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Ghost on the Canvas [CD]

Glen Campbell Audio CD
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Becoming a bonafide living legend isn’t as easy as Glen Campbell makes it look. First, you have to have a solid foundation of talent on which to build — like being one of the hottest guitar players in the world. Then you have to record songs that will stand the test of time — standards such as “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman.” ... Read more in Amazon's Glen Campbell Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Surfdog
  • ASIN: B0057P2Q14
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Better Place
2. Ghost On The Canvas - written by Paul Westerberg
3. The Billstown Crossroads
4. A Thousand Lifetimes
5. It's Your Amazing Grace
6. Second Street North
7. In My Arms featuring Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Brian Setzer)
8. May 21st, 1969,
9. Nothing But The Whole Wide World - written by Jakob Dylan
10. Wild And Waste
11. Hold On Hope - written by Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices)
12. Valley Of The Sun
13. Any Trouble
14. Strong - featuring Dandy Warhols
15. The Rest Is Silence
16. There s No Me Without You - guitars by Billy Corgan, Marty Rifkin, Rick Nielsen

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BBC Review

Rehabilitating the sound and vision that created a musical legend - let's call it the Johnny Cash American Recordings model - is now standard practice for artists in their advanced years. The latest recipient is Glen Campbell, whose first 'renaissance', 2008 covers album Meet Glen Campbell, was intermittently great, and strangely disconnected (knowing committed Christian Glen was singing The Velvet Underground's Jesus straight was an especially weird, if compelling, sensation). But guided again by producer Julian Raymond, former vice president of Capitol Records, home of Campbell's finest recordings in the late 60s, Ghost on the Canvas is the real deal, musical and emotionally true and sometimes devastating, on a par with Cash's performance on Hurt. It turns out Campbell has early stages Alzheimer's, and Raymond's lyrics for the album's five co-composed songs were based on comments the singer made while recording the previous album. In other words, we finally get to meet Glen Campbell.

He may be 75 and a frail ghost of his former hell-raising self, but vocally Campbell still sounds surefooted, hitting wistful, golden notes. The contributing cast of 'stars' supply unerring melody and no small amount of emotional triggers. Take the title-track, written by Paul Westerberg (The Replacements), full of the same aching longing that distinguished Campbell's impeachable Wichita Lineman. Westerberg's other offering, Any Trouble, appears to have Gentle On My Mind on its mind. Raymond/Campbell's A Thousand Lifetimes also appears to tap Wichita Lineman without feeling manipulative. The DNA of The Rest Is Silence, one of six instrumental interludes, is pure Beach Boys, recalling the time guitar-for-hire Campbell worked on Pet Sounds and was Brian Wilson's stage stand-in during the same era. This is history in the re-making.

But Ghost on the Canvas isn't simply nostalgic. There's No Me� Without You, Strong and Teddy Thompson's In My Arms (surely the gutsiest track Campbell has ever cut) are aimed at Campbell's wife Kim, who saw him through his alcohol and cocaine addictions that blighted his 70s. There's No Me... which closes the album, has its own coda of elegant, elegiac guitar solos from Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), Brian Seltzer (Stray Cats) and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), which says more about Raymond's little black book than Campbell, but collectively they hit the mark.

In the title-track, he sings "People don't know when they're looking at soul." You wouldn't expect soul from a Glen Campbell record, but it takes many forms. A veteran who needs help to express his memories of a life less ordinary, but ironically sounds on the top of his game, is clearly one of them.

