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  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Oh, it's good, but that's kind of the problem.
Donald Bruce Pike, Jr.
They are very cleanly recorded, and the energy coming through the speakers is great.
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This is The Smithereens playing music that inspired them to be who they are.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By TAS on May 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
In the 40 years since The Who's "Tommy" album was first released, it has been turned into an overblown London Symphony Orchestra production with "guest stars", a motion picture, a Broadway musical and even a ballet. Now The Smithereens have taken what had once become bloated and have stripped it back down to its essence with their no frills "tear it up" version of "Tommy". The Who's producer Kit Lambert originally wanted to make this "rock opera" truly operatic by bringing in an orchestra for the album's recording. However, the Who resisted that idea because they wanted to recreate the album live in concert as a four piece unit. The Smithereens have remained true to that vision and, in fact, their stated intention was to tailor their studio rendition of "Tommy" more like the Who's raucous "Live at Leeds" performance rather than the album version. Judging from their popular energized versions of The Who's "The Seeker" and "Behind Blue Eyes" that they have frequently performed live in concert, The Smithereens have ably demonstrated that they have the talent (and, perhaps more importantly, the no holds barred rock attitude) to render the fury of the Who's music through their own power pop prism. (And all of this musical prowess and reinvigoration in the studio bodes well for a forthcoming Smithereens album of original new songs scheduled for later this year.)

Just listen to this album's appropriately titled "Sparks" instrumental with lead guitarist Jim Babjak's combustible power chords and Dennis Diken's rumbling drums and lightning fast drum fills. They take us on a guided tour through the Who's musical landscape with a quick detour through The Smithereens' rocky terrain.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tremsen on May 7, 2009
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Be it the recent live recording of their own material or the fantastic tribute records, The Smithereens keep on waxing amazing recordings. With "Tommy," they've again captured magnificent performances amid their own trademark sound, skill, and integrity. The song selections, project length, and shared vocals are perfect. As with the Beatle tributes, this undertaking further accentuates how very gifted, versatile, and talented the band members are. Great job guys. Awesome! This band deserves to be in the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Donald Bruce Pike, Jr. on May 6, 2009
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The Who's original "Tommy" has always been, for me, a far too laid back and tame affair for a band that featured a crazy drummer who drove his Rolls Royce into swimming pools and a guitarist who smashed his instruments on stage. Oh, it's good, but that's kind of the problem. It's never been, in my opinion been, anything better than just good. ("Who's Next" is a far better record, and as a concept allbum, "Quadrophenia" is a much stronger outing than "Tommy.")

Enter - 40 years hence - the Smithereens. Most folks by now are well aware of the Who's profound influence on The Smithereens. In fact, the New Jersey band probably owes its very existence to the Who's work. It's thus fitting and appropriate that the Smithereens are the band that finally delivers definitive, updated and commanding new recordings of that work.

In doing so, the Smithereens (wisely) did not attempt to cover the entire "Tommy" album (as they did with the Beatles on "Meet The Smithereens.") Instead they take 13 of the 24 tracks from "Tommy" and give them an intense makeover, delivering these songs with a fire and bravado reminiscent the live Who... and with stunning effect.

The recording itself is clean and beautifully powerful. Jim Babjak's guitars are up front and Townshend-worthy. Remarkably, drummer Dennis Diken, normally a straight ahead "in-the-pocket" percussion man, evokes Keith Moon's manic attack throughout, particularly on the extended instrumental passages. The Smithereens vocals, here more akin to Townshend's than Daltrey's, are still rock solid, with Pat DiNizio, Babjak, and Diken laying in some real smooth harmonies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sam on May 5, 2009
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I never really got into The Who growing up. I didn't own any of their albums, though I did listen whenever their music was played on the old staple classic rock station in New York - WNEW 102.7 FM. As I move into my mid-forties I have gained more of an appreciation for their role in Rock 'n Roll history. Keith Moon was an incredible drummer. Watch some video of John Entwhistle's bass work and your head will spin. Pete Townshend can simply shred on the guitar - I especially like some of his solo acoustic work (check out his cover of the English Beat's "Save It for Later"). And Daltrey was the consummate front man.

I think that "Meet the Smithereens" and, to a larger extent, "B-Sides the Beatles" were unfairly panned by some reviewers. I personally liked them both and I am a fan of both the Beatles and The Smithereens. They weren't trying to do Beatlemania - they were being themselves playing music of a band that they revered. Before you say, "here comes another tribute album from The Smithereens..." STOP. Buy it, listen to it, listen to it again and then say, "WOW".

These are some serious musicians. This took some serious doing. Dennis' drumming is making Keith raise a glass - wherever he may be. If he happens to be raising one with Entwhistle, he no doubt sees the admiring smirk from John as he listens to The Thrilla getting it done on "Sparks". Jimmy's crunching guitars are fantastic as usual. The acoustic work on "It's A Boy" is particularly brilliant. And consummate front man Pat holds it all together with his signature vocals and supporting guitars. The album also gives you a chance to hear lead vocals from Jimmy and Dennis, as well as some great harmonies from Pat, Jimmy and Dennis throughout.

40 Years ago, The Who released "Tommy".
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