Chris Willman
August 03, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Live on Sunset Strip

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it an A

The Raspberries were the greatest power-pop band whose name didn’t start with a B. In ’05, the original quartet reunited for the tour captured here, after a near-record 30-year hiatus. Eric Carmen’s choirboy tenor has acquired a slight husk, but only a good look at the faces on Live on Sunset Strip‘s deluxe-edition bonus DVD belies the vintage of still-glorious teen-lust anthems like ”Go All the Way.” A cover of the Who’s ”I Can’t Explain” makes the point that these supposed bubblegummers mined that band’s thunderous riffs and drums as effectively as the Fab Four’s harmonic sense. DOWNLOAD THIS: Tonight

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