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The Essential Eric Carmen: Complete Track Listing

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Disc: 1
1. Get The Message (w/ The Cyrus Erie)
2. Go All the Way (w/ Raspberries)
3. I Wanna Be With You (w/ Raspberries)
4. Let's Pretend (w/ Raspberries)
5. Tonight (w/ Raspberries)
6. Overnight Sensation (Hit Record) (w/ Raspberries)
7. Sunrise
8. My Girl
9. All By Myself
10. Never Gonna Fall in Love Again
11. Last Night
12. Starting Over (Live 1976)
13. That's Rock N Roll (Live 1976)
14. Run Away
15. Love Is All That Matters
Disc: 2
1. Boats Against the Current
2. Marathon Man
3. She Did It
4. Nowhere To Hide
5. Change of Heart
6. Hey Deanie
7. Desperate Fools
8. Someday
9. It Hurts Too Much
10. Tonight You re Mine
11. The Way We Used To Be
12. Hungry Eyes
13. Make Me Lose Control
14. Ecstasy (Live 2005) (w/ Raspberries)
15. Brand New Year
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I was also perplexed that I'm Through with Love was omitted.  I realize that all Eric's songs couldn't be on the release. It's just such a beautiful song and difficult to find on previous releases.

I'm also curious as to why Eric doesn't smile a lot in his photos. Has anyone ever read an interview where this was addressed? Perhaps its just an image thing - trying to look serious so his music would be taken seriously.

Dr. M

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My first show in Japan. Special guest star of the Yamaha World Song Festival. 1978, at The Budokan. 10,000 seats, sold out. The climax of the three day festival. Yamaha flew my band ( Davey Johnstone, Cooker LoPresti ( Elton's band ) Duane Hitchings ( Rod's band ) my singers, conductor ( Barry Fasman ) and my drummer Ross Salamone to Tokyo, to play a 35 minute show with a 55 piece orchestra. It was the most incredible experience of my life. I think we opened with "Marathon Man" and when the orchestra kicked in, it literally lifted me off my feet. The stage was incredible, the orchestra was even better, and my band was at the top of their game. We played what I would call a "Beatle set" ( thirty minutes, plus an encore ) and blew the roof off the place.

When we arrived in Tokyo, we walked through a huge, underground  marketplace and eventually emerged at street level. I saw 3' by 6' posters of me in every department store window, and on the side of every bus. The hotel marquis said "Welcome Eric Carmen" and then in smaller letters, "Welcome Bolshoi Ballet." We had apparently arrived at the same time, and as we walked through the underground market, we attempted to say "Hello" to the dancers. Among them was Alexander Gudenov, who was defecting from Russia, unbeknownst to us. The Bolshoi dancers were flanked by VERY serious KGB officers, and no one would even lift their heads when we said "Hello." We were staying at the same hotel, and I found it amazing that I had billing over the Bolshoi Ballet!

The Japanese audience at the Budokan was the most appreciative audience I had ever played for. Somewhere, there exists a tape recording  ( audio and video ) of that performance. It was a totally incredible experience that I will never forget.

I  got in a cab, one day, and the cab driver had Mozart on his radio. I realized I "wasn't in Kansas anymore." 

Here was an entire country, where classical music was taught, and listened to, not by some "elite" group, but by everyone. There was no crime. None. It was like being in New York City ( which is my favorite city in the US ) but every single person was polite, courteous, and couldn't wait to help me, in any way they could. People who had "colds" wore hospital masks over their faces, so they wouldn't infect anyone else. I have never before, or since, experienced the feeling that we Americans were complete "barbarians."

I met Whitney Houston, who was accompanying her mother, Cissy, during that festival. She was fifteen, at the time, and the sweetest, most humble girl I have ever met.  Just a fresh faced teenager, who no one had yet discovered. She thought meeting ME was something special! Years later, after she had signed with  Arista, I heard her sing, and realized she could sing the phonebook and give you goosebumps, It didn't take a "genius" to figure out that this beautiful, talented girl was destined for stardom. I met Whitney many times over the next decade, and every time, she was as sweet, and humble as she was the very first time I met her in Tokyo. Her death was a terrible tragedy., a testimonial to what the music business can do to a sensitive, delicate soul. What a horrible, senseless loss.

I spent 10 days in Tokyo, on that first trip, and I came back to America with a totally different idea about the world, in general. I have never before, or since, met a warmer, more wonderful, sensitive, and kind group of people. I have travelled to Japan numerous times, since then, and I will always cherish my experiences there. 

I understand that people who served in the military during World War II may have a completely different take on things than I do. All I can say is that you cannot judge a people by the acts of their government, during wartime.

I love the Japanese people with all my heart, and i thank them for "getting" my music and being so kind and accepting to me.

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On 2/24/2014 at 6:40 AM, Raspbernie said:

Another new story! I guess if we had heard all of them, Eric Carmen: Marathon Man would have been 5,000 pages long!


On the year that Eric invited as a special guest artist, at Yamaha  World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo '79, Cissy Houston sang "You're the Fire", and she won "Best Singer Award" .

And Bonnie Tyler won the grand prize by "Sitting On The Edge Of The Ocean"


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Eric, you are very articulate and always interesting to read. Ever think about penning a novel? Maybe one based on one of your songs? e.g. - Runaway, Lost in the Shuffle, ? Maybe fictional where a group of classical composers become transported to the 1970's and form a disco band led by their leader Sergio Rockonenough.

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