The Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett also known by the stage name E picked the Bobbie boxet as one of his cultural highlights in the Guardian column On My Radar. He says: “Bobbie Gentry is an amazing, somewhat unsung artist. This box set has all seven of her albums – the last one was in 1971 – plus tons of unreleased stuff. She is one of the few people who said: “I’m going to go away” and meant it. She really knew what she was doing in every area: singing, songwriting, choreography. She was often producing her music but didn’t get credit for it. I think the reason she quit and disappeared was because she was a woman who wasn’t being taken seriously in the music industry. She probably just got fed up with it and said: “Nah, I don’t need this.”
Bobbie’s lost Jazz album The Windows Of The World is out now. Getting its first stand-alone release on vinyl for Record Store Day 2021, The Windows of the World also features a previously unreleased version of ‘Hushabye Mountain’.
**** Shindig! “Cut between her joint album with Glen Campbell and the pop-soul of Touch’em With Love, this collection of mostly jazz and bossa standards is arguably superior to both.”
New compilation Choctaw Ridge – New Fables of The American South 1968-1973 explores a new country sound, one that emerged at the end of the 60s in the wake of Bobbie’s ‘Ode To Billie Joe’, a surprise number one hit in 1967. When singers like Bobbie, Jimmy Webb, Michael Nesmith and Lee Hazlewood moved from the south to Los Angeles to make it in the music business, they were not part of the Nashville in-crowd and they forged a new direction.
The tracklist and fulsome sleeve notes have been put together by Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne) and Martin Green (Smashing, The Sound Gallery), who have been collecting these records for decades. The set features the alternative version of ‘Belinda’ that first appeared on the boxset. Released on the 30th of July, you can pre-order the collection on CD or Vinyl here.
Bobbie’s lost Jazz album gets its first stand-alone release on vinyl for Record Store Day 2021. At some point in the autumn of 1968 Bobbie decided to re-cast herself as a sort of Mississippi Julie London and in a series of sessions beginning at the end of the year and running through to March 1969, she cut a laid-back album of classic and contemporary jazz tunes that was sadly abandoned before it had a chance to see the light of day. These surviving recordings were first issued on The Girl From Chickasaw County boxset, and are collected together exclusively for this RSD release. The Windows of the World also features a previously unreleased version of ‘Hushabye Mountain’.
You can get a copy from a participating indie record shop near you on 17th July 2021
Perry Botkin Jr., the film and TV composer, arranger and producer has died. He was 87.
Botkin worked with Bobbie on her Local Gentry album, as an arranger and conductor, and also assisted on her 1968 BBC TV series. He amassed a distinguished list of musical credits, working as an arranger with producers including Phil Spector and Van Dyke Parks and with artists like Dory Previn, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin, Jack Jones, Peggy Lee, The Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Ronettes, Connie Stevens, Jose Feliciano and Paul Williams. He also arranged Glen Campbell’s ‘Wichita Lineman’.
Botkin scored a number of successful films and TV shows receiving a best original song Oscar nom for the title tune Bless the Beasts and Children (1971) that was performed by The Carpenters. He is also remembered for his themes to Happy Days, Mork and Mindy and The Young and the Restless — a tune forever associated with famed Olympic gymnast Nadia Comăneci
Botkin died Monday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, and is survived by his wife Liza, son David, and grandson Daniel Tyler Botkin.
The deluxe edition of The Delta Sweete is number 1 in Shindig! magazines re-issue of the year. We also ranked number 12 in Record Collector and Uncut.
***** Shindig! : A sympathetic redux… this set represents Bobbie Gentry at her mysterious beguiling best
***** The Times : This beautifully presented re-issue revives one of the great lost treasures of the 60’s
***** RnR : If you need only one Bobbie Gentry album, here it is.
***** Daily Mail: The best testimony to her talent
9/10 Uncut : This remastered version swings and shimmers in all the right places
9/10 Popmatters : More than lives up to its billing as a lost classic.
**** MOJO : A beautiful album. Every bit as engrossing as her breakthrough
**** Record Collector : Peculiar and ambitious…Don’t overlook it this time around
**** Daily Express Scotland : There are moments of pure genius; there’s nothing quite like Gentry
ForFolksSake : Bobbie Gentry is proved to be something of a musical visionary.
GiIGsoup : This reissue offers the definitive vision of perhaps Gentry’s most revered recording.
Penny Black Music : A thoughtful repackaging of Gentry’s ambitious second album.
Great news! Bobbie has been elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this year 🙂 She and her fellow inductees Steve Earle, Kent Blazy, Brett James and Spooner Oldham will join the yet-to-to-be-named Class of 2021 during a joint induction ceremony that will take place on Nov. 1, 2021 at the Music City Center in Nashville.
Although Bobbie will be unlikely to attend, this is great recognition for her enduring musical legacy and influence.
The latest edition of Shindig! magazine features a 3 page spread on Bobbie and The Delta Sweete by Tara Murtha. A fascinating read by an acknowledged expert, it’s in shops on the 1st of October, and can be ordered direct from them as a download or physical magazine.
The October edition of Record Collector magazine features a 5 page spread on Bobbie and The Delta Sweete by Charles Donovan. Well worth a read- it’s out now!
Hi All, So anyone not in Europe who has purchased a vinyl copy will have the download card removed due to differing digital rights in other countries: apologies in advance to our U.S. friends! It seems that some of the U.K. stock has also had the download card removed, so if you want to get your missing download code please email email@example.com and attach a photo or screenshot of your proof of purchase, and you will be sent a link. Sorted!