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I would bet that almost everyone (over 21) knows EC songs even if they don't know his name. I was just shocked about 30 minutes ago to walk through my living room & hear GATW coming from the TV... my daughter was watching Almost Famous and I guess I just walked through at the right moment wink

I have to believe that any new EC CD would do well... it's the 30 something to 40 something crowd and beyond that buys music around here. Most of my kids friends download music from KAAZA, etc. unless it's something they REALLY want!

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Let's face the facts, Eric's fan base, as loyal as it may appear on this site, is not large enough to make any new cd of his sell enough copies to make a record company decide to sign him to a contract. A record company would be making an extremely large leap of faith to invest dollars into an act that has not had a hit record in umpteen years. That's the cold hard reality of the business unfortunately and that's why I feel going the internet route is Eric's best bet. Promotional costs would be minimal and the dollars saved could be spent on investing on real live musicians to play on the cd!

Marvin

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Gotta Love Ya Marvin. In the midst of making total sense about Erics popularity you still manage to get a "zinger" in there about "WD".

Totally agree with you about Eric being signed to a record deal, and yes the internet is perfect for Eric and us.

What we have to start asking ourselves is, given the EC has only released two cd's of almost all new material in the last 20 years, if he even has the desire?

Life does go on, and Eric seems to be in a pretty good place right now. Could'nt blame him for standing pat and not wanting to open himself up to all the "judging" that must go with being a performer. Not to mention the "mess" that is the music business.

Greg frown

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I saw the Guess Who about a year ago or so at Key Arena and they did put on a good show, this year I missed it but they played at the Emerald Queen casino which must only hold 1000-2000 at the most.

If Randy and Burton are commiting to the group, and promoters are obviously backing them, then putting a reformed Raspberries on the bill would certainly only serve to enhance the mutual interest of the similar fan base. Allowing combinations of solo materials would make for a great concert with wall to wall hits.Burton did some solo, and Randy went to the vault for the BTO hits at the Guess Who show, so why couldn't Eric do some solo too, etc. and they all could jam togeter at the end. Seems like a better pairing than the ill-fated Knack tour.

Of course I understand the more involved, the more details, roadblocks, disagreements,contracts, etc. More can go wrong, but if the acts were into it, I think it would sell.

Still the easiest thing for Eric to do is pack up his piano and do some clubs to work out an act, and build interest, make all the decisions and not have splitting the money isues. Many that were big once, had a comeback after playng very small clubs.. ones that come to mind are Meat Loaf, Tina Turner, Eric's friend David Cassidy etc. ..Course others that I saw I also saw at clubs that didn't turn their career around were Romantics, Randy Meisner, Johnny Rivers, and Stray Cats. take that back, Setzer did pretty well when he shifted gears to swing. I've also seen Joan Jett and Rick Springfield at very small clubs, and they seem like they are kind of in between, drawing well,slowly playing bigger venus, and who knows may punch through with a hit record again.

Without a major commitment to touring my guess is the breakthrough will once again come through with song placement in a movie, possibly a commercial. I know Seattle's Cameron Crowe is a fan so let's hope he gives Eric bigger placement in an upcoming movie. ..but I digress.

What a crazy industry. Here we all speculate with about 5% of the inside info and circumstances that Eric probably knows. Guilty as charged.

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With all them gems Eric has in reserve I'm sure he could put out a great new release which could be sold on the net....call it "Songs from the Vault"...most who have heard some of these tunes on the board here seem to agree they sound great.

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Seattle Steve, one of these days I will have to get over to the Emerald, since it is not all that far from me.

Speaking of Johnny Rivers, he hasn't had a hit in quite a long time. He's charted consistently since the early 60s--except for the past few years. We could really use a Rivers hit right about now.

Some people aren't aware of this, but Cameron Crowe is married to Nancy Wilson of Heart. And I had no clue that he was from Seattle; always was under the impression he was a New York/East Coast person.

And yes, especially, throw some of the non-Raspberry stuff in the set, just like the way

Bachman/Cummings do. I'd equally love to hear "Miles Away" in the set as well as "All By Myself".

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Cameron Crowe isn't really from Seattle, but his wife Nancy Wilson is the connection. I believe that one of their houses is still here. Ann and Nancy went to high school in a 'burb of Seattle, Bellevue, where I grew up.

Cameron's originally from San Diego, and has made some big films, Fast Times, Jerry McGuire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, etc. Singles was filmed in Seattle after Camerons research in the Pioneer Square bars. The Seattle band Alice in Chains was featured before they were famous.

Steve

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Why did i think the Wilson sisters (Heart) were from canada?

EC/Raspberries must have a good following out in Seattle.

I was watching a Mariners baseball game on tv and as they were going to a commercial, the unmistakeable opening chords to "Go All The Way" started blaring form the stadium speakers.

Greg

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