B-Sides the Beatles

B-Sides the Beatles

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by The Smithereens
     
 

So just how did the Smithereens become a Beatles tribute band? It's no great surprise that they owe a debt of influence to the Fab Four, but instead of absorbing the lessons of their music, lately the Smithereens are content to simply play their songs, generally as close to the original arrangements as they can muster, and B-Sides…  See more details below

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So just how did the Smithereens become a Beatles tribute band? It's no great surprise that they owe a debt of influence to the Fab Four, but instead of absorbing the lessons of their music, lately the Smithereens are content to simply play their songs, generally as close to the original arrangements as they can muster, and B-Sides the Beatles is the second album in two years from the Smithereens that's devoted entirely to Beatles covers. Released in 2007, Meet the Smithereens! was a song-by-song re-creation of the Beatles' first American LP, while 2008's B-Sides the Beatles takes a slightly less derivative approach, featuring a dozen songs that appeared on the flip sides of Beatles hits in the United States. While these songs are a bit less familiar than the stuff on Meet the Smithereens!, most will be immediately recognizable to anyone who likes rock & roll, and as on Meet the Smithereens!, the band plays these songs with skill and enthusiasm but little imagination, following the originals with the crowd-pleasing determination of a true bar band. What most clearly sets these versions apart are the vocals, and while Pat DiNizio's moody style made for an interesting contrast on the Smithereens' first Beatles tribute, he sounds a bit rough here and has a hard time with "There's a Place" and "If I Fell," which demand a higher and clearer register than he has to offer. And though guitarist Jim Babjak's lead vocals on "Some Other Guy" and "Happy Just to Dance with You" aren't bad, he's clearly more comfortable with the six-string than he is before the vocal mike. There are a couple of nice touches -- Andy White, the session man who played drums on the original session for "P.S. I Love You" instead of the newly recruited Ringo, re-created his drum part here and sounds as good now as he did in 1963, and the cover artwork from the great Jack Davis is excellent. But like Meet the Smithereens!, B-Sides the Beatles will leave most listeners wondering why they aren't listening to an actual Beatles album instead, something the Smithereens may well be doing at this very moment. (Note to the budget-minded: the album runs a brief and historically accurate 28 minutes.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2008
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923450429
catalogNumber:
4504
Rank:
110417

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smithereens   Primary Artist
Dennis Diken   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Kurt Reil   Piano
Jim Babjak   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Pat DiNizio   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Andy Lee White   Drums

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Larry Williams   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Richard Barrett   Composer
Dennis Diken   Producer,Liner Notes
Kurt Reil   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jim Babjak   Producer
Pat DiNizio   Producer
Bruce Spizer   Liner Notes
Jack Davis   Artwork,Cover Painting
Andrew Kelley   Art Direction

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B-Sides the Beatles 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
babyrz2001 More than 1 year ago
Not as catchy as "Meet the Smithereens" but enjoyable none the less.