2007 K2 24bit digitally remastered Japanese limited edition issue of the album classic in a deluxe, miniaturized LP sleeve replica of the original vinyl album artwork. Includes 2 bonus tracks: the single edit and an alter... more »nate version of the hit "All By Myself".« less
2007 K2 24bit digitally remastered Japanese limited edition issue of the album classic in a deluxe, miniaturized LP sleeve replica of the original vinyl album artwork. Includes 2 bonus tracks: the single edit and an alternate version of the hit "All By Myself".
"I guess elances doesn't know that Carmen has always given credit where credit is due for the "All By Myself" and "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again" melodies by giving Sergei Rachmaninov co-writing credit for both songs. (Hmmm . . . I wonder if Rach's estate got a share of the royalties?) It's not "stealing" or "raping" if he cites the source--as he did. Regardless, I was a teenager when these songs first hit the airwaves, and I'll confess that I still like them a lot. The lyrics marry well to the melodies, and for many of us born at the tail-end of the Baby Boom, we're suckers for this kind of sap! (Btw, I'm not sure that equating alleged plagiarism with rape is a good analogy--even if it were actual plagiarism.)"
Not that I don't still miss the Raspberries,
William J. Eichelberger | Ft. Thomas, KY | 12/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"but I have to admit that this album was pretty good for a first outing. There honestly isn't a weak song on it, although All By Myself has been wrung out about as much as a pop song can be, and That's Rock And Roll was spoiled for eternity years ago. (If you don't know why, count yourself lucky.) Among the highlights are All By Myself (if you've been living in a cave for years,) Sunrise, Never Gonna Fall In Love Again, and My Girl, but even the requisite cover, On Broadway, benefits from Carmen's vocal prowess. That said, Eric's summation of his Raspberries years, Great Expectations/Everything/No Hard Feelings, is a nicely done tip of the hat to his old band. (Although I can't say I buy the part about No Hard Feelings.)"
Solo triumph from former Raspberries' lead-singer
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 07/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Carmen stormed the charts in 1975 with this album's two lush, forlorn ballads, "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" and "All By Myself." But his history as a pop-rocker with The Raspberries was also a strong presence on this solo debut's album tracks. His own early history provides the story for "That's Rock 'n' Roll" (turned into a hit single by Shawn Cassidy), and the opening "Sunrise" is a jangle-pop masterpiece. Other power-pop highlights include the harmony-rich kiss-off "Last Night" and Badfinger-styled "No Hard Feelings," both drawing heavily on The Beatles and Beach Boys. The closing cover of "On Broadway" is out of place among Carmen's originals, not least of which for the slick wind-chimes and synthesizers. Rhino's reissue of the original Arista album thoughtfully includes the album version of "All By Myself" (all 7-minutes, 10-seconds of it, including a lengthy instrumental passage in the middle) along with the edited 5-minute single, and a live version of "Sunrise" that can't touch the carefully manicured brilliance of the studio original."
30 years later
fordaz | az | 07/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With a nod and wave to serendipity, I am delighted to find out that as a result of technology and the internet, that didn't even exist when this album was released in 1975, I can buy this record on CD 31 years after first buying it, with my original vinyl copy pretty warped and nearly worn out. I can't believe I can find this album on CD to give to a new artist for inspiration, whose work and art I am investing in, and who is currently completing a CD of pop/emo/triphop songs, that 31 years later has some similar musical and lyrical themes to those in this album. If the ultimate test of any great music is that the listener wants to hear it over and over again, sometimes with the songs on the album surfacing involuntarily, while humming a melody as one performs some slavish day to day task, then these songs (and also songs in Eric's album "Boats Against the Water,") pass the test with an "A." It is even more remarkable to know from other comments posted here that there are other people out there (and still alive), who still also remember, listen to, value, appreciate, and somewhat cherish this music."