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It's over - problem solved - now enjoy 2 great albums
on 5 December 2014
These albums provided Glen Campbell with his breakthrough into the big time, containing his famous original recordings of Gentle on my mind and By the time I get to Phoenix, plus many other excellent recordings including Hey little one, which was reprised as the title track of his follow-up album to these two. Glen had been in the music business for almost ten years .before releasing the first of these albums and had released several solo country albums including a bluegrass albums. He had also done work as a session musician, playing guitar with Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, among others, so he wasn't an overnight success.
Much controversy has surrounded this particular re-issue, because BGO initially included Glen's cover of It's over (the Roy Orbison song) in place of It's over (the song by Jimmie Rodgers - not the singing brakeman, but the man who became famous in America for Honeycomb, and in the UK for English country garden). BGO have now corrected this error. I originally bought a copy with the Roy Orbison song on it, but BGO were very nice about it and I now have the correct version. Glen's cover of the Roy Orbison song was originally released on the album Hey little one, and as BGO also released that on CD, paired with Galveston, I have a copy of that too. The two identically titled songs are very different but both excellent.
Many of the other songs are cover versions too, but it was common practice at the time to fill an album with lots of covers. In those days, it was a common practice. Sales of singles were far more important in those days. Album sales took over in the seventies.
Among the other covers here are Catch the wind (Donovan), You're my world (originally an Italian song but a UK hit after translation for Cilla Black), Cryin' (Roy Orbison), Homeward bound (Simon and Garfunkel) and Bad seed (a top 10 country hit for Jan Howard).
These are two fantastic albums that finally launched Glen into the big time