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  1. My apologies if this has already come up on another thread, but I'm dying to know. Exactly whose idea was the, ahem, controversial album cover to "Tonight You're Mine"? Was the cover foisted upon you by the Powers That Be? Was it a fait accompli before you saw it? Or did everyone think it was a good idea at the time? I see a parallel with Spinal Tap's notorious original cover to "Smell The Glove", the one replaced by the none-more-black version....except yours was actually used. Do tell, Eric
  2. I'm sure this has been discussed before, but maybe worth repeating. Naturally the music is how most artists and groups are judged, but always thought that style of delivery or stage presence was as much a part of the the experience as the music, or at least, added to the enjoyment of it. Like an actor....the script can be great, but only certain actors can make it come alive. There are very few groups or solo artists that have that extra something....that pizazz....that polish....to do that. No question Eric has it. I would venture to say that if you saw a silhouette of Eric, you would know who it was performing. Who else do you think has stage presence?
  3. Eric you've talked about musical artists you enjoy and respect. But I wondered...What are some records that you feel have irreplaceable lead vocals that make these records into "3 or 4 Minute Classics". To all my cyber-buddies I'd love to see some of your picks as well. Please-Let's all list only 3-5 songs so we don't use up songs others may wanna post. "MY STARTER LIST".. 1-"DOO WAH DIDDY"-Paul Jones' vocal MAKES this song! 2"KICKS"-Mark Lindsay kicks ass! 3-"LONG COOL WOMAN"-Allan Clarke is amazing!(And it ain't even my favorite Hollies'song."Bus Stop" is my favorite,but it's more of a group harmony effort IMHO.) 4-"TIME OF THE SEASON"-Colin Blunstone does a pretty good job-Ya Think? Hope to hear from you Eric and all you EC.comers with some of your choices.-Ira.
  4. Rock bassists oftentimes are locked into the root/5th concept. That usually sounds fine..... but unexceptional. There are some bassists who think "out of the box". They almost *force* me to get lost in the brilliance of their basslines. David Wintour is one of those bassists. His work is not aggressively "in your face" like some of rock's most heralded bassists (John Entwistle, Jack Bruce). Wintour is subtle and incredibly melodic (I would consider him to be McCartney-esque). None of his fills scream "look at me". All of his basslines fit the music like a glove. They never fail to serve the music. Fretless bass (when played correctly) gives music a flavor that is more luscious than the traditional fretted bass. I rarely hear fretless bass in rock recordings (it is more of a jazz thing). Wintour's fretless tone is amazing. He makes frequent use of slides that are both subtle & devastating (yes, it is possible to do both at the same time!). Eric - I assume that Wintour was one of Dudgeon's London "sessions guys" that were thrust upon you after you were forced to abandon the use of the orgininal band from the first album. If so, what a stroke of luck to have an obviously mismatched producer bring such a perfectly suited talent to the project. Did you insist that he play fretless? From my perspective, Wintour's fretless work was the cherry on the top of that incredible Boats Against The Current sundae. For what it's worth: Wintour's work on "Heaven Can Wait" is also exceptional. I can't believe that I missed the Boats tour.......
  5. Eric, do you remember the story behind this? Funny stuff! This is from forgottenhits60'sblogspot.nl The actual dart throwing scene is at the 4:08 mark- "Scott Shannon tells the story about the time that Eric Carmen invited him to be in his new music video. (This was back during Scott's VeeJay Days at VH-1). Once all the details were worked out and Scott realized the logistics of sorting all this out in order to make the video shoot, he politely bowed out saying that it just didn't make sense for him to do it. Carmen (not so) graciously accepted Shannon's decision and cast someone else as the deejay in the clip. But watch closely at the end of the video ... where you'll find a giant Scott Shannon poster that is soon the target of several darts being throw at it during the fade out of the song! (Paybacks are a bitch!) Funny stuff from two real pros. (Gotta love it!)"
  6. ...is as great a melodic popular song as there is for my taste. Though we talk about it some here, it's an underrated gem....and a perfect song to open your solo career. I remember the first time I listened to the Arista Eric Carmen album. My older cousin had it and when I stayed with him and his wife for a few days when my family was vacationing, I pulled it from his record collection and listened to it. I knew the 2 big hits, but none of the rest, and "Sunrise" was the song that struck me hardest at this first listen. I remember thinking this dude (Eric Carmen) has really got it as there was a "3rd" song that was even better than the 2 big hits, both of which I thought were really good at the time (1976). So "Sunrise" probably was my main inspiration for going out and buying the album which begat me buying "Raspberries Best", then the 4 original Raspberries albums and through the years, everthing else as it was released. Anyway..... Eric, can you tell us about the writing of "Sunrise"?....was it a song you had in your back pocket that you decided fit as the opening song on your debut solo album?....or did you set out to write a good opener and "Sunrise" is what resulted?
