" was my one-take piano/ voice demo. All we did was overdub the strings, because I honestly didn't think I could sing it any better than that if I had done 50 takes. There's something about singing a song when it's just finished and brand new, and you don't really KNOW how to sing it, yet. More often than not, those are my best vocal performances. Actually all three of the ballads on the Geffen album were my one take piano/ voice demos. And now for the "fun" part! I was speaking with Tim, yesterday, and he told me that there is an even HIGHER QUALITY format for digital remastering, quite a bit higher, actually. And he tossed out the idea that, perhaps, we should start with my first solo album, and remaster the whole album using that HD format. Then we could do each of my solo albums that way. Sounds like fun to me!
  21. .....want to share their feelings about the cover art, liner notes, booklet, etc.? I'm really interested to know what you think! e
  22. I find experiencing 2014 MUCH more interesting, and fun than re-experiencing 1974. Back to the future!
  23. The weirdest part of Kay's little tirade, is that her interpretation of the Shindig piece is that it was "good press" for Wally! I don't believe that "sour grapes" translates into "good press." And I'd give worlds to know what kind of "games" Kay keeps talking about. She's not very specific, and I have no idea what she could be referring to. In any case, in the end, it all boils down to this: Shindig Magazine interviewed Wally and Scott. Wally could have taken the interview in a positive direction. He chose not to. No one "made" him say the stupid things he said. He did it of his own free will. In so doing, he simply continued to drive a few more unnecessary nails into a coffin that he nailed shut for good in 2009. Scott, as usual, was thoughtful with his answers, showed great insight, and was a gentleman. Kay's paranoid rant, like Wally's, is a reflection of who she is. All that she and Wally accomplish with this stuff, is to make themselves look small, bitter and mean-spirited. Wally's right to "tell the truth, as he sees it" is his prerogative. It's just unfortunate that he and Kay continue to spew their "vitriol " ( as Kay put it ) every time they're given an opportunity. Instead of taking a step back, and trying to see what happened, with the perspective of 40 years, it's as if they are still experiencing everything in 1974. I find this pathetic. When Wally said, in the Shindig piece, that "Go All The Way is what a REAL rock band sounds like......right up until the singing starts..." he demonstrated that he never really "got it," because what made our songs special was the combination of power guitars and great melodies and harmonies. The intro of "GATW" is terrific, but the song can exist without it. The Killers', covered "GATW" for Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows", and didn't even play the intro! In any case, nothing will ever come of all this, except more negativity, and I, for one, am moving on to more positive thoughts.
  24. Marvin, I understand you were "courted " by The Bryson's before the first reunion show, but honestly, I think you're a pretty bright guy. If there was any truth to Wally's claim to "writing" the intro of " GATW", where is it evident anywhere else on the four Raspberries albums? Answer: Nowhere. Second, how can you explain the 'middle eight' of "GATW" if the intro had not already been written when I brought the song in? Answer: You can't. Third, why would Wally continue to play in a band with me, if, indeed, I had "stolen" his intro? Answer: He would't have, and neither would anyone else. Fourth, where do you think the intros of "I Wanna Be With You", "Tonight", "Ecstasy" and "I'm A Rocker" came from? Has Wally ever claimed he "wrote" any of those? Answer: No, he hasn't. Why? Because he has no basis whatsoever to make that claim. The whole 'brouhaha' over "GATW" was based on a "typo" on the back of the band's first album cover that erroneously credited ( Carmen/ Bryson ) as the writer(s) of "GATW". If you look at the label on the LP, it says ( E. Carmen ) where the writer credit is. Wally has used this for 42 years to try to convince anyone who would listen that he was "robbed." I could not be more offended by that accusation, and it's something that no one, other than Wally Bryson, has EVER accused me of! Just for the record, once a song is written, and submitted to The Library Of Congress for copyright purposes, IT CAN NEVER BE CHANGED. PERIOD. So, you can believe that I ripped Wally off and somehow changed copyright law in America, or you can understand that he's FULL OF SHIT!!! Believe whatever you want, but, again, I say, the proof is in the pudding. If Wally is such a freakin' GENIUS with guitar intros, where are they on HIS SONGS? Answer: Nowhere. I'm done with this debate. I'm going to bed. Wally's output, on the four Raspberries albums speaks to this. "Play On" ....Scott McCarl, "Money Down"....Wally Bryson. Enough, already! If you really think he's a genius then go visit his web page and stop stirring up trouble.
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