--Martin Aston

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About the Artist

In an age where there are so few true hit makers, the breadth of Glen Campbell s career is hard to process. The guy has sold 45 million albums, had 81 songs on the charts, won Grammys and numerous other awards, been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, had a TV show where 50 million people tuned in weekly, played with Sinatra, Elvis, the Beach Boys (on Pet Sounds no less), owned a theater in Branson, acted and did a song for the original True Grit alongside John Wayne, and did it all rising from being the seventh son of a poor Arkansas sharecropper who eventually moved to LA with $300 in his pocket. You can t even make this stuff up. Glen Campbell became a country-pop crossover star of mind-lashingly megalithic proportions. Perhaps the greatest compliment you can give Glen Campbell, though, is his final album Ghost On The Canvas. For starters, no lesser songwriters than Robert Pollard (from Guided By Voices), Paul Westerberg (from the Replacements) and Jakob Dylan have written for this thing. Think about that for a second. Hipster cult god-beings like Westerberg and Pollard aren t supposed to be fans of this kind of thing. But that s how heavy Campbell s impact has been. Wichita Lineman, Rhinestone Cowboy, the title track on the Highwaymen album. It s just undeniable. Oh, and a few guitarists decided to show up, too. You know, little known guys like Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Rick Nielsen, Brian Setzer. It turns out that when you really take a close look at it Glen Campbell is one of popular music s most under sung guitarists, too. From his amazing 12-string guitar work on his own albums to his session guitar work as part of the Wrecking Crew (who were Phil Spector s go-to guys) and on albums by the Monkees, Sinatra, Haggard, Dean Martin and a couple hundred others, Campbell s guitar has coiled its way deep into the DNA of American music. Consciously bowing out at the tail end of sixty years in popular music, Glen Campbell hits a serene reflective note on Ghosts On The Canvas. He ditched the booze, drugs, women and song decades ago for a life of reverent religious dignity and he s written and told his story different times and in different ways before, but here he sings and interprets with the naked humility of a massive lifetime s twilight.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect Mr. Campbell, Respect! 29 Aug 2011
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Glen Campbell was seventy-five old this year. Yup, you heard that
right. Seventy-Five!! All the more remarkable, then, that his new
album 'Ghost On The Canvas' deserves our full attention and admiration.
The voice is intact, wonderfully so. Smooth as velvet without even the
slightest trace of a wobble in the upper register which can come with age.
There are sixteen tracks in the collection (admirably produced by Julian
Raymond) and Mr Campbell does no more than is necessary to make them
all come alive with his warm enunciation and unimpeachable performances.

There is a coherence and consistency running through this project which
quite takes one's breath away at times, Whether in the stirring (no matter
if you are of a spiritual disposition or not) opening song 'A Better Place',
where he gives thanks to his God for the good things in his life; the gently
lilting country strains of the perfectly lovely title track; the heavier
accented (thanks to The Dandy Warhols) slow rocking anthem 'Strong'; the
powerfully articulated sentiments of 'It's Your Amazing Grace', or the simple
rolling beauty of 'Nothing but The Whole Wide World' (written by Jacob Dylan),
one cannot help but be in thrall to Mr Campbell's stamina, versatility, bravery
(he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease two years ago) and honest vision.
A man in a million with a song to sing and a bunch of stories still to tell.

This fine album will stand as a bold testament to his consummate artistry.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what an ending to an incredible career! 1 Sep 2011
By Diane H
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have followed Glen since Galveston and the Jimmy Webb days. Seen him in concert and got most of his material. Have been waiting so long for Ghost on the Canvas. What a brilliant album. Thought 'Meet Glen Campbell' was exceptional and this one is definitely growing, growing, growing on me. In other words I love it! I only hope that it will NOT be his last album. However, should this be the case, I wish him a great retirement and thank him for his great voice and musical talent. A triumph yet again.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not The End Of The Line. 1 Sep 2011
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This seems a personal statement in song from a great man who has bared his soul to his audience. This is usual for the performer and confers no doubts to his fans. No matter, the songs and the emotion is in his voice with the delivery that gives the tremors of sensual feeling and class. We know the story ,and the history is there. Just treasure the man's ability and drive to produce this superb music. There is talk of 'the last' and 'the final' but the music will live on. He is still with us for goodness sake. Judge him on his performance not just emotion. Brilliant. Ghost On The Canvas will beautifully haunt us for years.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Record of the Year ! 1 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album is nothing short of a miracle! Glen Campbell gives us an album that shines bright, showcasing his voice and guitar playing that are both still as strong as they ever were , perhaps even stronger. Glen's commanding voice and his ever present guitar playing speaks with authority. Nobody sings or plays like Glen and it is a most pleasing sound indeed.

