Jem Records Celebrates John Lennon provides music lovers with an inventive take on the work of John Lennon, ranging from his early Beatles days through his final recordings in 1980.
As the twenty-first century snakes its uneasy course into an increasingly complex and unknowable future, we need Lennon's thoughtful and inspiring songs more than ever. Jem Records Celebrates John Lennon offers the panacea that we need in these challenging times. The Grip Weeds' contribute a 'rough and retro' take on "You Can't Do That" and their epic version of the epic "Strawberry Fields Forever". Also featuring performances by The Weeklings, The Anderson Council, Richard Barone, Johnathan Pushkar, The Gold Needles and The Midnight Callers. The cover is a reproduction of Al Hirschfeld's "Lennon at Home."
"The Beatle-esque Grip Weeds turn in two stellar performances: a faithful rendition of “You Can’t Do That” and an impressive version of “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Due to the latter’s complexity, the song is notoriously difficult to cover; however, the Grip Weeds turn in one of most appropriately psychedelic renditions I’ve heard. The group is rapidly becoming one of the foremost interpreters of the Beatles catalogue." – Something Else
“The Grip Weeds return with their intense, psyched-out cover of the Sgt. Pepper era classic “Strawberry Fields Forever”...” – Culture Sonar
"It’s a daunting challenge, of course, to create a tribute to such a — forgive the pun — towering musical figure as Lennon. Where do you start? What do you do? How can your efforts seem worthy?...These tracks show deep knowledge of the tracks, and deep affection. Some are pretty straightforward, and others add new twists...Of the more straightforward songs, my favorite is The Grip Weeds’ “You Can’t Do That,” an explosively buoyant version of one of Lennon’s underappreciated early Beatles songs." – NJArts.net
Mastered by Kurt Reil at The House Of Vibes; Many of the tracks were also recorded and mixed there by Kurt Reil.
01 - The Word / The Weeklings
02 - Child Of Nature / The Midnight Callers
03 - Jealous Guy / The Midnight Callers
04 - You Can't Do That / The Grip Weeds
05 - (Just Like) Starting Over / Johnathan Pushkar
06 - No Reply / The Gold Needles
07 - Revolution/Power To The People / Richard Barone
08 - Strawberry Fields Forever / The Grip Weeds
09 - It Won't Be Long / The Midnight Callers
10 - I Found Out / The Anderson Council
11 - Cold Turkey/Hey Bulldog / The Gold Needles
12 - I Call Your Name / Johnathan Pushkar
13 - What's The New Mary Jane / The Weeklings
The Grip Weeds - "Strawberry Fields Forever
(Live At Daryl's House)"