THE SMITHEREENS Meet The Smithereens! (2007) + B-Sides The Beatles (2008)

Meet The Smithereens! (2007)
B-Sides The Beatles (2008)

Except for the Smithereens’ easily identifiable DNA (those effectively dour vocals, the minor key fixation), these two tribute discs are faithful examples of The Beatles’ influence on kids of the 60s. Meet The Smithereens! is a song-for-song tribute to Meet The Beatles! (the American debut), while B-Sides The Beatles is, as the name suggests, b-sides of various early Beatles singles. There’s nothing written past 1964, so it’s obvious where The Smithereens’ passions lie. No real surprises, but the instrumentation is dead-on and the ancient Lennon/Harrison co-write, “Cry For A Shadow,” is a note-perfect blast. Andy White, the session drummer who temporarily replaced Ringo during the recording of “P.S. I Love You” (during the “Love Me Do” session), returns 45 years later to play the same part here. So dig out your checklist…

I don’t like others covering The Beatles
[__]Yes [__]No

I don’t like The Smithereens
[__]Yes [__]No

I don’t like The Beatles
[__]Yes [__]No

Everyone else should find themselves duly entertained, at least for a spin. Below is an NPR interview with Pat DiNizio and drummer Dennis Diken
(with some music from Meet The Smithereens!), where they explain how this entire diversion got started. Meet (HERE) & B-Sides (HERE) are @ Amazon.

Meet The Smithereens!
I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Saw Her Standing There
This Boy
It Won’t Be Long
All I’ve Got To Do
All My Loving
Don’t Bother Me
Little Child
Till There Was You
Hold Me Tight
I Wanna Be Your Man
Not A Second Time

B-Sides The Beatles

Thank You Girl
There’s A Place
I’ll Get You
You Can’t Do That
Ask Me Why
Cry For A Shadow
P.S. I Love You
I’m Happy Just To Dance With You
If I Fell
Slow Down
I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party
Some Other Guy


  • Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 14:36 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Delta9
    April 9, 2014 - 15:44 | Permalink

    Great, guys. Tnx a lot!!

  • M_Sharp
    February 1, 2016 - 09:39 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, I missed this the first time around.

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