CD Review – Raspberries “Pop Art LIVE”

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When you think of perfect pop rock music the first band that should come to mind are The Raspberries.

Formed in the early 70’s in Cleveland, Ohio the band produced four albums of incredible ear candy that still hold up today. Although they had been inactive for years the band did get back together for a reunion tour in 2005 and one of those shows has just been released by Omnivore Recordings.

Recorded LIVE at the House Of Blues in their hometown of Cleveland, OH “Pop Art LIVE” is a stunning example of the Raspberries underrated musicianship as all four original members shine throughout this landmark show. Eric Carmen’s voice is smooth as silk, Wally Bryson and David Smalley’s guitars are killer and Jim Bonfanti pounds his drums with wild abandon.

The band powers through an impressive setlist of 25 songs that include all the hits such as “I Wanna Be With You,” “Let’s Pretend,” “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)” and “Go All The Way” which was recently featured on the  Of The Galaxy Vol. 2″ soundtrack. Mixed in with all the hits are deep album cuts and some stellar cover tunes such as The Who’s “I Can’t Explain” and The Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride.”

The show is an absolute ten out of ten and the only disappointment from this fan is that “Pop Art LIVE” doesn’t also come with a DVD of the show. For now pop rock fans will be more than satisfied with this great LIVE document of that special night in 2005 when pop rock perfection reigned supreme.

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Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.
Pat FrancisCD Review – Raspberries “Pop Art LIVE”