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Eric Carmen: Essential Eric Carmen
(Sony Legacy)
By Dave DiMartino

Right around now might be a really good time to re-acquaint or actually acquaint yourself with the talents of Mr. Eric Carmen, who came to most people’s attention in the early ‘70s via his fab pop group the Raspberries (brought the energy and discipline of ‘60s pop to sloppy ‘70s rock, wore nice clothes and were well-groomed, had oddly retro hits with “Go All The Way” and “Tonight”) and then made the commercial leap to the acceptable face of solo stardom via such hits as “All By Myself” and, in general, stayed pretty true to himself aesthetically through thick and thin. This 2-CD collection offers the best known Raspberries tracks, a gem from his earlier, little-heard Cyrus Erie days, the solo hits and should-have-been hits (“Change Of Heart”), a 2005 Raspberries reunion version of “Ecstasy,” and “Brand New Year,” the man’s first new recording in almost two decades. It’s all very good, as Eric Carmen and the Raspberries always were. Highly recommended.

Rolling Stone, March 25, 2014

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