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  • Audio CD (23 July 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Independent Nat'l Di
  • ASIN: B000008KUK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 18 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
1986 saw this classic release from Pat DiNizio & co, an album that ranks up there with other releases of that year- REM's Life's Rich Paegent & Husker Du's Candy Apple Grey. The Smithereens were largely ignored in the UK, though Behind the Wall of Sleep was close to a hit single (and a slight influence on REM's The One I Love from 1987).
This edition is the original twelve track album with two bonus cuts- Mr Eliminator being the best of the two. Suzanne Vega pops up on In a Lonely Place to offer backing vocals (the lyrics come from Nicholas Ray's film noir classic of the same name); a further film reference is found with Blood & Roses- which turned up in the classic Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion (well, I think it's a classic...). Other favourite tracks include the power pop angst of Hand of Glory, the pre-Barenaked Ladies/Lemonheads/Bowling for Soup/Fastball sound of Listen to Me Girl & the Beat-inspired downer Cigarette. As Led Zeppelin, The Doors & Julian Cope did, the title track turns up on the next album (88's career best Green Thoughts)- regardless one of the finest guitar albums of the 80's and one that deserves to be rediscovered by those in the thrall of bands like Gigolo Aunts, New Pornographers & The Shazam.
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By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
America has produced hundreds of boring bands. The Smithereens were almost one of them. However, they redeemed themselves by releasing Especially for You.
Basiucally its packed with classics. Cigarette's melancholy, behind the wall of sleep's upbeat longing "well she had a bass guitar and she was playing in a band and she looked just like Bill Wyman now I am her biggest fan" In a lonely place's bossa nova sadness. The list goes on.
Pat Dinizio is one of those writers whose songcraft cannot be faulted. His work was nothing new but beautifully put together. Classier than REM, not as classy as American Music Club but timeless.
I remember back in the day when I accidentally heard Blood and Roses on Johnnie Walker's Radio One Saturday afternoon show. Went to town on Monday and bought the album, played it loud. After not owning a copy since about 1992 I can still sing the songs in my head. That's how good they are.
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brilliant band great price
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Perfect!!!!!!
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