Fried Glass Onions: Memphis Meets the Beatles

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Memphis musicians recognized the elasticity of Beatles material early on, with Otis Redding tackling "Day Tripper," for instance, and Booker T. & the MG's deconstructing and reassembling the entire Abbey Road album as an instrumental collage on their impressive McLemore Avenue album, while Memphis bands like Big Star used Beatlesque guitars and vocals to state their own vision. Fried Glass Onions is a noble attempt to let some contemporary Memphis musicians try their hand at interpreting the Beatles, and the result is always interesting, if not always striking. The problem with covering Beatles' songs is always this: The group's original version continually plays in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Memphis musicians recognized the elasticity of Beatles material early on, with Otis Redding tackling "Day Tripper," for instance, and Booker T. & the MG's deconstructing and reassembling the entire Abbey Road album as an instrumental collage on their impressive McLemore Avenue album, while Memphis bands like Big Star used Beatlesque guitars and vocals to state their own vision. Fried Glass Onions is a noble attempt to let some contemporary Memphis musicians try their hand at interpreting the Beatles, and the result is always interesting, if not always striking. The problem with covering Beatles' songs is always this: The group's original version continually plays in the back of the listener's mind as a template, and few artists have a chance at bettering it. While the music here is impeccably recorded, and the songs are certainly fun to hear in these new settings, only a few of them actually transcend the original versions. The ones that do, though, are gems. Daddy Mack Orr recasts "Get Back" which is perhaps the Beatles song that sounded most Memphis to begin with as a slow, burning North Mississippi blues, complete with slide guitars and some smoldering harmonica work from Billy Gibson, and the song somehow emerges as both more ominous and more insistent. "You're Gonna Lose That Girl," sung by veteran soul singer Bertram Brown, uses that smooth, relentless Hi Records groove to create what sounds like a lost Al Green single, and opens up the rhythmic possibilities only hinted at in the Beatles' version. Guitarist Lamar Sorrento, accompanied by his band, the Mod Saints, turns in a slash and burn instrumental take on "A Hard Day's Night" that crackles with sharpness and energy, effectively drawing and expanding on the driving dynamics of the original. In all, Fried Glass Onions has a fun yet reverent feel, and if most of the covers here fail to chase the original Beatles version from your head, well, that probably wouldn't necessarily be a good thing anyway. One can only dream of what might have come out of a planned Beatles recording session at Memphis' famed Stax studios, a session that unfortunately never came to fruition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • Label: Inside Sounds
  • UPC: 781371052224
  • Catalog Number: 522
  • Sales rank: 91,615

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two of Us - Bob Simon (3:51)
  2. 2 Get Back - Daddy Mack Orr (2:51)
  3. 3 Day Tripper - Z-Da (3:05)
  4. 4 Happiness Is a Warm Gun - Charlie Wood (3:09)
  5. 5 Blackbird (5:03)
  6. 6 You're Gonna Lose That Girl - Bertram Brown (4:06)
  7. 7 She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (4:15)
  8. 8 Drive My Car - The Memphis All Stars (3:48)
  9. 9 Yer Blues (2:30)
  10. 10 Across the Universe (3:51)
  11. 11 The One After 909 - Gusto (3:35)
  12. 12 Old Brown Shoe - Dani (3:50)
  13. 13 A Hard Day's Night - Mod Saints (2:15)
  14. 14 The Long & Winding Road (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Kilzer Vocals
Kevin Paige Vocals
Terry Stafford Drums
Bertram Brown Vocals
Tommy Cathey Bass, Background Vocals
Kurt Clayton Keyboards
Jackie Johnson Vocals, Background Vocals
Freddie Kirskey Background Vocals
John Lightman Bass
Greg Reding Guitar, Background Vocals
Richard Rosebrough Drums
Mark Ross Piano
Walter White Drums
Eddie Harrison Vocals
Kurt Ruleman Drums
Eddie Dattel Percussion
Dave Smith Bass, Background Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Billy Gibson Harmonica
Charlie Wood Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer, Pedal Bass
Robert Claybourne Keyboards, Vocals
Z-Da Vocals, Background Vocals
Bob Simon Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dedrick Davis Trumpet
Matt Tutor Guitar
Kirk Smothers Saxophone
Daniel McCulloch Vocals
Tom Clary Trumpet
Kevin Houston Percussion
Lamar Sorrento Guitar
Jeff Potter Bass
Rene Simon Background Vocals
Kim Trammel Drums
John Adams Drums
Adam Levin Keyboards
Tom Link Saxophone
Joe Boogie Keyboards
Graylon Brown Bass
Malcolm Cullen Guitar
Jeff Golightly Rhythm Guitar
Richard Hage Guitar
Lucy Hathcote Background Vocals
Dexter Haygood Vocals
Matt Isbell Guitar
Vince Leffler Bass
Zack Mack Slide Guitar
Rick Nethery Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Daddy Mack Orr Vocals
Charles Ponder Background Vocals
Michael Sinc Drums
Technical Credits
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Kevin Paige Engineer, Instrumentation
Eddie Dattel Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Dave Smith Arranger, Producer
Carl Wolfe Horn Arrangements
Charlie Wood Producer, Engineer
Robert Claybourne Horn Arrangements
Mark Yoshida Mastering
Bob Simon Producer
Kevin Houston Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Lamar Sorrento Artwork
Malcolm Cullen Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yer blues

    this is a savage version of this song! -YER BLUES-is full of energy and angst! every thing else on this disc is SLEEPY, just like memphis. This track ROCKS, Lennon would say " Crackin' Tune" the other tunes are too lame (elevator music)

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