I confess that after reading the news accounts and stories about Glen's current health problems I did not expect this level of quality. I am embarrassed to say just how blown away I was when I first heard this album. I should have known better!

Glen played on the soundtrack of my life as a full member of The Wrecking Crew and on so many countless hits from the 60's that anyone would be hard pressed to present a full list. After a twist of fate and a little help from The Smother's Brothers , Glen was given his own television program and he became a household name. Add the Jimmy Webb written hits and the rest, as they say, is history.

This collection of songs , the production, the other musicians and collaborators all work together to present the phenomenon that was and IS Glen Campbell. He simply can not be put into any one category of music. How about the "GREAT" category?

Many of the tunes were co-written by Glen and his collaborators are all top notch. His producer Julian Raymond compliments Glen's talents remarkably. Mixing pop, country, rockabilly , straight up country and even a bit of surf guitar courtesy of Dick Dale, this record runs the gamut of musical styles. Never descending into the syrupy goo of Glen Ballard or the stark sparseness of Rick Rubin, he finds the perfect balance between man, song and performance. It is a Grammy worthy effort.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glen Campbell 15 Nov 2011
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Glen Campbell best cd to date, and I have been buying his albums for over 30 years, brilliant arrangements, song-writing production superb, there will never be his like again ! !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever made by a 75 year old 27 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
You wouldn't think you were listening to an album by someone who's old enough to be your grandad - even if your in your thirties. 'Any Trouble' is my favourite track so far although I think that the whole album is great. He's had some great songwriters make a contribution as well as some self written material. The words of the songs give a feel of someone who is accepting the changes that age is bringing and how he appreciates the life that he's had. The tracks are short but just right in length i.e. not over indulging. Really looking forward to seeing Glen at the Colston Hall on 2nd Nov more than anyone I've seen previously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
Absolutely brilliant album. I have played it over and over again. Poignant, but enjoyable
Published 6 days ago by Sue Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars so so good!!
Highly recommend this CD, for anyone who is a Glen Campbell fan...a must have!
So sad to hear about his health...
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
Bought as a gift for my husband. Never really listened to Campbell's work before but really enjoy listening to it.
Published 1 month ago by Denben
5.0 out of 5 stars His best cd by far
Loved this cd play it all the time arrived in excellent condition Well done it arrived well on time keep up the good work
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Kathleen M. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTE GENIUS .............
There are plenty of other reviews that will explain why this album is a work of genius.
If you haven't yet purchased this brilliant album - BUY IT NOW ! Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. E. Barron
1.0 out of 5 stars rip-pff
Buy the MP3 album for 1.78 at the Amazon MP3 Downloads store.

That is what Amazon advertised as, so bought 'the album' only to find it contains only 1 song! Read more
Published 3 months ago by geneva
2.0 out of 5 stars Glen Campbell
He should have stuck to his style of good old fashioned country and western songs and he would have not gone wrong, these songs are not Glen at his best.
Published 5 months ago by Hilary Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lovely lovely
An immediate hit that was stunning on the first playing. Haunting lyrics and melodies that stay in your brain long after playing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Game Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars How old is he?
Sounds just as fresh as always, a remarkable man with a remarkable back catalogue of hit songs. I will miss him
Published 6 months ago by Mr S Armitage
5.0 out of 5 stars Glen Campbell's last (and best) Album
Made when Glen Campbell had been diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease, for me this is his best album ever and I am just sorry that I didn't buy it when it was released two years ago. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A M Appleford
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