Recorded 26th November 2004.
Legendary pop power quartet The Raspberries, often just known as Raspberries formed in 1970, a four-piece with the classic Beatles line-up of two guitars, bass and drums. Their music rejected contemporary rock’s flight into portentousness: they were interested in neither endless blues extemporisation nor in the navel-gazing of post-hippy singer-songwriters. They loved the Who and the Beatles. Fronted by singer Eric Carmen this Cleveland quartet ditched the beard-stroking of prog to channel the wham and bam of pop’s golden age into something catchy and current.
So the release of 'Pop Art Live’ is a treat for all fans old and new. A 2-CD live set chronicling the band's Nov. 26, 2004, reunion concert at Cleveland's House of Blues.The four founding members of The Raspberries - lead singer Eric Carmen, guitarist Wally Bryson, bass player Dave Smalley and drummer Jim Bonfanti - hadn't performed together in more than 30 years when they took the HOB stage that Thanksgiving Friday. The sold-out show was a triumph, attracting fans from around the world and leading to a string of other reunion shows, including a New Year's Eve concert back at the House of Blues that same year and other gigs around the country in 2005.
The band released a CD/DVD set, "Live on Sunset Strip," in 2007, from a reunion show recorded in 2005 in Los Angeles. But the original 2004 reunion at Cleveland's House of Blues hasn't been available on an official recording until now.
'Pop Art Live' features 28 live tracks, spanning all four albums, including the hits "Go All The Way," "I Wanna Be With You," "Let's Pretend," and "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)." It was remixed by longtime Raspberries associate Tommy Allen, and also includes covers of songs by The Beatles ("Ticket to Ride") and The Who ("Can't Explain").