The Raspberries Raspberries' Best Featuring Eric Carmen Numbered Limited Edition LP (Red Vinyl)
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Go All the Way: The Absolute Finest Singles from the 1970s Power-Pop Mavens
Vocalist Eric Carmen and Co. Deliver One Punchy Chord and Contagious Melody
Britpop, Psychedelia, Pop, and Arena Rock Blends Drive Hits Such as “Go All the
Way” and “I Wanna Be With You”
Mellifluously Airy Harmonies: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s World-Renowned
Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
The matching Mod suits, trim haircuts, and youthful appearance weren’t just for
play. The Raspberries’ looks extended to their irresistibly catchy and
refreshingly concise music, a blend of bouncy Britpop, lazy-day psychedelia,
mellifluous pop, and crunch arena rock that stands apart from the epic pomposity
of most of the early 1970s’ commercial trends and continues to linger as some of
the most expertly crafted sounds ever created. Over the course of four albums,
the singles-minded group cut their share of memorable sides. They’re all here on
this 1976 compilation. And now, they possess a fidelity that even the original
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s internationally renowned mastering system and
pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP extracts more information from the grooves,
extending the spaces between instruments and breathing newfound life into the
swirling vocal harmonies. The group’s trademark singing is airier, the highs
free of constraints, and the string-laden accents enriched with natural decay.
Improved, too, are the quartet’s amplifier-driven chords and frisky drumming,
aspects that possess a palpable crunch typical of British Invasion acts.
Adept at both gorgeous devotional ballads and upbeat, fist-pumping rockers,
the Raspberries claim a multifaceted talent in leader Eric Carmen, a crooner
whose capacity to turn on a dime from a sweet falsetto to searing cry infuses
the band’s tunes with emotional exuberance and bittersweet weight. He lends
sentimental grace to epic piano weepers such as “Don’t Want to Say Goodbye” and
amiable snarl to carefree numbers like “I Wanna Be With You.” However, the
Raspberries’ greatest asset relates to their harmonic prowess.
Multi-part group vocals on bounding, surf-referencing fare (“Drivin’ Around”)
and catchy, summery material (“Tonight”) recall both the Beach Boys and Beatles.
Yet the Raspberries bring a unique edge and R&B-etched rhythm to tunes that
stand as proto power-pop staples. Thematically, the ensemble keeps lyrics as
simple and memorable as its hooks, with a majority of songs speaking to the
pleasures of romance and love. Breezy, fun, and indelible, it’s music that never
goes out of style.
• Limited Edition
• Red Vinyl LP
• Gatefold Packaging
• MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series
• Mastered and Cut on the famous MoFi Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de
Paravacini-designed mastering system.
• Pressed at RTI on Audiophile-Grade Standard Vinyl
• Produced by Jimmy Ienner
1. Go All the Way
4. I Wanna Be With You
5. I Can Remember
1. Overnight Sensation
2. Let's Pretend
3. Drivin' Around
4. Starting Over
5. Don't Want To Say Goodbye