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VA - Fried Glass Onions: Memphis Rocks the Beatles, Vol. 3 (2006) 

Band/Artist: Various
Album: Fried Glass Onions-
-Memphis Rocks the Beatles, Vol. 3
Label: Inside Sounds Records
Release date: Nov. 27, 2006
Catalog #: ISC 0531
Genre: Rock, Pop/Rock
Styles: Instrumental, Southern, Country-Rock
Duration: 00:43:31

The back cover liner notes on this disc state "It's no secret that the Beatles were influenced by Memphis -- America's musical crossroads and birthplace of rock 'n' roll." That statement is certainly true enough, but the trouble with Fried Glass Onions, Vol. 3: Memphis Rocks the Beatles, Vol. 3, in which a handful of Memphis-based acts tackle classic Beatles numbers, offers precious little in the way of the rockabilly or soul sounds that captivated the Fab Four back in the day. While David Brookings' cover of "I'll Cry Instead" has a nice Sun Records feel, the closest thing to blues here is Crazy & the Crutch's overblown take on "Love Me Do," and the arena level bombast of Steve Selvidge's "She Said, She Said"; the metal guitar mauling of Rabid Villain's "Don't Let Me Down" and the sub-Joe Satriani instrumental overkill of Tim Simmons' "Eleanor Rigby" are more typical of the wrong-headed interpretations that dominate this disc. And while those are the low points of the album, most of the rest of Memphis Rocks the Beatles is either faithful enough to be pleasant but unchallenging (such as "When I Get Home" by Ross Rice) or a rethink that lacks the confidence to bring anything really revelatory to the material (like Van Duren's slightly rocked-up take on "Hey Bulldog"). And significantly, there's not a hint here of the Anglophile power pop of Memphis bands like Big Star or the Scruffs, who took the Beatles' influence and made something new out of it. Only the most obsessive collectors of Beatles' spin-offs need to go out of their way to check this out.
                                                                                                 - Review by Mark Deming

   • Tracklist:

01. Love Me Do 02:41
    by C.R.A.Z.Y

02. I'll Cry Instead 02:07
    by David Brookings

03. She Said She Said 02:44
    by Steve Selvidge

04. Eight Days A Week 04:42
    by Candice Ivory

05. Helter Skelter 06:02
    by The Twisted Ringos

06. Don't Let Me Down 03:39
    by Rabid Villain

07. Hey Bulldog 03:50
    by Van Duren

08. Eleanor Rigby 04:25
    by Tim Simmons

09. Revolution 9 02:53
    by Grunt

10. Tomorrow Never Knows 04:20
    by FreeWorld

11. The Word 03:38
    by Matt Isbell

12. When I Get Home 02:30
    by Ross Rice

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