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Martinis and Bikinis

Lead Performer: Sam Phillips (Musician)

Sam Phillips should be made an honorary fifth Beatle. The 13 songs on Martinis and Bikinis, her fifth album — produced, like the last three, by husband T Bone Burnett — are laced with lovely riff-ettes on Fab Four classics like ”Strawberry Fields Forever” and Sgt. Pepper. There’s even a powerful cover of Lennon’s ”Gimme Some Truth” for a finale. It takes massive cojones to flirt so close to Beatlemania — but this quirky folk-rocker has the talent to pull it off. A

Originally posted March 11 1994 — 12:00 AM EST

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