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I do have much of the Eric Carmen collection completed except "Reason To Try" (1988) (from the Summer Olympics CD), "My Heart Stops" (1991) & "Caroline, No" (remake of The Beach Boys song) from 1997 "Winter Dreams" (Japan import) but I don't have any plans on getting those. All I need to complete the Raspberries collection is 5 more CD's. Raspberries "Refreshed" (2000) (6 song EP), Scott McCarl "Play On" (2001), The Bryson Group "Dry" (N/A), Boxer "By The Seat Of Our Pants" (2006) & finally Dave Smalley "Internal Monologue" (2005) but that is it.   Matt    

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I didn't know that McCarl had a solo release. Dave's of course is great.....though different than what I normally listen to. Had one of the Fotomaker albums on cassette, but the tape stretched :(......... Haven't heard any of the Boxer tracks yet....... Got the Bryson group CD, but misplaced it.  Bought the Olympics album, specially do get the theme song, to use as an introduction when I was DJ-ing....getting EC as part of that was a bonus......

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Just bought The Choir "Artifact" CD as home delivery from Barnes & Noble which comes out on Friday.  Forgot to mention Fotomaker 1978 CD "Vis-A-Vis" from Wounded Bird which is out of print which I do not have but I also planning on picking up that CD from Amazon (actually Records & Tapes Galore in Saginaw, Michigan) so that Bill (the owner) can get that for me.   It also seems that Amazon & EBay & maybe Musicstack websites do NOT have Scott McCarl's "Play On" on CD & currently unavailable!!    So I got 8 more to go all on CD & after that I got the collection.  It could take till September or October to get it done.      Matt     

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The hunt is half the fun.  After I discovered Raspberries in the summer of '72, I started to look into what they had been doing before that.  A local record store told me he could get a Cyrus Erie single for me.  I was super excited.  When I went to pick it up, he hands me a home-made cassette with the songs I wanted.  When I asked him where the record was, he told me the person didn't want to part with it, so the home-made cassette was all he had.  I bought it, but had mixed emotions.  After all, it was the first "discovery" I made regarding pre-Raspberries stuff- pretty cool at the time!

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 I was out last week with a friend of mine who is an avid record collector and has over 10,000 albums in his collection and I asked him if he had all of the Raspberries albums?  He responded by saying “yes, I have all three of them”.  I was stunned to find out that he was not even aware of the “Starting Over” record! I lent him my CD of SO  along with Scott’s  “Play On”.  Color me jealous to think that he gets to hear a brand new Raspberries album along with a brand new solo member record!

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Some great reviews for Scott’s CD...

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Why don't more people know about this release?
Record Producer | Burbank, CA | 11/27/2004
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 (5 out of 5 stars)
 
"Every once in a while you run into an album that nobody else seems to know about, and based on the fact that there are only two prior reviews for this CD on Amazon, and the last one is years old, I felt this listing needed an update.

Any fan of superb melodic pop/power pop/Raspberries/Badfinger/Jeff Foskett/Chris Cross/America, etc. will LOVE this superb album by Scott McCarl, who joined The Raspberries late in the game, just before their superb fourth and final album, STARTING OVER. Scott contributed mightily to that album, you can experience much more of his talents on his solo album PLAY ON. There are ten new songs as well as seven songs that provide some insight into his musical growth and direction through the years.  

There isn't a bad track on the album, ranging from songs that would have fit right in on any Raspberries' album to a spectacular version of the Beatles' "Yes It Is." What's amazing is how fast this CD is over after you press "play." Not that the album is short, as it certainly isn't -- it has a generous amount of music on it. But it is all so good that you just enjoy it without thinking, and as they say, "time sure flies when you're having fun." The liner notes are wonderful as well, written by a friend of Scott's, and they're just perfect for this release.  

If Scott felt it was important to do something to fight the rejection he'd faced throughout much of his musical life and just get these songs out so he could say "he did it," well, he did more than just "do it." He released one of the more enjoyable melodic pop albums in many a year, and one hopes that he has not given up on the musical world, as he obviously has a lot more to share with those of us lucky enough to be on the lookout for such future recordings."
 
SCOTT McCARL 's _Play On_ is my favorite album of '98!
David R. Rusnak | PA USA | 11/16/1998
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"Former member of the RASPBERRIES, SCOTT McCARL has released a *stunner* of a new CD entitled _Play On_.It contains ten newly recorded tracks and 7 bonus tracks from Scott's earlier years. Included on the new CD is Scott's remake of "Yes It Is"(sounding eerily like John Lennon). "Wait A Minute Girl" contains references to at least 8 or 9 Beatles songs in the final chorus. The flip side of the single, "In Love Without a Girl" is an interesting version of "This Boy" - combining the original Beatles vocal arrangement with George Martin's instrumental version-complete with strings-from the "Hard Day's Night" soundtrack. Also impressive is a reworked version of the Raspberries tune, "Nobody Knows" and the original voice and acoustic guitar demo, "Don't Make Me Sad", that Scott sent to Eric Carmen as his audition for the band. Again, the vocals come closer to Lennon's than just about anything else I've ever heard.I can't say enough about this release. Song for song, it's probably the BEST CD I have heard in years! Every song on the disc is excellent and many deserve TOP 40 smash status. It's THAT good!If you are remotely interested in Beatles influenced hook and melody-laden pop, please don't overlook this one. You won't be sorry! It's the kind of record that grabs you by the collar and smacks you across the face and buries itself in your brain. How often does that happen?"
 
An outstanding must-have CD from a very talented artist!
David R. Rusnak | 07/21/1998
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"Play On has got to be one of the best CDs I've heard in a long time. If you are a fan of the Raspberries, the Beatles or if you love Pop - Scott McCarl's CD will do it for you. Not only are the new tracks great, the "retrospective" tracks give a historical perspective you just can't get anywhere else. The liner notes by Scott and Tom Sorrells add even more zing to this truly "gotta have" CD. I've seen Scott McCarl perform in person, and I've got to say - he's every bit as good on CD! You won't regret buying this one."

 

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