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(UMC) 46 tracks, digisleeve in slipcase, limited cut down edition. The expanded CD edition... more

Bobby Gentry: The Girl From Chickasaw Country (2-CD, Ltd. Cut Down)

(UMC) 46 tracks, digisleeve in slipcase, limited cut down edition.

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 Girl From Chickasaw Country (2-CD, Ltd. Cut Down)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Universal Music

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0600753956533

  • weight in Kg 0.13
Gentry, Bobbie - The Girl From Chickasaw Country (2-CD, Ltd. Cut Down) CD 1
01 Ode to Billie Joe Bobby Gentry
02 I Saw an Angel Die Bobby Gentry
03 Chickasaw County Child Bobby Gentry
04 Sunday Best [alternate take] Bobby Gentry
05 Hurry, Tuesday Child [demo] Bobby Gentry
06 Niki Hokey / Barefootin’ [Live on the BBC] Bobby Gentry
07 Mississippi Delta [alternate version] Bobby Gentry
08 The Seventh Son [Band version] Bobby Gentry
09 Okolona River Bottom Band Bobby Gentry
10 Mornin' Glory Bobby Gentry
11 Jessye' Lisabeth Bobby Gentry
12 Refractions Bobby Gentry
13 Courtyard Bobby Gentry
14 Feelin’ Good [demo] Bobby Gentry
15 Sweete Peony [alternate Version] Bobby Gentry
16 Casket Vignette Bobby Gentry
17 Recollection Bobby Gentry
18 Eleanor Rigby Bobby Gentry
19 Sittin’ Pretty Bobby Gentry
20 Hushabye Mountain Bobby Gentry
21 The Conspiracy of Homer Jones Bobby Gentry
22 Sunday Mornin' [alternate version] Bobby Gentry
25 24 23 Let It Be Me (duet with Glen Campbell) [without strings] Bobby Gentry
Gentry, Bobbie - The Girl From Chickasaw Country (2-CD, Ltd. Cut Down) CD 2
01 Suppertime Bobby Gentry
02 God Bless The Child Bobby Gentry
03 This Girl’s In Love With You Bobby Gentry
04 Touch 'Em with Love [stereo version] Bobby Gentry
05 Greyhound Goin' Somewhere Bobby Gentry
06 Seasons Come, Seasons Go [demo] Bobby Gentry
07 Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing [alternate take] Bobby Gentry
08 Fancy Bobby Gentry
09 Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Forget 'Em Bobby Gentry
10 He Made A Woman Out of Me Bobby Gentry
11 Rainmaker Bobby Gentry
12 Circle ‘Round the Sun Bobby Gentry
13 Apartment 21 [Stereo 7” version] Bobby Gentry
14 Billy the Kid [Live on the BBC] Bobby Gentry
15 Benjamin Bobby Gentry
16 But I Can't Get Back Bobby Gentry
17 Belinda [acoustic version] Bobby Gentry
18 Mean Stepmama Blues Bobby Gentry
19 Lookin' In Bobby Gentry
20 Smoke Bobby Gentry
21 Joanne Bobby Gentry
22 You And Me Together Bobby Gentry
25 24 23 The Girl from Cincinnati 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 Girl From Chickasaw Country (2-CD, Ltd. Cut Down) CD 1
01 Ode to Billie Joe
02 I Saw an Angel Die
03 Chickasaw County Child
04 Sunday Best [alternate take]
05 Hurry, Tuesday Child [demo]
06 Niki Hokey / Barefootin’ [Live on the BBC]
07 Mississippi Delta [alternate version]
08 The Seventh Son [Band version]
09 Okolona River Bottom Band
10 Mornin' Glory
11 Jessye' Lisabeth
12 Refractions
13 Courtyard
14 Feelin’ Good [demo]
15 Sweete Peony [alternate Version]
16 Casket Vignette
17 Recollection
18 Eleanor Rigby
19 Sittin’ Pretty
20 Hushabye Mountain
21 The Conspiracy of Homer Jones
22 Sunday Mornin' [alternate version]
25 24 23 Let It Be Me (duet with Glen Campbell) [without strings]
Gentry, Bobbie - The Girl From Chickasaw Country (2-CD, Ltd. Cut Down) CD 2
01 Suppertime
02 God Bless The Child
03 This Girl’s In Love With You
04 Touch 'Em with Love [stereo version]
05 Greyhound Goin' Somewhere
06 Seasons Come, Seasons Go [demo]
07 Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing [alternate take]
08 Fancy
09 Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Forget 'Em
10 He Made A Woman Out of Me
11 Rainmaker
12 Circle ‘Round the Sun
13 Apartment 21 [Stereo 7” version]
14 Billy the Kid [Live on the BBC]
15 Benjamin
16 But I Can't Get Back
17 Belinda [acoustic version]
18 Mean Stepmama Blues
19 Lookin' In
20 Smoke
21 Joanne
22 You And Me Together
25 24 23 The Girl from Cincinnati