Friday, October 20, 2006

Requested...
Bobbie Gentry "Ode to Billie Joe" 1967

Gentry's debut LP, which went to number one on the pop charts, was a promising but not wholly satisfying disc, with the singer penning all but one of the songs. Inevitably, the title track dwarfed everything else by comparison, but a greater problem was that several of the other tunes recycled variations of the "Ode to Billie Joe" riff. On the other hand, "Mississippi Delta" is gloriously tough, throaty swamp rock; few other women pop singers have sounded as raw. Other good cuts were "I Saw an Angel Die," an effective mating of Gentry's country-blues guitar riffs and low-key orchestration, and the jazz waltz-timed "Papa, Woncha Let Me Go to Town With You." Her vocals are poised and husky throughout the record, on which she was definitely on the right track -- one that she was quickly diverted from, into more MOR-oriented sounds. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone that likes Bobby Gentry should pick up "An American Quilt-1967-1974."
The posted album is a good collector's item.

20 October, 2006 12:52  
Blogger Spider Lady said...

DEAR. LIiZARSON..
THANKS A MILLION!!!
HER VOICE'S WONDERFUL, AND YOU ARE SO NICE, TOO.
I'LL LISTEN WITH THANKS.

"どうも ありがとう ございます。"

20 October, 2006 13:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fine!
More Bobbie Gentry, please.
Thanks a lot
Dave

20 October, 2006 19:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

magnificient! i wait for this one for so long, i already have the LP vinyl version but it's a bit distroyed by age, dying to have a mp3 version! Thanx a lot
Guillaume

20 October, 2006 21:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A big "Thank you" for this gem!!!!

Best wishes

bobdylan(Frank)

21 October, 2006 10:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! I can't believe that I have never heard this album...just a couple of tracks.

Just me

22 October, 2006 15:13  
Anonymous bushwhacker said...

Thanks so much, great album.

08 November, 2006 21:58  
Blogger UK folk junkie said...

My girlfriend Pal loves this stuff!

10 June, 2007 14:48  
Anonymous streaker said...

This is terrific stuff. Wonderful singing and sometimes equally good arrangements. Any chance to have her second album The Delta Sweete posted on Time Has Told Me?

19 July, 2007 17:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
I know the song 'Ode to Billie Joe', but I've never heard any other songs from Bobbie Gentry. So, I'm sure it will be a nice surprise.
Thanks a lot!

22 April, 2009 05:06  
Blogger Andrew said...

Where's the link?

06 April, 2010 01:09  

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