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Raspberries - Raspberries

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Released in April 1972, the sleeve of Raspberries' eponymous debut showed off the band's elaborate, bouffant-style hairdos – and the music within was equally opulent. Tunes such as the delicate "Waiting" and the yearning "Don't Want To Say Goodbye" were augmented by discreet, "Yesterday"-style strings, while bassist/vocalist Eric Carmen's show-stopping "I Can Remember" evolved from fragile, melancholic ballad to barnstorming, Who-esque bombast over the course of eight exhilarating minutes.

Elsewhere, the band showed off their immaculate three-way harmonies on the intricate, semi-acoustic "Come Around And See Me" and the graceful "I Saw The Light," though, crucially, Raspberries also remembered to rock, not least on the earthy "Rock'n'Roll Mama" and the no-nonsense "Get It Moving," which offered drummer Jim Bonfanti the opportunity for some frenzied, Keith Moon-esque clatter.

The song which induced mass Raspberries-mania, however, was the album's first single, "Go All The Way," a brilliantly quixotic power play which vacillated seamlessly between gritty, Kinks-ish power riffage and silky-smooth harmonies. The sexual undertones in the song's risqué title merited a BBC ban in the UK, but in the US "Go All The Way" sold in droves, peaking at No.5 on the Billboard singles chart and eventually selling around 1.3 million copies. Now reissued on vinyl in celebration of Capitol Records' 75th anniversary.

"Great underrated power pop masters. Their best records are as fun and sound as fresh today as when they were released. Soaring choruses, Beach Boys harmonies over crunchy Who guitars." - Bruce Springsteen

 

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