Bobbie Gentry. - The Delta Sweete

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 The Delta Sweete functions as an explicit sequel to "Ode to Billie Joe," trading upon keenly observed vignettes and languidly funky rhythms, elements that underpin the LP's 12 songs, whether they're written by Gentry or not. A quarter of the album is dedicated to covers, and they're not left-field choices, either. "Big Boss Man" is a Jimmy Reed tune that had just been recorded by both Charlie Rich and Elvis Presley, the blues standard "Parchman Farm" became a '60s standard after being adapted by Mose AllisonJohn D Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road'' was turned into a garage rock standard by the British group the Nashville Teens, and Doug Kershaw's "Louisiana Man" was well on its way to becoming a country classic in 1968. Gentry doesn't replicate the original arrangements of these at all, she breaks them open and expands them in a fashion that exists somewhere between psychedelic pop and Las Vegas revue. The Delta Sweete occupies that place as a whole, alternating between showstopping extravaganzas and genuinely trippy looks inward.

 

Tracklist

Okolona River Bottom Band 2:57
Big Boss Man 2:56
Reunion 2:35
Parchman Farm 3:00
Mornin' Glory 2:57
Sermon 2:41
Tobacco Road 2:50
Penduli Pendulum 2:55
Jessye' Lisabeth 3:00
Refractions 2:20
Louisiana Man 2:35
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