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Raspberries Classic Album Box Set


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Howdy all,

I just came across this listing, via an email notification, for the Raspberries Classic Album Box set, with an Amazon description as follows:


"The Raspberries were an American power pop/pop rock band formed in 1970 from Cleveland, Ohio. They had a run of success in the early 1970s music scene with their pop sound, which Allmusic later described as featuring ""exquisitely crafted melodies and achingly gorgeous harmonies."" The members were known for their clean-cut public image, with short-hair and matching suits, The group drew influence from the British Invasion era—especially The Beatles, The Who, The Hollies, and Small Faces—and its mod sensibility. In both the U.S. and the UK, the Raspberries helped pioneer the power pop music style that took off after the group disbanded. The group's ""classic"" lineup consisted of Eric Carmen (vocalist/guitarist/bassist), Wally Bryson (guitarist), Jim Bonfanti (drummer), and Dave Smalley (guitarist/bassist). Their best known songs include ""Go All the Way"", ""Let's Pretend"", ""I Wanna Be with You"", ""Tonight"", and ""Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)"". This box set contains all the 4 albums the band recorded for Capitol records, they have been re-mastered and the box also contains a20 page booklet with notes by Classic Rocks Malcolm Dome."

While Amazon in the U.S. has it listed as an import for $37.99, you can actually order it directly from Amazon in the UK for $24.00 and change, plus shipping.

While I have all four albums on vinyl, and as individual mini-LP imports, I've ordered two copies of this set as well; one for me and one as a gift.

Let's see if the sound on these new reissues is any better than the last ones.



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As an audiophile, I have always found the recordings of rock music to be sonically disappointing. All that the digitally remastered CD's have done is allow us to hear the distortion more clearly. I have found the recordings of Raspberries to be very compressed, as opposed to the open sound of an orchestra. This is no criticism of the band, but of the recording studio, engineer and equipment. Rock music can have excellent quality sound, as evidenced by the Blood, Sweat and Tears albums, and the Dreamboat Annie album by Heart. These are clean and natural sounding records that were made on old tube-type equipment. But there is no denying how pleasing the sound is. I had always hoped there would be better-sounding releases of Raspberries recordings, but I came to the conclusion that it would never happen after I bought all of the albums on Japanese mini-LP CD's. The sound was not much different than on previous released formats.

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Part of the problem with the Raspberries re-mastering process is the lack of the actual master tapes, which seem to have gone missing at Capitol.  Should I ever organize a successful raid of the Capitol vaults, they will be found!  Tony, what are you doing after Thanksgiving...

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