Bobbie Gentry / Girl From Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters

8CD remastered box set with albums and many unreleased recordings

The Girl From Chickasaw County is a new career spanning eight-CD deluxe set that brings together all of American singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry’s studio albums and adds a massive amount of previously unreleased recordings.

“Sensitively remastered” from the original tapes, this collection features Gentry’s six studio albums (recorded between 1967 and 1971), her long-player with Glen Campbell and adds over 75 unreleased recordings outtakes, demos and rarities.

The Girl From Chickasaw County (click image to enlarge)

The eighth CD features 26 previously unreleased live performances from her TV series that was broadcast on BBC 2.

Numbering 177 tracks in total, this set has specially commissioned cover art by David Downton. It includes an 84-page book with an essay by compiler Andrew Batt, rare and unseen photos, eight postcards and a facsimile lyric sheet insert of Gentry’s original handwritten lyrics for Ode to Billie Joe.

The Girl From Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters will be released on 21 September 2018.

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Bobbie Gentry

The Girl From Chickasaw County - The Complete Capitol Masters


CD 1: Ode To Billie Joe
1.  Mississippi Delta
2. I Saw an Angel Die
3. Chickasaw County Child
4. Sunday Best
5. Niki Hoeky
6. Papa, Woncha Let Me Go to Town With You?
7. Bugs
8. Hurry, Tuesday Child
9. Lazy Willie
10. Ode to Billie Joe
11. The Seventh Son [previously unreleased]
12. I Saw an Angel Die (Demo) [previously unreleased]
13. Niki Hoeky (Demo) [previously unreleased]
14. Papa, Woncha Let Me Go to Town With You? (Demo) [previously unreleased]
15. Hurry, Tuesday Child (Demo) [previously unreleased]
16. Mississippi Delta [Alternate version] [previously unreleased]
17. Sunday Best [Alternate take] [previously unreleased]
18. Show – Off [Stereo version][previously unreleased]
19. La Siepe Original 7″
20. La Citta E’ Grande ”

CD 2: The Delta Sweete
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. The Seventh Son [Band version] [previously unreleased]
14. Feelin’ Good [demo] [previously unreleased]
15. I Didn’t Know [demo] [previously unreleased]
16. Morning to Midnight [Demo] [previously unreleased]
17. Refractions [Demo] [previously unreleased]
18. Louisiana Man [Demo] [previously unreleased]
19. Sermon [Demo] [previously unreleased]
20. Morning Glory [demo] [previously unreleased]
21. Jessye’ Lisabeth [demo] [previously unreleased]
22. Courtyard [demo] [previously unreleased]
23. Louisiana Man [‘The Tom Jones Show’ 06/07/1968] [previously unreleased]
24. Ode to Billie Joe [‘The Tom Jones Show’ 06/07/1968] [previously unreleased]

CD 3: Local Gentry
1. Sweete Peony
2. Casket Vignette
3. Come Away Melinda
4. The Fool on the Hill
5. Papa’s Medicine Show
6. Ace Insurance Man
7. Recollection
8. Sittin’ Pretty
9. Eleanor Rigby
10. Peaceful
11. Here, There and Everywhere
12. Hushabye Mountain
13. Skip A Long Sam
14. Conspiracy of Homer Jones [previously unreleased]
15. Sweet Peony [Alternate Version] [previously unreleased]
16. Cotton Candy Sandman [Demo] [previously unreleased]
17. Hushabye Mountain [Demo] [previously unreleased]

CD 4: Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
1. Less of Me
2. Little Green Apples
3. Gentle on My Mind
4. Heart to Heart Talk
5. My Elusive Dreams
6. (It’s Only Your) Imagination
7. Mornin’ Glory
8. Terrible Tangled Web
9. Sunday Mornin’
10. Let It Be Me
11. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
12. All I Have to Do Is Dream
13. Walk Right Back
14. Sunday Mornin’ [Alternate version] [previously unreleased]
15. Let It Be Me [Without strings] [previously unreleased]
16. Scarborough Fair/Canticle [without strings] [previously unreleased]
17. Love Took My Heart and Mashed That Sucker Flat [duet with Kelly Gordon]
18. Fool on the Hill [Japanese language version]
19. No me quiero enamorar [Spanish Language I’ll Never Fall In Love Again]
20. En Todas Partes [Spanish Language Here There and Everywhere]

