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Eric Carmen Releasing Career-Spanning "Essential" Compilation Next Month

Arista/Legacy RecordingsA new compilation gathering classic songs from throughout pop singer Eric Carmen's long career, including hits from his early-1970s band The Raspberries, will be released on March 25.  The Essential Eric Carmen features 30 tracks, and includes such memorable tunes as The Raspberries' "Go All the Way" and Carmen's top five solo smashes "All by Myself," "Hungry Eyes" and "Make Me Lose Control."

The album is available as a two-CD set and a digital download, and offers newly remastered versions of the recordings.  The collection also includes Eric's first new studio recording in almost 20 years, "Brand New Year," which he initially made available as a free download this past December.  Carmen recorded the tune with longtime Beach Boys and Brian Wilson guitarist Jeff Foskett and his group The Wondermints.  You can check out the tune now at Legacy Recordings' SoundCloud page, while pre-ordering the digital compilation at iTunes will immediately score you a free download of the song.

The Essential Eric Carmen is arranged chronologically and begins with "Get the Message," a song by Eric's pre-Raspberries group Cyrus Erie.  The retrospective also includes to previously unreleased live solo performances from 1976 -- "Starting Over" and "That's Rock n' Roll" -- as well as a rendition of "Ecstasy" recorded during a Raspberries reunion concert in 2005.

"It would be a mistake to think of this release as just another compilation," Carmen said recently about The Essential.  "I can tell you that you have never really heard most of these songs until you've heard them on this package.  It is the closest to what I envisioned for most of these 30 tracks that I have ever experienced."

Here's the full track list of The Essential Eric Carmen:

Disc One
"Get the Message"*
"Go All the Way"**
"I Wanna Be with You"**
"Let's Pretend"**
"Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)"**
"My Girl"
"All by Myself"
"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
"Last Night"
"Starting Over" (Live 1976)
"That's Rock n' Roll" (Live 1976)
"Run Away"
"Love Is All That Matters"

Disc Two
"Boats Against the Current"
"Marathon Man"
"She Did It"
"Nowhere to Hide"
"Change of Heart"
"Hey Deanie"
"Desperate Fools"
"It Hurts Too Much"
"Tonight You're Mine"
"The Way We Used to Be"
"Hungry Eyes"
"Make Me Lose Control"
"Ecstasy" (Live 2005)**
"Brand New Year"

* = Cyrus Erie
** = The Raspberries

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