Odetta (1967 album)

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Studio album by
Released1967 (LP)
GenreFolk, pop, jazz, gospel
LabelVerve Folkways, FTS-3014
ProducerJim Dickinson
Odetta chronology
Odetta in Japan
The Best of Odetta

Odetta is the 1967 album by Odetta. It is viewed as one of her most "commercial" (that is, aimed at mainstream audiences), but it has not subsequently been re-released on CD as many of her other albums were.

It should not be confused with other self-titled albums by Odetta on different labels: the 1963 compilation LP Odetta on the Everest label and 2003's Odetta which is actually the album To Ella.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Allmusic stated in their review that "She also acquits herself fairly well on cuts that strike a sort of funky lounge jazz mood, although those songs aren't memorable. Overall, it's a curiosity, not too embarrassing, but not matching her with the settings that suit her best."

Track listing[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Give Me Your Hand" (Dorothy Stewart) – 2:45
  2. "Strawberry Fields Forever" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:28
  3. "Love Songs of the Nile" (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)– 3:22
  4. "Oh, My Babe" (Bert Jansch; arranged and adapted by Odetta Gordon) – 3:10
  5. "Little Red Caboose" (Traditional; arranged and adapted by Odetta Gordon) – 2:00
  6. ""Child of God" (Traditional) – 2:18

Side B:

  1. "Hogan's Alley" (Traditional; arranged and adapted by Odetta Gordon) – 1:52
  2. "Little Girl Blue" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 3:36
  3. "African Prayer" (Galt MacDermot) – 3:18
  4. "Oh Papa" (Traditional; arranged and adapted by Odetta Gordon) – 2:49
  5. "Turn Me 'Round" (Traditional; arranged and adapted by Odetta Gordon) – 3:23


  • Jerry Schoenbaum - production supervisor
  • Val Valentin - director of engineering
  • David Krieger - cover, design