CD 5: Touch ‘Em With Love
1. Touch ‘Em with Love
2. Greyhound Goin’ Somewhere
3. Natural to Be Gone
4. Seasons Come, Seasons Go
5. Glory Hallelujah, How They’ll Sing
6. I Wouldn’t Be Surprised
7. Son of a Preacher Man
8. Where’s the Playground, Johnny
9. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
10. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
11. More Today Than Yesterday
12. Spinning Wheel
13. Touch ‘Em with Love [Stereo version] [previously unreleased]
14. Glory Hallelujah, How They’ll Sing [Alternate take] [previously unreleased]
15. Seasons Come, Seasons Go [Demo] [previously unreleased]
16. Suppertime [previously unreleased]
17. God Bless The Child [previously unreleased]
18. Since I Fell For You [previously unreleased]
19. Save Your Love For Me [previously unreleased]
20. Here’s That Rainy Day [previously unreleased]
21. Stormy
22. This Girls In Love With You [previously unreleased]
23. Windows of the World

CD 6: Fancy
1. Fancy
2. Delta Man
3. Something in the Way He Moves
4. Find ‘Em, Fool ‘Em and Forget About ‘Em
5. He Made a Woman Out of Me
6. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
7. If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
8. Rainmaker
9. Wedding Bell Blues
10. In the Ghetto
11. Fancy [Mono radio edit] [previously unreleased]
12. Apartment 21 [previously unreleased]
13. Away In A Manger
14. Scarlett Ribbons
15. Circle ‘Round the Sun [previously unreleased]
16. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head [Alternate take] [previously unreleased]
17. Wedding Bell Blues [Alternate take] [previously unreleased]
18. Apartment 21 [Without strings] [previously unreleased]
19. Scarlett Ribbons [Alternate version] [previously unreleased]
20. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody (Live on Top Of The Pops)

CD 7: Patchwork
1. Benjamin
2. Interlude 1
3. Marigolds and Tangerines
4. Interlude 2
5. Billy the Kid
6. Interlude 3
7. Beverly
8. Interlude 4
9. Miss Clara/Azusa Sue
10. Interlude 5
11. But I Can’t Get Back
12. Jeremiah
13. Interlude 6
14. Belinda
15. Mean Stepmama Blues
16. Your Number One Fan
17. Interlude 7
18. Somebody Like Me
19. Lookin’ In
20. Smoke
21. Joanne [previously unreleased]
22. Salome Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear [previously unreleased]
23. Benjamin [Alternate take] [previously unreleased]
24. Belinda [Alternate version] [previously unreleased]
25. Smoke (Demo) [previously unreleased]
26. The Girl from Cincinnati
27. You and Me Together

CD 8: Live At The BBC
1. Mississippi Delta [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 03/08/1968] [previously unreleased]
2. Papa Won’t You Let Me Go To Town With You [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 03/08/1968] [previously unreleased]
3. I Saw An Angel Die [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 03/08/1968] [previously unreleased]
4. My Dog Sargent [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 03/08/1968] [previously unreleased]
5. Ode to Billie Joe [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 03/08/1968] [previously unreleased]
6. Mornin Glory [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 27/07/1968] [previously unreleased]
7. Sunday Best [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 27/07/1968] [previously unreleased]
8. Hurry Tuesday Child [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 27/07/1968] [previously unreleased]
9. Nikki Hokey / Barefootin’ [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 10/08/1968][previously unreleased]
10. Penduli Pendulum [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 10/08/1968] [previously unreleased]
11. Ace Insurance Man [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 10/08/1968] [previously unreleased]
12. Chickasaw County Child [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 10/08/1968] [previously unreleased]
13. Recollection [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 16/07/1969] [previously unreleased]
14. Sweet Peony [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 16/07/1969] [previously unreleased]
15. Refractions [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 16/07/1969] [previously unreleased]
16. Greyhound Goin’ Somewhere [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 16/07/1969] [previously unreleased]
17. Cotton Candy Sandman [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 16/07/1969] [previously unreleased]
18. Open Your Window [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 01/02/1971] [previously unreleased]
19. Mother Nature’s son [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 01/02/1971] [previously unreleased]
20. Mr Bojangles [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 01/02/1971] [previously unreleased]
21. Your Number One Fan [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 01/02/1971] [previously unreleased]
22. He Made A Woman Out of Me [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 08/03/1971] [previously unreleased]
23. Billy the Kid [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 08/03/1971] [previously unreleased]
24. Wailing Of The Willow [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 08/03/1971] [previously unreleased]
25. Belinda [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 08/03/1971] [previously unreleased]
26. Circle ‘Round The Sun [Live on ‘Bobbie Gentry’ 08/03/1971] [previously unreleased]

