Meet the Smithereens!

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
In a clever spin on the standard tribute album routine, power pop standard bearers the Smithereens have crafted a song-by-song replication of the first album by the band that inspired them -- and countless other combos -- to pick up their guitars and play. Jersey's favorite sons show plenty of attention to detail here, nailing the idiosyncratic guitar strum that introduces "This Boy" as well as the warmth-spreading harmonica that launches "Little Child." On the surface, those efforts wouldn't seem all that difficult, but the quartet go above and beyond the call, even echoing the moments in which their Fab Four predecessors departed from their normal format -- with ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
In a clever spin on the standard tribute album routine, power pop standard bearers the Smithereens have crafted a song-by-song replication of the first album by the band that inspired them -- and countless other combos -- to pick up their guitars and play. Jersey's favorite sons show plenty of attention to detail here, nailing the idiosyncratic guitar strum that introduces "This Boy" as well as the warmth-spreading harmonica that launches "Little Child." On the surface, those efforts wouldn't seem all that difficult, but the quartet go above and beyond the call, even echoing the moments in which their Fab Four predecessors departed from their normal format -- with drummer Dennis Diken taking lead vocals on "I Wanna Be Your Man," much as Ringo Starr did on Meet the Beatles, and guitarist Jim Babjak assuming George Harrison's duties on "Don't Bother Me." For all that care, however, it never seems like Pat DiNizio and company are auditioning for a touring troupe of Beatlemania -- just that they're hoping to spread their enthusiasm for songs that don't always get their due, despite their ubiquitous nature. And spread it they do, on this spot-on and infectious disc.
All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Normally the only thing worse than a tribute album is a tribute to an album. And no one—no one—can improve on a Beatles LP. But this veteran New Jersey trio amazingly pull off this cockamamie idea. The group are clearly worshipping disciples (as we all should be) of the Liverpool legends' blockbuster breakthrough, Meet the Beatles, Capitol's January 20, 1964, U.S. version of EMI U.K.'s With the Beatles (with two singles added and five of its six covers subtracted—all five of them later rushed out as part of Capitol's subsequent Beatlemania cash-in Second Album). But rather than insipidly recreate a wild rock 'n' roll masterpiece or irreverently recast it as something it isn't, they crash into a perfect middle ground: They reframe it as if it were recorded by The Raspberries, Big Star, Todd Rundgren, Flamin' Groovies, or myriad other meaty, American power-popsters who updated a thorough Beatles blueprint in the 1970s. George Harrison's "Don't Bother Me" and John Lennon's underappreciated classic "Not a Second Time" sound particularly fresh and poignant in this context. And much as he did when he sang The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" a while back, Pat Dinizio is too smart to oversell the vocals or get carried away by their iconic ubiquity. And his guitars twist the chords into a stinging sharpness. Totally enjoyable and genuinely worthwhile!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/16/2007
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923420422
  • Catalog Number: 4204
  • Sales rank: 135,587

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Smithereens Primary Artist
Dennis Diken Percussion, Drums, Vocals
John Hawken Piano, Guest Appearance
Kurt Reil Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Jim Babjak Guitar, Vocals
Pat DiNizio Guitar, Vocals
Dave Amels Organ, Guest Appearance
Severo Jornacion "The Thrilla" Bass
Kristin Reil Percussion, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Dennis Diken Producer, Author
Dennis Mitchell Author
Kurt Reil Producer, Engineer
Jim Babjak Producer
Pat DiNizio Producer
Dennis Drake Mastering
Bruce Spizer Author
Andy Babluk Author
Lenny Kay Author
Andrew Kelley Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Crank it UP!!!!

    If there is anybody in this world who can take these songs and make them sound 'new' again, it's The Smithereens!! What a GREAT album!!! Remember the excitement when you first heard these songs?? Perhaps some of you heard them back in '64 for the first time. Maybe you heard them later. Do you remember the feeling that you had, that jolt when these songs first entered your consciousness?? Rediscover that all over again on Meet The Smithereens! The Smithereens have done the impossible. They've taken songs that have been covered over and over, to the point of boredom, and they have put the THRILL back into them. Sure, you can put on Meet The Beatles. And why not? It has stood the test of time and always will. But this is Meet The Beatles for a new millennium. It's those songs with 43 years of love and electricity put back into them. Listen to Dennis Diken sing "I Wanna Be Your Man" and you FEEL and HEAR the power and sexuality of the song come through like never before. Listen to the band do "This Boy" and I defy you not to shed a tear. Pat Dinizio's vocal on the chorus brings out the heartbreak like never before. And Jim Babjak singing "Don't Bother Me" gives that song a whole new feel. All of this while retaining the faithful feel of the originals. I don't know how they did it....but they did. What balls!! What courage!! Take THESE songs and do them faithfully and yet put your own stamp on them. This album rocks!! I mean, just listen to "I Saw Her Standing There" and you can HEAR the band having fun!! For old time Beatlemaniacs and Smithereens fans like me, I say, 'Welcome Back' to these songs and to The Smithereens!! For some in the younger generation who might think that these songs are from another era and 'stale', this album brings it to your front door and kicks it open. I say, let it in and CRANK IT UP!!!!

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