Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweet revisited LP
Mercury Rev reimagine Bobbie Gentry’s forgotten masterpiece from 1968 with an incredible cast list of guest vocalists including Norah Jones, Hope Sandoval, Beth Orton, Margo Price, Rachel Goswell, Vashti Bunyan, Marissa Nadler, Susanne Sundfør, Phoebe Bridgers, Kaela Sinclair, Carice Van Houten, Laetitia Sadier and Lucinda Williams.
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 Bilie 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.
Okolona River Bottom Band (featuring Norah Jones)
Big Boss Man (featuring Hope Sandoval)
Reunion (featuring Rachel Goswell)
Parchman Farm (featuring Carice van Houten)
Mornin' Glory (featuring Laetitia Sadier)
Sermon (featuring Margo Pierce)
Tobacco Road (featuring Susanne Sundfør)
Penduli Pendulum( featuring Vashti Bunyan w/ Kaela Sinclair)
Jessye' Lisabeth (featuring Phoebe Bridges)
Refractions (featuring Marissa Nadler)
Courtyard (featuring Beth Orton)
Ode To Billie Joe (featuring Lucinda Williams)