12 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

New Jersey’s Smithereens already covered the entire Beatles U.S. Capitol Records debut album Meet the Beatles from start to finish and while warming up for an album of their own music decided to feast on a number of lesser-known early Beatle tracks that were featured as B-sides on their various singles. Throw in an early live chestnut in “Some Other Guy,” the early John Lennon-George Harrison penned instrumental “Cry for A Shadow,” and the participation of Andy White, the drummer who replaced Ringo Starr for the recording of “P.S. I Love You," who moves Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken over to maracas as well, and you’ve got a project just ripe for Beatle obsessives everywhere. They don’t always capture the raw energy of the originals (the Beatles, after all, were the Beatles), but they prove just how strong even “second rung” Beatle tunes can be. “Ask Me Why” remains poignant. “Thank You Girl,” “You Can’t Do That,” and “I’ll Get You” rock with firm conviction. “If I Fell” never loses its harmonic appeal.  Surely, Beatle fans who thought they exhausted their listening will have something new to contemplate here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

New Jersey’s Smithereens already covered the entire Beatles U.S. Capitol Records debut album Meet the Beatles from start to finish and while warming up for an album of their own music decided to feast on a number of lesser-known early Beatle tracks that were featured as B-sides on their various singles. Throw in an early live chestnut in “Some Other Guy,” the early John Lennon-George Harrison penned instrumental “Cry for A Shadow,” and the participation of Andy White, the drummer who replaced Ringo Starr for the recording of “P.S. I Love You," who moves Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken over to maracas as well, and you’ve got a project just ripe for Beatle obsessives everywhere. They don’t always capture the raw energy of the originals (the Beatles, after all, were the Beatles), but they prove just how strong even “second rung” Beatle tunes can be. “Ask Me Why” remains poignant. “Thank You Girl,” “You Can’t Do That,” and “I’ll Get You” rock with firm conviction. “If I Fell” never loses its harmonic appeal.  Surely, Beatle fans who thought they exhausted their listening will have something new to contemplate here.

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