The Raspberries

Go All the Way

Composed by Eric Carmen / Wally Bryson

Song Review by

"Go All the Way" is without a doubt among the finest records ever made about one of the key subjects in rock & roll -- convincing your girlfriend to have sex with you. At the risk of putting too fine a point on the issue for some readers, let's call things what they are; while vocalist Eric Carmen (who also wrote the song) goes out of his way to sound caring and sensitive, and doubtless wants the experience to be as beautiful for his partner as for himself, it's quite obvious that this man is hell-bent on getting his significant other to share the miracle of physical love with him. And given the fiercely propulsive energy of Wally Bryson's guitar breaks and the take-no-prisoners firepower of the middle eight, I sure wouldn't want to be anywhere near Carmen if his sweetie suggests he take another cold shower. One of the great power pop singles of the 1970s, "Go All the Way" merges smooth harmony parts and an easygoing melody with hook-laden breaks and a guitar figure that Pete Townsend would have been happy to have dreamed up; it's pop that well and truly rocks, and the push-and-pull of the achingly sincere verses and the manic energy of the intro and ride out was the perfect musical representation of a horny teenager who figures this must be love -- and if it isn't, it'll do for the evening.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Raspberries 1972 Caroline Distribution 3:25
No Image 1974
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Sounds of the Seventies: 1972 1989
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:22
The Capitol Collectors Series 1991 Capitol 3:20
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Capitol/EMI Records 3:20
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Capitol/EMI Records 3:21
Rock of the 70's, Vol. 1 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:21
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 3:20
Baby Boomer Classics: Rockin' Seventies 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:17
Greatest Hits 1995 Capitol 3:21
Rock-N-Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time: Early 70's, Vol. 3-4 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 3:20
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '70s, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:22
Power Pop, Vol. 1 1996 RPM
Poptopia! 70's Power Pop Classics 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:22
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1972-1973 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution 3:20
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1970-1978 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:20
The President's Greatest Hits 1998
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:21
Hits of the 70's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:22
Big Hits of the 70's [EMI-Capitol] 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Number Ones: The 70's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:20
Sounds of the Seventies: Super 70's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 3:22
Back 2 Back Hits 1998 EMI Music Distribution 3:20
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 1 [Platinum #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:21
Radio Days: '70s Rock 1999
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:23
Mellow Rock Classics 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution
Guitar Rock [Time-Life Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:22
Guitar Rock: Power Rock 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:22
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '70s, Vol. 4-5 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 3:23
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1972 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:21
Supergroups of the 70s [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 3:21
Dream Merchant and Other Classic Seventies Hits 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:22
Absolutely the Best of the 70's: 20 Big Hits 2001
Various Artists
Varese 3:21
Suddenly '70s 2001
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:23
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 3:21
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1970-1974 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:21
No Image 2001
Various Artists
GSC 3:21
Then: The Soundtrack of Your Life 1972-73 2002
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 3:20
Jukebox Hits of the '70s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:23
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:23
Ultimate Power of Supergroups 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:21
The Very Best of the Raspberries: Overnight Sensation 2002 Cherry Red
Back to Back Hits 2003 CEMA Special Markets / EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:21
Lost & Found in the Seventies 2004
Various Artists
Liberty / Capitol 3:20
Great Men of Rock and Roll 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 3:22
Legends: Gimme Some Lovin' 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:22
Great Men of Rock & Roll: The 70s 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 3:23
Vintage Pop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:22
Greatest 2005 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 3:21
20 Greats from the Golden Decade of Power Pop 2005
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varèse Sarabande 3:21
Give Up Your Guns 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Ultimate 16: Vintage Pop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:22
Complete Seventies 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:22
Power Pop Anthems 2005
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:20
EMI: Classic Rock 2006
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:22
All 70s and 80s Mega Hits 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 3:22
Live on Sunset Strip 2007 Rykodisc 4:38
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:22
Top Hits of the 70s: Greatest Hits 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 3:21
The Very Best of Raspberries 2007 Toshiba EMI
101 Driving Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 3:20
100 Hits: Driving Rock [2011] 2011
Various Artists
Demon 3:22
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:28
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 2014
Various Artists
Universal
'70s Classic Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:19
Drew’s Famous Presents Rock Hits of the 60's & 70's
Various Artists
Drew's Entertainment 3:21
Party Soul
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:28
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:20
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