LC Posted January 31, 2016 Share Posted January 31, 2016 We've had lots of list-making threads here over the years... and they've all been fun and interesting. Now... a list of one. Your single favorite Raspberries song... what is it? One choice only, and... why? For me, it would have been "Go All the Way" for many years, because that was the one that caught my ear, or it could have been "I Can Remember," because it's beautiful and it's like getting three songs in one, or the irresistible "Let's Pretend." But after the benefit of many years of listening, I keep coming back to one choice as my favorite Raspberries song: "Overnight Sensation." And why not? It's such an epic pop masterpiece, one that, according to legend, caught the attention of (and maybe some mixing help from) John Lennon, and one that's beloved by Bruce Springsteen, per a concert shout-out several years ago. Personally, I was a little late discovering "Overnight Sensation" — I picked up on it not upon its original release but a couple years later (1976), via the release of the Raspberries' Best Featuring Eric Carmen vinyl album. Even though it had some chart success in 1974, for some reason it didn't get airplay in my part of the country (western NY State). But I was drawn in the first time I heard it, and found the lyrics to be an enlightening and cool description of what it was like to be a pop songwriter — the challenge and hard work and frustration and, finally, success. It's worth repeated listening even today, so I give you three choices. Take 17 minutes to give all three a review... you won't regret it. 1] The original recorded version, brilliant and wonderfully produced. Now this is how you write and play and record a "hit record": 2] A rare 1974 live version that I'd never heard until now (it just got posted on YouTube this month) — one where Eric gives a playful and improvisational vocal in the 2nd verse. (Bernie, do you know anything about this version?): 3] And, finally, the topper: this awesome reunion video, very well-captured, with the band in perfect form (cool to see Jim on drums and Dave on bass). Does it get any better than this? 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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