Martinis and Bikinis [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
It's no wonder Sam Phillips and T-Bone Burnett got along so well -- both are gifted songwriters who are also frustrated Christian moralists, often dealing with the world's many failings and frequent calamities in the context of well-constructed pop tunes, albeit with remarkable craft and no small wit. While Phillips showed she was a sure hand with a catchy melody and a thoughtful verse on her previous collaborations with Burnett -- The Turning (released when she was still billing herself as Leslie Phillips), The Indescribable Wow, and Cruel Inventions -- the two upped the ante considerably on 1994's Martinis & Bikinis, which in terms of songs and production found ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
It's no wonder Sam Phillips and T-Bone Burnett got along so well -- both are gifted songwriters who are also frustrated Christian moralists, often dealing with the world's many failings and frequent calamities in the context of well-constructed pop tunes, albeit with remarkable craft and no small wit. While Phillips showed she was a sure hand with a catchy melody and a thoughtful verse on her previous collaborations with Burnett -- The Turning (released when she was still billing herself as Leslie Phillips), The Indescribable Wow, and Cruel Inventions -- the two upped the ante considerably on 1994's Martinis & Bikinis, which in terms of songs and production found Phillips reaching to the Beatles for inspiration, in particular the warm but immaculate tone of Rubber Soul and the cooler, more visionary textures of Revolver. While the tunes nod politely to Lennon and McCartney rather than consciously aping their sound, the production, full of strict stereo separation, harmonies that pop out of the speakers, occasional Indian accents, and sharp, slashing guitars (played by Colin Moulding, Peter Buck, and Marc Ribot, among others), is pure George Martin but with a contemporary sheen, and while lots of people have tried to crack the code of the Beatles' production style, few have done so with greater effectiveness and élan than Burnett managed here. (It helps that he assembled an excellent band for these sessions, players who rock with subtle but real force). The music and the sound is always in the service of Phillips' songs of spiritual pursuits, but in this case, they're messages worth hearing, balancing judgment and compassion as she looks out to the madness of the world around her as well as the pain, fear, and loneliness that lurks within her own soul. If a better song was written about faith in the '90s than "I Need Love," it waits to be discovered, and the closing cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth" comes close to topping the original in sheer emotional force. Phillips and Burnett made fine records together before and after Martinis & Bikinis, but they rarely applied themselves to the discipline of the studio more completely than they did with this album, and never with more satisfying results. [Omnivore Recordings released an expanded and remastered version of Martinis & Bikinis in 2012. The new edition doesn't radically alter the sound of the original album, but Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen's new master does sound richer and better detailed, particularly in Phillips' vocals. The Omnivore release also adds four bonus tracks, but one is a remix of "Fighting with Fire," which previously appeared on the 1998 compilation Zero Zero Zero, and the other three are new acoustic recordings of songs from the album, and while the performances are lovely, in this context they're footnotes that only add so much to the package. Omnivore is to be thanked for giving this overlooked gem a new lease on life, but the original material outshines the extras, good as they may be.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Omnivore Recordings
  • UPC: 816651011612
  • Catalog Number: 101161
  • Sales rank: 84,206

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love And Kisses (0:55)
  2. 2 Signposts (2:19)
  3. 3 Same Rain (4:10)
  4. 4 Baby I Can't Please You (3:29)
  5. 5 Circle Of Fire (3:13)
  6. 6 Strawberry Road (4:05)
  7. 7 When I Fall (5:06)
  8. 8 Same Changes (4:43)
  9. 9 Black Sky (4:04)
  10. 10 Fighting With Fire (3:00)
  11. 11 I Need Love (3:38)
  12. 12 Wheel Of The Broken Voice (3:59)
  13. 13 Gimme Some Truth (3:27)
  14. 14 I Need Love - The Section Quartet (3:18)
  15. 15 Fighting With Fire (2:56)
  16. 16 Black Sky (3:04)
  17. 17 Strawberry Road (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Phillips Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Marvin Etzioni Musician
Van Dyke Parks Musician
Marc Ribot Musician
Sid Page Strings
Larry Taylor Musician
Robert Becker Strings
Benmont Tench Musician
Michael Blair Musician
Peter Buck Musician
T Bone Burnett Musician
Jennifer Condos Bass
Larry Corbett Strings
Mickey Curry Musician
Joel Derouin Strings
Richard Dodd Cello
Don Heffington Musician
David Mansfield Musician
Colin Moulding Musician
Jerry Scheff Musician
Jay Bellerose Drums
Eric Gorfain Bass, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Kalimba
Daphne Chen Violin
Lauren Chipman Viola
The Section Quartet Strings
Steve Hodges Musician
Sid Page Strings String Quartet
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Van Dyke Parks String Arrangements
Neal Avron Engineer
T Bone Burnett Composer, Producer
Colin Moulding Producer
Sam Phillips Composer, Producer
Joe Schiff Engineer
Len Peltier Art Direction
Patrick Milligan Reissue Assistant
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Eric Gorfain Engineer, String Arrangements
Lee Lodyga Reissue Assistant
Audrey Bilger Reissue Assistant
Bryan George Reissue Assistant
Dutch Cramblitt Reissue Assistant
Jake Jacob Reissue Assistant
Reuben Cohen Mastering
Stephen Rhodes Engineer
Paul Du Gré Engineer
Nikki Nieves Reissue Assistant
Brad Rosenberger Reissue Assistant
Jarrett McGehee Reissue Assistant
Jack Arenas Reissue Assistant
Matt Graber Reissue Assistant
Geoff Kerns Reissue Assistant
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