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Starting Over Import

4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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UK reissue of the power pop act's third album, originally issued in 1974, packaged in a digipak with original artwork. RPM. 2005.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rpm Records UK
  • ASIN: B0007736Y8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Maybe sensing that their days as a band were numbered, the Raspberries dropped the white-suited goody-two-shoes bubblegum act and produced their best (and final) lp, 1974's "Starting Over". This last hurrah is a vague concept album about the hopes and realities of being in a rock 'n roll band, from Eric Carmen's determination to create an immortal hit record (the hit, "Overnight Sensation"), to Wally Bryson's jaded-but-humorous "The Party's Over". The Raspberries don't try to sound like wholesome pop idols on this one: "All Through the Night" has Carmen coldly mocking and tossing aside a groupie, and the drunken Beatles' campfire of "Hands On You" is no less sexist (but no less entertaining). The finale title track bursts with melody, but Eric Carmen deliberately torpedoes any chance of commercial air-play with the opening line "I used to be so f***ing optimistic". This wasn't the same "scratch-and-sniff" album-cover Raspberries from before.

The Raspberries also come up with three terrific tributes to their 60's pop idols: "I Don't Know What I Want" is a neat, very Who-like teen-angst rocker (great Keith Moon-style drumming, btw); "Rose Colored Glasses" is a beautiful, unusual psychedelic ballad, recalling the Beatles but not sounding derivative; and "Cruisin' Music" is a sensational Beach Boys' pastiche that surpasses the earlier and better-known "Drivin' Around". It's a great Beach-Boys takeoff, right up there with the Beatles' "Back In the USSR" and the Cowsill's "Indian Lake".

"Starting Over" is one the "great lost rock albums" of the 1970's.
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RollingStone magazine raved about this album in 1974. John Lennon, a big Raspberry fan visited the studio while this album was being recorded and some say provided some minor help in the recording of "Overnight Sensation"). It has always been said Lennon's comeback song "Starting Over" was a nod to his high respect for the Raspberries.
No doubt this band was doing the right things at the wrong time. The music from this (and all of their albums) was great power pop at a time when the public was over the 60s power pop. Even Rundgren who made his name by putting out great power pop (ie (band)Nazz, (song)"Couldn't I Just Tell You") by 1973 (album Todd) moved to the progressive times of the early 70s.

Raspberry fans Bruce Springsteen and John Bon Jovi never forgot the impact of this band, and you shouldn't either.

As you listen to this album you will hear the early power pop of the 60s (ie The Who, The Beatles), the Rubber Soul sound, and the future of Power Pop/Rock Pop in the late 70s early 80s. You can see how this style of music was moving forward.

In the 70s The Knack, Cheap Trick, The Romantics, The Cars, all went forward with the ground work from the Raspberries and provided the basis for the New Wave years.

And this album was both the high point and end of that early 70s work.

How influential was this band? Well, attendees at the Raspberries reunion concerts on the 2004-05 tour were folks like Rick Springfield, Jon Bon Jovi, Little Steven Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Gilby Clarke of Guns 'n' Roses, Kyle Vincent, with members of Blondie, Fotomaker, The Romantics, The Go-Gos, The Bangles, The Runaways, The Sex Pistols, Survivor and dozens of other acts. And Bruce Springsteen wrote the liner notes for their Live reunion album.
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This is refreshingly straightforward: I guess in the early 1970s there were a few who decided they liked their heads just as they were, and didn't need Brain Salad Surgery. They loved their guitars so much, they kept off that silly Ziggy Stardust glamfacegreasepaint, and made some great rock and roll.

The Raspberries were one of those bands, and on this album, the plan could not be simpler--or better: write three chord songs with melodic changes, get the distortion peddle, and crank your amp to 10. That is what this album does

This album is ice water on a hundred degree city day: simple, clear as can be and as universally pleasurable. This reminds me of early Kiss, without the affectation, but the rock in perfect tact

Get it.
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By chuck white on September 23, 2008
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While not a big fan of the Raspberries, I like the songs on this album. It is for sure the best of their CD's without a doubt. It's light but really good songs. If you like this band this is a must.
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