Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Power Pop 1
Genres: Pop, Rock
1996 release on R.P.M. featuring the first two albums by Eric Carmen's early '70s power pop group together on one CD,the 1972 Capitol LPs 'Raspberries' and 'Fresh Raspberries'. 19 tracks total, including the top five smash... more »
1996 release on R.P.M. featuring the first two albums by Eric Carmen's early '70s power pop group together on one CD,the 1972 Capitol LPs 'Raspberries' and 'Fresh Raspberries'. 19 tracks total, including the top five smash 'Go All The Way', the top 20 'I Wanna Be With You' and the hits 'Let's Pretend' & 'Don't Want To Say Goodbye'.
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shilough | Doylestown, PA United States | 10/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD compiles the first two Raspberries LPs IN THEIR ENTIRETY. This is a much better option than any "Best Of" compilation, because many of the bands real gems were not singles and are never anthologized....If you are casually familiar with this band, you will be pleasantly blown away after hearing these first two albums. Nearly every song is fantastic. Eric Carmen & Wally Bryson (check out his previous band, THE CHOIR) were Beatles and Brian Wilson worshippers at a time when this was not fashionable. Their prescient knowledge of and admiration for (at the time) commercial failures like "pet sounds" and the entire Left Banke catalog is obvious, and impressive. This band had a self-conscious, Romanticized, self-mythologizing concept of Pop music as a holy grail, similar to Brian Wilson's idea of "Teenage Symphonies to God". In my opinion the high point of this compilation is Carmen's epic "I Can Remember". (Beach Boys fans, note his not-so-subtle but delightful theft of part of the melody from the little-known Beach Boys song "She Knows Me Too Well".) If you like Emmitt Rhodes, Badfinger, The Left Banke, etc, this is a great CD, get this rather than a "Best Of" compilation."
Don't know why there aren't more releases like this
William J. Eichelberger | Ft. Thomas, KY | 01/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I managed to track down the individual Japanese releases of the Raspberries on cd, but still picked up this and volume 2 when I saw them. While the Raspberries are probably not everyone's idea of a big '70's band, their four album catalog is filled with more great songs than any piddly greatest hits collection could ever hope to contain, and it's great to see them get the respect that they deserve. While the debut and "Fresh" were marginally weaker than "Side 3" and "Starting Over" on the companion volume to this set, they've still got some great moments that shouldn't be missed. Eric Carmen's vocal prowess is usually given a lot of the credit for the Raspberries sound, but Wally Bryson's Rickenbacker and Jim Bonfanti's maniac drumming were equally responsible, and at times carried the show. (Anyone who thinks that Dave Smalley was just along for the ride should pick up a copy of the Choir retrospective, "Choir Practice" on the Sundazed label. Dave was a talent in his own right.) Great stuff, but the best part of this collection may be the incredibly detailed liner notes, which are a great read while the cd spins.
Someone should do this with the first four Eric Carmen cd's."
WHAT?! ..YOU DON'T OWN THIS!?!?......
Christopher Rush | Concord nh. | 09/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At about the time that the RASPBERRIES were calling it a day,our teachers were talking about "THE NEW MATH"...some mysterious,ZEN-like thing that would sweep the country in days to come...Surely that is what the folks at CAPITOL were utilizing when they decided,that rather than releasing the FOUR 'berries studio albums,they would issue FIVE best of's (or was it six?)instead.Thankfully, the powers that be at RPM RECORDS don't think like a record company, and as a result we have all four albums on two CD's---GARSH--WHODATHUNK? AAAANYWAY,They sound great,the liner notes are a gas and if you've never heard of the RASPBERRIES that just means that you've never heard the RASPBERRIES.Save time,buy both and discover what a huge fan you really are..That's usually what happens....."