God Save the Smithereens [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After two decades, the Smithereens were no longer in step with the times and they no longer cared -- they do what they do because they love it, not because it's fashionable. They were at that point with 1994's A Date With the Smithereens, but that record was hurt by a weird undercurrent of bitterness and Pat DiNizio's songwriting slump. Wisely, the group decided to take a break after that album. The extended five-year hiatus recharged the group, if God Save the Smithereens is any indication. Not that the record is a masterpiece, but it is a good journeyman record that plays up their strengths quite nicely. There's a little bit of everything that the Smithereens ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After two decades, the Smithereens were no longer in step with the times and they no longer cared -- they do what they do because they love it, not because it's fashionable. They were at that point with 1994's A Date With the Smithereens, but that record was hurt by a weird undercurrent of bitterness and Pat DiNizio's songwriting slump. Wisely, the group decided to take a break after that album. The extended five-year hiatus recharged the group, if God Save the Smithereens is any indication. Not that the record is a masterpiece, but it is a good journeyman record that plays up their strengths quite nicely. There's a little bit of everything that the Smithereens do on the record -- jangly pop "She's Got a Way", doomy rock "The Last Good Time", melancholy ballads, crunching riffs, and even a reworking of "Gloomy Sunday," reminiscent of DiNizio's moody solo effort. The Kinks allusion in the title is appropriate, since the Smithereens are also pop traditionalists whose consistency is only appreciated by a selective, discerning audience. Unlike Ray Davies, no one in the band really seems to care about the hits drying up -- there's joy within their songcraft and their performances, since they like the act of making music itself. Admittedly, God Save may not be as immediate or memorable as their best albums from the late '80s, but there are no weak moments on the record. Every song is well-crafted and delivered with conviction -- the very things that made the Smithereens a beloved cult band. God Save the Smithereens may not play to the wide audience that loved "A Girl Like You," but that cult will certainly be pleased by this strong comeback. [The deluxe edition of the album added bonus demos of the God Save material. It was also bundled with Pat DiNizio's 1997 solo album, Songs and Sounds, which itself featured bonus track demos and live material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923968726
  • Catalog Number: 9687
  • Sales rank: 168,932

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She's Got a Way (3:25)
  2. 2 House at the End of the World (3:35)
  3. 3 Everything Changes (2:15)
  4. 4 Flowers in the Blood (3:37)
  5. 5 The Long Loneliness (1:39)
  6. 6 Someday (3:31)
  7. 7 The Age of Innocence (4:09)
  8. 8 Gloomy Sunday (3:41)
  9. 9 I Believe (3:12)
  10. 10 All Revved Up (2:08)
  11. 11 Even If I Never Get Back Home (2:44)
  12. 12 Try (4:12)
  13. 13 The Last Good Time (3:29)
  14. 14 A World Apart (2:59)
  15. 15 This Is the Way the World Ends (3:44)
  16. 16 King of the World (4:01)
  17. 17 Sundown (3:31)
  18. 18 All Revved Up (2:46)
  19. 19 On the Beach (1:38)
  20. 20 House at the End of the World (4:02)
  21. 21 I Want to Tell You (3:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Where Am I Going (Jennie's Song) - Pat DiNizio (1:46)
  2. 2 Nobody But Me - Pat DiNizio (2:41)
  3. 3 124 MPH - Pat DiNizio (4:10)
  4. 4 Running, Jumping, Standing Still - Pat DiNizio (4:04)
  5. 5 Everyday World - Pat DiNizio (2:48)
  6. 6 No Love Lost - Pat DiNizio (5:07)
  7. 7 A World Apart - Pat DiNizio (3:35)
  8. 8 Today It's You - Pat DiNizio (2:01)
  9. 9 Liza - Pat DiNizio (3:16)
  10. 10 Somewhere Down the Line - Pat DiNizio (2:51)
  11. 11 You Should Know - Pat DiNizio (3:41)
  12. 12 I'd Rather Have the Blues - Pat DiNizio (7:55)
  13. 13 A Girl Like You - Pat DiNizio (5:43)
  14. 14 Yesterday Girl - Pat DiNizio (3:46)
  15. 15 Behind a Wall of Sleep - Pat DiNizio (3:42)
  16. 16 She's Got a Way - Pat DiNizio (3:36)
  17. 17 Blood and Roses - Pat DiNizio (4:13)
  18. 18 Someday Boy - Pat DiNizio (3:18)
  19. 19 Afternoon Tea - Pat DiNizio (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Smithereens Primary Artist
Don Dixon Piano, Recorder, Soloist
Marti Jones Vocals
Sonny Fortune Flute, Saxophone
Lew Soloff Trumpet, Guest Appearance
J.J. Burnel Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Carrie Akre Vocals, Guest Appearance
Dennis Diken Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Christopher Washburne Trombone, Guest Appearance
Jim Babjak Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Pat DiNizio Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Mike Mesaros Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jon Thorton Trumpet, French Horn
Kevin "Chopper" Weremeychik Guitar
Cuck Farmer Trombone
Valerie Vardel Track Performer
Thunder Smith Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Tony Smith Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Don Dixon Producer, Liner Notes
The Smithereens Composer
Danny Tate Composer
Frank deVol Composer
John Agnello Engineer
Carrie Akre Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Don Fleming Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Bernard Herrmann Composer
John Siket Engineer
Pat DiNizio Composer, Liner Notes
Bill Emmons Engineer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Burt Stein Management
Richard Dombrowski Reissue Design
Drew Lavyne Remastering
Bill Crowley Reissue Producer
Billy Siegle Producer, Engineer
Leah Sherman Art Direction
Rezsö Seress Composer
Leroy Aiello Guitar Techician
Mark Anthony Williams Engineer
Fran Azzarto Drum Technician
Bob Frank Executive Producer
Don Flemming Producer
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