SMASH - Memphis Beat



SMASH - Memphis Beat

Postby Dave McKee » Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:15 pm

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Memphis Beat (1966)

Memphis Beat / Mathilda / Drinkin´ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee / Hallelujah, I Love Her So / She Thinks I Still Care / Just Because / Sticks And Stones / Whenever You´re Ready / Lincoln Limousine / Big Boss Man / Too Young / The Urge

Considering that nearly half of the songs on this album are outtakes from previous albums it blends together remarkably well! The song Memphis Beat itself though OK is a slightly contrived combination of Breathless & Chuck Berry's Memphis. Far better are Just Because, Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (though both earlier & later versions are probably superior), Big Boss Man & George Jones' She Thinks I Still Care. Again there's a couple of unnecessary covers that add little to the originals, particularly Hallelujah, I Love Her So & Too Young (great piano solo though!), & there's the notorious Lincoln Limousine, his "tribute" to John F. Kennedy that sounds more like a car commercial! 3 out of 5

Outtakes: What A Heck Of A Mess / Rockin' Jerry Lee

What A Heck Of A Mess was issued as the B-side of Sticks & Stones, while Rockin' Jerry Lee (one of the stronger rock 'n' roll performances from this era) was first issued on a 70s bootleg & then officially in the late 80s.

Non-Album Session: Memphis Beat / Twenty Four Hours A Day / Swinging Doors / If I Had It All To Do Over

Presumably dissatisfied with the album version, Memphis Beat was re-cut here for a single, backed with If I Had It All To Do Over. Swinging Doors was released on the 1971 Would You Take Another Chance On Me album, & Twenty Four Hours A Day remained unissued until a bootleg EP in the early 80s (& then an official release a few years later). Additionally, an alternate take of Memphis Beat was issued on the 1969 I'm On Fire compilation, & remixes (minus strings) of the other 3 songs were released via Bear Family in the 80s.

Note: This is from an excellent blog by Peter Checksfield. For the full blog, see http://themargatemusicman.blogspot.com/ ... years.html
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Re: SMASH - Memphis Beat

Postby PeterC » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:29 pm

ALBUM COVER RATING: 5/5

I'm going through Jerry's albums on here and giving marks out of five for the album covers (regardless of the actual content)...

A really great cover, one of my very favourites (would've really suited one of the live albums!).
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