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  1. How did the band first start ?
  2. How did Eric find Wally Bryson for the band ?
  3. Hi Eric Carmen community, I know I'm late to the party here, but I've gotten heavily into Carmen's music (both solo and with the Raspberries) only within the last year or so. Anyway, my point is that only very recently did I discover that Carmen has a biography titled "Marathon Man." Looking on Amazon, it says it was published in 2004, so I figure it's likely long been out of print. It is available for digital purchase, but I'd much prefer to have a physical copy. Searches on Google and eBay have proven to be practically useless, so I'm wondering if anyone on this forum may have a copy they are looking to sell or know of any retailer or distributor I could still buy the book from. I'd really like to learn more about Eric's career, and the limited documentation found online leaves a lot to be desired. Thanks, kyletx500
  4. Eric - just saw a 60 minute piece on photographer Norm Seeff. Do you recall whether he filmed your photo session for your first solo album? Thanks!
  5. Eric: I graduated from Brush High School, as did you, but don’t get back to Cleveland all that often anymore (although I did indeed attend the Raspberries reunion shows). But this weekend I was visiting my Mom, and while driving down Gates Mills Boulevard I sensed a tremendous presence of creative energy. Hadn’t ever noticed that before on previous trips…I can only assume this means you in the process of finalizing the release of more excellent music!!! Can’t hardly wait!!!
  6. Hello E.C. I am just curious if you plan on releasing anymore new music in the near future. I know all great artists have songs on tape that didn't make the cut during their recording sessions. I know there are some bootlegs out there, B-side songs, songs that didn't go with the era you were in at the time, etc. Maybe you could use some of these songs for a new CD. I know is isn't great to say but a lot of your fans that have followed you from the early days such as the Raspberries through your solo career are getting up in age. I just love your writing and your voice and would like to hear more of it. "Brand New Year" showed me that you still have it! It is not like you are over the hill. You voice still gives me chills when I hear it (that is a good thing. lol). I enjoy having you and your music in my life. It has certainly got me through some rough times. God bless you and your family and thank you for being here for us.
  7. Hey Eric! I went to see Ron Howard's rock doc on the Beatles' touring years last night. Loved it!! Knowing you to be a huge Beatles fan also, couldn't help wondering if you saw it and what you thought?
  8. Hey Eric, If the answer to my question is in Marathon Man, I haven't read it yet. What inspired you to thread "Boats" with Row, Row, Row Your Boat? I'm wondering if "Boats" was in your mind and then you connected it with "Row Your Boat" In my opinion, it is a perfect song. I think it's brilliant how you took the simple melody of a song with the words gently and merrily and came up with a song where life isn't such a dream. Sousa
  9. Hi EC, Any suggestions how I can inspire my 21yr old Daughter to start playing her piano again ? The only spark I have seen lately from her was when she saw you playing your piano on You Tube. She is very gifted and can play a tune by ear, never had a lesson. Thanks cynthiaalma :^)
  10. Eric: Are you planning on going to the Rock and Roll HOF Induction Ceremony since you live in the area and especially since Ringo is being honored?
  11. Eric- I recently acquired an album by Orchestra 88 on the CAM USA label; all of the songs are from your BRI catalog- done by this orchestra in a variety of styles- jazz, funk, blues, disco, pop, sometimes all in the same song! So far, my favorite is their rendition of Boats Against The Current, with a tenor sax carrying the melody. Do you remember this project? Did you have any input? If so, what? A curious oddity of an album, to say the least! Here's the track listing: Side 1- All By Myself She Did It Never Gonna Fall In Love Again Let's Pretend Boats Against The Current Side 2- Nowhere To Hide Go All The Way Love Is All That Matters I Need You Everything
  12. 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
  13. 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.......
  14. 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!)"
  15. ...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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. 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?
  21. 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!
  22. 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"?
  23. 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...
  24. 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.
  25. ...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:
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