May 10, 2023 – 6:45 am

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BBC Sessions Vol 1 1967-1968 [albumsthatshouldexist, 1CD]

Unknown dates and venues. Very good soundboard.

I’ll continue to prioritize posting BBC sessions whenever I can. In making these, I’ve noticed that the vast majority of artists with enough material for BBC albums are British. Of course, that makes sense for logistical reasons. But there are a few exceptions, usually American artists. Surprisingly, Bobbie Gentry is one of them. It seems she had an occasional BBC TV show. It only ran an average of couple of times a year for about three years, but she performed a lot of songs per episode.

There is an official Bobbie Gentry BBC album. Also, the 2018 box set “The Girl from Chickasaw County” included all the BBC performances from that, plus more. However, they missed a lot. I found lots of other performances she did for BBC TV and other TV shows, enough for three albums. I’m not sure why some of these haven’t been officially released, as some of them come from the exact same BBC TV episodes as some songs that were released. But for whatever reason, I’m fixing that here. However, as usual, I’m only including one version of each song. That’s especially important in her case, or I’d end up with a bunch of different versions of “Ode to Bobby Joe.”

Gentry has a relatively limited discography, since she only put out albums from 1967 to 1971, then a small trickle of songs after that. So it’s a pleasant surprise for me to find that she did a lot of songs on her BBC TV show and other TV shows that she never did in the studio.  As an example, consider that the first six of seven songs here were never officially released in any format back in the day, and all seven still remain unreleased.

I’ve included two songs only as bonus tracks. The bonus track version of “Louisiana Man” was performed just by Gentry. But I’ve included a different version that was a duet between her and the Hollies that I think is more interesting. Still, since the other version has been officially released, I figure it at least merits inclusion as a bonus track. The song “My Dog Sargent” is kind of a jokey lark of a song that she wrote when she was a little kid. I don’t consider it worthy of repeat listenings, but it has been officially released as a BBC performance, so I included it as a bonus track.

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Track 01. The Look of Love 3:12
Track 02. Lazy Willie 2:27
Track 03. The Story I’m about to Tell You [The Ballad of High Noon] 1:46
Track 04. I Wonder as I Wander 2:54
Track 05. Peaceful 3:06
Track 06. Bugs (with Donovan) 2:37
Track 07. There Is a Mountain (with Donovan) 2:46
Track 08. Mornin’ Glory 3:18
Track 09. Sunday Best 3:07
Track 10. Hurry, Tuesday Child 3:21
Track 11. Louisiana Man (with The Hollies) 2:37
Track 12. Mississippi Delta 3:07
Track 13. Papa, Won’t You Let Me Go to Town with You 2:55
Track 14. I Saw an Angel Die 3:33
Track 15. Ode to Billie Joe 4:32

Track 16. Louisiana Man 3:16
Track 17. My Dog Sargent 1:15
50 mins

   Click here to order Bobbie Gentry releases.

  1. 20 Responses to “BOBBIE GENTRY - BBC SESSIONS VOL 1 1967 - 1968”

  2. Rumor has it Bobbie preferred Big Uns

    By U L E on May 10, 2023

  3. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on May 10, 2023

  4. Preferred U ? Is she dead ? Last tell she was still alive?old though, so maybe she doesn’t think about any Uns anymore

    By T J on May 10, 2023

  5. I gots a Heavenly un.

    By Walter on May 10, 2023

  6. Bobby Gentry made her last album in ‘71. She played shows in Vegas till ‘81. She has been retired since.

    She is 80. So far as I know her present views on uns is not known: others who post on here may have info on that.

    By Billy Joe on May 10, 2023

  7. Hey Jocko P, rumors recently circulating that it is your very own self who keeps starting these rumors. We all know you are an attention seeking numbnut - so stopping asking stooopid questions!

    By HHH on May 10, 2023

  8. Whether you like Bobbie Gentry or not (to these ears, a bit overrated considering how little she recorded and completely disappeared from public life), the albumsthatshouldexist blog is worth your time. They posted two excellent audience recordings of power pop bands Badfinger and Big Star and they sound professional grade.

    By Tony on May 10, 2023

  9. your all bunch of flaming assholes starting wih lenny walter hhh. gentry is 80

    By Derrick on May 10, 2023

  10. What’s that you say, Derrick? If you ain’t actually 80 you certainly look that old - and you’re obsessed with uns.

    By Walter on May 10, 2023

  11. Your of course obsessed with assholes as well, in particular your special friends HHH and Nelson. And Mark for all I know

    By Walter on May 10, 2023

  12. Derrick, Nelson and myself make up a wonderful threesome .

    By HHH on May 10, 2023

  13. Sshhh Triple, Swappers will be jealous

    By Leonard on May 11, 2023

  14. Jeez Lenny, whydya have to mention Swappers? He’s such a drag. Didya see those links he posted a few days back? I can’t believe that stuff is legal in England. Total twat.

    By Jerry Disher on May 11, 2023

  15. i wish i could meet and beat that limey bastard swappers. fuckin goring botched the blitz theres no way that limmey bastard and he bothched dunkirk. he was too fuckin busy plundering jewish art treasures

    By Gunther Strasser on May 11, 2023

  16. Great choice, BigO! Thanks.

    By peacenluvmaaan on May 11, 2023

  17. This ole country gal likes her dudes on the big side I hear . Like them big ole hoagies and trouser trout dragging on the floor . Prefers her dudes big in the britches

    By ELU on May 12, 2023

  18. You are a bleeping moron. An 80 year old hag dosent think about any Uns anymore.

    By T J on May 12, 2023

  19. Little do you know T J. After all those years they have a massive imagination!

    By ELU on May 12, 2023

  20. TJ is another one on here who thinks about nothing but Uns. Just like me he loves a big Un more ghan anything else

    By HHH on May 12, 2023

  21. elu, you must be a cunt cause i never heard any other of these assholes make that statement.

    By Derrick on May 12, 2023

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