Play On... by Scott McCarl

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Scott McCarl: The new John Lennon?

Dec 19, 1999 (Updated Feb 23, 2005)
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Pros:This made most pop critics' Top 10 Albums Of 1997 lists.

Cons:NONE.

The Bottom Line: Scott McCarl is a blend John Lennon and Paul McCartney. His power pop abilities helped Raspberries get an Album Of The Year Award from Rolling Stone magazine in 1974.


Scott McCarl of Raspberries offers up a delightful 50-minute, 17-track album. Scott didn't write the Holy Book Of Pop, but he certainly adds some new chapters to the book with this effort.

"Wait A Minute Girl," written by Scott and Michael Favorito, is a stunner, with Beatles references throughout (how the heck can Scott sound like both John and Paul?). "I'll Be On My Way," written by Billy Sullivan and Brent Warren of The Action, is an instant classic, full of the kind of sounds that, dare I say it, makes The Beatles music enjoyable to this day.

Before Scott joined Raspberries in 1973, the band had recorded the Eric Carmen-Dave Smalley "Nobody Knows," and Scott covers the song here, giving the song the necessary Lennon-esque edge it was missing the first time around.

You'll be reminded of how great John Lennon was and amazed again at how Scott recreates The Beatles "Yes It Is," bringing renewed vigor to that 1965 classic. It will also bring tears to the eyes of Lennon fans.

It's no small chore in the late 1990s to be true to the highest standards of pop music, but Scott delivers a classic backed by members of The Action and The Rubinoos. For ordering information, write Titan! Records, P. O. Box 5443, Kansas City, Mo. 64131, or visit an online retailer that may still carry the CD.

Note (February 2005 update): Raspberries reunited in 2004-2005 in its original recording lineup of Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, Dave Smalley and Jim Bonfanti. The band played concerts in Cleveland and Chicago, with a tour in the Spring and Summer of 2005 being discussed. While not part of the tour, Scott has said that he is very happy the band is back together --- after all, he was a fan of that lineup before becoming a Raspberry himself.

On the web:

My review of the recently reissued "Starting Over" CD by Raspberries that features Scott McCarl (a 2005 release in Britain): http://www.epinions.com/content_152728538756

On tour to rave reviews as a sideman on Raspberries' 2004-2005 tour is guitarist Billy Sullivan whose "I'll Be On My Way" was recorded on Scott McCarl's CD (Billy was personally chosen by Eric Carmen for the tour). My review of Billy's solo album, "All-American Popster," appears at: http://www.epinions.com/content_170531917444


Recommend this product? Yes


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