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WEEK STARTING 5 Aug

Genre pick of the week Cover of The Girl From Chickasaw County - The Complete by Bobbie Gentry.

Bobbie Gentry

The Girl From Chickasaw County - The Complete

    Bobbie is notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. During her five-year tenure at Capitol, she penned at least two songs that have become certified classics, ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ and ‘Fancy’, among dozens of original compositions.

    Bobbie released eight Capitol albums in total, heralded by the smash hit debut ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ (Which displaced Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band from the top of the charts in the US). Delta Sweete, her third, is another highlight. MOJO magazine listed it in their top 500 greatest albums of all time and memorably described her as the ‘JD Salinger of rock n roll.’

    Bobbie also teamed up with Glen Campbell later that year (1968) for album of duets that earned her another gold record and spawned three hit singles, including a cover of the Everly Brothers’ hit ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream’, which rose to No. 3 on the U.K. and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The pair also toured briefly together and performed on a number of American and British television programs and specials.

    Bobbie enjoyed four UK hits, with ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’ topping the charts in 1969. In the USA, she notched 11 hits and was nominated for a Grammy for album Fancy, which was largely produced by Rick Hall in Muscle Shoals

    Bobbie had her own BBC show for 3 seasons, hosting the programmes, performing her own material and introducing guests such as Elton John, James Taylor and, Donovan. She also headlined her nightclub in Vegas.

    She quit the scene over 40 years ago (1978), and unlike everyone who returns, she has stayed out of sight. She remains one of the few genuine mysteries of popular music. Because she was so popular (No.1 singles/Albums, BBC TV series, Vegas residency) her abilities as a writer, producer and arranger were too often overlooked, she paved the way for Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. Bobbie’s songs continue to influence a new generation of artists like Cheryl Crow, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash all of whom have cited her as an influence and covered her songs.

    In 2018 UMC released Capitol years boxset consisted of 8CDs, this is the first ever large-scale retrospective containing the first UK reissues of her albums in their entirety – supplemented by 76 previously unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate takes from all Bobbie’s Capitol albums. Included are beautiful acoustic demos of songs like Refractions, Courtyard and Seasons Come Seasons Go, alternate takes of Sunday Best, Sweet Peony and Benjamin, and previously unheard originals like Morning to Midnight, and Joanne. In addition, Bobbie recorded some great cover versions that never saw the light of day including Conspiracy of Homer Jones by Dallas Frazier, Spinning Wheel by Blood Sweat and Tears, Salome Smith and her amazing dancing bear by Randy Newman, and blues songs like Seventh Son by Willie Dixon. One of the selling points of the set is a previously unreleased album of jazz cover versions including intimate mostly acoustic interpretations of songs including Irving Berlin’s Suppertime, Billie Holidays God Bless the Child (play from start) and Since I Fell for You by Buddy Johnson. This change of direction was abandoned in favour of the blue-eyed soul of the Touch em With Love LP, making these recordings a unique document of Bobbie as we have never heard her before. Also included are selections from Bobbie’s three BBC tv series including live versions of her well-known tracks Ode to Billie Joe and Mississippi Delta as well as songs Bobbie never recorded in the studio like The Beatles’ Mother Nature’s Son and Harry Nilsson’ Open your Window. All the audio has been mastered from the original tapes. These to include many rare and never before seen images of Bobbie, images from photo shoots, out takes, performing and touring. These releases will feature an exclusive illustration provided by fashion illustrator David Downton.

    These new formats (2CD / 2LP) are cut down versions of the boxset and feature a selection of the unreleased bonus material from the 8CD package, including an alternate take of Sunday Best, demo of Hurry, Tuesday Child, Mississippi Delta alternate version and many more. The CD will have a 38 page book, the LP will have a 12”12” insert with a selection of images used in the boxset and sleeve notes.

    TRACK LISTING

    2CD
    CD 1
    Ode To Billie Joe
    I Saw An Angel Die
    Chickasaw County Child
    Sunday Best [alternate Take]
    Hurry, Tuesday Child [demo]
    Niki Hokey / Barefootin’ [Live On The BBC]
    Mississippi Delta [alternate Version]
    The Seventh Son [Band Version]
    Okolona River Bottom Band
    Mornin' Glory
    Jessye' Lisabeth
    Refractions
    Courtyard
    Feelin’ Good [demo]
    Sweete Peony [alternate Version]
    Casket Vignette
    Recollection
    Eleanor Rigby
    Sittin’ Pretty
    Hushabye Mountain
    The Conspiracy Of Homer Jones
    Sunday Mornin' [alternate Version]
    Let It Be Me (duet With Glen Campbell) [without Strings]
    CD 2
    Suppertime
    God Bless The Child
    This Girl’s In Love With You
    Touch 'Em With Love [stereo Version]
    Greyhound Goin' Somewhere
    Seasons Come, Seasons Go [demo]
    Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing [alternate Take]
    Fancy
    Find 'Em, Fool 'Em And Forget 'Em
    He Made A Woman Out Of Me
    Rainmaker
    Circle ‘Round The Sun
    Apartment 21 [Stereo 7” Version]
    Billy The Kid [Live On The BBC]
    Benjamin
    But I Can't Get Back
    Belinda [acoustic Version]
    Mean Stepmama Blues
    Lookin' In
    Smoke
    Joanne
    You And Me Together
    The Girl From Cincinnati

    2LP
    LP 1 - SIDE A
    Ode To Billie Joe
    Chickasaw County Child
    Hurry, Tuesday Child [demo]
    Sunday Best [alternate Take]
    Mississippi Delta [alternate Version]
    Okolona River Bottom Band
    Refractions
    Courtyard
    LP 1 - SIDE B
    Mornin' Glory
    Sweete Peony [alternate Version]
    Casket Vignette
    Recollection
    Sittin’ Pretty
    Hushabye Mountain
    Conspiracy Of Homer Jones
    Sunday Mornin' [alternate Version]
    Let It Be Me (duet With Glen Campbell) [without Strings]
    LP 2 - SIDE C
    God Bless The Child
    This Girl’s In Love With You
    Touch 'Em With Love [stereo Version]
    Seasons Come, Seasons Go [demo]
    Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing [alternate Take]
    Fancy
    He Made A Woman Out Of Me
    Rainmaker
    Circle ‘Round The Sun
    LP 2 - SIDE D
    Apartment 21 [Stereo Version]
    Benjamin
    But I Can't Get Back
    Lookin' In
    Smoke
    Joanne
    The Girl From Cincinnati

    Léa Sen

    You Of Now Pt. 1

      Open-eared and open-hearted: these are the watchwords of Léa Sen’s music. At just 22 years old, the London-based singer, songwriter and producer has established herself as one of the capital’s most in-demand talents, meandering between gossamer vocal features for Joy Orbison to solowork that references everything from Bon Iver’s electronic timbre and folk guitars to Sampha’s impressionistic lyricism.

      Now Sen arrives with her most comprehensive statementto date - her debut EP, ‘You Of Now’. The five-track collection presents the self-assured maturity of an artist twice her age, with all tracks written, produced and mixed by Sen - still a rarity in a male dominated industry.

      “People assume that if you're a woman, you’re just a singer, whereas I do so much more,” she says. “I’m not going to make myself feel insecure though - I’m going to be comfortable expressing myself however I want.”

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Much To Lose
      2. I Like Dis
      3. With Or Without
      4. Hyasynth
      5. I Feel Like I'm Blue


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