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Let's Pretend minus the lead vocal


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A few things:

• At first, I thought, this isn't Raspberries. It's really the original master that's used here? 

• It makes you realize how vital Eric's voice was to this song and others. Yet it also amplifies the brilliance of the arrangement and effectiveness of the backup vocals.

• I love the Beach Boys influence here. But I'm also hearing some "Be My Baby" influence — a song we know Eric digs.

• Also, the closing moments get into truly uplifting rock-influenced power-pop, revealing more of an edge than I've heard. And that's amazing, considering I've listened to "Let's Pretend" probably a thousand times. (Who counts?) 

• Hearing the components in this version is making me rethink my Raspberries rankings. "Let's Pretend" has always been among my six or seven or eight favorites, but it has to climb up now. 

• Bernie, was this the first time you've used "glorious" on the bulletin board? It's totally apropos. Can't think of a more fitting word.

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