The Capitol Collectors Series

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Intermixing singles with the band's best accompanying album tracks, this 20-song retrospective gives a good overall impression of the Raspberries' strengths across their two years of recording, as well as hints of some weaknesses in the way they were represented on record. As expected, Eric Carmen is the dominant songwriter, but Wally Bryson and David Smalley also show up with "Last Dance" and "Hard to Get Over a Heartbreak," respectively, along with Scott McCarl "Rose Coloured Glasses", to give a hint of the range of composing talent in the band in its different phases. It's astonishing how many of their LP cuts would have made superb singles in their own right. It's clear ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Intermixing singles with the band's best accompanying album tracks, this 20-song retrospective gives a good overall impression of the Raspberries' strengths across their two years of recording, as well as hints of some weaknesses in the way they were represented on record. As expected, Eric Carmen is the dominant songwriter, but Wally Bryson and David Smalley also show up with "Last Dance" and "Hard to Get Over a Heartbreak," respectively, along with Scott McCarl "Rose Coloured Glasses", to give a hint of the range of composing talent in the band in its different phases. It's astonishing how many of their LP cuts would have made superb singles in their own right. It's clear listening to this collection that, between the record company's apparent inability to market their material to its fullest potential and the group's fear of sounding too English, that some killer tracks, like "Nobody Knows" with appealing hooks, a great beat, and overflowing with melodic teen angst, and "Hard to Get Over a Heartbreak," were overlooked as potential singles. Of course, the disputes over songwriting and the matter of who was represented on their singles and where, the A- or B-side were among the factors that helped kill the Raspberries after only a couple of years. This collection delineates a lot of the problems in the course of presenting the group's triumphs. An unusual amount of care has been taken in assembling the songs -- they all sound better than the original records, and the hotter single mix of "Overnight Sensation" graces this disc. A serious fan may well want to own CDs of the group's complete albums available on RPM Records on two CDs, but this is one time that Capitol Records did right by one of its own acts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/1996
  • Label: INDENT SERIES
  • UPC: 762185160022
  • Catalog Number: 92126

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Raspberries Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Eric Carmen Composer
Wally Bryson Composer
Ron Furmanek Liner Notes, Annotation
Jimmy Ienner Producer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Dave Smalley Composer
Steve Kolanjian Liner Notes
Greg Russo Liner Notes
Wayne Watkins Executive Producer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Joel Whitburn Chart Information
Denis Smalley Composer
Ron Larson Photo Tinting
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