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  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B0016GLX44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Smithereens singing 18 of their greatest hit tunes live at the legendary Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ, where the band played for years prior to their first record deal. The early Court shows were instrumental in helping the band develop their signature sound, original material, and live act. This album features and showcases song selections that span the entire 28-year, 15-album career of the group, including extended and absolutely wild live versions of Radio Hits like 'Blood and Roses', 'Only A Memory', 'A Girl Like You', as well as Deep Tracks, Fan Requests, Favorite Covers, and several brand-new, much-anticipated, never-before-released Smithereens Original Songs, recorded live in concert.

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Extended versions is a great live effort.
TK from Roch
I've been glued to my speakers and headphones listening to this new live CD.
C. Sivak
This is by far one of the greatest live albums I have heard in a long time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gene R. Obrien on May 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
What more could one ask for? A FULL live set by New Jersey legends The Smithereens!

Want to know why this band fills BB King's club in NYC to capacity every year? Give this a listen and believe.

This is what good live albums are all about...bringing the live experience home to those who weren't there...or creating a great souvenir for those who were. This album is why people brave all sorts of weather to come out to see them.

All of the Smithereens classic are here like "A Girl Like You", "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" and others. There are also two new songs that offer a tantalizing hint of things to come. After 30 years the band STILL knows how to bring it to an audience.

All I can say is, "It's about time!"
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TAS on May 27, 2008
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In March of 1980, the Smithereens played their first live gig in Hillside, NJ but it took them until now to release this long overdue and definitive full-length live CD. It was well worth the wait! Nearly thirty years later, the band still sounds just as tight and ferociously energetic as ever on this CD of 18 "road tested" Smithereens gems. As anyone who has ever attended a Smithereens concert can tell you, you haven't really heard the Smithereens if your only exposure to them has been from listening to their studio albums. They're a whole other entity live as they somehow manage to transcend and even exceed the studio versions of their songs when performing them in concert. ("Time and Time Again" and "Top of the Pops" are just two examples of the many expanded songs here that somehow manage to rock even harder in their riff-friendly refurbished live versions.)

The concert venue for this 2008 live recording is the aptly nostalgic "Court Tavern" in New Brunswick, NJ where the band developed their musical skills during their formative years. The various eras of the Smithereens' career are all nicely represented on this CD. There's something old (greatest hits), something new ("Since You Went Away" and "Any Other Way" adapted from lead singer/songwriter Pat DiNizio's recent solo album), something borrowed (a suitably Smithereen-ized cover version of Buddy Holly's "Well...Alright") and something "View" (a stellar "Room Without A View" from the "Smithereens 11" album with Dennis Diken's propulsive drumming and the band's hyperkinetic guitars driving the tune along to its dramatic conclusion).
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 27, 2008
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The Smithereens have been together a long time and have built up a repetoire of great songs. While many new listeners were introduced to them with their great "Meet the Smithereens" album of Beatle covers, this ain't no cover band, and this album shows them off at their best.

They are a musician's band, to which DJs and other bands listen, combining a pop sensibility with a hard rock sound.

Songwriter and lead singer Pat DiNizio has written some of the most catchy pop songs of the past 20 years, some which received lots of airplay (like "Blood and Roses", "Only a Memory", "House We Used to Live In" and "Behind the Wall of Sleep") and many others that should've. And as he passes 50, his voice is still deep and strong and in tune.

But the Smithereens, above all else, is a band, a cohesive unit, a melding of multiple contributions from its very talented members:
- Jim Babjak on guitar, providing unique rhythm lines and melodic, memorable leads give counterpoint to Pat's vocals,
- Severo "Thrilla" Jornacion, picking up the gauntlet hurled down by their original bass player, Mike Mesaros, providing an energetic and throbbing foundation to the guitars and vocals, and
- Dennis Diken, whose drumbeats echo the freestyle dance of Keith Moon and channel the solid backbeat of Ringo, and who possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music.

The recording quality of this album is fantastic, avoiding the muddle of sound that is common in even the best live albums. Each element is distinguishable, allowing the listener to savor the contributions of vocals, guitars and rhythm.

The performances are exceptional, showing off this band at its best, with its members in perfect coordination of when to meld, and when to step up. These guys have played together a long time and it shows. This ain't no museum piece, this is ROCK'N'ROLL to be listened to again and again.

Long Live the Smithereens.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Firestone on May 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Look, I'm hardly going to give you an objective opinion about The Smithereens. I've basically been listening to "Live In Concert" for almost twenty years now. I've seen this so many times, that I know the act...no, I could probably DO the act if I had the musical ability, and I've got the battle scars to prove it. And I've been waiting for most of those twenty years for a proper live album from The Smithereens. Sure, there were live EP's, radio shows and short budget label live comps...even a bootleg or two, but they never really captured what I'd been seeing for myself all those years.

I like live albums. I know some people don't. Apart from the hits medleys, crowd singlongs, and that guy yelling "WOOOOO!" during the quiet parts (and I'm convinced it's the same guy on every live album!), they can be hit and miss. I've been disappointed by a few of them myself. The exciting live sound you imagine in your head often gives way to a disinterested, rushed runthrough by a tired artist. I assure you, that's not what you're going to hear on "Live In Concert." In fact, I hear at least three or four tracks on "Live In Concert" that I consider to be better than the versions on The Smithereens' original studio albums. Don't believe me? Cue up the new album's versions of "Top Of The Pops" or "Yesterday Girl" for starters, and tell me there isn't more life in them than they've had in years. Listen to the structured improvisation added to the close to 12 minute (!) "House We Used To Live In". Immediately, you'll notice the debt it owes to "Live At Leeds," and amazingly, it compares quite well.

Here's the weird part: I was there. I stood in The Court Tavern for two of the four nights, watching this happen right in front of me. Some of those "WOOOOO's" are probably mine.
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This is the new album?
This is the new one. It's described as "double length" and has a lot of music, but admittedly only one new Smithereens song, Any Other Way, which appeared on Pat DiNizio's last album. I received my copy early and all I can say is: BUY THIS ALBUM!
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