August 6, 2014 – 5:52 pm

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Onenight Sensations [Starrcade, 4CD]

Disc 1 - Live at the Public Hall, Cleveland, OH; 1973. Good to fairly good audience recording. Disc 2 - Live at The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH; July 15, 1974. Fairly to very good FM broadcast. Disc 3 - Nightside Studio Party; February 1973(?). Fairly to very good Armed Forces Network radio broadcast. Disc 4 - Don Kirschner Rock Concert 1973 and 1974. Fairly to very good TV broadcast.

The “boyband” of the day (circa early ’70s), The Raspberries, from Cleveland, Ohio, were seen by some as “uncool”, especially next to the British Invasion bands such as The Beatles, The Who, The Hollies and the Small Faces, they still managed to hold their own with their brand of power pop. But as Miket posted at boatagainstthecurrent.blogspot: “The boys started with some chords from The Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” before ripping into their high-energy hymn to teenage lust, “I Wanna Be With You”… This time, in the same performance venue that had launched The Beatles’ invasion of America in earnest in February 1964, Carmen and Co. were, in effect, giving the finger to the critical powers that be by invoking the memory of the British musicians that had transformed their lives.”

Singer-guitarist Eric Carmen went on to a successful solo career, especially with his hit, All By Myself, after the band broke up in 1975.

Today, Max Weinberg, of the E Street Band, has acknowledged Raspberries drummer Michael McBride’s influence on his playing on the Darkness album; and, according to the wiki, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Tom Petty, and Axl Rose of Guns n’ Roses have all also cited the Raspberries as an influence in their songwriting.

Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2005.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Public Hall, Cleveland, OH; 1973
Track 101. Go All The Way 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 102. Let’s Pretend 3:38 (6.1MB)
Track 103. Driving Around 3:04 (5.1MB)
Track 104. Should I Wait Want 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 105. Ecstasy 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 106. Hard To Get Over A Heartbreak 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 107. Last Dance 4:01 (6.8MB)
Track 108. On The Beach 4:21 (7.3MB)
Track 109. Don’t Want To Say Goodbye/I Saw The Light/I Reach For The Light/I Can Remember 17:00 (28.6MB)
Track 110. Roll Over Beethoven 6:12 (10.4MB)
Track 111. Money Down 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 112. Making It Easy 3:57 (6.7MB)
Track 113. I Wanna Be With You 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 114. I’m A Rocker 5:24 (9.1MB)
Track 115. Tonight 3:28 (5.8MB)
75 mins

Eric Carmen - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
Wally Bryson - lead vocals, lead guitar
Dave Smalley - bass
Jim Bonfanti - drums

Disc 2
The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH; July 15, 1974
Track 201. I’m A Rocker 6:41 (11.2MB)
Track 202. I Can Hardly Believe You’re Mine 3:48 (6.4MB)
Track 203. Ecstasy 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 204. Tonight 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 205. Play On 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 206. Money Down 4:19 (7.2MB)
Track 207. Rose Colored Glasses Masses 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 208. Party’s Over 4:59 (8.4MB)
Track 209. Go All The Way 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 210. Cry 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 211. All Right Now 12:26 (20.9MB)
53 mins

Disc 3
Nightside Studio Party - February 1973?
Track 301. Go All The Way 8:09 (13.7MB)
Track 302. Come Around And See Me 5:28 (9.2MB)
Track 303. Going Nowhere Tonight 6:15 (10.5MB)
Track 304. Roll Over Beethoven 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 305. Rasberry Jam 3:21 (5.6MB)
Track 306. Nobody Knows 7:13 (12.1MB)
Track 307. Rock And Roll Mama 3:05 (5.2MB)
Track 308. If You Change Your Mind It’s Over 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 309. I Wanna Be With You 3:24 (5.7MB)

Unreleased tracks
Track 310. Please Let Me Come Back Baby Please Let Me Come Back Home 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 311. Oh, Tonight Tonight 2:32 (4.3MB)
Track 312. Come Around And See Me 3:45 (6.3MB)

Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert
Track 313. Overnight Sensation 5:12 (8.7MB)
Track 314. Go All The Way 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 315. Let’s Pretend 7:51 (13.2MB)
Track 316. Jim Bonfanti Botanti Airforce Ad #1 0:33 (914k)
Track 317. Jim Bonfanti Botanti Airforce Ad #2 1:01 (1.7MB)
73 mins

Disc 4
Don Kirschner Rock Concert 1973
Track 401. Go All The Way 3:20 (5.6MB)
Track 402. Tonight 3:25 (5.7MB)
Track 403. Down Around 3:11 (5.3MB)
Track 404. I’m A Rocker 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 405. Last Dance 3:42 (6.2MB)
18 mins

Eric Carmen - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
Wally Bryson - lead vocals, lead guitar
Dave Smalley - bass
Jim Bonfanti - drums

Don Kirschner Rock Concert 1974
Track 406. Overnight Sensation 5:07 (8.6MB)
Track 407. Don Kirschner Intro-Go All The Way 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 408. Let’s Pretend 3:29 (5.8MB)
Track 409. Starting Over 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 410. All Through The Night 5:51 (9.8MB)
Track 411. Play On 2:55 (4.9MB)
26 mins

Note: There are a couple of sound problems on the 1974 portion of this, which are in the boot from the video tape source.

Eric Carmen - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
Wally Bryson - lead vocals, lead guitar
Scott McCarl - bass
Michael McBride - drums (ex-Cyrus Erie)

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  2. Wow…this site has been on FIRE as of late with all the great bootlegs! Thanks for the recent postings by Derringer, Sweet, Denver, Nice and Raspberries. In the process of grabbing all of these (I think I have much of the Raspberries already, but not in a consolidated collection like this). Thanks for sharing all of this great music!

    By MisterManiac on Aug 6, 2014

  3. harumph.
    who in the hell would call his band the raspberries.

    By a big man in the circus on Aug 7, 2014

  4. Some corrections on the download of Raspberries Nightside Studio Party:
    tracks 1 thru 9 are from the Nightside Studio Party 10, 11, and 12 are unreleased tracks originally included on a Capitol Records comp in 2002 but pulled from distribution. Tracks 13, 14, and 15 are from Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, not Nightside Studio Party. The correct title of track 11 is “Oh, Tonight”, not to be confused with their song “Tonight” from the “Side 3″ album. The correct title of
    track 8 is “If You Change Your Mind” originally from their second album “Fresh Raspberries”, not “It’s Over”. “Bonfanti” is
    mis-spelled on the two Air Force radio spots. Thanks for this great stuff Big O!

    By Ernie Clark on Aug 7, 2014

  5. Update: the correct title of track 8 is “Please Let Me Come Back”. The
    withdrawn comp it was taken from
    was released in 2000. The version
    of “Come Around And See Me” is the
    original demo.

    By Ernie Clark on Aug 7, 2014

  6. DAMMIT! I meant to say the correct title of track 10 is “Please Let Me Come Back”, not track 8.

    By Ernie Clark on Aug 7, 2014

  7. Big O,

    This is amazing! You are the best.

    A couple of small corrections:

    Track 104 is “Should I Wait”
    Track 207 is “Rose Colored Glasses”
    Track 303 is “Going Nowhere Tonight”

    Thank you very much!!!!

    By mackdaddyg on Aug 7, 2014

  8. Thanks Ernie and mackdaddyg.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 7, 2014

  9. nothing else feels the same as downloading 54 songs in 30 seconds. thank u for this.

    By darth on Aug 7, 2014

  10. really a great one thanks BigO!

    By Stlouielou on Aug 7, 2014

  11. This is an awful good download. I especially loved the three unreleased tracks. Thank you very much, J.

    By Johan Louis de Jong on Sep 10, 2016

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