Eric Carmen (1975 album)

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Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen (1975 Eric Carmen album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Eric Carmen
Released November 1975
Recorded August - September 1975 at O.D.O. Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Rock
Length 48:19
Label Rhino/Arista
Producer Jimmy Ienner
Eric Carmen chronology
Eric Carmen
(1975)
Boats Against the Current
(1977)Boats Against the Current1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
The Village Voice C+[2]

Eric Carmen is the debut album by American rock and roll musician and singer-songwriter Eric Carmen. It is also his first of two self-titled albums, the other released in 1984. It peaked at #21 on the Billboard album chart on its release in 1975 (see 1975) and generated the #2 pop single "All by Myself" in the same year. The song reached #1 on the Cashbox and Record World charts. The album also included two follow-up Top 40 hits, "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" (#11), and "Sunrise" (#34), both of which charted in 1976.

All tracks were written by Eric Carmen except the Drifters' song "On Broadway", which was written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This LP also contained Carmen's original version of "That's Rock and Roll", which became a #3 hit for Shaun Cassidy in 1977.

The album was Carmen's first solo production after leaving the Raspberries, a Power Pop group which scored several Top 40 hits in the early 1970s.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Eric Carmen with the exception of "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again", whose melody he borrowed from Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Symphony No. 2", "All By Myself", borrowed from Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2", and "On Broadway", which was written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber. The uptempo Track #6, "My Girl"—not to be confused with the well-known Temptations hit from 1965--also exploits a Rachmaninoff "Piano Concerto No. 2" theme.

  1. "Sunrise" – 5:21
  2. "That's Rock and Roll" – 3:10
  3. "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" – 3:45
  4. "All by Myself" – 7:13
  5. "Last Night" – 2:57
  6. "My Girl" – 3:02
  7. "Great Expectations" – 3:03
  8. "Everything" – 2:01
  9. "No Hard Feelings" – 5:40
  10. "On Broadway" – 3:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Eric Carmen - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Dan Hrdlicka - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Knill - bass, backing vocals
  • Richard Reising - synthesizer, organ, backing vocals
  • Dwight Krueger, Michael McBride - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Hugh McCracken - slide guitar solo on "All By Myself"[3]
Technical
  • Jack Sherdel - engineer
  • Robert L. Heimall - art direction, design
  • Norman Seeff - photography

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year US Billboard US Cash Box US Record World US AC CAN CAN AC UK Title
1975 2 1 1 6 3 1 12 "All By Myself"
1976 11 9 9 1 1 1 -- "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
1976 34 38 28 33 36 29 -- "Sunrise"

Year-end charts[edit]

U.S. year-end chart (1976) Position
All By Myself [4] 40
Never Gonna Fall in Love Again 107
Sunrise 146
Canadian year-end chart (1976) Position
All By Myself 48
Never Gonna Fall in Love Again 26

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