Jeff Riley

Sundays Noon-4PM

 

RELEASE
1967
LABEL
Capitol
GENRES
Country, Blue-Eyed Soul, Soul, AM Pop, Country-Pop

Album Review

Gentry's debut LP, which went to number one on the pop charts, was a promising but not wholly satisfying disc, with the singer penning all but one of the songs. Inevitably, the title track dwarfed everything else by comparison, but a greater problem was that several of the other tunes recycled variations of the "Ode to Billie Joe" riff. On the other hand, "Mississippi Delta" is gloriously tough, throaty swamp rock; few other women pop singers have sounded as raw. Other good cuts were "I Saw an Angel Die," an effective mating of Gentry's country-blues guitar riffs and low-key orchestration, and the jazz waltz-timed "Papa, Woncha Let Me Go to Town With You." Her vocals are poised and husky throughout the record, on which she was definitely on the right track -- one that she was quickly diverted from, into more MOR-oriented sounds.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Mississippi Deltahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ode-to-billie-joe/id714615100?uo=5
  2. I Saw an Angel Diehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ode-to-billie-joe/id714615100?uo=5
  3. Chickasaw County Childhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ode-to-billie-joe/id714615100?uo=5
  4. Sunday Besthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ode-to-billie-joe/id714615100?uo=5
  5. Niki Hoekyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ode-to-billie-joe/id714615100?uo=5
  6. Papa, Won't You Let Me Go to Town With You?https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ode-to-billie-joe/id714615100?uo=5
  7. Bugshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ode-to-billie-joe/id714615100?uo=5
  8. Hurry, Tuesday Childhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ode-to-billie-joe/id714615100?uo=5
  9. Lazy Williehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ode-to-billie-joe/id714615100?uo=5
  10. Ode to Billie Joehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ode-to-billie-joe/id714615100?uo=5
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