Xmas has come early...

... if you're a Bobby Gentry fan!

As I predicted in the 'What releases are you looking forward to?' thread, this September sees a mammoth (8 CDs) Bobbie box called The Girl from Chickasaw County. This contains, at a rough count, 75 tracks never heard/released before, even on bootleg.

So, we get all seven Capitol albums - Ode to Billie Joe, Delta Sweete, Local Gentry, Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell, Touch 'Em With Love, Fancy, Patchwork - in new masters, all supplemented with extensive bonus tracks; and the recently released Live at the BBC which is massively expanded to 26 tracks!

Here's some of Universal's pre-release blurb:

http://bobbiegentry.org.uk/wp-...et-Press-Release.pdf

And a disc-by-disc listening guide:

http://bobbiegentry.org.uk/wp-...ide-Disc-by-Disc.pdf

Full tracklist is here: http://bobbiegentry.org.uk/wp-...nty-Tracklisting.pdf

Of course, it's a pity that none of the late 1970s Warner stuff gets a look in, nor do any of her innovative Vegas live shows, but hell, it's about time such an important artist gets the full box set treatment.

Needless to say, I have already pre-ordered!

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Stevee_S posted:

Kev, this is really good news thanks and well predicted, I see it's available for pre-order on Amazon for £88 which seems like very sensible pricing.

Yes, Steve, I'm gonna be all over this like a seagull attacking a bag of chips! It looks good value - but HMV have it for just £69.99!

I take it you will buy... at last you'll get the BBC stuff

This is what compiler Andrew Batt said:

"I conceived, compiled, produced/engineered and wrote the sleevenotes for this Bobbie Gentry boxset. Its been a labour of love, and for one reason or another took years to get of the ground, but Universal Music were always super keen and supportive. Bobbie knows about it but was not involved.

Re the mastering, it is superior to anything issued on CD to date, which means the released albums have never sounded better - the audio quality is noticeably superior to the Raven re-issues.

Vinyl release of some sort may follow next year!"

The excitement builds!

I was speaking to Andrew earlier this evening (he lives near me) and he says that mint first UK pressings aside, the remastered albums have never sounded better (although it'll be interesting to hear how Fancy and Touch 'Em With Love compare to the 2016 Japanese SHM-CDs).

He sent me a file of "Salome Smith & Her Amazing Dancing Bear" (a reworking of the Randy Newman song and a bonus track on Patchwork) which is totes amazeballs.

Kevin-W posted:
Stevee_S posted:

Kev, this is really good news thanks and well predicted, I see it's available for pre-order on Amazon for £88 which seems like very sensible pricing.

Yes, Steve, I'm gonna be all over this like a seagull attacking a bag of chips! It looks good value - but HMV have it for just £69.99!

I take it you will buy... at last you'll get the BBC stuff

Definitely  buying the set, Kev, your HMV steer just made it even more irresistible .

Kevin-W posted:
Stevee_S posted:

Kev, this is really good news thanks and well predicted, I see it's available for pre-order on Amazon for £88 which seems like very sensible pricing.

Yes, Steve, I'm gonna be all over this like a seagull attacking a bag of chips! It looks good value - but HMV have it for just £69.99!

I take it you will buy... at last you'll get the BBC stuff

Now gone down at Amazon to £66.97 😎

would have been great if cd’s were in original covers.

Dan Steel posted:

would have been great if cd’s were in original covers.

I believe they wanted to stick with the 10-inch square format Dan and there was no (cost effective) packaging format available that allowed for the book/individual sleeve option. The sleeves are reproduced in the book. If it means keeping the retail price down to £60-70, I think that's a good compromise.

Kevin, this looks great and on my list but what floors me is the fact there are people on this forum that know their music. Bobbie Gentry and Throbbing Gristle (I'm reading Cosey Fanni Tutti's bio at the moment). What was it that George Michael said Listen Without Prejudice....

Yer man Andrew Batt seems like a nice guy who has taken time out to answer questions over on the Hoffman Forum which has gone down well 'cause as we know the Hoffmen are hard people to please when it comes to re-issues. 

Dan Steel posted:
Kevin-W posted:
Stevee_S posted:

Kev, this is really good news thanks and well predicted, I see it's available for pre-order on Amazon for £88 which seems like very sensible pricing.

Yes, Steve, I'm gonna be all over this like a seagull attacking a bag of chips! It looks good value - but HMV have it for just £69.99!

I take it you will buy... at last you'll get the BBC stuff

Now gone down at Amazon to £66.97 😎

would have been great if cd’s were in original covers.

Only a suggestion, mines on order👍

AndyP19 posted:

Kevin, this looks great and on my list but what floors me is the fact there are people on this forum that know their music. Bobbie Gentry and Throbbing Gristle (I'm reading Cosey Fanni Tutti's bio at the moment). What was it that George Michael said Listen Without Prejudice....

Yer man Andrew Batt seems like a nice guy who has taken time out to answer questions over on the Hoffman Forum which has gone down well 'cause as we know the Hoffmen are hard people to please when it comes to re-issues. 

Yes, the Cosey book is great Andy. And yes, it is possible to like TG and BG, or Metal Machine Music and Whitehouse AND doo-wop and Betty Boo. At least, it is in my house

Apparently, the pre-order success (ie all sold, with demand outstripping supply) of this set has completely taken Universal by surprise, and they are having to increase the production run.

It shows that there is always a demand for well-produced and curated collections of the work of previously neglected artists.

So let's have that Annette Peacock mega-box!

Kevin-W posted:

Apparently, the pre-order success (ie all sold, with demand outstripping supply) of this set has completely taken Universal by surprise, and they are having to increase the production run.

It shows that there is always a demand for well-produced and curated collections of the work of previously neglected artists.

So let's have that Annette Peacock mega-box!

That doesn’t surprise me the Hoffman were all over it.

Ah the Annette Peacock mega-box would indeed be an early xmas. Fortunately, I picked up all her stuff in the 80’s when her Ironic Records was based (like her) in the U.K.

AndyP19 posted:

Ah the Annette Peacock mega-box would indeed be an early xmas. Fortunately, I picked up all her stuff in the 80’s when her Ironic Records was based (like her) in the U.K.

That's a mighty fine avatar you have there Andy Must give AP a spin later...

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