It was the third of June

It’s the third of June, as beloved Queen of the Delta Bobbie Gentry might say, another sleepy dreary lockdown day.

But a day considerably enlivened by the news that next month (31st July), Universal/Capitol is to re-release Her Bobness’ 1968 masterpiece, “The Delta Sweete”, on double LP and double CD – along with a whole load of extra stuff!

34 tracks in all on the CD, 22 on the vinyl. I shall of course be getting both.

UMG’s blurb: “The expanded CD edition features a new stereo mix of the album (sourced directly from the surviving four-track and eight-track tapes) by Producer/Compiler Andrew Batt, alongside the original mono mix making its debut on CD. There are a total of 10 bonus tracks to treasure,including a previously unreleased original demo, ‘The Way I Do’ and a special instrumental version of ‘Okolona River Bottom Band’ featuring the great Shorty Rogers on bass trumpet. The deluxe vinyl is the first official repress of the album since 1972 and features the new stereomix on disc 1 and the 10 bonus trackson disc 2.”



And it’s Curtis Mayfield’s birthday today, too. :+1:


Oh, and while I remember, Alabama 3 are doing a live stream on YouTube this evening, at 20.00.

But you knew that already @TheKevster.

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Is this a response to the earlier compilation by different artists and Mercury Rev?

I think it was reasonably successful .

Best wishes


Ian, I believe it is part of a long-term reissue programme which began a couple of years back with the magnificent The Girl From Chickasaw County 8-CD box set, and the Live at The BBC album.

Sworn to secrecy, but some real treasures will emerge from the vaults over the next few years. Fortunately Bobbie’s master tapes are all in good shape…


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