The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters

The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters

by Bobbie GentryBobbie Gentry


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Like her signature song "Ode to Billie Joe," Bobbie Gentry is an enigma by choice. "Ode to Billie Joe" deliberately leaves out details that would spell out the story and Gentry removed herself from public view sometime in the late '70s for reasons that have never been fully disclosed. Many have tried to track her down because her cult not only persisted into the 21st century, it even grew -- so much so that an observer would be forgiven if they believed Gentry was something of an outsider artist instead of a mainstay on television who hosted a variety show of her own. There was a pair of worthy efforts to get to the heart of the Gentry mystery in the 2010s -- Tara Murtha wrote an excellent 33 1/3 volume about 1967's Ode to Billie Joe, while the Gentry episode of Tyler Mahan Coe's podcast Cocaine & Rhinestones is enthralling -- but the crowning jewel of that revival is The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters, an eight-disc box set that contains everything she recorded for the label, including all seven of her albums, plus 75 unreleased tracks. To listeners who only know Gentry through "Ode to Billie Joe" or perhaps her hit duets with Glen Campbell ("Let It Be Me," "All I Have to Do Is Dream") or "Fancy," the minor 1969 hit that Reba McEntire revived in 1991, this may seem like overkill, but a cursory listen of the first disc of The Girl from Chickasaw County will prove that false. What makes Gentry so compelling is how she straddled the divide between nascent Americana and show biz, rooting her music in the former while striving for the latter. Certainly, "Ode to Billie Joe" pulsates to the languid rhythms of the south, its eccentricity accentuated by its spectral arrangement, and several of her earliest records tap into this eccentric rhythm, including her version of Jim Ford's "Niki Hoeky." Gentry would keep circling back to this thick, swampy sound again and again, but she'd keep layering on strings, horns, and other studio accouterments that were in fact there from the beginning. All the while, she demonstrated an equal fascination with sentiment and spookiness, working a territory somewhere between Glen Campbell and Tom T. Hall ("Casket Vignette" is impossible to imagine without the latter), slowly moving into adult contemporary without ever losing her deep eccentricity. All the spare demos, overblown outtakes, and show-bizzy live tracks on The Girl from Chickasaw Country wind up emphasizing how Gentry effortlessly embraced these contradictions, her music gaining a richness as she simultaneously pandered and wandered. Much of the music embodies the excesses of its time -- it's hard to see a record as mannered and elliptical as Patchwork being released at any point that wasn't 1971 -- but even if it sounds tied to its time, it also exists outside of it; it's music that feels lush and haunting, saccharine and genuine, arty and authentic all at once. All of this can be gleaned from Gentry's individual ouvre, but 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2018
Label: Capitol Nashville
UPC: 0600753839713
catalogNumber: 5383971
Rank: 34846


Disc 1

  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?
  7. Bugs
  8. Hurry, Tuesday Child
  9. Lazy Willie
  10. Ode to Billie Joe
  11. The Seventh Son
  12. I Saw an Angel Die
  13. Niki Hoeky
  14. Papa, Woncha Let Me Go to Town With You?
  15. Hurry, Tuesday Child
  16. Mississippi Delta
  17. Sunday Best
  18. Show-Off
  19. La Siepe
  20. La Citta E' Grande

Disc 2

  1. Okolona River Bottom Band
  2. Big Boss Man
  3. Reunion
  4. Parchman Farm
  5. Mornin' Glory
  6. Sermon
  7. Tobacco Road
  8. Penduli Pendulum
  9. Jessye' Lisabeth
  10. Refractions
  11. Louisiana Man
  12. Courtyard
  13. The Seventh Son
  14. Feelin' Good
  15. I Didn't Know
  16. Morning to Midnight
  17. Refractions
  18. Louisiana Man
  19. Sermon
  20. Morning Glory
  21. Jessye' Lisabeth
  22. Courtyard
  23. Louisiana Man
  24. Ode to Billie Joe

Disc 3

  1. Sweete Peony
  2. Casket Vignette
  3. Come Away Melinda
  4. The Fool on the Hill
  5. Papa's Medicine Show
  6. Ace Insurance Man
  7. Recollection
  8. Sittin' Pretty
  9. Eleanor Rigby
  10. Peaceful
  11. Here, There and Everywhere
  12. Hushabye Mountain
  13. Skip A Long Sam
  14. Conspiracy of Homer Jones
  15. Sweet Peony
  16. Cotton Candy Sandman
  17. Hushabye Mountain

