The Inmates meet the Beatles (9/8/01)
Riverside Records in the UK will release
The Inmates' album "Meet the Beatles" on Sept.24. The album, originally released 15 years ago, is actually a live performance featuring songs from all periods of the Fabs' career performed by the Inmates. The track list: Little Child, I'll Get You, She's A Woman, You Can't Do That, Day Tripper, Back in the USSR, We Can Work It Out, I Wanna Be Your Man, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Birthday, I Saw Her Standing There, Get Back, I'm Down. The group adds a gritty and tough rocking sound to the music of the Fabs, giving the music a harder edge.

Here's a press release on the album:

The legendary "Meet the Beatles - Live in Paris" by the Inmates will be released this year by Riverside Records. Both original masters and artwork were lost after the album's original release in 1987 and no reprint had been possible since. The album comprises 13 tracks (2 more than the original vinyl LP), all written by Lennon-McCartney and performed live in a gun-smoking R&B style.


Bill Hurley: vocals
Peter Gunn: guitar, vocals
Tony Oliver: guitar
Ben Donnelly: bass
Eddie Edwards: drums
Produced by Vic Maile

The Inmates were formed in North London in 1977 and soon established themselves as one of the capital's most popular live groups. Their influences included The Animals, The Pretty Things, The Rolling Stones and, not surprisingly, Dr. Feelgood. They arrived at the tail end of the pub-rock movement, but still managed to find success with their mix of originals and covers of classic R&B and Rock & Roll tunes. Of the latter, a version of the Standells' "Dirty Water," included on the band's 1979 debut First Offence, became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Capitalising on chart success throughout Europe & North America, the early eighties saw the band confirm their international status.

Bill Hurley left The Inmates in 1983 through illness and was replaced by long-time friend Barrie Masters from Eddie And The Hot Rods. In 1985 Barrie departed to reform the Hot Rods and Bill Hurley, fresh from the success of his solo album " Double Agent ", returned to his old position, centre stage.

In 1987, the leading French newspaper Liberation decided to organise a special concert in Paris as part of the Sgt Pepper 20th anniversary and set their choice on The Inmates as the band who would perform an entire concert of Beatles songs. Despite their capability to write excellent original material, The Inmates have never been afraid to experiment with cover versions and make them sound as their own songs. "Meet the Beatles" is a shining example of the band's ability to pick songs and make them into energy-fueled R&B while still paying respect to the original. It goes without saying that they couldn't help performing The Beatles' songs sounding like The Inmates!

Like most of their albums, "Meet the Beatles" was produced by top English producer Vic Maile (Motorhead, Dr Feelgood, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Guns n' Roses, Hawkwind, Girlschool, The Dogs, Vibrators.) who played a significant part to the distinctive sound of The Inmates.

Thanks to Bill Hurley's fine vocals ("The best British singer" - Robert Plant) and Peter Staines blistering guitar work, The Inmates often excel other bands who play "traditional" Rock & Roll, simply because the band is able to give their songs and live act that extra something. The rhythm section of Ben Donelly and Eddie (also from The Vibrators) together with Tony Oliver's killer rhythm guitar provide an unmistakable "British punky R&B" drive. This is The Inmates at their peak, in their classic line-up and in their natural environment: on stage. From lesser-known songs to classic rockers, their gun-smokin' R&B tribute to The Beatles is electrifying and makes "Meet the Beatles" an absolute classic.

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