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Martinis & Bikinis

Sam PhillipsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Omnivore Recordings
  • ASIN: B008817WS6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love and Kisses
2. Signposts
3. Same Rain
4. Baby I Can't Please You
5. Circle Of Fire
6. Strawberry Road
7. When I Fall
8. Same Changes
9. Black Sky
10. Fighting With Fire
11. I Need Love
12. Wheel Of The Broken Voice
13. Gimme Some Truth
14. I Need Love (Bonus)
15. Fighting With Fire (Bonus)
16. Black Sky (Bonus)
17. Strawberry Road (Bonus)

Editorial Reviews

Expanded reissue includes four bonus tracks. With Martinis & Bikinis, Sam Phillips has revitalized the "Beatlesque" category with some substantial songwriting and a woman's voice, which turns the whole sound upside down. The Beatles hardly exhausted the possibilities of their late-'60s sound, and Phillips has the hooks and aphorisms to give that sound a second lease on life. Phillips has rewritten two old Beatles songs into "Strawberry Road" and "Same Rain"; she has even recorded a John Lennon composition, "Gimme Some Truth." Phillips's husband, T-Bone Burnett, cowrote two of the songs and produced all 13, and he adds the Lennonesque touches of guitars recorded backward and sweet harmonized vocals pitted against distorted guitars. But none of this would matter if the songs weren't so good

