Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited

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Bei Mercury Revs "The Delta Sweete Revisited" handelt sich um eine Neuauflage von Bobbie Gentrys vergessenem Meisterwerk aus dem Jahr 1968, und es enthält eine beeindruckende Liste von Gastsängerinnen: Norah Jones, Hope Sandoval, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, Rachel Goswell, Vashti Bunyan, Marissa Nadler, Susanne Sundfør, Phoebe Bridgers, Margo Price, Kaela Sinclair, Carice Van Houten sowie Laetitia Sadier.
"The Delta Sweete" beeinflusste die Band schon bei ihrem 1998 veröffentlichten Album "Deserter Songs". Es war also nur eine Frage der Zeit, dass sich Mercury Rev an eine Neuauflage trauten. Nun ist es soweit - und sie sind nicht alleine: Gentrys Geschichten bekommen durch die auserwählte Stimmbesetzung von Frauen aus dem Folk- und Alternative-Bereich eine ganz neue, aufregende Note.

Mercury Rev reimagine the Bobbie Gentry album from 1968 with guest vocals from Norah Jones, Hope Sandoval, Rachel Goswell, Vashti Bunyan, Beth Orton, Marissa Nadler, Lucinda Williams, Margo Price, Susanne Sundfor, Phoebe Bridgers, Kaela Sinclair, Carice Van Houten and Laetitia Sadier. It slipped out of a Mississippi of hot biscuits, genteel table manners and working-class sense, suddenly overturned by a grave sinning and suicide. Carried on an evening breeze of strings and a supple, foreboding voice like sensually charged breath, "Ode to Billie Joe"-Bobbie Gentry's 1967 debut as a singer-songwriter and a Number One single for three weeks in the late Summer of Love-was the most psychedelic record of that year not from San Francisco or London, as if Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Brian Wilson had conspired to make a country-rock Pet Sounds. Except Gentry, just 23 when she wrote the song, got there first, in miniature. Gentry's hit was a revolutionary act, a quietly thorough feminism in vision, deed and success amid the strict, paternal order of the country-music industry. And it was her license to thrill again. In October, 1967, while "Billie Joe" was still in the Top Five, Gentry began recording The Delta Sweete, a connected set of a dozen songs that extended the narrative dynamics of that single with personal reflection and set her folk-siren charisma in a richer frame of dream-state orchestration, swamp-rock guitars and big-city-R&B horns.

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Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited
Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited
BU 588
€ 15.90

1. Okolona River Bottom Band (Feat. Norah Jones)
2. Big Boss Man (Feat. Hope Sandoval)
3. Reunion (Feat. Rachel Goswell)
4. Parchman Farm (Feat. Carice Van Houten)
5. Mornin' Glory (Feat. Laetitia Sadier)
6. Sermon (Feat. Margo Price)
7. Tobacco Road (Feat. Susanne Sundfør)
8. Penduli Pendulum (Feat. Vashti Bunyan With Kaela Sinclair)
9. Jessye Lisabeth (Feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
10. Refractions (Feat. Marissa Nadler)
11. Courtyard (Feat. Beth Orton)
12. Ode to Billie Joe (Feat. Lucinda Williams)