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(Capitol) 34 tracks, digisleeve. The expanded CD edition features a new stereo mix of the album... more

Bobby Gentry: The Delta Sweete (2-CD Deluxe Edition)

(Capitol) 34 tracks, digisleeve.

The expanded CD edition features a new stereo mix of the album (taken directly from the surviving four- and eight-track tapes) by producer/compiler Andrew Batt, as well as the original mono mix that debuts on CD. There are a total of 10 bonus tracks to admire, including a previously unreleased original demo of The Way I Do and a special instrumental version of Okolona River Bottom Band featuring the great Shorty Rogers on bass trumpet.

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  • Interpret: Bobby Gentry

  • Album titlle: The Delta Sweete (2-CD Deluxe Edition)

  • Label CAPITOL

  • Genre Country

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0600753904749

  • weight in Kg 0.09
Gentry, Bobbie - The Delta Sweete (2-CD Deluxe Edition) CD 1
01 Okolona River Bottom Band (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
02 Big Boss Man (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
03 Reunion (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
04 Parchman Farm (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
05 Mornin' Glory (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
06 Sermon (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
07 Tobacco Road (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
08 Penduli Pendulum (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
09 Jessye' Lisabeth (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
10 Refractions (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
11 Louisiana Man (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
12 Courtyard (Remastered 2020) Bobby Gentry
13 BONUS TRACKS:Okolona River Bottom Band (Instrumental) Bobby Gentry
14 Mississippi Delta (Alternate Take) Bobby Gentry
15 Seventh Son (Band Version) Bobby Gentry
16 The Way I Do (Demo) Bobby Gentry
17 Feelin' Good (Demo) Bobby Gentry
Gentry, Bobbie - The Delta Sweete (2-CD Deluxe Edition) CD 2
01 MONO VERSION:Okolona River Bottom Band Bobby Gentry
02 Big Boss Man Bobby Gentry
03 Reunion Bobby Gentry
04 Parchman Farm Bobby Gentry
05 Mornin' Glory Bobby Gentry
06 Sermon Bobby Gentry
07 Tobacco Road Bobby Gentry
08 Penduli Pendulum Bobby Gentry
09 Jessye' Lisabeth Bobby Gentry
10 Refractions Bobby Gentry
11 Louisiana Man Bobby Gentry
12 Courtyard Bobby Gentry
13 BONUS TRACKS:Mornin' Glory (Demo) Bobby Gentry
14 Sermon (Demo) Bobby Gentry
15 Jessye' Lisabeth (Demo) Bobby Gentry
16 Refractions (Demo) Bobby Gentry
17 Louisiana Man (Demo) Bobby Gentry
Bobbie Gentry Ode To Billie Joe (Bobbie Gentry) purchase date: March 13, 1967 overdub... more
"Bobby Gentry"

Bobbie Gentry

Ode To Billie Joe

(Bobbie Gentry)

purchase date: March 13, 1967

overdub session May 24, 1967; Producer: Jimmie Haskell; probable musicians on the overdub session: Jimmie Haskell, leader; Jesse Ehrlich, Joseph Saxon: cello; Bill Kurasch, Lenny Malarsky, Ralph Schaeffer, Sid Sharp: violins

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Roberta Streeter grew up on her grandparents' farm in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, but moved to California to be with her mother when she was thirteen, so her Mississippi was one of memory and imagination. She first recorded in 1963 with rockabilly singer Jody Reynolds. Several years later, her nightclub act was heard by TV host Jim McKrell, who took her demo tape to music publisher Larry Shayne. In February,

1967, Shayne found a taker: newly-hired Kelly Gordon at Capitol Records. It seems likely that Gordon purchased the vocal-guitar demo of Billie Joe from Shayne and scheduled a session in April to record Mississippi Delta. By this point, Streeter had renamed herself Bobbie Gentry after the movie Ruby Gentry. Originally seven minutes long, Billie Joe was edited down and overdubbed by arranger Jimmie Haskell on May 24 for release on July 10 (Shayne's sheet music used the masculine spelling Billy Joe, while the record used the feminine Billie with the masculine Joe). With Mississippi Delta, as the planned A-side, Gordon asked Haskell to do a quick overdub on Billie Joe. "Put some strings on it so we won't be embarrassed," he said. "No one will ever hear it." Haskell's arrangement for two cellos and four violins perfectly complemented the song's smouldering intensity. "I made the bass line do the minimum amount of notes I could write for a cello bass and still have it sound interesting," he told Holly George Warren. "Five notes every four bars, played pizzicato. The other cello was played with a bow. I was experimenting because I'd been told no one would ever hear it." Like Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary, Ode To Billie Joe was delightfully at odds with the hippie era jangle. Gentry skillfully juxtaposed tragedy against the banality of everyday life, and left the enigma intact, accomplishing with a song what Flannery O’Connor accomplished with short stories. "The story of Billie Joe has two underlying themes," she said. "First, the illustration of a group of people's reactions to the life and death of Billie Joe, and its subsequent effect on their lives.

Second, the obvious gap between the girl and her mother is shown when both women experience a common loss (first, Billie Joe and, later, Papa), and yet Mama and the girl are unable to recognize their mutual loss or share their grief." Equally, the song could have been a comment on country people's indifference to accidents and disasters because tragedy is more a part of everyday life. When a movie was made of the song, scriptwriter Herman Raucher went to see Gentry who told him that she had no idea why Billie Joe jumped off the bridge. Raucher decided that Billie Joe killed himself after a drunken gay episode; that's Hollywood for you. The Tallahatchie Bridge later fell down; that's Mississippi for you. Gentry's record was an all-market sweep, reaching #1 on the pop chart, #17 on the country chart (eclipsing Margie Singleton's cover version), and #8 on the R&B chart (almost eclipsing King Curtis's R&B instrumental version). It won three Grammies. In 1973, Gentry donated the original draft of her song to the University of Mississippi. Eight years later, she dropped out of sight. There have been sightings in Georgia and Los Angeles, but no comeback.

- Colin Escott -

Various Country & Western Hit Parade 1967

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Tracklist
Gentry, Bobbie - The Delta Sweete (2-CD Deluxe Edition) CD 1
01 Okolona River Bottom Band (Remastered 2020)
02 Big Boss Man (Remastered 2020)
03 Reunion (Remastered 2020)
04 Parchman Farm (Remastered 2020)
05 Mornin' Glory (Remastered 2020)
06 Sermon (Remastered 2020)
07 Tobacco Road (Remastered 2020)
08 Penduli Pendulum (Remastered 2020)
09 Jessye' Lisabeth (Remastered 2020)
10 Refractions (Remastered 2020)
11 Louisiana Man (Remastered 2020)
12 Courtyard (Remastered 2020)
13 BONUS TRACKS:Okolona River Bottom Band (Instrumental)
14 Mississippi Delta (Alternate Take)
15 Seventh Son (Band Version)
16 The Way I Do (Demo)
17 Feelin' Good (Demo)
Gentry, Bobbie - The Delta Sweete (2-CD Deluxe Edition) CD 2
01 MONO VERSION:Okolona River Bottom Band
02 Big Boss Man
03 Reunion
04 Parchman Farm
05 Mornin' Glory
06 Sermon
07 Tobacco Road
08 Penduli Pendulum
09 Jessye' Lisabeth
10 Refractions
11 Louisiana Man
12 Courtyard
13 BONUS TRACKS:Mornin' Glory (Demo)
14 Sermon (Demo)
15 Jessye' Lisabeth (Demo)
16 Refractions (Demo)
17 Louisiana Man (Demo)