55 responses to Bobbie Gentry / Girl From Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters

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  2. Philip Birtwistle says:

    The Good News :

    It’s my birthday so I get my boxset!!

    The Bad News :

    Mrs. B can’t remember where she put it (somewhere safe allegedly)

    The Good News :

    She found it

    She has just told me that these must be the lost albums the title of the thread refers too!!!!

  3. Jim Galvin says:

    My question here is “Does anyone have any issues with ripping the box set to your hard drive? I always rip my music to mp3 because I do most of my listening in the car but I’m having problems with a few discs in the set (mostly with the latter tracks on 4 discs) I purchased my copy from Amazon here in the U.S. and after having my issue I read in the reviews that I’m not the only one having that Rip problem. Any thoughts? (FYI, I have 2 separate drives. One brand new internal and one external, both read/write CD/DVD/Blu-Ray)

    • Kevin says:

      18 February 2020: Finally got a copy of this today—and also ran into problems ripping the songs to my Mac, with discs 2, 3, 5, and 6 being where the problems occur (with or without error correction, and with two different drives). In addition, discs 1 and 2 had several scuffs/scratches towards the edges (disc 4 also had one small scratch, also near the edge). Amazon already has a replacement on the way, so we’ll see how that goes—but these problems are a huge disappointment, given how well the set is otherwise put together.

    • Kevin says:

      Also, the remastering apparently introduced a flaw in the song “Okalona River Bottom Band”: “half a beat is missing”, according to one reviewer on Amazon. Checking a YouTube upload and the preview clip from the stand-alone Delta Sweete album on iTunes confirms that the flaw is only present on this box set.

  4. Dishy says:

    TAKE NOTE ALL YOU SUPER DELUXERS: THIS is how you make a box set!!!!!!!! I was almost in tears going through this divine, sublime packaging. Have just started playing it and the sound is immaculate! BUT THE BOX ……………………….. (and I already had every one of these on vinyl!) SUPERB!

  5. Daniel Reed Drown says:

    Andrew Batt, engineer and producer of the Bobbie Gentry box set, has stated the entire first pressing has sold out in pre-orders in less than two weeks. The official release date has been pushed forward to Oct 12 to meet the high demand. Universal Music is stunned and thrilled with the response. Because of her stellar reputation and relevance 40 years after her retirement, this box set is going to have legs. Fans have been salivating for new material for decades. This release will fill the void and cement her reputation for future generations. She is on a VERY SHORT LIST of female recording artists who were writing ,producing and publishing their own songs in that era. What’s truly amazing is the longevity and relevance of some of the songs. Ode to Billie Joe: 200 covers, 50 million in record sales, Fancy: 30 covers ,25 million in record sales, Mornin’ Glory : 5 covers 5 million in record sales(immortalized by master jazz pianist Bill Evans).Nearly 20 of her songs were covered by other recording artists. It made economic sense for big gun Universal Music to bankroll this project. They bought out her publishing 15 years ago and realize there are many gems in this 177 song box set.

    • martin stockdale says:

      still listed as 21st September on Amazon, Udiscovermusic and HMV

      • yves vandezande says:

        pre-ordered on August 2 from AmazonUK. Received today. Fantastic box with beautiful hardcover book. Re-issue of the year and I haven’t even played the discs!

  6. CJ Feeney says:

    I really liked (rather than loved) the RSD BBC recordings. I never knew she had her own show with them! I thought it would be a sessions albumor appearances onother shows.

