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The musical revolution unleashed in Memphis in the ‘50s set the stage for the cultural and musical phenomenon of The Beatles. Fried Glass Onions—Memphis Meets The Beatles Vol. 2 is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Fried Glass Onions—Memphis Meets The Beatles, released in early 2005. The connections between the lads from Liverpool and Memphis are many. The band openly acknowledged their love of Memphis blues, soul and rockabilly. In fact, the band had planned to record at legendary Stax studio in 1966. Although these sessions never materialized, The Beatles’ respect and appreciation of Memphis music is well documented. This CD offers another 12 tracks of soulful, Memphis interpretations of The Beatles original songs performed by Memphis’ ace musicians and singers. Through it all, the magic of The Beatles is never lost, and in many ways, these recordings take the originals to another level. From the opening Hi Records inspired “Glass Onion” with John Kilzer to the gospel-inspired finale “All You Need Is Love,” Fried Glass Onions Vol. 2 captures the essence of Memphis soul and the heart of The Beatles. Other tracks include Charlie Wood’s “Back In The U.S.S.R.,” a bluesy rendition with a punch. Gary Johns’ jazzy, intimate “I Wanna Be Your Man” totally changes-up this early Beatles rocker. On “Lady Madonna” veteran Memphis singer Eddie Harrison adds a little funk to this Beatles #1 hit song, while the lesser known “For You Blue” is performed by The Billy Gibson Band in a groove only a Memphis band could imagine. Dani’s emotional rendering of McCartney’s “Oh! Darling” showcases the vocal talents of this rising star. “Martha My Dear” is the sole instrumental on this CD and is a Dixieland Jazz rendition complete with trumpet, washboard, banjo, tuba, trombone, piano and clarinet! Memphis soul diva Z-Da sings and shrieks like a woman possessed on “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” Charles Ponder’s beautiful “In My Life” is absolutely striking in its understated intimacy. Soul veterans The Memphis All-Stars lay back on “Here, There and Everywhere” and allow singer Robert Clayborne to cut-loose on this early Beatles ballad.

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It’s been almost one year since Inside Sounds released Fried Glass Onions—Memphis Meets The Beatles. The CD was an immediate success, and the idea of producing a second volume was soon underway. There’s usually some trepidation when considering a follow-up CD (think movies with sequels), especially when there were so many highlights on our first volume. We decided to take a similar approach with Fried Glass Onions—Memphis Meets The Beatles Vol. 2—selecting Beatles songs that would lend themselves to a Memphis twist. On this recording, however, it’s even more Memphis—more Beale Street. In many ways, this CD comes together as a concept even more than the first one. Realizing that casual Beatles fans may not be familiar with “Glass Onion,” it made sense to open the CD with this song. That idea led to the “Glass Onion Reprise,” recorded specifically to precede the magnificent finale “All You Need Is Love.” Both songs happen to be in the same key, which adds greatly to the transition. With a more focused vision, Fried Glass Onions—Memphis Meets The Beatles feels more connected than our first volume. As far as highlights, there are many. “All You Need Is Love” still gives me tingles, even after listening to the final mix twenty times. Dave Smith (bassist/co-producer) and I talked about this song for hours, brainstorming about different approaches to this Beatles anthem! . This track required several recording sessions and, with four different lead singers, a gospel choir and a lot of instrumentation, the mix was a two-day affair. I will admit that the stars were perfectly aligned for this one—these amazing vocalists (Robert Clayborne, Jackie Johnson, Charles Ponder & Z-Da) rehearsed the song individually. Engineer Kevin Houston and I later pieced together the different takes. We were astonished at how the different textures and vocal performances came together as if all four singers had planned it all along. This song could not have been produced anywhere but Memphis. The same can be said of most of this CD. The Memphis music community really shines here and I am honored to have worked with so many great artists. My thanks to all of you, and, of course, to John, Paul, George & Ringo.

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  1. Glass OnionJohn Kilzer 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Back In the U.S.S.R.Charlie Wood 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. I Wanna Be Your ManGary Johns 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Lady MadonnaEddie Harrison 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. For You BlueThe Billy Gibson Band 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Oh! DarlingDani 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Martha My DearThe Beale Street Syncopaters 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Why Don't We Do It In the RoadZ-Da 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. In My LifeCharles Ponder 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Here, There and EverywhereMemphis All-Stars 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Glass Onion (Reprise)John Kilzer 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. All You Need Is LoveMemphis Meets The Beatles Studio Band 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: December 8, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Sounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Holderried on April 18, 2006
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I gave a great review to the original "Fried Glass Onions" collection, and Volume 2 doesn't disappoint either, there's just a little bit less originality since it's a follow-up.

The songs are VERY carefully selected - there's no "Yesterday" or "Hey Jude" here. They picked the bluesiest tracks off the "White Album" along with some others - the songs that would translate best into the Memphis sound.

Anyone can cover a Beatles song, but good performers find a way to translate them into their personal style - country, jazz, blues or whatever. The BEST artists make you feel like the song BELONGS in the new style. These versions of "Oh! Darling" and "Why Don't We Do it in the Road" made me realize those were blues songs to begin with!

I'm taking off a star for the covers of "In My Life" and "Here, There and Everywhere" which slow the album down a bit, and feel a little generic. Much better are the versions of "Back in the U.S.S.R.", "Lady Madonna" and "For You Blue", which basically re-work the songs completely from the ground up.

It's a great listen, and your toes WILL tap. There's lots of energy and fun.
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