Glen Campbell – Meet Glen Campbell

August 19, 2008

I’ve been experiencing a personal Glen Campbell music renaissance that’s been ongoing for several months now. I’m not so much a fan of his “Rhinestone Cowboy” days, but rather earlier on, in the 60’s, when he released such great songs as “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.” Those songs were lushly produced tracks that frequently augmented Campbell’s rich and textured country-style vocals with a full string section. For his first release with Capital Records in 15 years, Campbell brings that style to bear on 10 tracks, covers of songs by a diverse set of bands, on an album called Meet Glen Campbell. I had no idea this was even in the works, so it was a delight to come across it. He covers tracks by John Lennon, the Velvet Underground, Foo Fighters and U2, among others. My favorite songs include “Sing” (Travis), “Walls” (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), “Sadly Beautiful” (the Replacements) and “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” (Green Day), the last being the first single. Not all the songs work as well as those four, but neither are there any out and out duds. It’s maybe not the revelatory, emotionally wrenching kind of work that Johnny Cash produced with the help of Rick Rubin some years back, but Meet Glen Campbell is entertaining and supremely worthwhile in its own right, and proof positive that Campbell’s voice is as dynamic and utterly distinctive as ever.


3 Responses to “Glen Campbell – Meet Glen Campbell”

  1. Jan Derrer Says:

    Glen Campbells sixtie’s songs are just great. “Wichita Lineman” is a wonderful song full of longing and loneliness, one of the great songs of the sixties.

    Glen Campbell is an awesome guitarist, by the way. Before he had his brakethrough around 1966 as a country and pop singer, he was one of the great Los Angeles studio guitarist. Together with guitar legends like Tommy Tedesco and Billy Strange he played guitar on songs by The Mamas And Papas, The Beach Boys, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Nat King Cole. He also played guitar on many Phil Spector productions.

  2. radiondn Says:

    I knew that he’d logged a number of years as a session music in Los Angeles, but I had no idea his work had been so extensive. His guitar work on this new album is as good as ever.

  3. suituapui Says:

    I love Glen Campbell, all his hit songs and even the lesser known ones like “Take my hand for a while” (from his “Galvestion” album) or “Too late to worry, too blue to cry”. I hope this newie is good…

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