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Everything posted by kyletx500

  1. Yeah, I imagine some tough calls had to be made. I guess I just wish there was a bit more effort made to pull more equally from each album. The 1975 S/T and Boats each have 6 tracks represented (which makes sense, they're his best-selling and there's great material), but only two tracks from Tonight You're Mine and one track from the Geffen almost seems like neglect for his later work. TYM is a good song that I like, but I think "Foolin' Myself" would've been the better essential track if I had to choose.
  2. Fresh is just such a strong album, still my personal favorite of theirs.
  3. It's debatable if these ads were helping or hurting the band's image, but clearly the marketing department had some fun with these. The whole ingredients list shtick reminds me of a later ad from RSO for the Bee Gees' Main Course album.
  4. I know Eric loves "The Way We Used to Be," but I think I would've put "I'm Through with Love" in its place on the Essential CD. I imagine they were dead-set on keeping it to two CDs, but it's a bit of a shame only one track from the Geffen album got squeezed on there.
  5. Great packaging and design work! Too bad it never got put out, really like the track.
  6. Burton is another great performer; I do concur that like Eric, who had Wally bring out the best in him with the Raspberries, Burton was even better when he was with Randy Bachman. Here's a great live performance of the both of them doing "Undun."
  7. What an absolute treat! Thanks for posting this Bernie.
  8. Pretty sure Paul's voice naturally had the highest range, so I would not be surprised if it was him on overdubs.
  9. According to Marathon Man, and just listening to his first studio album, he was listening to Beach Boys/Brian Wilson almost religiously. I wonder if he still listens to albums like Pet Sounds frequently or if he burnt himself out on them.
  10. WOW! The sheer power and projection.... especially on that note for that long, incredible!
  11. Not exactly sure what's being picked out in those four seconds, but I think Eric and Paul do sound quite similar generally speaking. It's likely that Paul's vocal delivery influenced Eric, but he mentions in Marathon Man that he never had to try all that hard to sound like McCartney. It's also possible they both just naturally have comparable vocal timbres.
  12. Clive and co. cheaped out at the final push 😄
  13. "She Remembered" has one of my favorite middle eights ever. It's so melodically rich, but the slightly odd time signature and Eric's vocal delivery make it sound so conversational. Gives me goosebumps.
  14. That C#5 is a pain in the butt, I don't blame 'em 🤣
  15. Old thread, I know, but I wanted to chime in since I think this is an interesting topic. I'm honestly a little surprised by the amount of posts about songs from the Change of Heart album. Maybe I just really enjoy the late 70s disco tinged sound, but I think "Haven't We Come a Long Way" is a great track: excellent vocal, decent instrumentation, and a few clever chord changes (as per usual with Eric). It is clear the song was a little rushed though, as there's some bum piano hits and the bass clearly plays a wrong note during the fade. I also think his cover of "Baby I Need Your Lovin" is solid; he really makes it his own in my opinion. For worst Eric song I'd have to agree with other posters that mentioned "You Need Some Lovin" off of Tonight You're Mine. Admittedly, I didn't warm up to the whole album right away, but now I enjoy pretty much everything on there except that track. I feel like even Eric knew it was kinda weak by sequencing it right at the end of the album.
  16. Sucks that a musician and songwriter of Eric's calibur can't justify a new album financially. The music industry has shifted drastically, and whereas the studio albums used to make the lion's share of the money (remember when touring was to "support an album?"), now musicians basically make the majority of their living off of live shows. Especially considering Eric's long career, that drive to get on the road is understandably diminished. As a fellow musician that likes to record music and "use the studio as an instrument," it is sad that it's nearly impossible to make it worthwhile as anything other than a hobby.
  17. Fantastic performance! No doubt Eric is singing live, although the backing is probably pre-recorded. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes also hit it out of the park. Great vocals, but their stage chemistry is also great to see.
  18. Yeah... don't know how to feel about this one. It's supposed to be a parody of other biopics, but the trailer did not do the best job conveying that. I may still give it a watch, but I won't set my expectations all that high.
  19. Honestly the disconnect between Oliver and Eric about the song illustrates the power of effective songwriting. Eric, like many other successful songwriters, has this incredible knack for writing emotive yet somewhat open-ended lyrics that allow for interpretation by the listener. This allows people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, to attach themselves to the meaning of the song. Maybe Eric didn't write "Light the Way" as a war anthem, but that's how Oliver viewed it, and he sells it as such in his recording. That's to me what makes good music, when different people can pull their own meaning out of a track.
  20. Yeah, it seems like the link is broken, but it's still available to listen to on YouTube: I also agree with the sentiments of others in this thread (many from a decade ago now, haha). I like "My Heart Stops," but this is the better song for my money. Clive had a high success rate, but he missed a potential hit here.
  21. Which is hilarious, considering in another interview from 1987 when Eric was promoting "Hungry Eyes"/Dirty Dancing, Dick mentions something like "when you were here a thousand years ago with the Raspberries." I know he hosted a LOT of shows, but c'mon. Eric had been on Bandstand at least a few times by the time Change of Heart was out.
  22. Funny you mention that Kirk, since after this post I went back through some other forum posts and the Marathon Man book to see about writing credits. The reviewer did kind of slip up there. I guess Michael was the chauvinist of the group 🤣
  23. Yeah, that is a fantastic review; very respectful and encouraging, with just a little bit of critique as well. I don't think side 2 slips as much as the reviewer seems to think, but that is admittedly where any weak moments lie. Have to agree about "All Through the Night" being lame lyrically (musically it rocks though)
  24. Looks like "Sunrise" was used in the film, but not put on the soundtrack (which is exclusively music composed for the movie)
  25. I must admit, the constant adoration of the Beatles gets a little tiresome after a while, so it's somewhat refreshing to hear a differing opinion, but I think Zappa swung a little too far in the other direction. I don't think everything the Beatles touched was gold, but they have multiple high-water-mark albums, and far more than just three good songs.
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