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Blown to Smithereens: The Best of the Smithereens
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
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 31481
Cheryl Pawelski; Cheryl Pawelski (Compilation)
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
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."
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