Bobbie Gentry Ode to Billie Joe 180g LP
Audio Beat Rated 3.5/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sound!
Remastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios. Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
Gentry's first 1967 album is a masterpiece, it's a simple as that. An album of
hauntingly beautiful songs penned by Bobbie herself bar one track. The album is
an uncluttered, straight down the line collection of smoky voiced gems, mostly
with the simplest guitar accompaniment, but with a quirky, almost psychedelic
twist on each track. The album is in a very similar vein and feel to Rodriguez's
stunning Cold Fact which came out three years later, and side by side you would
imagine the later album may have been inspired by Bobbie's seminal Ode To Billy
Joe. This album can also easily compare with Dusty's In Memphis for it's sheer
intimacy and soulful feel and is certainly in the same league musically.
After this first album, Bobbie moved into a more MOR groove, which in a way
makes this such a stand out and important album. Very highly recommended
especially as it has now been re-mastered at Abbey Road by Sean Magee.
"As usual, the Pallas pressing is exceptional -- free from artifacts and quiet to the very depths of the groove. Pure Pleasure has the most wide-ranging catalog among reissue labels, and this album is right at home with other off-the-beaten-track titles." - Marc Mickelson, www.theaudiobeat.com, 3.5/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sound!
• 180g Vinyl Analogue
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Limited Edition
• Remastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios
1. Mississippi Delta
2. I Saw an Angel Die
3. Chickasaw County Child
4. Sunday Best
5. Niki Hoeky
6. Papa, Woncha Let Me Go to Town With You?
8. Hurry, Tuesday Child
9. Lazy Willie
10. Ode To Billie Joe