Wednesday, January 9, 2019

RECORD REVIEW: The Smithereens - "B-Sides The Beatles" (2018 Reissue)

The Smithereens
B-Sides The Beatles
(2018 Reissue)
eOne Music

Brimming with artistic
passion, this recent
reissue is a real treat.

Since first forming back in 1980, the New Jersey-based alterno pop / rock combo, The Smithereens have become endeared to fans almost as much for recreating classics as for their own chart-busting hits, including "A Girl Like You" and "Too Much Passion."

A super-fun sequel to the group's first Beatles tribute album, Meet The Smithereens! (2007), B-Sides The Beatles was released originally in 2008 and focuses fully on the Fab Four's B-side treasures from '64 - '65. And thanks to the fine folks at eOne Music, this cozy feel-good has been reissued for the first time as a stand-alone LP on groovy-looking 180 gram yellow and orange marble vinyl — just in time for the recent 2018 Record Store Day "Black Friday" festivities.

The yellow and orange marble vinyl
reissue of B-Sides The Beatles further
enhances the record's fun factor.
What makes this package so compelling, beyond the colored vinyl format, insightful liner notes and eye-catching cover art from legendary cartoonist, Jack Davis, is it delivers more than merely "predictable" Beatles staples. While the 12-song set does offer several iconic tracks, such as "I'll Get You," "You Can't Do That," "P.S. I Love You," "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" and "If I Fell," B-Sides The Beatles also features arguably lesser known numbers, including "There's a Place," "Cry for a Shadow" and "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" — all performed with equal artistic passion and produced to authentic perfection.

The free full-length record download coupon enclosed inside the LP cover is an additional sweet treat  offering a "best of both worlds" scenario for those still stuck in the prehistoric digital age.

-Christopher Long
(January 2019)



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