Disc 4

  1. Less of Me
  2. Little Green Apples
  3. Gentle on My Mind
  4. Heart to Heart Talk
  5. My Elusive Dreams
  6. (It's Only Your) Imagination
  7. Mornin' Glory
  8. Terrible Tangled Web
  9. Sunday Mornin'
  10. Let It Be Me
  11. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
  12. All I Have to Do Is Dream
  13. Walk Right Back
  14. Sunday Mornin'
  15. Let It Be Me
  16. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
  17. Love Took My Heart and Mashed That Sucker Flat
  18. Fool on the Hill
  19. No Me Quiero Enamorar
  20. En Todas Partes

Disc 5

  1. Touch 'Em with Love
  2. Greyhound Goin' Somewhere
  3. Natural to Be Gone
  4. Seasons Come, Seasons Go
  5. Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing
  6. I Wouldn't Be Surprised
  7. Son of a Preacher Man
  8. Where's the Playground, Johnny
  9. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
  10. You've Made Me So Very Happy
  11. More Today Than Yesterday
  12. Spinning Wheel
  13. Touch 'Em with Love
  14. Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing
  15. Seasons Come, Seasons Go
  16. Suppertime
  17. God Bless The Child
  18. Since I Fell For You
  19. Save Your Love For Me
  20. Here's That Rainy Day
  21. Stormy
  22. This Girl's In Love With You
  23. The Windows of the World

Disc 6

  1. Fancy
  2. Delta Man
  3. Something in the Way He Moves
  4. Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Forget About 'Em
  5. He Made a Woman Out of Me
  6. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
  7. If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
  8. Rainmaker
  9. Wedding Bell Blues
  10. In the Ghetto
  11. Fancy
  12. Apartment 21
  13. Away In A Manger
  14. Scarlett Ribbons
  15. Circle 'Round the Sun
  16. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
  17. Wedding Bell Blues
  18. Apartment 21
  19. Scarlett Ribbons
  20. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody [Liv

Disc 7

  1. Benjamin
  2. Interlude 1
  3. Marigolds And Tangerines
  4. Interlude 2
  5. Billy The Kid
  6. Interlude 3
  7. Beverly
  8. Interlude 4
  9. Miss Clara/Azusa Sue
  10. Interlude 5
  11. But I Can't Get Back
  12. Jeremiah
  13. Interlude 6
  14. Belinda
  15. Mean Stepmama Blues
  16. Your Number One Fan
  17. Interlude 7
  18. Somebody Like Me
  19. Lookin' In
  20. Smoke
  21. Joanne
  22. Salome Smith And Her Amazing Dancing Bear
  23. Benjamin
  24. Belinda
  25. Smoke
  26. The Girl From Cincinnati
  27. You And Me Together

Disc 8

  1. Mississippi Delta
  2. Papa Won't You Let Me Go To Town With You
  3. I Saw An Angel Die
  4. My Dog Sargent
  5. Ode To Billie Joe
  6. Mornin' Glory
  7. Sunday Best
  8. Hurry, Tuesday Child
  9. Niki Hokey/Barefootin'
  10. Penduli Pendulum
  11. Ace Insurance Man
  12. Chickasaw County Child
  13. Recollection
  14. Sweet Peony
  15. Refractions
  16. Greyhound Goin' Somewhere
  17. Cotton Candy Sandman
  18. Open Your Window
  19. Mother Nature's Son
  20. Mr. Bojangles
  21. Your Number One Fan
  22. He Made A Woman Out of Me
  23. Billy The Kid
  24. Wailing Of The Willow
  25. Belinda
  26. Circle 'Round The Sun

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobbie Gentry   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Doug Kershaw   Composer
Glen Campbell   Composer
Mac Davis   Composer
John Hartford   Composer
Michael Martin Murphey   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Art Garfunkel   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Laura Nyro   Composer
Robert Parker   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Kenny Rankin   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
David Clayton-Thomas   Composer
Jim Ford   Composer
Kelly Gordon   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Don Hill   Composer
Larry Henley   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Robert C. Smith   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Chris Ducey   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Manny Curtis   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Pierre Delanoë   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Bobbie Gentry   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Margo Guryan   Composer
Rick Hall   Composer
Fred Hellerman   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Brenda Holloway   Composer
John Hurley   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Ed Millis   Composer
Larry Muhoberac   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Lee Ross   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ronnie Wilkins   Composer
Lolly Vegas   Composer
Ian Freebairn-Smith   Composer
Billy Mize   Composer
James Cobb   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Simon Gibson   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Fred Burch   Composer
Evelyn Danzig   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
Jamie Horton   Composer
Donovan Leitch   Composer
Arthur Leo Owens   Composer
Kendrew Lascelles   Composer
Fran Minkoff   Composer
Pino Massara   Composer
David Downton   Cover Illustration
Patrick Upton   Composer
Andrew Batt   Concept,Tape Research
Brett Zinn   Engineer
Bill Martin   Composer
John Loudermilk   Composer
Mary Mathis   Composer
Jim Wasson   Composer

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