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Friday, July 17, 2009

The smithereens - Meet The Smithereens

The smithereens - Meet The Smithereens

@ 320 kbps - Covers are included

1. I Want To Hold Your Hand 2. I Saw Her Standing There 3. This Boy 4. It Won't Be Long 5. All I've Got To Do 6. All My Loving 7. Don't Bother Me 8. Little Child 9. Till There Was You 10. Hold Me Tight 11. I Wanna Be Your Man 12. Not A Second Time

Sometimes recording even a single Beatles cover can be a perilous undertaking. So for the Smithereens to have the impudence to rerecord Meet the Beatles in its entirety (even though some purists don't recognize it as canonical) is like taking the studio to edge of the cliff. But wait! While reaching the Fab Four stratosphere is impossible, this New Jersey pop combo, whose last record was released in 1999, comes about as close as any band could in celebrating the 43rd anniversary of this groundbreaking record. Sure, the lead-vocal fury that Lennon and McCartney created in 1964 can't be restored, and the three-part harmonies are less than hair-raising. But from the opening three chords of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," the Smithereens are respectful to the album's legacy, and let virtually no element slip past them. There's that "1-2-3-4!" countdown to "I Saw Her Standing There," the same virile harmonica in "Little Child," and a doo-wop tang to the ever-underappreciated "This Boy."Scott Holter


Dave C said...

I own this one. It's not great like Green Thoughts and 11, but it's kind of fun. Me, I love these guys period and will listen to anything they release.

Tommy D said...

Ratb0y69, I would be failing miserably if I don't say thank you for sharing this gem.
I love The Smithereens, an the Fab Four, so ...
Thanks for sharing!!