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|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|
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.
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