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Harper Valley Pta Original recording reissued

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 14, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sun Entertainment
  • Run Time: 21 minutes
  • ASIN: B000006M2V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Norick on February 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Original Album Has 11 Songs, This Re-Issue Only Has 8. I am going to wait until someone at Sun/Plantation decides to Reissue The Complete Album, Along With The Complete Albums of "Yearbooks & Yesterdays", "Things Go Better With Love", "Country Girl", "Generation Gap", & "Jeannie" (All By Jeannie C. Riley) Along With Dee Mullins' Album "The Continuing Story of Harper Valley PTA" and Harlow Wilcox's Albums "Groovy Grubworm" & "Cripple Cricket" On Compact Discs. How About A Box Set With All 6 Albums mentioned above by Jeannie C. Riley, Plus The Songs That Never Appeared On The Albums (Like The B-Sides to the hits), Alternate Takes (if any exist), etc. That Would Be A Great Start! (HINT, HINT) Until Then, I guess my LPs will have to do
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was hoping this was a complete reissue, but 3 tracks seem to be missing from the original album. "The Cotton Patch", "The Little Town Square", and "Satan Place". Still, an enjoyable campy country classic
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you enjoyed the "Harper Valley" movie and TV show then you would enjoy this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kasey G on August 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD
***NOTE: This version of "Harper Valley PTA" is inexplicably missing three tracks. What makes it even worse is that they are three of the BEST tracks. An online search led me to a complete version of this album on CD. My 5-star review is for the COMPLETE album ***

Let me start right off by saying I have never been a big fan of country music. Probably because all the time I was growing up it was my mother's music. I listened to all the greats: Loretta, Tammy, George, Conway, Merle, Whispering Bill Withers, Reba, Alan Jackson, among others. But one LP of Mom's stood out from the rest and had an undeniable, strange appeal for a five-year-old. That album was Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley PTA".

I am not quite exactly sure what made this an early favorite of mine. Looking back on it, I imagine it was because the songs were so well-written and each told a story. The depictions of small-town scandal, hypocrisy, hardship, and loss are so vividly drawn on this album, I love it as much now as I did in 1973.

Of course, the title song was a huge pop crossover hit that reached #1 in 1968 on Billboard and even spawned a movie and TV series that starred Barbara Eden in the role of the song's protagonist. It remains to this day one of the best "tell-off" songs ever. I just love the way Jeannie spits out the line "You're all Harper Valley hypocrites!". She basically recorded the song against her will, and the anger she must have felt at the label really came through and helped sell the song. It's the country-flavored venom that comes out of her mouth that makes it so memorable.

"Window Jones" who was mentioned in "Harper", gets her own song on the second track. It features amazing banjo, drums and organ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Spearman on May 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have searched for a long time for a couple of the titles on this album. Listening to the cd brought back a lot of memories from my childhood and I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to add these titles back to my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Jacobson on June 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
That's right, I bought this album and I don't care what you think. For your information I've even done this ditty on karaoke. The cool thing (yes cool) about this album is Harper Valley PTA isn't a compilation album; this is the actual album that was released in 1968 right after the single hit #1 on country and pop.

I have been looking for this song for ages, I love the whole hypocrites telling someone they should change storyline and the fact the woman gets even with them all is the real clincher, I imagine particularly in conservative middle America circa 1968.

The album's highlight is of course the single, but what's interesting is there are four other songs on here where characters from the title track show up - it's almost a concept albums of sorts.

"Widow Jones" is the first to show up and we get to find out about her life including how all the boys and men in town know about a woman's anatomy because of her nightly shows; later "Sippin' Shirley Thompson" is around to let us know why she's always taking sips of that gin, "Mr. Harper" also shows up for some fun.

But the other songs are just as interesting in that countrified story song way I like so much. The one other killer track and I mean it literally is "Ballad Of Louise" where Jeanne cries about her cheating man and Louise, it goes exactly where you expect it to when we find her behind bars and "tomorrow they'll bury Louise." I love this kind of thing.

To think it all began with the little title track which was written by Tom T. Hall who was apparently something of a great genius in the late 60s/early 70s though I always confuse him with that mushroomed face, oh what's the name, oh yeah Tillis, Mel Tillis that's who I confuse with Tom T. Hall but then I confuse Mel Tillis with Porter Waggoner; perhaps I need to rent me some Hee Haw and get my facts straight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Novis on January 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This cd is missing 3 tracks. I wasn't paying attention when I bought it to recongnize that, nor did I read the customer reviews. Luckily, I recorded the original viyl LP on CD before I donated it, so I don't feel too bad about my faulty purchase.
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