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  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • ASIN: B000009CBB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Go All The Way
2. Rome Around And See Me
3. I Saw The Light
4. Don't Want To Say Goodbye
5. I Want To Be With You
6. Let's Pretend
7. I Reach For The Light
8. Nobody Knows
9. If You Change You Mind
10. Drivin' Around
11. Tonight
12. Last Dance
13. Hard To Get Over A Heartbreak
14. I'm A Rocker
15. Ecstasy
16. Overnight Sensation
17. Party's Over
18. Rose Coloured Glasses
19. Cruisin' Music
20. Starting Over
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Editorial Reviews

1. Go All the Way 2. Come Around and See Me 3. I Saw the Light 4. Don't Want to Say Goodbye 5. I Wanna Be with You 6. Let's Pretend 7. I Reach for the Light 8. Nobody Knows 9. If You Change Your Mind 10. Drivin' Around 11. Tonight 12. Last Dance 13. Hard to Get over a Heartbreak 14. I'm a Rocker 15. Ecstasy 16. Overnight Sensation 17. Party's Over 18. Rose Coloured Glasses 19. Cruisin' Music 20. Starting Over

Customer Reviews

If you like any of this other music, go ahead and give the Raspberries a try.
Eau Rouge
Well for a brief couple of years the Raspberries made some of the best pop music in the early 70's.
Mystikeye
The CD contains all of their singles and a superb selection of their best album cuts.
Robert R. Josef

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By BluesDuke on September 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's only too easy now to say the Raspberries deserved way better than they got in their own time. But this Cleveland quartet gave new meaning to the idea of "back to the future" long before that phrase was even coined. The pouf-haired, cream-suited foursome (they looked like they'd grown up spending too much time watching the British Invasion on "The Ed Sullivan Show") held fast to the best of the early Beatle era, threw in a few unlikely additional influences (they were, judging by most of their harder rockers and "Go All The Way" in particular, equally influenced by the Who and Free), and caught the 1972 audience completely off guard when "Go All The Way" smashed into the Top 10 and spent damn near the entire summer there (take THAT, Gilbert O'Sullivan!).
The Raspberries managed to shove open a radio door through which it would soon enough become more than acceptable for what became called "power pop" to take and keep hold, even if much of what followed them didn't have the Raspberries' breezy chutzpah (or Eric Carmen's early way with power chords - just listen again to "Ecstasy" and tell me Carmen and fellow guitarslinger Wally Bryson were phoning in those slash-and-spine-crunch chords and that gloriously chiming final bridge), freewheeling harmony style ("Drivin' Around" notwithstanding, the Raspberries' vocal style owed way more to the Beatles, the Hollies and the Zombies than to the Beach Boys), and salacious winking - unless you still really think "Go All The Way" was talking only about getting that first kiss.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on April 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although more successful commercially than, say, Big Star, their popularity at the time (and even to this day) doesn't begin to match the influence they've had on pop music. And their legacy seems to be much less overt than that of Big Star.
This 20-track collection opens with their debut (and only top-10 hit) "Go All the Way," featuring one of the top 10's most ripping guitar intros, and Eric Carmen's completely unapologetically balladesque vocals (and accompanying background harmony vocals). The interplay between Carmen's singing and the band's raucous pop-rock is one of my favorite things about the Raspberries (well, along with all the Beatlesque song hooks).
For me, though, the most transcendent moment of the entire disc is the Raspberries virtual last gasp of Pop Immortality, "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)." A stellar production from start to the very end of it's 5'34". This CD compilation features the "superior" single mix. I've never heard the LP mix, so I can't compare, but this is a track that was born to be heard through an AM car radio (not that the stereo mix and lush vocal harmonies sound poorly on a hi-fi!).
Other fave singles include "Tonight" (which can't help but make me think of The Rubinoos), and "I Wanna Be With You." The Beach Boys vocal arrangements just drip from this disc.
Budget price. A hard bargain to beat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dev1 on May 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Power-Pop seems like the easiest of all popular music genres to create. All one has to do is mix the proper ingredients of Pop. We need soaring harmonic vocals (Go All The Way, Overnight Sensation), a solid rhythm (I Wanna Be With You), some luscious string arrangements (Don't Want To Say Goodbye), puppy-love lyrics (Starting Over), and a melody that you just can't get out of you head (Let's Pretend).
Next, we can push Pop to Power-Pop by turning up the rhythm (I Wanna Be With You, Tonight) with either the kick-drum or bass, and add some screaming guitar lines (Party's Over).
Many bands have mixed all the ingredients, but few have created a musical dessert as delicious as the Raspberries. The booklet accompanying the CD includes several photographs of the band members performing. One thing you may notice about the photographs is that the Raspberries are always smiling. Which brings me to the key ingredient of the Raspberries lofty Power-Pop - don't take yourself too seriously.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have all four Rasberries albums on vinyl. They are available today in the "Powerpop Vol I & Vol II" releases. This CD is great for either casual fans of the Rasberries or simply the early 70s. As one reviewer noted, the Raspberries never really created their own sound. Although this is true, very, very few bands actually do. Even the greatly revered Beatles modeled virtually all of their music from true pioneers: their early work from Chuck Berry, their middle work from the Beach Boys, the Byrds, and Dylan, and their later work from Cream and Hendrix. The Raspberries carried through as the Beatles proved to be a short-lived phenomenon, and the Beach Boys faltered in the early 70s, releasing not one but easily six chart-topping singles: Go All the Way, I Want to Be With You, Let's Pretend, Tonight, Ecstacy, and Overnight Sensation (Hit Record). Eric Carmen is the genious behind most of the writing, arrangements and production.
The Rasberries may end up being a mere footnote in rock history like the Hollies, the Grass Roots, etc. Nevertheless, the music was great, and sometimes greatness is simply overlooked. And this is an nice introduction. 5-stars
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