Jeannie C. Riley was born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson on October 19, 1945 in Stamford, Texas, but raised in Anson, Texas. She broke the mould of traditional, ultra-conservative, long wholesome gingham dress and frilly cuffs, wearing the original bouffant-haired mini-skirted, knee-length-booted, sassy Country siren, living out the role of the Widow Johnson as depicted in her controversial worldwide smash hit record, Harper Valley P.T.A. She has 9 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100. Her country charting career covered from 1968 to 1976: 12 singles, 1968 to 1971 (Plantation), 7 singles, 1971 to 1973 (MGM), 1 single, 1974 (Mercury) and 1 single, 1976 (Warner). His uncharted singles lasted until 1984.
This 2 CD set, by Charly Records from UK, contains 5 complete albums with 58 songs.
1 Harper Valley, P.T.A. (Plantation PLP 1)(Billboard 12/1968; C&W 1/1968)
2 Yearbooks And Yesterday (Plantation PLP 2)(Billboard 187/1969; C&W 9/1969)
3 Things Go Better With Love (Plantation PLP 3)(Billboard 142/1969; C&W 14/1969)
4 Country Girl (Plantation PLP 8)(C&W 25/1970)
5 The Generation Gap (Plantation PLP 11)(C&W 34/1970)
1 The albums by Jeannie C. Riley are never available on CDs. Therefore, these 5 albums are making their welcome CD debut.
2 There are many singles (a and rare b-sides) found in the five albums:
(01) Harper Valley P.T.A. (Plantation 3)(Pop 1/1968; C&W 1(3)/1968)
(02) Yesterday All Day Long Today (b-side, Plantation 3)(1968)*CD debut.
(03) The Girl Most Likely (Plantation 7)(Pop 55/1968; C&W 6/1968)
(04) My Scrapebook (b-side, Plantation 3)(1968)*CD debut.
(05) There Never Was A Time (Plantation 16)(Pop 77/1969; C&W 5/1969)
(06) Back To School (b-side, Plantation 16)(1969)*CD debut.
(07) The Rib (Plantation 22)(Pop 111/1969; C&W 32/1969)
(08) I’m The Woman (b-side, Plantation 22)(1969)*CD debut.
(09) Things Go Better With Love (Plantation 29)(Pop 111/1969; C&W 34/1969)
(10) The Back Side Of Dallas (b-side, Plantation 29)(C&W 33/1969)
(11) Country Girl (Plantation 44)(Pop 106/1970; C&W 7/1970)
(12) We Were Raised On Love (b-side, Plantation 44)(1970)*CD debut.
(13) Duty Not Desire (Plantation 59)(C&W 21/1970)
(14) Holdin’ On (b-side, Plantation 59)(1970)*CD debut.
3 The sound is well remastered, clean with no hiss.
4 The set comes in the form of a hard cover fold-out book, with discs under each front and back cover, together with a 16-page booklet. The booklet has thick papers. All the five original front album covers are included, with many nice Jeannie C. Riley’s pictures. Label & number and chart position for each album are included. 8 pretty single label pictures are also included.
5 Disc 1: 79 minutes; Disc 2: 78 minutes. Good value.
Finally, 5 complete albums by Jeannie C. Riley are available on CDs, with good sound. I wish someday, a Complete Singles Collection is done for her, covering her entire career with Plantation, MGM, Mercury and Warner, with a and b-sides, arranged chronologically. I am not holding my breath on that because my reputable reissue labels in UK, now responsible for most of the Complete Singles Collection, a and b-sides, US and UK (like those by Acrobat on Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, Bobby Darin, The Platters, Duane Eddy, and soon to be released Jerry Lee Lewis, or similar collections with a-sides on Hank Snow, Webb Pierce and Eddy Arnold). But the compilation would stop in 1962 probably because of Public Domain law in UK.
Enough ranting. I personally love this set. There are many memorable album tracks. The entire set is enjoyable and is recommended to all Jeannie C. Riley and C&W fans.