Sunday, January 28, 2007

Meeting An Album Again

This blog has a good quality stream of four or five tracks from the album. (You can listen to the entire album on Napster.)

The Smithereens are not the first (and certainly won't be the last) band to cover an entire Beatles album, but their choice of material is interesting. "With The Beatles" (or "Meet The Beatles") may be considered a "light" album by some rock fans but the the vocals and the energy on the album is pretty darn heavy. (Is there a more thrilling count-in to any song in pop music than the one on "I Saw Her Standing There"?)

WaPo reviewed the album (as did the Times, but it's now a Times Select article. Link goes to Smithereens' frontman Pat DiNizio's website and it has the full text of the Times' article.)

While listening to these covers, I just realized I don't want more cowbell. I want more handclaps.

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