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Well, i seriously entered music fandom in 1979 and more or less no longer became interested in modern music around 1990.

Around 1980 I endlessly played Eric's four albums and bought them second hand. But the Fifth LP with "I Wanna Hear It from Your Lips"I bought new and that song is with "On Broadway"my favourite.

Many years later I bought all Raspeberries albums I could get. And even a second hand vinyl LP. But through the years I kept buying vinyl singles of Eric.

In the meantime I became a contributor to rateyourmusic. com or RYM, Discogs' competitor.

Last year I re-re-discovered the Raspberries again. But I already had about everything. So I started diligently to search for Live Albums. With one or two exceptions they are inofficial. A pity but they are real bootlegs, not some illegal copy of an already existing CD.

And of course I started hunting for unreleased studio stuff but only located a few, most on YouTube. And I am still searching for more as well for Live stuff.

Well, that is it, Johan

PS. I am not too good at computers and my laptop is 15 years old, a legacy from my brother. J.

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Glad to have you with us, Johan! Much thanks in no small part to site master RaspBernie 👍❤️, this is a huge treasure trove of all things Eric Carmen with its vast archives of discussion threads just like this one!  Up until the covid lockdown, I was really busy with my regular life as a music publisher and a cappella harmony performer and board member of my non-profit a cappella ensemble, and time was very much at a premium. During those "downtime" months when none of us were performing out in public, I re-discovered how much I loved Raspberries back in my teens! And also, after having more time to follow around links on YouTube, I also figured out how vast EC's music composition catalog truly was - that's a big deal to me as a music publisher and I have huge respect for that for starters. [He's written so many gorgeous "gems" ❤️ that never got their due in the Billboard/Hits lists!] I then found this forum and it's been "off to the races" to explore this site since then!

You're among friends here for sure!

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Welcome, Jehanbosch. Hope you have fun digging through the posts here—tons of information.

I might have misunderstood your notes about live albums. I couldn't tell whether you have the two "official" live Raspberries albums: Live on Sunset Strip (Ryko, 2008) and Pop Art (Omnivore, 2017). Both releases have been covered in-depth here. Here are links to a couple of the many threads worth revisiting.

• Here's Bernie's recent look back at the year Live on Sunset Strip came out: 


And... here's an older Pop Art Live thread that has real-time comments written by posters just before and just after the album came out as a 28-track two-CD set or a 30-track double-LP set:


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HI. I was referring to this one:


I bought the 2CD of Live on Sunset Strip ages ago and have a download of Pop Art Live. But being an incorrigible collector I am in the process of buying the Japanese INofficial/UNofficial CDs of Eric and the Raspberries. Do realize I go for REAL bootlegs, not illegal copies of an official CD..So far I have half a dozen CDs and one DVD. I have this liking of the past. My late girlfriend said that I was stuck in the 1980 and my family commented that it was another try to live in the past. At University I had multiple training, among them as librarian and historian. The entries on RateYourMusic are for a small part mine..


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I also bought an inofficial live DVD of Eric. More or less by accident, having thought it a CD.

The front cover is indistinct, the back cover is very clear.

Oddly enough this DVD, in wide circulation in Japan, is not mentioned on Discogs. But sooner or later I will upload it on rateyourmusic.com.



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