Ode to Billie Joe/Touch 'Em with Love

Ode to Billie Joe/Touch 'Em with Love

by Bobbie Gentry
     
 

Bobbie Gentry's eerily beautiful, ornate, and almost gothic approach to country music means there's never really been another artist quite like her, and this disc, which pairs 1967's Ode to Billie Joe, her debut album, with 1969's more pop and polished Touch 'Em with Love, offers plenty of that uniqueness. The opener, "Mississippi Delta," is raw,See more details below

Overview

Bobbie Gentry's eerily beautiful, ornate, and almost gothic approach to country music means there's never really been another artist quite like her, and this disc, which pairs 1967's Ode to Billie Joe, her debut album, with 1969's more pop and polished Touch 'Em with Love, offers plenty of that uniqueness. The opener, "Mississippi Delta," is raw, energetic, and raggedly funky. "Papa, Won't You Let Me Go to Town with You" is so desperately bright that it's easy to overlook the fact that Gentry, who is a wonderful songwriter, has painted an amazingly detailed portrait of a young girl's hopes and dreams. Then there's the creepy, eerie, and absolutely fascinating "Bugs." At the other end of the rainbow, Gentry gives a sleek, sultry shine to "I Wouldn't Be Surprised," which has an aching orchestral sweep. Mostly known for the left-field success of "Ode to Billie Joe," a brilliant song that's part riddle and part a family character study, Gentry had a lot more than just that song in her back pocket, as these two LPs show. Raven Records has added seven bonus tracks, including B-sides, a Spanish-language version of Gentry singing the Beatles' "Here, There and Everywhere," and three duets with Glen Campbell from the lone album the two did together.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657028728
catalogNumber:
287
Rank:
11111

Tracks

  1. Mississippi Delta
  2. I Saw an Angel Die
  3. Chickasaw County Child
  4. Sunday Best
  5. Niki Hoeky
  6. Papa, Won't You Let Me Go to Town with You
  7. Bugs
  8. Hurry, Tuesday Child
  9. Lazy Willie
  10. Ode to Billie Joe
  11. Touch 'Em with Love
  12. Greyhound Goin' Somewhere
  13. Natural to Be Gone
  14. Seasons Come, Seasons Go
  15. Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing
  16. I Wouldn't Be Surprised
  17. Son of a Preacher Man
  18. Where's the Playground, Johnny
  19. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
  20. You've Made Me So Very Happy
  21. Scarlet Ribbons
  22. The Girl from Cincinnati
  23. You and Me Together
  24. Let It Be Me
  25. All I Have to Do Is Dream
  26. Walk Right Back
  27. En Todas Partes

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobbie Gentry   Primary Artist
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor

Technical Credits

John Hartford   Composer
Michael Martin Murphey   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Kelly Gordon   Producer
Larry Henley   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Bobbie Gentry   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Kelso Herston   Producer
John Hurley   Composer
Manny Kurtz   Composer
Hank Levine   Arranger
Don Tweedy   Arranger
Ronnie Wilkins   Composer
Lolly Vegas   Composer
Mark Mathis   Composer
Pat Vegas   Composer
Warren Barnett   Mastering
Jack Segal   Composer
Pierre Leroyer   Composer
Evelyn Danzig   Composer
Ian McFarlane   Liner Notes

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