  7. Ya know..we all know that ESPECIALLY in Jan Wenner's Politically Influenced Rock and Roll Hall of Fame..the committee's warped concept of "Cool" effects admissions to the "Hallowed Halls.". Question for Eric..and all my friends.. Who do you think are some of the group lead singers that you feel are under-rated..? As a teacher...I don't wanna lead you too much..but the two guys leading my list have ALWAYS been these guys.. and... (BTW...A coupla years back...I talked to Mark Lindsay after a concert...He's a great guy..BTW! I said that he was under-rated 'cause of those silly costumes... He smiled and said..with wistful humor... "Ira those silly costumes are gonna keep me out of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame".. ..YUKKK!) "Isn't Llife Strange"?
  8. This may be a question only Eric can answer, but if someone else knows, feel free to pipe up. Was the band "Cyrus Erie" ever known as "Cyrus Erie West", and if it was, what were the differences between the two bands? In the early '70's I bought some sets of photos from a Cleveland area pen-pal who was also a Raspberries fan. The photos are dated in June and July 1968, and June and July 1969. Some are labeled "Cyrus Erie" and the venue name, and others show "Cyrus Erie West" and the venue name. In all of the books and articles that I have read, I only find references to "Cyrus Erie". I have wondered if the photos labeled "Cyrus Erie West" were incorrectly labeled. Thanks.
  9. I ALWAYS liked these records...BUT I was a kid.. Didn't know how beautifully they were produced... Didn't know they were Quincy Jones's first early success... Didn't realize how well they spoke...and still speak to this 63 year old kid.. Eric..in your words..would you say a few words about why you like Lesley Gore and her records? Thanks-Ira.
  10. So I'm an unhappy kid raised(?) in a quasi-religiousJewish Orthodox household... It's a little like being Amish.. Anyhoo..my mom was always excited learning that...Kirk Douglas..Jewish..Steve Lawrence/Eydie Gorme/..Jack Benny..Milton Berle...Danny Kaye..Jerry Lewis...Jewish.. So I kinda inherited that quirk...gettin' excited to learn David Lee Roth etc. was a paisan..er..Lantzman.. SOOO..Rock and Roll radio was my salvation from this claustrophobic religious prison.. My first love...The Four Seasons...I had 16 of their 45's.. Somewhere down the line..I noticed a Jewish name co-writing such hits as "Dawn" "Let's Hang On"..."Opus 17"...""Workin' My Way Back To You"..etc. Many years later when I spent a brief time in sales..I was referred to sell to Sandy Linzer... He was pleasant enough... One cool ting he shared with me..was that after his success with the classically inspired "Lover's Concerto" by the Toys...he mined that idea for the "Seasons' "Opus 17"..I thought it was cool to learn that tidbit.. Anyhoo..Again...Many years later I learn of the Raspberries experience with him..AND see him credited..(perhaps only 'cause he HAD to be) on your.."The Essential" and now today seeing his name on the closing credits of the GREAT "Jersey Boys" movie...he was on my mind... Eric...Do I remember you recounting that he tried to unpleasantly turn you guys into The Four Seasonal Raspberries? Sorry if it awakens unpleasant memories..but I was curious to hear your "take" on this guy who had considerable success...but mishandled you guys.. Thanks.
  11. Eric do you have a favourite Soul / R&B artist?
  12. Eric, Do you know if Brian Wilson has heard "Brand New Year"? I think it would knock his socks off. Since you recorded the song with his band, it doesn't seem like much of a stretch to get it into Brian's hands...I'd love to know what he thinks of your new song!
  13. OMG!!!!!! Am I loving the essential cd. You know (dearest eric) my birthday is this Friday, and seeing how I wasn't a teenager in the 60"s. Is there anyway I could PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASEEEEEE!!!!!! have an autographed picture signed especially to me. I listen to the live on sunset strip, an essentials every night when I go to bed. If I had been a teenager in the 60"s, I would have come to see you perform. You was a hot thing then, but omg you turned into THE HOTTEST MAN I believe I have ever seen, and I'm not just saying it. If I had seen you in the 60"s, I would have tried my best to get to you. It has been said that I am a beauty. So anyway I would really, really love to have a personalized autograph. If you can please make it out to: Donna. Oh, I will be 51.
  14. Eric, a few questions if you have the time or find them interesting enough to answer... If Wally were to quit Raspberries, after Scott and Mike came aboard,and the band was to continue, who would you have replaced him with...? If Jimmy Ienner hadn't made the "Hungry Eyes" phone call to you, where would your career have headed? Artistically speaking, what song of yours would you like placed in the hands of what artist?... I deejay private affairs...If I play a song of yours at a party, are you supposed to be compensated?...And who would keep track of that and how would they know?... Name your five least favorite Eric Carmen songs and, in your opinion, where did they go wrong? Anticipatory thanx, Lew...
