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What makes Glen Campbell great?,
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This review is from: Ghost on the Canvas (Audio CD)I never really used to rate this guy. In fact, being Scottish, I used to cringe a little when he used to come out on stage and do Amazing Grace with the bagpipes in his draggy cabaret act in the late 70's. But that was before I really listened to him and then I realised what a great singer this guy is. And if this album is indeed to be his last then it is a fitting tribute to a great performer and a wonderful career. But what makes him so good? I think it's an undefinable quality that I can't quite put my finger on. He doesn't have a particularly distinctive voice (After all, you never hear of anyone doing Glen Campbell impressions) but somehow he manages to inhabit every song he sings and make it his and his alone.
In this respect he reminds me of Bing Crosby. Whose great gift was in coming across so ordinary blokeish that eveyone felt that they could sing as well as he could. But of course they couldn't. And there in lies the genius.
I hope Glen can go on for a few more years and may'be give us at least one more album. But if not then buy this and pay homage to a truly great artist.