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Raspberries Greatest Hits LP in Raspberry Vinyl


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Just came across this. Friday Music is taking pre-orders for Raspberries Greatest Hits LP in raspberry colored vinyl. Ships on 7/02/19.

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Raspberries - Raspberries Greatest Hits
180 Gram Audiophile Raspberry Vinyl/Limited Edition/Gatefold Cover
$32.98 | FMLP291

Track List:

Side 1:
Don't Want To Say Goodbye
Go All The Way
I Wanna Be With You
Let's Pretend
Last Dance
Cruisin' Music
Nobody Knows

Side 2:
Drivin' Around
Tonight
I'm A Rocker
Ecstasy
Starting Over
Party's Over
Overnight Sensation

The Raspberries' Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, David Smalley & Jim Bonfanti joined forces in 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio. Almost immediately after the release of their first LP, success followed worldwide thanks to their smash hit #1 "Go All The Way." Blending elements of garage band rock and roll, British invasion alongside the powerful lead vocals of Eric Carmen, this hit single was the catalyst which would soon make them a major recording and touring act.

Throughout the seventies, Raspberries would release some of the most memorable rock and pop songs ever waxed. Wonderful rockers like "I Wanna Be With You" "Tonight" "Party's Over" and power rock ballads like "Let's Pretend" and "Overnight Sensation" flourished all over the airwaves making these all modern day classics.

In the compact disc era, Capitol Records awarded this amazing band with the fantastic collection "Raspberries Greatest Hits" featuring all of their key hit singles noted above and other top charters like "Ecstasy" "Crusin' Music" & "I'm A Rocker."

Other notables joined the band over the years like Scott McCarl and Michael McBride and their work is also represented here with more hit tracks like "Starting Over."

In honor of the legendary Raspberries and their music, Friday Music is very pleased to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the Capitol Records classic Raspberries Greatest Hits.

Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (The Monkees) at Friday Music Studios from the Capitol Records tapes, the first time audiophile album will be pressed for a very limited time on 180 Gram Raspberry colored vinyl.

To further enhance your Raspberries experience, we are also including a striking first time gatefold cover art presentation, featuring photos of all their original Lp covers, photos of the band, and a new appreciation note from The Beach Boys' Bruce Johnston.

"Go All The Way" and 13 other fantastic tracks....."Raspberries Greatest Hits"....Super Limited Edition Raspberry Colored 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl.....Stellar Gatefold Cover Art! Available exclusively from your friends at Friday Music.

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Now that is a great design, that back cover. A real throwback. (Millenials: Now what are those little red things inside the labels?) 

I love that this compilation has "Cruisin' Music" on it. Love that one. It was better than any Beach Boys song of the mid-1970s (with all due respect to the great BBs).

 

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Of course, after I wrote that last comment, I saw that Bruce Johnston wrote liner notes. Oops! 

Also, did you all note this line?:

MASTERED IMPECCABLY BY JOE REAGOSO AT FRIDAY MUSIC STUDIOS – FROM THE CAPITOL RECORDS TAPES

Hmm... sometimes you hear that the original master tapes have been lost.... Maybe not? 

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"Cruisin Music", to me, is the most underrated Raspberries song. It's got a melody that could come out of only a genius song writer......it's a perfect pop/rock gem.  So good that it'd be the signature song of 98% of the artists out there.

James

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2 hours ago, LC said:

Of course, after I wrote that last comment, I saw that Bruce Johnston wrote liner notes. Oops! 

Also, did you all note this line?:

MASTERED IMPECCABLY BY JOE REAGOSO AT FRIDAY MUSIC STUDIOS – FROM THE CAPITOL RECORDS TAPES

Hmm... sometimes you hear that the original master tapes have been lost.... Maybe not? 

The chatter on FB is that Kay and Wally have the Starting Over master tapes and are in the process of 'baking' them.  This is right from Kay's lips.  I believe these are the only Raspberries masters known at this time, and this was just recently publicized. 

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10 hours ago, LC said:

Of course, after I wrote that last comment, I saw that Bruce Johnston wrote liner notes. Oops! 

Also, did you all note this line?:

MASTERED IMPECCABLY BY JOE REAGOSO AT FRIDAY MUSIC STUDIOS – FROM THE CAPITOL RECORDS TAPES

Hmm... sometimes you hear that the original master tapes have been lost.... Maybe not? 

For what it's worth, at the end of Overnight Sensation, you can hear a faint intro to Go All The Way. I've heard the same thing, if I remember correctly, on the same song on The Essentials CD. If it was "Mastered Impeccably", why wouldn't that error be removed? I'd be surprised if he used the Capital Records tapes. The LP still sounds pretty good though.

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Donzi, Craig's right—but I think (and check me if I'm wrong) that the faint "Go All the Way" was tacked onto "Overnight Sensation" when it was included on Raspberries Best, the 1976 LP compilation. I don't think it was included on the Starting Over album. But, to know for sure, I'll have to cue up my old LP.

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12 hours ago, Craig Benfer said:

That wasn't an error. The intro to Go All The Way is supposed to be heard to signify the "Hit Record" being played on the radio.

My bad. It makes sense now. I never noticed it before until I heard it on The Essentials CD. :blink:

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On 7/15/2019 at 11:20 PM, LC said:

Hmm... sometimes you hear that the original master tapes have been lost.... Maybe not? 

LC,

I'm guessing when they refer to "Capitol Records Tapes" they are referring to the Mix-down Masters, which do exist. What doesn't exist (or are at least lost in some vault somewhere) are the Multitrack Masters. The mix-downs are two-track stereo used for originally mastering the albums. The multitracks have 16 separate audio tracks with each part, voice, instrument on separate tracks. Those multitrack are what's needed to really do a proper remastering of the albums.

Bernie

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Thanks, Bernie. It only adds to the frustration and outrage over that hot news story about the Universal fire that destroyed countless master tapes. 

Speaking of that, because it's related, I thought this was an interesting interview—it's with a Universal archivist who said the losses were "overstated" (but that any loss is painful): 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8516256/umg-archivist-interview-universal-fire-masters-tapes-litigation

 Didn't we grow up hearing, "Take care of your stuff!" from our moms and dads? Well, people don't always follow that advice—even those who are caretaking historical art!  

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On a side note (or, actually, getting back to the point of Don's thread), I bought and received the LP. Awesome... as a collectible. I probably would have resisted if not for Don's thread. But I'm glad I have it.... Great item! Thanks, Donzi!

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