The Great reviews for ‘The Girl From Chickasaw County’ boxset continue!
Sunday Times: Must have re-issue ‘Her talent for richly detailed songwriting roamed far and wide, as this fascinating box set shows.’
The Times: 5/5 ‘One of the most underrated songwriters of the 20th century, This handsome box set is a fitting tribute.’
The Sun: 4 1/2 / 5 ‘This sumptuous, beautifully curated box set rounds up all of her releases. A hidden treasure’.
Daily Mirror: 4/5 ‘This long overdue expansive eight-disc set shows her legacy is so much more than ‘Ode To Billie Joe’.
Daily Mail: 4/5 ‘This eight-disc CD retrospective is a fitting tribute to her enigmatic talent.’
Record Collector: 5/5 ‘A powerhouse of a woman, and a wonderful compilation to celebrate that.’
HiFi Choice: 5/5 ‘Brings her legacy sharply back into focus; what emerges is a revelation.’
The Arts Desk: Re-issue of the week ‘The Girl From Chickasaw County amply makes it clear that Gentry is a significant artist and this essential box set renders Bobbie Gentry more fascinating than ever’.
Shindig!: 5/5, ‘The box would be a formidable collection in it’s own right, but the rare and unreleased material make it unmissable – a stunning feat of excavation from compiler Andrew Batt’.
Music Week: ‘A strong and intriguing collection. Gentry was a versatile performer, with pop, soul, swamp funk, jazz and blues influences.’
AllMusic: 4 1/2 / 5 ‘The rarities deepen her work and add to the mystery, making The Girl from Chickasaw County a box set as endlessly beguiling as Bobbie Gentry herself.’
Check out the great new piece by Jeanette Leech on Bobbie’s career and pioneering spirit: ‘Why there is so much more to Bobbie Gentry than ‘Ode To Billie Joe’’ at udiscover
The first reviews are in for The Girl From Chickasaw County box set.
Uncut 9/10 “The previously unreleased material offers further fascinating insights… Gentry’s brilliance leaves you lamenting what she might have gone on to achieve.”
Mojo 4/5 “Shining a dark light on the other Bobbie Gentry…All the (re-mastered studio albums) are reason to invest in this retrospective, but the real clincher is the rare and unreleased recordings.”
Jeremy Roberts talks to boxset compiler Andrew Batt about the forthcoming 8cd set and all things Bobbie in his article for Medium.com “Bobbie Gentry’s archivist explores colossal ‘Girl from Chickasaw County’ box set”
The ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ album turns 51 today, udiscover looks back…
Bobbie Gentry graces the cover of Issue 83 of the UK music magazine Shindig! Inside is an 10 page feature looking at how Bobbie became a success in the UK, her extraordinary legacy and the forthcoming boxset. The magazine hits the news stands on 06/09/2018 and can be ordered from the magazine website in a physical or digital edition here.
Happy Birthday Bobbie! We are pleased to announce the forthcoming 8-cd boxset The Girl From Chickasaw County. This is the first major retrospective of this groundbreaking artist, and includes all seven of Bobbie’s studio albums sensitively re-mastered from the original tapes, supplemented by over 75 previously unreleased recordings including her ‘lost’ jazz album, outtakes, demos, rarities and an eighth disc of live performances taken from her celebrated series for the BBC. The release has specially commissioned cover art by David Downton and includes an 84-page book with a comprehensive essay by the boxset compiler Andrew Batt, rare and unseen photos, eight postcards and a facsimile of her original handwritten lyrics for ‘Ode To Billie Joe’. The boxset will be released by UMC on 21/09/2018. You can pre-order the set here, and for more information on the tracks and contents, visit our album page.
Summertyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead have programmed a special Bobbie event where Andrew Batt compiler of the recent Bobbie Gentry Live At The BBC lp will give an illustrated talk featuring rare images and audio and introduce a special screening of an episode from Bobbie’s landmark TV series for the BBC featuring The Hollies. The event is free and takes place on Sunday 22nd of July at the Sage.
The summer issue of roots music magazine No Depression features an article on Bobbie’s masterpiece album The Delta Sweete by Tara Murtha. Head over to their website for details on how to get a copy!
The New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards have announced their 2018 Finalists, which includes last years radio documentary Ode to an Enigma: How Bobbie Gentry Ghosted Us All by Ben Manilla Productions. Winners will be announced on June 18th at the annual 2018 awards ceremony taking place at Manhattan Penthouse in New York City.
Susanna Hoffs, a founding member of the Bangles, psychedelic folk artist Donovan, and writer Tara Murtha all contribute. Fans that missed the documentary when it aired last year, can listen to it online here.