Mercury Rev

Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited

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Mercury Rev reimagine the Bobbie Gentry album from 1968 with guest vocals from Norah Jones, Hope Sandoval, Rachel Goswell, Vashti Bunyan, Beth Orton, Marissa Nadler, Lucinda Williams, Margo Price, Susanne Sundfør, Phoebe Bridgers, Kaela Sinclair, Carice Van Houten and Laetitia Sadier.
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 Billie 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.
But The Delta Sweete—released in March, 1968 - was ignored on arrival, not even cracking Billboard’s Top 100.
This Delta Sweete is her long-delayed justice—Mercury Rev's committed and affectionate resurrection of an album that anticipated by three decades their own pivotal expedition through transcendental America, 1998's Deserter's Songs. From their recording lair in New York's Catskill Mountains, the founding core of Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper with Jesse Chandler (previously in the Texas group Midlake) honor Gentry's foresight and creative triumph with spacious invention and hallucinatory flair. And they are not alone. Gentry's stories and original resolve are brought to new vocal life and empowerment by a vocal cast of women from across modern rock and its alternative paths.

  1. Okolona River Bottom Band ft. Norah Jones

  2. Big Boss Man ft. Hope Sandoval

  3. Reunion ft. Rachel Goswell

  4. Parchman Farm ft. Carice van Houten

  5. Mornin’ Glory ft. Laetitia Sadier

  6. Sermon ft. Margo Price

  7. Tobacco Road ft. Susanne Sundfør

  8. Penduli Pendulum ft. Vashti Bunyan with Kaela Sinclair

  9. Jessye Lisabeth ft. Phoebe Bridgers

  10. Refractions ft. Marissa Nadler

  11. Courtyard ft. Beth Orton

  12. Ode To Billie Joe ft. Lucinda Williams