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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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 31481

  • Credits
    ProducerCheryl 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

  • Critic 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 soaked in a mix of sweat and melodic inspiration."
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