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Bobbie Gentry's 1968 Classic 'The Delta Sweete' Re-Released on Vinyl

American country music singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry poses for photos in London, England, in 1969. Exact date is unknown. (AP Photo)

Bobbie Gentry's groundbreaking 1968 concept album The Delta Sweete is being re-released on vinyl. The deluxe edition of the album, released on 2CD and deluxe 2LP vinyl and featuring 10 bonus tracks, is out on July 31, 2020. The album includes the previously unreleased demo of "The Way I Do."

The re-released album follows Gentry's Grammy-nominated 2018 box set The Girl From Chickasaw Countywhich included eight of Gentry's studio albums.

The Delta Sweete, featuring "Okolona River Bottom Band" and "Delta Man," is available for purchase here.

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The Delta Sweete, which honored Gentry's Mississippi Delta roots, was released the year after Gentry rose to fame with her iconic Southern Gothic story song "Ode to Billie Joe." The song spent four weeks at No. 1 and earned Gentry a Grammy for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

The singer-songwriter followed The Delta Sweete with 1968's Local Gentry and a duet album with Glen Campbell. In the following years, she released 1969's Touch 'Em With Love, 1970's Fancy, featuring the timeless story song later recorded by Reba McEntire, and 1971's Patchwork. 

Born Roberta Lee Streeter in 1944 in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Gentry would also go on to host her own BBC TV show in London.

Gentry walked away from fame in the 1980s. Though she hasn't performed publicly for decades, Gentry's stunning songs and voice have continued to influence artists such as Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne.

'The Delta Sweete' Track List:

Side A
1. Okolona River Bottom Band
2. Big Boss Man
3. Reunion
4. Parchman Farm
5. Mornin' Glory
6. Sermon

Side B
1. Tobacco Road
2. Penduli Pendulum
3. Jessye' Lisabeth
4. Refractions
5. Louisiana Man
6. Courtyard

LP2
Side C
1. Okolona River Bottom Band - (Instrumental) - Previously unreleased
2. Mississippi Delta - (Alternate version) - First time on vinyl
3. Seventh Son - (Band Version) - First time on vinyl
4. The Way I Do - (Demo) - Previously unreleased
5. Feelin' Good - (Demo) - First time on vinyl

Side D
1. Mornin' Glory - (Demo) - First time on vinyl
2. Sermon - (Demo) - First time on vinyl
3. Jessye' Lisabeth - (Demo) - First time on vinyl
4. Refractions - (Demo) - First time on vinyl
5. Louisiana Man - (Demo) - First time on vinyl

 

CD1
1. Okolona River Bottom Band
2. Big Boss Man
3. Reunion
4. Parchman Farm
5. Mornin' Glory
6. Sermon
7. Tobacco Road
8. Penduli Pendulum
9. Jessye' Lisabeth
10. Refractions
11. Louisiana Man
12. Courtyard
13. Okolona River Bottom Band - (Instrumental) -Previously unreleased
14. Mississippi Delta - (Alternate Version)
15. Seventh Son - (Band Version)
16. The Way I Do - (Demo) - Previously unreleased
17. Feelin' Good - (Demo)

CD2
1. Okolona River Bottom Band - (Mono)
2. Big Boss Man - (Mono)
3. Reunion - (Mono)
4. Parchman Farm - (Mono)
5. Mornin' Glory - (Mono)
6. Sermon - (Mono)
7. Tobacco Road - (Mono)
8. Penduli Pendulum - (Mono)
9. Jessye' Lisabeth - (Mono)
10. Refractions - (Mono)
11. Louisiana Man - (Mono)
12. Courtyard - (Mono)
13. Mornin' Glory - (Demo)
14. Sermon - (Demo)
15. Jessye' Lisabeth - (Demo)
16. Refractions - (Demo)
17. Louisiana Man - (Demo)

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