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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 (25 Aug. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001BTWF48
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sing
2. Walls
3. Angel Dream
4. Times Like These
5. These Days
6. Sadly Beautiful
7. All I Want Is You
8. Jesus
9. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
10. Grow Old With Me

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The concept behind Meet Glen Campbell is so obvious it's a surprise that no one had thought of doing it before. Once Brian Wilson's touring replacement in the Beach Boys, then a megastar with his country inflected orchestral pop productions in the late sixties and early seventies, Glen Campbell has seen it all. Now in his seventies, his star has faded since his collaborations with young songwriter Jimmy Webb ruled the charts, but he remains a fine singer and a deft guitarist still. Taking ten recent songs by the likes of Tom Petty, Travis, Foo Fighters and even Green Day, and dressing them up in the expansive arrangements he's still remembered for effectively makes them his own property. Who knew that Travis's once torpid "Sing" needed only some Campbell magic to revive it? Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" is a perfect choice, its country roots always unconcealed, while the genesis of U2's "All I Want Is You" in the Stooges "No Fun" is made obvious even as Campbell's heartfelt version challenges Bono for sincerity. The closer, a stately version of John Lennon's posthumously released "Grow Old With Me", will be soundtracking wedding ceremonies for decades to come. Unlikely though it sounds, Meet Glen Campbell has to be count amongst the year's most successful comebacks. --Steve Jelbert

BBC Review

Country artists covering contemporary songs is nothing new, but ever since Johnny Cash made the American Recordings series, the way those covers are judged has changed. Every song is held up to the brilliance of the Man In Black, and if they don't meet the standard, they're left to swing miserably in the wind. It's an unenviable burden to bear for any artist, and one that even the great Glen Campbell can't escape. Understandably, he falls short of the benchmark, but even if you disregard the Cash effect, Meet Glen Campbell is hopeless.

The album's problems are many, not least Campbell's singing style. He comes from a time and a tradition where annunciation and clarity are the key, but the songs he has chosen - the Foo Fighters' rollicking Times Like These or U2's All I Want Is You - were never written to ring clearly. They are songs driven by feeling, whose words are meant to blister with passion, and in his steady approach, Campbell saps them of emotion and renders them pedestrian.

He's not helped by his choices. Faced with the entire history of music to choose from, it's telling that Campbell decided to include two songs from Tom Petty and neither of them are the plodding rocker's only moment of genius, Free Fallin'. They aren't the only bad decisions. The album opens with Travis' Sing, a nadir in the Scottish band's career of tedium, and closes with John Lennon's most nauseating, sentimental and desperately dull moment, Grow Old With Me. It's as if Glen wanted to underline his lack of adventure by bookending his album with utter dreariness.

Above all, though, the glaring mistake of Meet Glen Campbell is the fact that he fails to do the one thing that makes Cash's American Recordings so special - he never stamps his mark on the songs. And this from the man who played with La's top session band, 'The Wrecking Crew', stood in for Brian Wilson on tour AND recorded Wichita Lineman.

Only his most unexpected choice, a double-beat, banjo-laden take on Green Day's Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), comes close to making this exercise worthwhile. By stepping up the tempo and allowing a little freewheeling, he takes the introspective original and turns it into the meandering soundtrack of a mid-west road trip.

Unsurprisingly, it isn't enough to save the album. There's no doubt that the rhinestone cowboy's fans will lap this up, but this was an obvious attempt to 'do a Johnny' and snare himself a new audience - and in that aim, he has failed spectacularly. --Chris Long

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Dunnington VINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Long awaited new album from Glen - to start on a slight negative it took me three times playing the CD for it to really kick in - and when it did it was brilliant. Slightly over produced and the CD is too "loud" - but what a great return to Capitol Records!!!! Like Johnny Cash later CD's songs you would not usually associate with Glen - but he makes them each his own. Stand out tracks for me are Tom Petty's "Walls" (made to sound like a 60's Campbell record) and John Lennon's "Grow Old With Me". In fact I can't take the CD off the player and each and every track gets better and better the more you listen. This is far superior to the rather bland Neil Diamond release earlier this year and this CD certainly deserves the same recognition - and air play! Welcome back Glen Campbell.
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By David Jeavons on 3 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've always had a soft spot for Glen Campbell. His early hits, such as "Wichita Lineman", "Galveston" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", remain some of Jim Webb's best compositions and that voice always rang true. On this outstanding return to form, Mr Campbell was apparently asked to sift through a mountain of songs before deciding on the 10 selections chosen. Not a Jim Webb song in sight but an eclectic mix it is. In order they are composed by Travis, 2 back to back Tom Petty's, Dave Grohl, Jackson Browne, The Replacements, U2, The Velvet Underground, Green Day and John Lennon. As I said, an eclectic mix. I believe that Mr Campbell is now in his 70's and he has had well documented problems but it's amazing how strong his voice has stayed. Instead of taking the "safe" Rick Rubin route (don't get me wrong, I like the latest Neil Diamond, Jakob Dylan, John Mellancamp and Johnny Cash "American" series but it seems to be where all the "old timers" go for credibiity)he opts for a style more akin to his hits from the 60's and 70's and it's all the better for that. If you're curious, buy this CD on spec. You'll be pleasantly surprised! Favourites? Try "Sing", "Sadly Beautiful", "Grow Old With Me"..... just try 'em all! Surprise packet of the year? I think so!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Smalltounboy on 23 Aug. 2008
Format: Vinyl
If someone had told me 5 years ago that my 3 favorite artists in 2008 would be Johnnie Cash, Neil Diamond and Glen Campbell I would have told you where to go.

