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VOL № CW032 — October 2023

Ode to Billie Joe

Bobbie Gentry
Why you'll love it...

Few artists can say they knocked the Beatles off their pedestal, but Bobbie Gentry is one of them. The Mississippi-born singer-songwriter with the one-of-a-kind voice and similarly singular songwriting perspective scored a No. 1 album with her debut Ode to Billie Joe in 1967, temporarily ousting the Fab Four’s seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from a weeks-long stint atop the Billboard 200.

Topping the Beatles is a remarkable feat on its own, but especially so for a debut artist who approached music stardom with a skeptical curiosity before suddenly tapping out, and eventually vanishing, while at the top of her game. Ode to Billie Joe itself is both a time capsule of its era — the turbulent and transformative late ’60s — as well as a primer for Gentry’s chameleonic artistry.

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Release Type
1 LP
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Reverse Tip-On; Single
Mastering Studio
Sterling Sound
Mastering Engineer
Ryan Smith
Pressing Location
GZ Vinyl
Remastering Details
(AAA) Lacquers Cut From the Master Tapes by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound
Listening Notes Booklet by Brittney McKenna
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