Capitol Collectors Series: The Raspberries Depending on your age and outlook in the early '70s, the Raspberries were either the only power-pop band that mattered or kleptomaniacal Beatles/Beach Boy fans… Capitol Collectors Series: The Raspberries Depending on your age and outlook in the early '70s, the Raspberries were either the only power-pop band that mattered or kleptomaniacal Beatles/Beach Boy fans… The Raspberries Reissues Rock
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Capitol Collectors Series: The Raspberries (1991)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: The Raspberries; Genres: Reissues, Rock

Depending on your age and outlook in the early '70s, the Raspberries were either the only power-pop band that mattered or kleptomaniacal Beatles/Beach Boy fans rehashing the '60s. As summed up on this 20-track retrospective, the Cleveland quartet was a bit of both. The Raspberries Series sometimes succumbs to singer Eric Carmen's sappy Paul McCartney pretensions, and it contains some outrageous swipes from the Fab Four. But the Raspberries' own ingenuity makes the best AM-radio songs here — like ''I Wanna Be With You'' and ''Tonight'' — pleasingly memorable. By setting pubescent desire to unshakably catchy tunes and giving the music a strong electric-guitar thrust, the Raspberries prove they were much more than just dutiful music students. B

Originally posted May 24, 1991 Published in issue #67 May 24, 1991 Order article reprints
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