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The Delta Sweete/Local Gentry [Import]

Bobbie Gentry Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Raven
  • ASIN: B000EWBMHO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Okolona River bottom Band
2. Big Boss Man
3. Reunion
4. Parchman Farm Blues
5. Mornin' Glory
6. Sermon
7. Tobacco Road
8. Penduli Pendulum
9. Jessye' Lisabeth
10. Refractions
11. Louisiana Man
12. Courtyard
13. Sweete Peony
14. Casket Vignette
15. Come Away Melinda
16. The Fool On the Hill
17. Papa's Medicine Show
18. Ace Insurance Man
19. Recollection
20. Sittin' Pretty
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Combined for the first time on one CD, two unique albums by the legendary Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Bobbie Gentry. While best remembered for her first and biggest hit, the bittersweet "Ode To Billie Joe", Gentry continued to prove herself a performer and writer of rare talent, issuing a string of high quality albums until her retirement in the early 1970s. Both released in 1968, The Delta Sweete and Local Gentry are superb examples of Gentry's artistry at work. Both albums feature superb quality audio taken from the original album masters and this compilation closes with three rare bonus tracks.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars about time 7 July 2006
By C. J. Walker VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
at last Bobbie's original albums are being released instead of the constant compilations.These are albums No 2 and 3,The Delta Sweete follows on where Ode to Billy Joe left off,country meets folk,but Local Gentry takes Bobbie out of that mould and injects some rock and pop.I think Bobbie Gentry is possibly the greatest female vocalist ever!, that texas drawl in her voice is seductive and smooth and is pure ear candy.Lets hope albums 4 and 5 follow soon which will include "Touch em'with Love" her best album yet.If you don't own any of her CD's this is a great one to begin with and fall in love with the beautifull BOBBIE GENTRY.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last!!! 16 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yes, at last, Bobbie Gentry is being appreciated enough to have 2 original albums put onto one cd. But not appreciated enough to have the tracks remastered in any way, shape or form, or to have a cd for each album. Having said that, these albums go so well together, the coutry-folk of Tobacco Road sits prefectly next to Ace Insurance Man and the 2 Beatles covers are a match to Refractions and Jessye'lizabeth. The mastering is varied throughout but not too bad overall. I'd recommend anyone who has not heard Bobbie before to begin with these two wonderful albums.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't say that I am surprised that these albums were commercial failures. It was around this time that some labels started regarding albums as the important format, with singles being used as a promotional tool. For most of the time before then, singles had been the main sellers while albums were aimed at those with above average incomes. Well, that's simplifying things somewhat, but the point is that neither of these albums contained a big hit, so they didn't sell in large quantities.

Among the original songs, my favourite is Ace insurance man, about an insurance man who isn't such an ace. Some of the other original songs are hard to get into, which is why they didn't do well as singles. I'm glad these albums were released. but I need to set aside time to study them properly.

There are some great covers of familiars songs here, including three Beatles songs as well as Big boss man, Tobacco road, Louisiana man, Peaceful and Away in a manger. Some people don't like cover versions, but I always liked them as a way of expanding my musical knowledge (hey, who did the original - must check that out) and comparing different artists. Cover versions are particularly important for passing music down the generations. Some artists who were huge in their day have faded somewhat because their songs are rarely covered, while others who weren't so big are sometimes better known in later years because their songs have become popular via covers.

Maybe once I realize what the original songs are about, I might think of this as a 5-star CD, but just now it's 4 stars from me. I like it, but I can't say I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DISTINCTIVE MISS GENTRY 5 Mar 2014
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BOBBY'S 6 CAPITOL ALBUMS ARE GEMS.NOONE SINGS THESE TYPE OF SONGS BETTER THAN BOBBY.SO MANY UK SINGERS OF THE PERIOD HAD A GD TRY BUT CLEARLY THEY NEVER STEPPED A FOOT IN THE DELTA.THIS IS THE REAL THING.ALL BOBBYS CAPITOL ALBUMS ARE RECOMMENDED AND GREAT 60S PRODUCTIONS
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is What It's All About! 12 Jun 2006
By Mark D. Prouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Several artists have covered the Beatles' songs "Fool On The Hill" and "Eleanor Rigby" (Sarah Vaughan, Sergio Mendes, Petula Clark & Joan Baez, to name but a few), and very well, but none have done so as beautifully as Bobbie Gentry. These are just a couple of highlights from this new CD release of Gentry's DELTA SWEETE and LOCAL GENTRY albums, both on this one disc. Years ago, I wrote to Capitol/EMI and Collectibles, suggesting this same combination, knowing that these two companies specialize in "twofers." I never expected it to happen, so it's a dream come true, thanks to Australia's Raven label.

