Raspberries Live Reunion Album Out August 18

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On November 26, 2004, more than 30 years after the original four members of Raspberries—Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, David Smalle, and Jim Bonfanti—last played together, the group performed a reunion concert at Cleveland’s House of Blues. Now Omnivore Recordings is releasing the two-CD/digital set Pop Art Live, due out August 18, featuring the entire show.

The 28-song set features the band’s hits, deep tracks and some covers. Longtime Raspberries associate Tommy Allen mixed the recording.

Pop Art Live contains live versions of songs from all four of the band’s classic original studio albums, including the hits “Go All the Way,” “I Wanna Be With You,” “Let’s Pretend” and “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record),” as well as favorites by the Beatles and the Who.

Watch “I Wanna Be With You” from the 2004 reunion

Pre-order Pop Art here.

Also included in the two-CD package are reflections and testimonials from filmmaker and rock journalist Cameron Crowe, pop music author James Rosen and longtime Raspberries aficionados Bernie Hogya and Ken Sharp. Hogya also contributes ephemera from opening night in Cleveland.

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Raspberries in the ’70s (Photo from Eric Carmen’s website)

A special edition three-LP set will be available later in the year.

Track Listing

DISC ONE

  1. I Wanna Be With You
  2. Play On
  3. I Can’t Explain
  4. Nobody Knows
  5. Let’s Pretend
  6. Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye
  7. Party’s Over
  8. Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)
  9. Might As Well
  10. It Seemed So Easy
  11. Baby’s In Black
  12. If You Change Your Mind
  13. Tonight
  14. I Can Remember

Raspberries at their 2004 reunion (Photo by Gene Taylor, used with permission)

DISC TWO

  1. Starting Over
  2. Last Dance
  3. I Saw The Light
  4. No Reply
  5. When You Were With Me
  6. It’s Cold Outside
  7. Should I Wait
  8. Come Around And See Me
  9. Makin’ It Easy
  10. Ticket To Ride
  11. Hard To Get Over a Heartbreak
  12. Ecstacy
  13. I’m A Rocker
  14. Go All The Way

Watch the trailer for Raspberries’ Pop Art Live

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