Greatest

Greatest

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by The Raspberries
     
 

Your typical garden-variety rock historian says that Big Star never went over with American record buyers because the kids were more interested in hard rock or prog than smart power pop at the time -- but that logic conveniently ignores the fact that the Raspberries were scoring hits and selling tickets all across the nation at the same time …  See more details below

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Your typical garden-variety rock historian says that Big Star never went over with American record buyers because the kids were more interested in hard rock or prog than smart power pop at the time -- but that logic conveniently ignores the fact that the Raspberries were scoring hits and selling tickets all across the nation at the same time Radio City was dying on the vine. And while Eric Carmen may have lacked Alex Chilton's snazz as a freak-genius guitarist or songwriter, at their best the Raspberries were the band who succeeded where Big Star failed, crafting gloriously hooky but potently rockin' three-minute tunes that moved the British Invasion musical ethos ten years into the future. (And one could argue that Wally Bryson, Jim Bonfanti, and John Alleksic were a more potent backing band than Chilton had at the time, even if they lacked a visionary along the lines of Chris Bell.) Greatest covers most of the same territory that was charted out on previous Raspberries compilations (most notably the Capitol Collectors Series set from 1991), but the material has been remastered using 24-bit technology for greater punch and power, and the liner notes feature relevant commentary from Carmen, Bryson, and Bonfanti on the songs. From the glorious teenage lust anthem "Go All the Way" to "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)," still the best song about the rush of hearing yourself on the radio, Greatest is an excellent one-stop shopping place for your Raspberries needs. You may not need this to replace any of the previous greatest-hits sets, but anyone looking for a great introduction to this great band can buy this with confidence.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724386326126
catalogNumber:
63261
Rank:
10322

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raspberries   Primary Artist
Eric Carmen   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jim Bonfanti   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Wally Bryson   Guitar,Vocals
Michael McBride   Drums,Vocals
Scott McCarl   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Dave Smalley   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
John Alleksic   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Michael McBride   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Carmen   Composer
Wally Bryson   Composer
Dave Smalley   Composer
Ken Sharp   Liner Notes,Track Notes
Denis Smalley   Composer
Diana Barnes   Art Direction

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Greatest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lighthouse27587 More than 1 year ago
I love these guys!