At last the wait is over! The Bobbie Gentry boxset The Girl From Chickasaw County is out now. This major retrospective includes all seven of Bobbie’s studio albums sensitively re-mastered from the original tapes, supplemented by over 75 previously unreleased recordings, all housed in a beautiful package. For purchase and streaming options, head here!
Watch our trailer featuring rare BBC footage below.
The Great reviews for ‘The Girl From Chickasaw County’ boxset continue!
Record Collector: 5/5 ‘A powerhouse of a woman, and a wonderful compilation to celebrate that.’
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’.
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’.
Music Week: ‘A strong and intriguing collection. Gentry was a versatile performer, with pop, soul, swamp funk, jazz and blues influences.’
We are previewing four previously unreleased songs from the boxset on Spotify, YouTube and other platforms. Tracks include Bobbie’s demo of ‘Hurry Tuesday Child’, an alternate arrangement of ‘Sweete Peony’, Billie Holliday’s ‘God Bless The Child’ from Bobbie’s lost jazz album and ‘Smoke’, an outtake from her final album Patchwork.
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.