    Also I didn’t recognise most of the musicians on the BBC album – but the two bass players -Herbie Flowers and Danny Thompson are reliable pairs of hands.

    So I’m umming and ahhing about this. I’d probably bite at £50. but the current price is realistic for the cost of production and the size of the potential market.

  7. Philip Cohen says:

    When her move from Capitol to Warner Bros. did not revive her commercial fortunes, she simply deicded to retire at 36, following one last television appearance in the U.S.A.. Luckily, she is alive and well, as Roberta Lee Streeter, and a photo of her at home with her husband (from a few years ago) showed her well preserved, albeit now blond-haired and seemingly happy. She has declined several offers to return to music. She made her statement with music and decided to exit in her prime. Would commercial success have changed her mind? Maybe yes, maybe no.

  8. MARK LEVY says:

    I’m surprised there aren’t any vinyl releases of Bobbie Gentry albums like with her label mate, Glen Campbell.

    • Michael Manasse says:

      Fantastisk box set! Will buy it.
      BUT checking the track list I miss “Thunder in the morning” which was unreleased at the time but has been on a few comps.
      Are my eyes just tired or is it not included?
      Ps. Apartment 21 is not an unreleased track, it was released as a Capitol single in the 70s.

      • Andrew says:

        Hi Michael, I’m glad you are excited! This boxset only covers the Capitol years, so doesn’t include the three 7″ she released afterwards, or the clutch of previously unreleased Warners’ songs.
        r.e Apartment 21, it’s a slight typo- previously issued in mono, this version of Apartment 21 is the full stereo version, which hasn’t appeared on cd.

        • Michael Manasse says:

          Yes you’re right, “Thunder in the afternoon” is probably a unreleased Warner track. Thanks and Best Michael

    • Jim Galvin says:

      They reissued “Ode To Billie Joe” for RSD 2018 Black Friday here in the U.S.
      So far that’s the only one.

  9. John D says:

    This is the first time that Amazon’s abandonment of Australia has affected me. Looking for a UK alternative.
    Can locals please advise: is uDiscover a reputable company? Any others I should consider?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Walt Panorama says:

      I’m in Australia. I just bought it through Ebay (Rarewaves Canada had it at a good price). Amazon’s decision about Australia is ridiculous, but I’m saving money buying elsewhere.

  10. Scott Smith says:

    Pre-ordered! Gentry is a fascinating and woefully under-appreciated artist. If “Ode To Billy Joe” is all you know about her, check out the wonderful Cocaine & Rhinestones podcast episode about her.

  11. Stefano says:

    I don’t think I know Bobbie Gentry, but that cover is mindblowing – almost want to get my hands on it.

  12. Jon J says:

    I’d heard rumours that a box set was in the works – nice to see it’s becoming a reality. Her catalogue is not all that well known outside of ‘Ode to Billie Joe’, but she had a truly distinctive style and I’ll be very interested to hear all the rarities. A shame it doesn’t mop up the odds and ends she did at Warner Bros after leaving Capitol in the 1970s (some of which is very good and hard to find), but understandable.

    If they’ve managed to get any input from the artist herself (who has managed to remain elusive for the best part of 40 years now), that would be even better!

  13. James Dawson says:

    Yikes — the US Amazon price already has jumped to $109.98 as of Wednesday August 1 at 10:45am PST. Ouch.

  14. Robert Laversuch says:

    Only have a 40 best of which is sublime so will be getting this no matter what. Really looking forward to this – Perfect

  15. Robert Lett says:

    Whoaaaa, now THIS is really exciting! I wonder if they got her to participate at all, she’s very reclusive. Cannot wait for this!

  16. Mark McKendrick says:

    £5 cheaper from uDiscover

  17. RobinB says:

    For those who might not know David Downton is widely considered to be the leading fashion Illustrator of our time making this set doubly interesting for those of us who collect his work – inspired art direction from those behind this set!

    • Jarmo Keranen says:

      David Downton didn’t know who Bobbie Gentry is and someone in record company send him picture of Shania Twain by mistake and he made the cover painting from it!

