LC Posted March 26 Share Posted March 26 On the heels of my post revisiting "Run Away," I was naturally thinking about "I Can Remember" and comparing the two. Never mind "Tonight" vs. "Ecstasy." With this comparison, you get more than 16 minutes of music. Which one is your preference? How do you pick a favorite between these two? It's an interesting pairing because both are lengthy, ambitious, dramatic, tour-de-force-type productions. They came at different junctions in Eric Carmen's development, yet you can draw a straight line from one to the other. Both are packed with emotion and rawness, and both take you on musical journeys in which you can get lost. "I Can Remember," of course, is a love-lost lament where the singer is looking back on a wrecked relationship. Has anyone summed up the pain of a breakup better than this?: I can remember autumn skies and goodbyes Hurting so badly that I thought I would die. But the more things seem to change The more they stay the same. And the lonely ones get lonelier With every passing day. "Run Away" is the same guy set farther into the future and looking back at the same busted relationship. One difference: Whereas the chorus in "I Can Remember" is focused on the past ("memories, memories..."), the chorus in "Run Away" is taking on the future, reflecting a determination to get past it all... and to win back the romance. In the end, these are both masterworks. And no, it isn't a shocker that the same guy wrote both songs — and also played the hell out of them. In a way, they define Eric's strengths in singular (albeit long) songs: sensitive lyrics, emotional melodies, classical-sounding piano runs, rockin' guitars.... Heck, in the course of 8 minutes, you have time to do all that! So which is my favorite? I waffle greatly. They're so close as to be a dead heat. "Run Away" is more mature and benefits from five years' of experience and growth between Raspberries' debut in 1972 and Boats Against the Current in 1977. But if you put a gun to my head, I think I'd give the edge to "I Can Remember." It's got those three movements that provide drama and tension and release — that's a plus in my book (but not for some, I know). It's also got Wally Bryson's guitar (a major plus) and Jim Bonfanti's drumming (ditto). And it's got the 'berries' backup vocals — they were a well-practiced unit even in 1972. I also think Eric's vocal abilities are on display here as well as on any song he's performed. Is anyone here more decisive than I am in making a choice between the two? Go ahead — take 16 minutes and three seconds and listen to them back-to-back. 2 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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