James Posted July 30, 2019 Share Posted July 30, 2019 I was listening to "Essential"...last week while driving & some stuff came to mind: 1. The bridge and the bridge-chorus climax of "My Girl" is the greatest in the history of the world. Hard to beat that minute or so if you are judging a song on how much pure joy it brings when listening to it. Similar to "Love Grows…" in that respect. 2. "Runaway" to me is a masterpiece. Very underrated even among us here and elsewhere who opine on Eric Carmen music. 3. Re: the internal band problems, my sense (educated guess) is the fundamental problem was that Eric Carmen wasn´t recognized as the genius he was. I love all the members, don´t know of a guitar player who produces a better sound on guitar than Wally, at least for my taste. But there´s no shame in admitting that one member is superior in talent, and celebrating that. Instead it seems some of the others, instead of celebrating it, and appreciating what Eric´s genius did for them (a lot), they fought against that truth. 4. An incredible fact: for me there was no Eric Carmen penned tune on his first 7 albums (4 Raz, 3 thru COH solo), that wasn´t at least good. Zero duds, on the contrary most were very good-great. The first 2 songs I didn´t like were both from TYM (which is a fantastic album overall)…."You need some loving" and the song "Tonight You´re Mine". 7 albums without a dud, that´s quite a testimonial and a testament to Eric Carmen´s genius. 5. "Starting Over" and "That´s rock & roll" were to me great songs on the studio albums. But live, both songs are twice as good, especially TR&R. I´m forgetting some stuff, but for now that´s it. Please carry-on.. :-) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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