  18. A. Vogt says:

    Wow, this is great! Discovered her music about 10 years ago. Her music would today be classified as “alt country” as it has a lot of different elements in it. Lucinda Williams is a good comparison, and she’s a fan. Some years back I was working at a video company, and researched and wrote an article about her appearances on an old TV show the company owned. The article’s still there (though I’m not), you might enjoy reading it:

  19. AndyB says:

    So why did they use a painting of Shania Twain for the cover?

    • The John and only says:

      exactly what i thought.
      thx, mate!

      • Todd Everett says:

        You two and someone on the Hoffman forum made the Twain “joke.”

        Lots more really hate the cover.
        The more I look at even this version (as opposed to full-sized), the more I like it.

  20. Drbryant says:

    No essay from the artist? Just kidding.

  21. Rod Parkes says:

    Long overdue. Now we need a complete collection of her scattered post-Capitol recordings to complete the story.

  22. dinkle_dankle_do_be_do says:

    really odd design for the cover considering the time period the music comes from – it looks more like duran duran cover art. apart from that, the track list looks incredible.

    • Rhinojack says:

      I would disagree dinkle. As a graphic artist it captures late 60’s early 70’s commercial illustration perfectly.Of course Bobbie’s make up and look adds to it. Look up advertisements, illustrations from the period, and I think that you’ll agree. I like the cover.

      • Mark McKendrick says:

        Rhinojack…. I totally agree with your comments on the box art.

      • David Bly says:

        Funny – I just said that it looked like late 1950s to early 1960s – like some Jackie Gleason covers, for example, but I do agree that style continued into ads later on, but not as much for album covers as the music changed so much.

      • dusty_delta_day says:

        did bobbie gentry do a lot of advertising work?
        the 3 blocks of colour are almost identical to lots of nations flag designs, and back in the 1960s lots of countries had flag . . . so . . .

    • David Bly says:


      Actually looks a bit like some Jackie Gleason covers from the late 1950s to early 1960s
      Definitely not like any DD covers – they have very sharp-edged lines – the above is very soft.

    • Larry Davis says:

      I agree with both of you, Rhino and Dinkle…yes the stylish cover captures 60s pop art/magazine illustrations, BUT it also DOES resemble 80s DuranDuran covers like “Rio” too…I like arty covers that are stylish, like Roxy Music too…better than that new Elvis Costello cover…like what was THAT??!!?? Music will be great, but jeez!! This Bobbie box, it’s like Capitol/UMe wanted to clear out the vault or something and put a stylish bow on it…not that I’m complaining!!

      • dusty_delta_day says:

        Well, at least now we know what she and Billy Joe Mcallister threw off the Tallahatchie Bridge . . . . . . This Cover Art!
        Ba Boom!
        Yes folks, I’m here all week

  23. Ben in Colorado says:

    As a kid in the late 60s my parents had the Glen Campbell / Bobbie Gentry album. Listened to it all the time.

    I ordered this a week ago from Amazon UK, then the price dropped, so with expedited shipping to Colorado it came to $88. A really great deal

    • Ben in Colorado says:

      I made a mistake. Total from UK came to $73.00. An even better deal.

      • Larry Davis says:

        Just preordered it from the UK…with the VAT removed, it came to $80 US, not $73, but still better than $109 US…still this set looks amazing, and it has those BBC sessions on CD that came out on the RSD vinyl I bought…and tons more…

  24. Galley says:

    Add this to the list of things I thought I would never see.

  25. yves vandezande says:

    Box set of the year already.

  26. Gary Fowles says:

    No brainer, this is a must have for me. Will wait for the price to drop a little first though.

    • Chris Squires says:

      Isn’t that what the price promise is all about though? If the price drops, you get the lower price automatically. It’s saved me a bundle over the last 5 years. If the price does not drop as low as you would wish then cancel a day before shipping and all is good.
      It is a no-lose situation.This is of course amazon only, I don’t think anyone else makes that commitment as others usually take the money up front.

      The only negative is if you forget to cancel, but it isn’t that hard to remember.

      • Gary Fowles says:

        Yeah I hear you, but give it six months and it will drop way below even the price promise stage. I can wait. I had my fingers burnt with the Floyd box, since then I wait it out and let Paul flag up when prices drop.

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