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Looking Back and Ranking Raspberries’ Iconic Records

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Raspberries, the popular band, achieved significant improvement over time despite not always reflecting in the charts. Their self-titled debut album featured their biggest single, “Go All the Way,” while their final LP, “Starting Over,” didn’t fare as well. Although their best single, “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record),” ranked lower than their less popular hit, “I Wanna Be with You,” the band’s talent and unique sound remained consistent.

Raspberries, known for their power pop style, faced challenges as their sound didn’t align with the prevailing psychedelic era. However, their music transcended simple bubblegum pop, showcasing depth and originality. As the band evolved, new members joined, and they integrated diverse influences to create a perfect blend of the melodic brilliance of The Beatles and The Beach Boys, along with the energetic spirit of The Who and Humble Pie.

4. ‘Raspberries’ (1972)

Raspberries’ first album, self-titled “Raspberries,” featured their biggest hit, the catchy power-pop song “Go All the Way.” However, the rest of the album didn’t quite match up to its greatness. Songs like “Don’t Want to Say Goodbye” sounded too similar to Paul McCartney’s style and failed to stand out. Despite some better tracks such as “Come Around and See Me” and “I Saw the Light,” the album became less consistent as it progressed. Nevertheless, the massive success of “Go All the Way” kept this debut album on the charts much longer than their other albums combined.

3. ‘Fresh’ (1972)

While the hit single “I Wanna Be With You” showcased Raspberries’ ability to create chart-topping songs, “Fresh” achieved something even more significant – it proved that the band could captivate listeners throughout an entire album. Bursting with fun and innovative ideas, “Fresh” featured both familiar influences like the Beach Boys-inspired “Drivin’ Around” and original compositions like “Let’s Pretend,” which had a beautiful melody that later inspired Eric Carmen’s solo hit “All By Myself.”

2. ‘Side 3’ (1973)

Although not their best-selling album, “Side 3” showcased Raspberries’ genius in an unconventional way. Despite its single “Tonight” only reaching a modest position on the charts, and the album seemingly having a questionable “Sgt. Pepper”-like theme, it still managed to shine. With fewer songs by Eric Carmen, this album highlighted the talents of Wally Bryson with tracks like “Hard to Get Over a Heartbreak” and David Smalley with “Last Dance.” The rougher edges of these songs would later confirm Raspberries’ true brilliance, as seen in their subsequent album, “Starting Over.”

1. ‘Starting Over’ (1974)

With “Starting Over,” Raspberries set out to prove their ability to rock out. This aptly named album signaled a fresh start for the band, as they replaced their founding drummer and long-time bassist. Unexpectedly, Raspberries showcased their versatility, sounding like The Who in tracks such as “I Don’t Know What I Want” and even channeling the energy of Humble Pie in “The Party’s Over.” Despite the inclusion of some curse words in these songs, the Phil Spector-esque “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)” successfully lived up to its name, solidifying Raspberries’ position as a powerhouse in the power-pop genre.

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Written by: Best Classic Bands Staff

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