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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American Beat
  • ASIN: B000P46PBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only a Memory
2. House We Used to Live In
3. Something New
4. The World We Know
5. Especially for You
6. Drown in My Own Tears
7. Deep Black
8. Elaine
9. Spellbound
10. If the Sun Doesn't Shine
11. Green Thoughts

Editorial Reviews

This 1988 LP saw this New Jersey power-pop band hitting full stride, firing on all cylinders and scoring a #1 album-rock hit with "Only a Memory." You'll also hear radio faves "House We Used to Live In" and "Drown in My Own Tears" plus "Something New;" "Deep Black," and more!

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If this music came out in 1968, this band would have been a headline act.
James R. McDonald
Crackling, buzzing guitars and a rock solid back beat complement the mellow croon of Pat DiNizio perfectly.
Hans
Just go buy it already, and grab their first LP while you're at it as well.
Johnny Goodnow

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kirsten on April 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I found this cd through some random thrift shop pillaging and have been praising the heavens ever since. Green Thoughts is one of those albums that are so amazingly catchy and beautiful to the ears you have to listen to it on repeat ten-thousand times over.
The tracks on Green Thoughts focus around heartache but despite their emo-esque titles (i.e. Drown In My Own Tears, Deep Black, If The Sun Dosen't Shine) its amazingly accessible 1987 vibe puts across more than just the loneliness of a relationship gone sour. Green Thoughts is The Car's with soul and and Elvis Costello with power chords.
If you happen to be looking for an album with some beautiful melody and heartfelt lyrics, Green Thoughts is where it's at. It really is incredible.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Crotty on July 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Smithereens were one of the top forgotten band of the 1980s & Green Thoughts was a top notch album.
Spearheaded by the top 40 hit Only A Memory there were no weak tracks on this collection. AOR favorites House We Used To Live In, World We Know & Drown In My Own Tears made this a must have for fans of the band. Toss in concert favorites Something New, Deep Black & the title song & you have one of the most underrated albums of that entire decade!
Recommended for fans & for those who want to explore a really great album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ScottE on October 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Smithereens a Carteret, New Jersey based band, had just come off a successful album "Especially For You", which produced their classic radio hit "Blood And Roses". 1988 brought us "Green Thoughts" #60, which I think is their best long player. Led by lead singer and guitarist Pat DiNizio (who has put out several good solo discs as well), lead guitarist Jim Babjak, bassist Mike Mesaros and drummer Dennis Diken. "Green Thoughts", is a pop-rock masterpiece to these ears. You have such songs as, "Only A Memory"- #1 mainstream rock, #92 hot 100, love that guitar by Jim Babjak, backing vocals by Marti Jones who's 1988 album "Used Guitars" is a pretty good album.

"House We Used To Live In"- #14 mainstream rock, another fine power-pop rocker.

"Something New"- Kind of country-pop, kind of resembles the early Kinks in many ways.

"The World We Know"- A great rocker with vocals by the late Del Shannon.

"Especially For You"- A 60's sounding AM type song, great sax by Los Lobos Steve Berlin.

"Drown In My Own Tears"- #34 mainstream rock, another great power popper.

"Deep Black"- Steady beat track, with Pat's deeper voice here.

"Elaine"- Punchy little pop number, good guitar by Jim.

"Spellbound"- Alfred hitchcock, A hypnotic tune.

"If The Sun Doesn't Shine"- A simple pop song.

"Green Thoughts"- finishes with this jangly popper.

Produced by Don Dixon, who was a hot producer during the 80's.

The Smithereens got derailed after their album "Date With The Smithereens", (it was during the grunge era.) and just never recovered. They did release "Meet The Smithereens" in 2007 and had a little success with that, doing the whole "Meet The Beatles", album. Their 2011 album "2011", is off the wall great!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The songs on here are a lttle lighter than on their first release and they try to branch out musically a little more with songs like "Especially For You" and "Spellbound", neither of which is in their tried-and-true Beatles-Who-Kinks vein. Like all their CD's, this is consistent all the way through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mcguinn on July 14, 2009
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the smithereens were and are a great band. they started in the early 1980,s their first official full length album was called- especially for you, and was released in 1986.green thoughts which is their second was released in 1988.some people think the first album is the best,however i think they made alot of good records and green thoughts is one of the better ones.the smithereens have never been afraid to show their influences such as the beatles,the who,the kinks and others. in my opinion the great cuts on this one are;only a memory,house we used to live in,the world we know,especially for you,drown in my own tears,spellbound and green thoughts!if you like the smithereens get this cd!!i hope they remaster all the smithereens 80,s and 90,s records!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Reynolds on November 25, 2009
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Green Thoughts is one of those albums that just kicks you in the pants every time you hear it - I wore out the cassette in my old Camaro in the late 80's, and I'm going to do the same with the CD in my Altima now in the late aughts. The gutteral guitar hooks, the thumping bass, the half-growl vocals, the pounding drums: they're all here in a nearly perfect example of straight-up rock-n-roll! Top selections: Drown in my Own Tears, World We Know, and every other track as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on July 7, 2012
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The Smithereens' second album release, Green Thoughts, is another great album and ranks just a shade below their debut Especially for You as their best. Pat DiNizio constructs another batch of songs with memorable melodies and personal lyrics. Green Thoughts doesn't rock as hard as Especially for You or their next album, 11, but the craftsmanship is still there. "Only A Memory" would be a huge hit on college radio and even crossover to the lower reaches of the pop charts while the energetic "House We Used to Live In" and the melancholy "Drown in My Own Tears" are two gems that would get some airplay as well. Like their first album did with "A Lonely Place", Green Thoughts has a stylistic detour, this time in the jazzy and beautiful love song "Especially for You". The atmospheric "Deep Black" and the sunny "Elaine" are reminiscent of the Byrds with their jangly guitars while the melodies of "If The Sun Doesn't Shine" and "Something New" also bring back a `60s feel without sounding like a blatant ripoff. Other strong tracks include the mid-tempo rocker "The World We Know" and the title song. All told, Green Thoughts is another excellent album from the very underrated rock n' roll band that this is the Smithereens.
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