  15. Teen angst is so much apart of rock and roll and SO well done by one Mr. Carmen.. Eric....I LOVED the Lesley Gore records too..but even as a kid...thought she had the perfect voice for those records and was as cute and likable as all hell... ..but I never thought she had one of the classic voices of rock... Again...I'm a big fan...AND it turns out she writes pretty damn good too..See "Out Here On My Own"...( Fame).. I'd love to hear your thoughts on Lesley's voice as well as your thoughts on a few of your other favorite Teen Angst Classic records and artists.. For example..Dion..."Runaround Sue"....Del Shannon..Little Town Flirt".."Hats Off To Larry"..?...and the like... Thanx.. Ira..The King Of Ongoing Teen Angst...
  16. Eric, it's my understanding that years ago you put together a songbook for piano, guitar, and voice. Why did this project never see the light of day? Is there any chance that you might revisit this project and update your songbook? I just purchased a Yamaha Baby Grand and would love to have an updated compilation songbook to play from that included songs from the Geffen and Winter Dreams albums. I did manage to find and purchase songbooks for your first three solo albums on eBay. I would still like to get some sheet music from Tonight You're Mine, Eric Carmen II, and Winter Dreams! Any chance of this happening?
  17. Eric, I always enjoy watch all your videos I found on YouTube: you, sure, have magnet inside of you. Very sad we don't see you enough.... You are very talented person and...... you owed us a lot of new songs.... Eric, what do you think about Leonard Cohen ..... Still sexy- very graceful aging.... We look forward to see you and hear your new best of the best song. Natalia
  18. Eric...I may have told you this story... So..I'm in college... I LOVE "Go All The Way"..and "I Wanna Be With You"... I'm in the car with Bob and Aaron... Aaron is a "Fabisinah"..Yiddish for someone who DOES wanna spoil the party... We hear "Let's Pretend" on WABC...the biggest radio station in the nation. (I'm not a virgin in general....BUT this is my first time hearing THIS amazing tune). I say to Bob and Aaron.. "This is a Top 10 record".. Aaron says.."I'll bet you 10 bucks it's not".. Trust me...he only said this 'cause he's...as previously stated...he's a world class Fabisinah..who wanted to piss me off.. (Guess it worked...100 years later..I'm still pissed off...) Anyway..Aaron hasn't done very well the last few years..a condition I ascribe to his teasing me about "Let's Pretend".. But seriously...I think..as we all do..that this is a monumental recording.. Would you be kind enough to share your thoughts as to why this song that has absolutely EVERYTHING was not an even BIGGER hit.. ( BTW...In a perfect world...Aaron would STILL not be doing well these days..AND "Let's Pretend" woulda been the #1record of the decade..IMHO.. ) Thanks-Ira.
  19. ...interview in The H. Post. Great stuff. One of the best music related interviews I've ever read....and I agree with what was said about today's music. His theory about why most music is not good is really interesting too. There is some great music out there now though. Really great. Though the great stuff doesn't seem to get known. This is one example. She (Vienna Tang) and this song, if written in the 60s or 70s, would still be in the top 1 percentile of that era. It's that good. She wrote it and brings it to fantastic life with only her voice and piano. I've played it here before, but it's worth another go. So great:
  20. Eric, To enjoy your new Essential CD to its fullest, do you recommend we pursue a CD copy or a download version? I spent the day yesterday in an NYC recording studio and asked the audio engineer the same question. He definitely recommended the CD version. Downloads, he said, can be extremely good, but will never have a totally accurate compression level (or whatever it's called). A CD, on the other hand, because it's as close to a first-generation as the consumer can get, will ALWAYS contain the audio-levels the artist intended. Your thoughts? Dave
  21. Always wondered..The seldom heard opening to Berlin's "White Christmas has him observing the palm trees and supposed L.A. bliss. ..and yet preferring a White Christmas. .Your great "Desperate Fools" conveys s similar message.. Was Berlin's tune any sort of inspiration?... ( though I do realize many havev found L.A. to beless than "Almost Paradise"...)
  22. I was just listening to this tune this morning, and was reminded about how incredible those background vocals/harmonies are, and that majestic bridge. The liner notes say that the vocals were arranged by Bruce Johnston, but I was wondering how much you had to do with the arrangement, Eric. Thanks.
  23. STEVEN TYLER JUST QUIT! YOU NEED TO GET ON THERE AND JUDGE. GET THEM TO DO MORE OF YOUR SONGS! (not just ABMS) ERIC GETS MY VOTE! WHO'S IN?!!!!!!!!!
  24. Eric will you be touring for the new cd when it comes out, oh i really wish you would,please please please make nc one of your stops
  25. Do you still perform at Cleveland house of blues? I have never seen you perform, and would love to see you.Please let me know. I live in a small town 30 min.outside of Charlotte NC.I have loved listening to your music for awhile now.
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