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Blown to Smithereens

The Best of the Smithereens

Artist: The Smithereens

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Label: Capitol
Album: Blown to Smithereens: The Best of the Smithereens
# Song Title   Time
1)    Beauty and Sadness
2)    Strangers When We Meet
3)    Blood and Roses
4)    In a Lonely Place
5)    Behind the Wall of Sleep
6)    Only a Memory
7)    House We Used to Live In
8)    Drown in My Own Tears
9)    Girl Like You, A
10)    Blue Period
11)    Blues Before and Afterr
12)    Yesterday Girl
13)    Top of the Pops
14)    Too Much Passion
15)    Miles from Nowhere
16)    Time Won't Let Me
 



Performer Notes
  • The Smithereens: Pat DiNizio, Jim Babjak, Mike Mesaros, Dennis Diken.
  • Additional personnel: Suzanne Vega, Belinda Carlisle (vocals); Marshall Crenshaw (organ).
  • Recorded between October 1982 and August 1994. Includes liner notes by Brett Milano.
  • Liner Note Author: Brett Milano.
  • Recording information: American Recording (10/1982-06/1994); Capitol Studio, Hollywood, CA (10/1982-06/1994); Grey Room, Los A (10/1982-06/1994); Record Plant Studios, New York, NY (10/1982-06/1994); Rumbo Recorders (10/1982-06/1994).
  • Photographers: Chris Carroll ; Michael Halsband; Don Miller.
  • With their British Invasion style of rock, New Jersey's the Smithereens weren't exactly in step with the musical landscape of the mid- to late '80s. It didn't stop the quartet from being critical darlings and perennial candidates to break through to a wider audience. Blown to Smithereens gathers together ample evidence that the attention was more than merited. There's nary a weak moment on this collection, which includes all of the band's best-known songs and radio hits. Sequenced chronologically, Blown to Smithereens leads off with the Beatlesque Beauty & Sadness" and proceeds with gems like the moody "Blood & Roses," "In a Lonely Place" (with its Bacharach vibe), the driving "House We Used to Live In," the sweet, melodic "Blue Period," and closes with a cover of "Time Won't Let Me." Pat DiNizio's often bittersweet, romantic lyrics compliment the polished, yet gritty, power pop resulting in timeless songs like "Behind the Wall of Sleep," "Only a Memory," and "A Girl Like You." For the uninitiated, Blown to Smithereens is a perfect introduction. For fans, it isn't necessarily essential, but rather a wonderful opportunity to revisit one of the more underappreciated bands of the past two decades. ~ Tom Demalon

Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (10/13/95, p.79) - "...Pat DiNizio may have sported a goatee in 1983, but unlike today's bewhiskered alternative hipsters, he knows the value of a good hook and bright production." - Rating: B+

Q (7/95, p.135) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...nearly all of these 16 tracks....is soaked in a mix of sweat and melodic inspiration."

Producer:Cheryl Pawelski; Cheryl Pawelski (Compilation)
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:4 April, 1995
Guest Artist: Suzanne Vega; Marshall Crenshaw; Belinda Carlisle

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