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Raspberries, The - 1973 Side 3

ARTIST: The Raspberries
ALBUM: Side 3
LABEL: Capitol
YEAR: 1973
CD REISSUE: 2005, RPM Records (UK), RPM-205


LINEUP: Eric Carmen - vocals, guitars * Wally Bryson - guitars, vocals * David Smalley - bass, vocals * Jim Bonfanti - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tonight * 02 Last Dance * 03 Making It Easy * 04 On The Beach * 05 Hard To Get Over A Heartbreak * 06 I'm A Rocker * 07 Should I Wait * 08 Ecstacy * 09 Money Down


Unusual to see a band this far back in history represented on GLORY-DAZE? Hardly, and besides, this album is a superb example when a power-pop band heavily influenced by The Beatles decides to get heavier and produce a 'rock-oriented' album. The Raspberries as many know was the best known collaboration of Eric Carmen and Wally Bryson. These two guys were the principal movers of the band, though in the bands latter days, Carmen became the driving force, causing friction along the way. 'Side 3' followed up the very successful 1972 airing of their first duo of albums.. The debut which was released in April that year, plus the sophomore effort 'Fresh' which was released later in the year. Both albums contained a brace of well loved tunes, which charted quite well too, including 'Go All The Way', 'I Wanna Be With You' and 'Lets Pretend'. With this promising start, album number three was eagerly awaited, though the response from the public as it turns out, was anything but.

The Songs
Despite musically being harder than their previous efforts, the unmistakable pop harmonies was still definitive Raspberries. You can tell straight away with the albums first single 'Tonight' the sort of 'rock' approach that they decided on. The Eric Carmen written efforts are all wonderful. Check out the aforementioned 'Tonight', the incredible rock/pop of 'Ecstasy' (how about those harmony vocals!), or the delicious boy-meets-girl melodrama of 'On The Beach'. However, the tunes provided by Bryson and Smalley also provide great contrast too. I have always admired the acoustic ballad 'Last Dance', even as we swing into cajun mode toward the end of the song. Smalley's contribution 'Hard To Get Over A Heartbreak' is quite rocky as well, but because the album's first three singles were all Carmen songs, dissent hovered over the band like a black cloud, and because the album wasn't doing so well on the charts, a course steering toward a rocky shore was inevitable.

In Summary
Soon after, Smalley and Bonfanti left, to be replaced By Scott McCarl and Michael McBride for the following year's 'Starting Over' album. This one, apart from a successful single 'Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)' also failed to capture the public's imagination. The Raspberries though are not dead and buried in the past. Since then, most of the members have been involved with many musical projects with varying degrees of success. Perhaps only Eric Carmen has risen above all of them with a successful solo career, and on occasion, The Raspberries have been resurrected to play at special events, particularly around their home base of Cleveland OH. A good album for those willing to investigate a little further back into pop/rock history. A CD reissue was made in 2005 on the British RPM label, so it should be reasonably easy to locate.

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#1 | sabace on June 26 2009 13:44:33
brilliant pop rock!
#2 | trillion1999 on October 07 2011 01:23:08
Love every single note laid down by them on those four albums from the seventies.Hopefully those songs promised to appear on best ofs will surface in their original form on digital one love
#3 | Explorer on June 08 2012 22:13:01
Wonderful band..wonderful songs..simply wonderful.
#4 | Explorer on October 06 2016 17:31:43
Just browsing and came across this. The track listings are certainly not the Raspberries...LOL. Not quite sure which album.they belong to.
#5 | gdazegod on October 06 2016 22:54:22
Oops. Will fix.
#6 | gdazegod on October 06 2016 22:58:39
Thanks for the find Malcolm. Fixed.
#7 | Explorer on October 06 2016 23:43:49
Cheers George, I've found that the tracks belonged to a Stray dog album!
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