Christmas with the Smithereens

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After an eight-year lay-off from the recording studio, the Smithereens released two albums in 2007. However, it doesn't bode well for their creative process that the first of those albums was comprised entirely of Beatles covers, and the second was a Christmas disc. However, Christmas with the Smithereens at least features three original tunes which is three more than Meet the Smithereens!, and as rock & roll Christmas albums go, this is good fun and admirably eclectic. The Smithereens are pretty broad-minded when it comes to what constitutes a Yuletide melody, given the presence of "Christmas," a not especially seasonal tune from the Who's Tommy, and they dig up the ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After an eight-year lay-off from the recording studio, the Smithereens released two albums in 2007. However, it doesn't bode well for their creative process that the first of those albums was comprised entirely of Beatles covers, and the second was a Christmas disc. However, Christmas with the Smithereens at least features three original tunes which is three more than Meet the Smithereens!, and as rock & roll Christmas albums go, this is good fun and admirably eclectic. The Smithereens are pretty broad-minded when it comes to what constitutes a Yuletide melody, given the presence of "Christmas," a not especially seasonal tune from the Who's Tommy, and they dig up the Beatles rarity "Christmas Time Is Here Again," as well as cutting a version of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" that's a dead ringer for the Fab Four. Seasonal numbers from the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, and the Ramones also make the set list, and you get a snappy spoken word rendition of "The Night Before Christmas" as well as some rollicking proto-surf boogie on "Auld Lang Syne." The big surprise here is that Pat DiNizio shares the vocal mic with his bandmates for a change, and if guitarist Jim Babjak and drummer Dennis Diken aren't quite up to DiNizio's standard as a singer, they fit their selections better than DiNizio's often-gloomy tone. Fans waiting for a "real" Smithereens album will apparently have to wait a bit longer, but Christmas with the Smithereens is more thoughtful and intriguing than the average tossed-together holiday offering, and the best moments are a clear reminder of what makes this band worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923440529
  • Catalog Number: 4405

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Smithereens Primary Artist
Dennis Diken Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
David Marks Guitar, Guest Appearance
Kurt Reil Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jim Babjak Guitar, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Pat DiNizio Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Amels Organ, Piano, Chimes, Electric Piano, Wurlitzer, Marxophone, Guest Appearance
Chris Bolger Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Bass Guitar, Guitar (Baritone), Guest Appearance
Severo Jornacion "The Thrilla" Bass Guitar
Servero "The Thrilla" Jornacion Electric Bass
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Dennis Diken Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Joe Lambert Mastering
Johnny Marks Composer
Kurt Reil Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Jim Babjak Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Pat DiNizio Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bill Crowley Executive Producer
John Cummings Composer
Claude de Metruis Composer
Frankie Galasso Cover Illustration, Caricatures
Richard Starkey Composer
Andrew Kelley Art Direction
Jeffrey Hyman Composer
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