November 13, 2019 – 9:12 am


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Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete
San Francisco 2019 [no label, 1CD]

Hardy Strictly Bluegrass. Towers of Gold Stage, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; October 5, 2019. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Bobbie Gentry is an American singer/songwriter, and she was one of the first females to compose and produce her own music. 1968’s The Delta Sweete was her second album, a very personal piece of work about her life in the south. So it’s an off-the-wall move by Buffalo, New York band Mercury Rev to re-record the album as Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited (released in February 2019) , with a variety of female vocalists doing Gentry’s job. Brilliant English artist Beth Orton sang “Courtyard” on the album, and it is she that Mercury Rev are taking on the road with them to reproduce the album in a live setting.

Mercury Rev are clearly not attempting to surpass the unsurpassable. Instead… The Delta Sweet Revisited.. is a signpost towards one of the great underrated records…
- Mojo

Magnificent. They’ve brilliantly recaptured the spacious dreamscapes that made Deserter’s Songs so special. This may just be the most heartfelt and original tribute album ever heard. (Album of the Month)
- HiFi Choice

It’s a record that stands as a celebration of the trailblazing spirit of figures like Gentry and Bunyan, women who made early inroads into the music industry on their own terms, and it’s a record that comes across as firmly led by their successors. More importantly, it’s pure bloody pleasure from start to finish, a literate, Southern Gothic, backwoods opera with a cast of characters that would give Tennessee Williams or Flannery O’Connor a run for their money. 8/10
- God Is In The TV

The result is a beautiful suite of music that guides a new generation to one of the great lost albums of the 1960s.
- The Times (London)

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Thanks to fearsatan for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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Track 01. intro 1:46
Track 02. Okolona River Bottom Band 5:19
Track 03. Big Boss Man 4:01
Track 04. Reunion 4:59
Track 05. Parchman Farm 5:17
Track 06. Mornin’ Glory 4:30
Track 07. Sermon 6:13
Track 08. Tobacco Road 3:04
Track 09. Penduli Pendulum 3:30
Track 10. Louisiana Man 5:30
Track 11. Courtyard 3:34
Track 12. Ode to Billie Joe 8:24
57 mins

Click here to order Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited.

  1. 11 Responses to “MERCURY REV AND BETH ORTON - SAN FRANCISCO 2019”

  2. I think I will give this a pass, I am not a big fan of cover bands, better to try to be at least a little bit original.

    By Jack on Nov 13, 2019

  3. This is fuckin bullshit . You is gettin away from the classic rock everybody wants . Get with the mother fuckin program .

    By Derrick on Nov 13, 2019

  4. Some Led Zep or Cactus would hit the spot

    By Derrick on Nov 13, 2019

  5. I saw Beth Orton at a show some yeas back - stoned out of her skull!!

    By Billie Babcock on Nov 13, 2019

  6. being from the generation that grew up hearing Bobbie Gentry`s classic southern Gothic masterpiece “Ode To Billie Joe” on regular rotation a la am radio I`m quite curious to hear this.
    the nay saying millennials can wait…..they are far too used to getting their own way.

    By sluggo on Nov 13, 2019

  7. This is fantastic.I have enjoyed Mercury Rev’s music for decades. and I met Beth Orton on the first Lilith Fair tour back in late 90s and have seen her perform live twice..she is an amazing singer whom I absolutely love, and she is friendly, too. Thanks for sharing this. By the way, Mercury Rev’s album of this Bobbie Gentry obscurity is well worth buying and listening to.

    By Rick Jones on Nov 14, 2019

  8. I tried to post this yesterday but it wouldn’t come through. Here is the list of artists that appeared at the festival.

    Thanks for this and anything else BigO can post from this show.

    Papa Nez, John Kay etc.

    By sking on Nov 14, 2019

  9. With all due respect to Ms. Orton, if you want to hear a great cove of Ode to Billie Joe, listen to Vince Gill & Wendy Moten @

    By ToeKneeF on Nov 14, 2019

  10. ToeKneeF You made my day..outstanding Post, thanks for bringing this great music to my attention,nice change for this toxic site since the loonies have been running the asylum…cheers

    By skinned knees on Nov 14, 2019

  11. Great post. I try to download anything I’m not familiar with…and this one really pays off. Thanks BigO for new music!!

    By DanC on Nov 15, 2019

  12. Love the diverse posts here. Bobble Gentry’s album is a masterwork. Glad to see it getting some love from a later generation. Will download

    By Bing Bongong on Nov 18, 2019

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