Two 60s classics from Bobbie Gentry – packaged here with some great bonus tracks too! First up is Ode To Billie Joe – a key late 60s country crossover set, but one that also inspired a fair bit of funk as well! The title cut's a well-known gem – one that's been covered instrumentally in some break-heavy versions, but which sounds even more amazing here in Bobbie's original version – one of the moodiest pop tunes we've ever heard, with lyrics, and a way of presenting them, that still leaves us breathless all these many years later. There's also some other funky bits here too – Gentry's raspy "Mississippi Delta
" – an original number that almost seems to unseat Tina Turner for down-home soul – and the groovy "Sunday Best", "Niki Hoeky", "Papa Won't You Let Me Go To Town With You", and "Chickasaw Country Child", all numbers that echo the same lilting acoustic guitar groove
s of "Billie Joe". Arranger Jimmie Haskell deserves a good deal of thanks for the perfection of the album's sound – and other cuts include "Hurry Tuesday Child, "Bugs", and the classic "Ode To Billie Joe". Next up is the album Touch Em With Love – a set that features less original music by Bobbie Gentry, but a sound that's still pretty great! The approach is more confidently country than the early days – with arrangements by Don Tweedy and Hank Levine – and vocals from Bobbie that are sometimes quite full, sometimes a bit more laidback and personal. Titles include "Natural To Be Gone", "Seasons Come Seasons Go", "Touch Em With Love", "Where's The Playground Jimmy", and "I Wouldn't Be Satisfied". CD also features 4 great bonus tracks from the Bobbie Gentry & Glenn Campbell album – "The Girl From Cincinnati", "You & Me Together", "Scarlet Ribbons", and "Let It Be Me".
(Out of print.)