Ode to Billie Joe/Touch 'Em with Love

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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: 612657028728
  • Catalog Number: 287
  • Sales rank: 31,171

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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