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underappreciated albums of the nineties January 24, 2003
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This may be the most underrated album of the 1990s. Certainly it deserves far more fans than it has, but luckily with most all it takes is people hearing it for the first time. It is impossible to listen to this album without being reminded of the Beatles. Phillips's husband T-Bone Burnett, one of the great producers on the planet (he won the Grammy in 2002 for O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU! for best album of the year) and Phillips seem to have immersed themselves in MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR immediately before going into the recording studio. This was all, of course, completely intentional. Why else have a song that reminds one of elements in "Strawberry Fields Forever" that is entitled "Strawberry Road"? Or radically separate the tracks so that the album is in the same kind of exaggerated stereo the Beatle's albums employed. Burnett is too great a producer not to have known precisely the effect these arrangements would have on a listener.
From beginning to end, this album serves up one great song after another, all delivered in Phillips's superb, rich, nasally voice. In reality, every song on the album stands out, though if pressed, I would probably single out "Baby I Can't Please You," "Strawberry Road," "When I Fall," "Same Changes" (with amazing use of an African talking drum), and "I Need Love," the one song off the album to get some radio airplay. This is just a very, very strong set of songs, impeccably produced, with a great back up band. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in this record. Get it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best effort May 14, 2002
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An extemely strong album from an artist who is not nearly as well-known as Sheryl, Alanis, Jewel and others, but who deserves to be, since she is farther along in her craft. This is the first Sam Phillips CD I bought, and it remains my favorite and one of my favorite CDs. Most reviewers consider it pop-oriented, and I admit there are many catchy tunes, but it rocks harder than her other CDs and it is a rather dark album too. If you want a Sam Phillips CD, this is the one I'd get.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and the Truth June 8, 2003
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At the release of "Martinis and Bikinis", Sam Phillips had made a name for herself as an insightful, poetic artist with interesting, fresh music. Critics loved her, but unfortunately, she was grossly ignored by radio. This is a very fun and thought provoking release, more upbeat music than her previous two releases. "Baby I Can't Please You" is probably the most radio-friendly song on here and who can't relate to the lyrics, "You take the words I say and make them mean everything they don't, baby you're obscene. You don't listen you don't hear you're blinded by the fear that surrounds you." I enjoyed "Same Rain" which states, "Is it the same rain that falls on a holy man, is it the same rain that falls on a liar's hand, is it the same rain that falls on me?" Even though "Signposts" is a short song, I love it for her having the guts to honestly tell why she left Christian music for secular music, "I wanted to get lost and love the questions there, beauty and the truth, I could breathe like air." I absolutely love the Phillips/T Bone Burnett song "Same Changes" and I might be the only to say this, I LOVE the song "Black Sky", because it is so different, eclectic, and has a powerful message about our human greed for money and our lack of concern for the health of the earth in the process. It's kind of a doomsday song and the music is so fitting... it's just something you would have to hear for yourself to appreciate. I just can't praise this disc enough... a very strong release!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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One of the best and most vital records of 1994, Phillips' third mainstream rock-pop album (formerly billed as "Leslie Phillips", she was a Christian music star in the 1980s) is less a prosaic collection of songs than an organic stream of incantations and revelations from the Otherworld. Many commentators have remarked on M&B's debt to the Beatles, and there are certainly some musical echoes of the Fabs: the "She's A Woman" strums of "Signposts"; the homage of "Strawberry Road" (based on an Iroquois belief); the cover of Lennon's "Gimme Some truth"; the harpsichords, multitracked harmonies, slicing guitar riffs, and Indian drums. But Phillips is no pale imitator. She works subliminally, her oblique lyrics tweaking at the edges of consciousness. Her strongest link with the moptops, in truth, is a shared ethos of belief in the value and power of love, and of the wisdom in 'holding on to the voice inside you" amid the blare of a corrupted society. Like an Old Testament prophet, Phillips rails against the ills of the world -- greed, deceit, oppression -- using an elliptical imagery that is more surreal than overtly political. Her songs are striking in their melodic nuances as well. She employs instruments and vocals with the craft of a painter, assembling glorious guitar pop ("I Need Love") alongside thunderous Indian raga ("Baby I Can't Please You", a shout against her former fundamentalist string-pullers), disturbing nightmares ("Black Sky," "Wheel of the Broken Voice"), and triumphant epiphanies ("When I Fall"). Martinis & Bikinis' predecessors (The Indescribable Wow; Cruel Inventions) were also impressive, but this offering, with harder-edged production by then-husband T Bone Burnett, is simply relentless. Sam Phillips at the height of her form.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this
Album of songs way ahead of its time. Or maybe in time with the time.
All I can think about right now is how Beatle-esque the guitar solos
sound, and I love this entire... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Judy-Joan-Joni
4.0 out of 5 stars Great vocals and music
Picked up this CD used at our local library used book store for a buck. Best bargain I've found in a while. Sam Phillips strong vocals are breathtaking. Read more
Published on July 28, 2009 by John S. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars found by mistake
I found this cd randomly in some files i downloaded online, gave it a shot and was addicted. Since then I have bought anothe pair of her cds and have liked every one, but this is... Read more
Published on August 26, 2008 by B. Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Beatles inspired Brit-pop
Excellent Beatles-esque pop tunes with catchy hooks and a decent amount of variety. Phillips has an interesting voice and the musicianship on the album is fantastic (Colin... Read more
Published on March 14, 2007 by MTV
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a great album. I can't add much to what the rest of the reviewers here have said. It's rich, smart, and beautifully produced. My favorite Sam Phillips album. Get it! Read more
Published on August 22, 2006 by friend of wally cleaver
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
After the other good reviews, I was really disappointed. There are some good songs. But there are some really obnoxious songs too. Figure on half a CD's worth of good music.
Published on May 23, 2005 by Neil M. Gridley
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant
Probably my favorite album of the decade.
Wonderful lyrics and nostalgic sonic textures that never grow old. Read more
Published on April 19, 2003 by Kirk R. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Important without a hint of pretension
Some of you may recognize the name Leslie Phillips as a Christian singer of the 80's who was regularly classed with the likes of Amy Grant (one of her albums was titled "Black... Read more
Published on October 16, 2001 by Eric Ortlund
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Listen but Not A Top Pick
I bought this album after hearing one of her songs on a movie soundtrack. The CD is good, but I wouldn't rank it very high. Read more
Published on October 4, 2001 by Marnola
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