Monday, February 24, 2014

Eric Carmen retrospective due next month

Arista/Legacy Recordings has announced the release of The Essential Eric Carmen, a 30-track retrospective of the singer/songwriter’s career.

The two-disc set arrives in stores on March 25 and is available now for pre-order on iTunes ( By pre-ordering, you will receive the new track “Brand New Year” instantly.

Remastered from the original analog recordings, The Essential Eric Carmen reaches back to the Cleveland-based artist’s first recordings out of the teenage garage and then travels through his hits, both with power pop icons Raspberries (“Go All The Way,” “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record),” “I Wanna Be With You”) and as a solo artist (“All By Myself,” “Never Gonna Fall In Love Again,” “She Did It,” “Hungry Eyes,” “Make Me Lose Control”). 

The Essential Eric Carmen also includes “Brand New Year,” Carmen’s first new recording in more than 15 years. The track, which has received over 35K plays to date since its initial offering as a free download this past Christmas Eve, is streaming now at Legacy Recordings’ official SoundCloud, See below for track listing.

“It would be a mistake to think of this release as just another compilation,” Carmen recently noted. “I can tell you that you have never really heard most of these songs until you've heard them on this package. It is the closest to what I envisioned for most of these 30 tracks that I have ever experienced.”

The collection starts with 1969’s “Get The Message,” making its digital debut, one of the original three sides cut by Carmen’s first signed band, Cyrus Erie, for Epic Records. Raspberries came together soon thereafter and immediately influenced rock ‘n’ roll.

Some of the band’s finest American power pop moments are included, from their million-selling debut, “Go All The Way,” to “Ecstasy,” recorded live at Los Angeles’ House of Blues during 2005’s sold out Raspberries Reunion Tour. Carmen's solo material follows throughout this set.

The Essential Eric Carmen compilation was produced by Legacy Recordings’ Timothy J. Smith and overseen and advised by Eric Carmen, who also contributed original liner notes.

Track Listing:

Disc One

Get The Message (w/ Cyrus Erie)+
Go All The Way (w/Raspberries)
I Wanna Be With You (w/Raspberries)
Let’s Pretend (w/Raspberries)
Tonight (w/Raspberries)
Overnight Sensation (Hit Record) (w/Raspberries)
My Girl
All By Myself
Never Gonna Fall In Love Again
Last Night
Starting Over (Live 1976) *
That’s Rock N’ Roll (Live 1976) *
Run Away
Love Is All That Matters

Disc Two

Boats Against The Current
Marathon Man
She Did It
Nowhere To Hide
Change Of Heart
Hey Deanie
Desperate Fools
It Hurts Too Much
Tonight You’re Mine
The Way We Used To Be
Hungry Eyes
Make Me Lose Control
Ecstasy (Live 2005) (w/Raspberries)
Brand New Year **

+ Previously Unreleased Digitally
* Previously Unreleased
** Previously Unreleased New Recording

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