Christmas with the Smithereens

Christmas with the Smithereens

by The Smithereens
     
 

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 threeSee more details below

Overview

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:
10/09/2007
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923440529
catalogNumber:
4405

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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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