Thursday, March 6, 2014
FAVORITE ROCK/POP ALL-TIME LIST # 72
Eugor's # 72 - - -
Perhaps Eric Carmen and the boys...the RASPBERRIES should be a whole hades-of-a-lot higher on this list...maybe even in the Top Twenty! They were at one time. But I don't own any of their material and haven't for 25 years or so. I got rid of a lot of my vinyl when I moved from Kansas back to Ft. Wayne to go to school. The above (see photo) album was the debut of this incredibly talented power-pop quartet from Cleveland, Ohio. I owned it. I played it a lot in my second-story room on Kenaston Drive.
Remember Reliops when we (and a whole lot of people) actually watched late night television on Friday nights (well, those who didn't have girl-friends... ;) "awkward" ). There was Burt Sugarman's "The Midnight Special" and then there was the cooler show that came on even later "Don Kirshner's ROCK CONCERT." On one of these shows I saw the RASPBERRIES and instantly fell in love with their Beatles like harmonies and melodies and quality tune-smithing. This whole lp was a classic and I wish I still owned it.
Carmen and Bryson's "Don't Want to Say Goodbye" would be the crowning jewel on this album but for the EVEN BETTER classic 8:00 minute epic ballad "I Can Remember." I would have played that all-time favorite song of theirs but for the length. It's easier to get someone to "click" on to a 2:40 Youtube video than a Wagnerian tour de force....and that's exactly what "I Can Remember" is....
Trivia: Alan Parsons co-produced this debut eponymous album for the RASPBERRIES.