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Fried Glass Onions - Memphis Meets The Beatles

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Two Of Us
Artist: Bob Simon & Eddie Harrison
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Get Back
Artist: Daddy Mack Orr
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Day Tripper
Artist: Z-Da
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Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Artist: Charlie Wood
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Blackbird
Artist: Jackie Johnson
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You're Gonna Lose That Girl
Artist: Bertram Brown
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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Artist: Matt Tutor
4:15
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Drive My Car
Artist: Memphis All-Stars
3:48
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Yer Blues
Artist: The Beat Generation
2:30
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Across The Universe
Artist: John Kilzer
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The One After 909 (Featuring Dexter Haygood)
Artist: Gusto
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Old Brown Shoe
Artist: Dani
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A Hard Day's Night
Artist: Lamar Sorrento & The Mod Saints
2:15
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The Long And Winding Road
Artist: Kevin Paige
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 50:03

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Not Just A Cover Album

OldMess

The Beatles catalogue of songs have been covered by just about everyone so often- that at times some of their tunes resemble a cheap linoleum floor. The first time I listened to Fried Glass Onions - Memphis Meets The Beatles , it was a bit difficult to shake the original songs from my head; but after giving it a second listening, the new music took hold of my ear and would not let it go. Get back and Old Brown Shoe are two examples of songs that just blow me away. The 70's and 80's Memphis Back beat and vocals are sharp and precise and the album, the musicians and the music they make from Beatles songs stand well on their own and this collection of songs is worth owning and listening again and again.

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Good cover album!

RY33

Now this is what covers are all about. Take the song, keep enough to be true but make it your own WITHOUT butchering it. Good music done well. One of the better albums I've seen on emusic. There are one (or maybe 2?) more volumes of this.

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C'mon G'way

NevadaBob

I disagree. I'm collecting stylized covers of the Fab Four, and this one's a keeper. I wouldn't call it bluegrass, either... solid musicianship.

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c'mon...

sugardandy_08

when you are paying 10 dollars a month, you want to download GOOD songs, better yet, WITH WORDS and not blue grass style!!!

They Say All Music Guide

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. – Steve Leggett

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