Thursday, July 1, 2010

Friday's best pop song ever

8 comments:

houseinrlyeh said...

Lovely.

And that's by far not even her only brilliant song.

Todd said...

Something I am woefully overdue in investigating, I'm afraid. But, really, how could someone who wrote something that masterful not have all kinds of other great songs?

Radio Schmaydio said...

I'll second that emotion. There are several cool compilations for Bobbie Gentry available, but I liked the one on Raven best. But you want to check out songs like "Courtyard" and "Refractions" and "Casket Vignette" and "Penduli Pendulum" and "Okoloma River Bottom."

houseinrlyeh said...

While the compilations are pretty great, I'd actually recommend getting your hands on the albums. She was pretty great at making those.

Todd said...

Thanks, guys! But just the early albums, right? Didn't she kind of go "Vegas" a little later on?

Radio Schmaydio said...

Well she was in Vegas in the early seventies. She was a headliner still and hung out a lot with Glenn Campbell (with whom she'd done a few hit duets) and Elvis. That was kind of the end for her as performer. She'd made a lot of money, studied philosophy at UCLA and banged around Vegas with Elvis. What more was there to do? Her best original LP is probably The Delta Sweete.

Radio Schmaydio said...

Touch 'Em With Love is also great though.

houseinrlyeh said...

I agree about Delta Sweete as her best record; I'd work my way through the rest too - there's not (too) much Vegas on her last albums and a lot that's worthwhile.
An astonishing body of work for a career of just four or five recording years.