Commercial failures at the time of their release, both albums featured here are GREAT, from start to finish. Here we have an original, creative artist at the top of her game, who, somehow, slipped through the cracks in the general public's collective imagination. "Ode To Billie Joe" and "Fancy" are but the tip of Gentry's iceberg, and it was smart of Raven to NOT use these songs as bonus tracks in order to attract buyers. Masterpieces though these songs are, they're on every Bobbie Gentry compilation currently available, and don't need to be here in order to bolster the release of these albums, presented here in their entire, original sequences. Instead, two of the bonus tracks are reprised from Capitol's expensive import compilation, THE CAPITOL YEARS: ODE TO BOBBIE GENTRY. The first, "Stormy," is a stunning, acoustic rendition of The Classics IV hit, and as far as I'm concerned, it blows the original right out of the water. Understated and just plain gorgeous! (only Santana's version comes close, but its style is completely different). The second bonus track is a surprising take on Donovan's "Skip Along Sam." The third is a lovely performance of "Away In A Manger" (this one's kind of rare), but I'm glad it's last, as I won't listen to it out of season. I would have preferred to have "Show Off" instead, from the same compilation, or "Steal Away," which would fit here perfectly, but mine is a very small quibble.

What we have here are two solid albums of wonderful, swampy country-pop music that are wholly unique, sung in a rich, smoky contralto voice that could not be mistaken for that of anyone else (Gentry does have a few things in common with Dusty Springfield: both singers might be classified as "blue-eyed soul," they each used a rather breathy technique; and both were entranced by the lure and lore of the American South).

The string arrangements used on THE DELTA SWEETE and LOCAL GENTRY have a distinctive flavor that I've rarely heard anywhere else; sweeping, grand gestures that seem to capture the very South itself, with all of its drama, contradictions, humor and very deep sadness. It's not quite "country" music, nor is it Cajun or folk, although one can discern mixtures of all three here and there. "Come Away Melinda" is a devastating post-apocalyptic scenario depicting the unearthing of an old picture album by a little girl who has survived, never having known the world as it once was. Spine-tingling. "Casket Vignette" is a bit of black humor set in an undertaker's office. "Refractions" is a spellbinding description of a beautiful nightmare, and "Parchman Farm Blues" is a prickly cover of a Mose Allison tune, about a man rotting away in prison ("...all he ever done was shoo' his wife..."). Bobbie makes a sassy "Big Boss Man" her own, while her original, "Ace Insurance Man," is a hilarious soap opera about sex and small town gossip, with a slapstick ending, set to a contagious Louisiana beat. "Courtyard" is a sparkling, sun-dappled ballad that is heartbreaking in its beauty.

The oft-covered "Tobacco Road" sums up the quality of both of these albums: mysterious, majestic, melancholy and joyous all at the same time. For me, it's a definitive reading.

Gentry's career may have been brief, but she rarely faltered, and these are her two best albums, in my opinion, without a single lemon in the bunch. Buy this CD while you still can!!! (Now, can we please have a CD release of PATCHWORK)?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD--too many covers for my taste 19 July 2007
By R. Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I agree with the previous reviewer. I'm very glad the Gentry albums are being re-released. I also think omitting "ode to Billy Joe" and "Fancy" was a good decision on the compiler's part. These songs were what introduced me to Ms. Gentry's work, but they are not the ones that get me buying CD collections. The truth is lady has an outstanding voice.

My big complaint is 1/4 of this CD are covers--none of her treatments are bad. Bluntly, in the case of "Stormy" and "Tobacco Road" they are exceptional. I also enjoyed the Southern take on the Beatles' "Fool on the Hill" and "Eleanor Rigby."

But as a whole, the singing and arrangement are exceptional. Ms. Gentry had a brief and very (IMHO) undervalued career, but she truly did know how to sing and how to turn a song to her own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Commercial failures at the time, but there were some great songs here 14 May 2014
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can't say that I am surprised that these albums were commercial failures. It was around this time that some labels started regarding albums as the important format, with singles being used as a promotional tool. For most of the time before then, singles had been the main sellers while albums were aimed at those with above average incomes. Well, that's simplifying things somewhat, but the point is that neither of these albums contained a big hit, so they didn't sell in large quantities.

Among the original songs, my favourite is Ace insurance man, about an insurance man who isn't such an ace. Some of the other original songs are hard to get into, which is why they didn't do well as singles. I'm glad these albums were released. but I need to set aside time to study them properly.

There are some great covers of familiars songs here, including three Beatles songs as well as Big boss man, Tobacco road, Louisiana man, Peaceful and Away in a manger. Some people don't like cover versions, but I always liked them as a way of expanding my musical knowledge (hey, who did the original - must check that out) and comparing different artists. Cover versions are particularly important for passing music down the generations. Some artists who were huge in their day have faded somewhat because their songs are rarely covered, while others who weren't so big are sometimes better known in later years because their songs have become popular via covers.

Maybe once I realize what the original songs are about, I might think of this as a 5-star CD, but just now it's 4 stars from me. I like it, but I can't say I love it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That beautiful Delta Sweete 23 Sep 2010
By James D. Abernethy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The first album I ever bought where I fell in love with every single cut.
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bobbie 5 Feb 2014
By RoyBoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bobbie as she wanted it. She was (and probably still is) her own person. God bless her for the enjoyment she has provided. Hope she is having a great life!
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