Fried Glass Onions: Memphis Meets the Beatles

Fried Glass Onions: Memphis Meets the Beatles



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/2005
Label: Inside Sounds
UPC: 0781371052224
catalogNumber: 522

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
Bob Simon   Producer
Kevin Houston   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Lamar Sorrento   Artwork
Malcolm Cullen   Producer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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)