Bobbie Gentry POX

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I know there are some fans out there

Mississippi Delta
Ode to Billie Joe
Jessye' Lisabeth
Sweete Peony
Casket Vignette
I'll Never Fall in Love Again
He Made a Woman Out of Me
Apartment 21
The Girl from Cincinnati

Josefa, Thursday, 23 November 2017 18:56 (four years ago) link

Morning Glory.

dan selzer, Thursday, 23 November 2017 19:26 (four years ago) link

Good one. I had a hard time settling on the 10th song and that could've been it

Josefa, Thursday, 23 November 2017 19:41 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

I'm going in on the Bobbie Gentry discography. I only know a few songs ('Ode to Billie Joe'; 'Rainmaker'). Where's a good place to start?

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 20 January 2020 09:26 (two years ago) link

The Delta Sweete!

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 20 January 2020 10:09 (two years ago) link

My introduction to Bobbie Gentry was the LP she did with Glen Campbell, which is wonderful if a complete cornfest

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 20 January 2020 10:12 (two years ago) link

I got the recent boxset based on praise from the Hoffman forums, having only heard a few of the hits prior. It's very good, but probably more than you need.

The Delta Sweete is the only really perfect album of the bunch, but man is it really great. After the success of Billie Joe, the label gave her total creative control and she knocked it out of the park. Unfortunately, it didn't sell and afterwards the albums were littered with cruddy covers ("Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head", Beatles, "Son of a Preacher Man" which should be better than it is).

Ode to Billie Joe is very good as well, with a lot of the songs using the same sort of bossanova guitar style as the title track. There are a couple of clunkers ("Bugs") but nothing awful. It feels like a rushed album with songs to pad out the hit but it has a relaxed charm.

The album with Glen Campbell is by far my least favorite. Too much of him and not enough Bobbie. Her voice is so fluid and expressive and it highlights how much Campbell's is... not.

The rest of the albums are a mixed bag. Some terrific originals mixed with blah covers and rando minor tracks.

Cow_Art, Monday, 20 January 2020 11:45 (two years ago) link

thanks Cow_Art. Started listening to the Delta Sweete at lunhc and it was well worth it!

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 20 January 2020 13:58 (two years ago) link

Oddly, after composing almost every song on the Ode to Billy Joe LP she wrote fewer and fewer songs with each subsequent album (only one on 1970's Fancy) but then suddenly she came up with the entirely self-composed Patchwork in 1971 which sounds much different from the albums before it, quieter and simpler I would describe it - but that turned out to be her last album.

Josefa, Monday, 20 January 2020 15:05 (two years ago) link

isn’t there some story or rumor that she was dating Jim Ford at the time and he helped with the writing, at least the title song?

We Jam von Economo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 January 2020 16:26 (two years ago) link

of Ode to Billie Joe

We Jam von Economo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 January 2020 16:27 (two years ago) link

which he told to Nick Lowe who repeated it. Seems to have been slapped down by many others.

We Jam von Economo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 January 2020 16:29 (two years ago) link

never heard that

Josefa, Monday, 20 January 2020 17:08 (two years ago) link

Patchwork was my favourite discovery when I listened to the box set last year.

Jeff W, Monday, 20 January 2020 17:16 (two years ago) link

What’s the deal with “thunder in the afternoon”? It’s my favorite discovery of the year but I guess it only ever appeared on some German “best of” CD or something... and this new balearic comp from Bill Brewster. Is there a whole lost album of chilled out electric piano soul??

brimstead, Monday, 20 January 2020 19:46 (two years ago) link

two months pass...


brimstead, Monday, 6 April 2020 18:48 (two years ago) link

"Thunder in the Afternoon" is from album sessions in 1978 that never resulted in an album

Josefa, Monday, 6 April 2020 19:05 (two years ago) link

ahhh hmmm thanks!

brimstead, Monday, 6 April 2020 19:22 (two years ago) link

please stop bumping threads of older musicians i'm gonna get upset here.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Monday, 6 April 2020 19:26 (two years ago) link

go to hell

brimstead, Monday, 6 April 2020 19:35 (two years ago) link

we’re all upset

brimstead, Monday, 6 April 2020 19:35 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

You may know my body but you cannot know my mind

J. Sam, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 14:22 (one year ago) link

Thread is too short.

Mark G, Friday, 17 September 2021 08:40 (one year ago) link

How the hell did she leave Smoke in the can and unreleased, that song blows me away? Seen some recent uploads of her Ed Sullivan spots, such a weird dichotomy between her amazing songwriting artistry and the sort of show biz automaton stuff she churned out in tv specials and Vegas, not surprising she walked away at a still youngish age when she made enough money to retire

buzza, Friday, 17 September 2021 08:51 (one year ago) link

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