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A nice compilation,
This review is from: The Very Best Of Bobbie Gentry (Audio CD)
Bobbie Gentry did not record many albums but several compilations have been released. Because Bobbie only had a few big hits that have to be included, the remainder of each compilation often differs significantly. This UK compilation includes plenty of cover versions, some of which were duets with Glen Campbell. There are very few original songs here but other compilations of Bobbie's music (particularly those compiled and released in America) feature Bobbie's original material heavily.
Of course, this compilation includes Ode to Billie Joe (an American number one and British top twenty hit) and I'll never fall in love again (a British number one hit). Perhaps these two songs, more than anything else, show the difference in tastes between British and American listeners. Ode to Billie Joe is a Bobbie Gentry original - a classic country song with a bluesy edge. Contrast that with I'll never fall in love again, a mainstream pop song written by Bacharach and David, first recorded by Dionne Warwick (and not to be confused with the Tom Jones hit of the same title). Following her British success, Bobbie became a TV presenter and this affected her recordings - she sometimes selected material that would appeal to her TV audience.
Bobbie had a minor international hit with Raindrops keep falling on my head, but B J Thomas had the big American hit with this song while Sacha Distel had the big UK hit, so Bobbie's version is generally regarded as a cover. Among the other covers here are four Beatles classics, these being Something in the way he moves, The fool on the hill, Eleanor Rigby and Here there and everywhere. Son of a preacher man was a huge hit for Dusty Springfield. You've made me so very happy was originally written and recorded by Motown's Brenda Holloway, but it was Blood sweat and tears who had the hit. In the ghetto was a transatlantic hit for Elvis Presley. Tobacco Road was a UK top ten hit for the Nashville Teens (a British R+B group despite their name). Two Everly Brothers covers feature among the Glen Campbell duets, one of which (All I have to do is dream) became a UK top three hit for Glen and Bobbie.
This is a great collection of Bobbie's music despite being somewhat short of original material. Nevertheless, this collection was compiled for the British market and the presence of so many familiar songs will help UK sales.