This is truly a masterpiece, I downloaded the album from iTunes after hearing "good riddance" on the radio, as soon as I played the first track my plans for the rest of the evening went out the window, I must have played it back to back 6 or 7 times. "All I want is you" is the perfect song to seduce the love of your life to.

Don't bother with the downloads, just by the CD (or vinyl), believe me this is one album you'll be playing over and over again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cloudberry on 2 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I bought two albums at the same time a week or so ago - and I must have been inspired. One was Sia's fantastic 'Some People Have Real Problems' (I must do a review on that!) and this beauty.

One of the other reviewers suggested that this is the best album of 2008 - it is right up there as a contender. The ten tracks are covers of some very fine songs, some I knew and some I didn't. The thing about Glen Campbell is that, at 72, his singing is still as good as ever. I've always liked him, but have nothing more than a compilation which features one or two of his songs.

One reviewer has criticised the production, but I think it just adds to the quality of the tracks on the album. It starts off with 'Sing', written by Fran Healey of Travis who, I must admit, I find extremely boring. However, this is a great song and a wonderful version, beautiful in it's full (as opposed to paired-down) production - a great opening track, which got me involved in the album. From there, the music just flows and the other nine tracks include a couple by Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Billy Joe Armstrong (of Green Day), Lou Reed and John Lennon. It leaves me wanting to play the album again and again.

Yes, Glen is singing as well as ever and there are some lovely backing singers here. Instrumentally, there is a superb set of musicians, including GC himself - a great guitarist - and the arrangements are perfect.

This is Glen Campbell and friends, putting together an album in the Glen Campbell mould, but brought up to date. The length of the album is only 33:46, which is short. I would have like a couple more tracks, but if you want to listen to it a couple of times, you've only spent just over an hour doing so.

So, a brilliant album, a fantastic return from Glen Campbell which, I for one, hope will be followed up in a similar vein - I would welcome a second album of covers, a la 'Meet Glen Campbell Again'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Glen Campbell is, quite simply, a master interpreter of other people's songs. In Jimmy Webb he found a songwriter whose lyrics and melodies were perfect pickings for him. They were made for each other. No one should need reminding that Wichita Lineman, Galveston, By The Time I Get To Phoenix and Where's The Playground Suzie were evocative, melodic counterpoints to the emerging hard rock sounds of the late 60s and early 70s.

Pitched somewhere in peoples' minds between Elton John and John Denver, Glen Campbell became largely irrelevant for the next three decades. Although he recorded during this period, with occasional success, the songs were generally bland, pointless and poorly produced. What he needed was a decent set of songs and a sympathetic producer who would recognise the strengths Glen possessed, someone who would recognise what made those earlier classics work.

Enter Julian Raymond and Howard Willing. Their arrangements and production are beautifully evocative of Campbell's greatest period. The Foo Fighter's Times Like These and Tom Petty's "Walls" echo Galveston with low tuned guitars and strings reminiscent of Al de Lory's original arrangements.

Using the Webb classics as a cornerstone the ten selections draw upon the literate work of John Lennon, Jackson Browne, Lou Reed, Tom Petty, Paul Westerberg, U2, The Foo's and Billie Joe. Raymond and Willing let Glen's voice take centre stage and with his sensitive interpretations and their evocative arrangements a hauntingly, beautiful album has emerged.

Simple really. Take a great singer, give him some great songs, mix in some sympathetic arrangements for strings and horns, throw in steel guitar, drums and keyboards and you have a classic record.

Highly recommended. Not a dud track to be heard.
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