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The Smithereens - Especially for You (1986)

The Smithereens - Especially for You (1986)

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1. "Strangers When We Meet"   3:46

2. "Listen to Me Girl"   3:00

3. "Groovy Tuesday"   2:39

4. "Cigarette"   2:31

5. "I Don't Want to Lose You"   3:21

6. "Time and Time Again"   3:09

7. "Behind the Wall of Sleep"   3:23

8. "In a Lonely Place"   4:10

9. "Blood and Roses"   3:35

10. "Crazy Mixed-Up Kid"   2:06

11. "Hand of Glory"   2:45

12. "Alone at Midnight"   3:42

Total length:   38:07

The Smithereens Band Members / Musicians

Jim Babjak – guitar, vocals

Dennis Diken – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Pat DiNizio – vocals, guitar

Mike Mesaros – bass guitar, backing vocals

Jeffrey Berman – vibraphone

Frank Christian – acoustic guitar

Marshall Crenshaw (credited as "Jerome Jerome") – Hammond organ and piano, six-string bass

Don Dixon – piano, percussion, backing vocals

Mark Johnson – harmony and backing vocals

Joe Kernich – piano

Kenny Margolis – accordion

John Rokosny – tremolo rhythm guitar

Suzanne Vega – backing vocals

Don Dixon – producer

James A. Ball – associate producer, engineer

Gray Russell – engineer

Carol Cafiero – assistant engineer

Frank Pekoc – assistant engineer

Paul Special – assistant engineer

Greg Calbi – mastering (Sterling Sound, NYC)

Arthur K. Miller – art direction, design

Pat DiNizio – cover concept

Jan Dusing – photography

Especially for You is the 1st full-length album from New Jersey-based rock band The Smithereens, released in July 1986 by Enigma Records.

The album is notable for the hit "Blood and Roses", which has been featured in multiple movie and TV productions. Producer Don Dixon's co-production work on R.E.M.'s Murmur and Reckoning albums added attention to the record's initial release. Two of its songs became hits on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart: "Blood and Roses" reached No. 14, while "Behind the Wall of Sleep" peaked at No. 23. The album reached No. 51 on the US Billboard 200 as well as No. 5 on the UK Indie Chart. It was certified platinum in the US for sales over 1,000,000 copies. The album today is highly regarded by most critics, and was one of Kurt Cobain's favorite albums, as noted in his journal.

The Smithereens are an American rock band from Carteret, New Jersey, United States. The group formed in 1980 with members Pat DiNizio (vocals & guitar), Jim Babjak (guitar & vocals), Mike Mesaros (bass guitar & vocals), and Dennis Diken (drums & percussion). This original lineup continued until 2006, when Mesaros left the band and Severo Jornacion took over on bass guitar until Mesaros' return in 2016. After DiNizio died in 2017, the band continued performing live shows as a trio (Babjak, Mesaros and Diken) with various guest vocalists.

The Smithereens Discography Full

1986 Especially for You

1988 Green Thoughts

1989 11

1991 Blow Up

1994 A Date with The Smithereens

1999 God Save The Smithereens

2007 Meet The Smithereens!

2007 Christmas with The Smithereens

2008 B-Sides The Beatles

2009 The Smithereens Play Tommy

2011 2011

Live albums

1988 Live

2005 Instant Live

2006 Extended Versions

2008 Live in Concert! Greatest Hits and More

2014 The Smithereens Play The Beatles Washington, D.C. February 11, 1964 Concert


1995 Blown to Smithereens: Best of The Smithereens

1995 Attack of The Smithereens

1997 The Best of The Smithereens

2004 From Jersey It Came! The Smithereens Anthology

2010 Greatest Hits...Revisited

2016 Especially for You - 30th Anniversary

2018 Covers

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