Please don't think that this is a carbon copy sort of tribute album though. Once I got the sing-a-long out of my system, I was able to give B-Sides the attention it deserved. The Smithereens haven't steered me wrong yet and this CD is no exception to that rule. They are vocally as true to The Beatles as they are to themselves, with the tight and brilliant harmonies that both groups are famous for. Songs like "There's A Place" and "If I Fell" are proof of that.
Jim Babjak stepped up to the front mic several times. He took lead vocals on "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You" and (the only tune that wasn't on any Beatles single) "Some Other Guy". According to a Koch Records press release this song (only found on the album Live At The BBC) was included because Jim wanted to sing another lead. I didn't ask him about that. But I did want to find out more about the one track that I hadn't heard of before and the only the instrumental included on the disc.
""Cry For A Shadow" was the first Beatles single I owned. I bought it off a kid sitting behind me in 7th grade. He probably took it from his sister. I had to pay 75¢ for it which was a lot of money at the time. I didn't like the A side titled "Why". I didn't understand the whole Tony Sherdian and the Beatles as back up band mystery until I read books about the Beatles later that year. The cool thing about "Cry For A Shadow" was that I never heard anything like it before. It was really weird and I thought all the screaming in the background was wicked. I had a lot of fun recreating the screaming part. It was almost as fun as playing the guitar on it. I'm really glad we put this one on the album since very few people have thought of covering it before. It's definitely a lost gem."