ARTIST: Glen Campbell
TITLE: The Legacy (1961-2017)
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 5: By the Time I Get to Phoenix (#26 US, #2 Country), I Wanna Live (#36 US, #1 Country), Dreams of the Everyday Housewife (#32 US, #3 Country), Wichita Lineman (#3 US, #1 Country, #7 UK), Galveston (#4 US, #1 Country, #14 UK), Try a Little Kindess (#23 US, #2 Country, #45 UK), Honey Come Back (#19 US, #2 Country, #4 UK), All I Have to Do Is Dream (#27 US, #6 country, #3 UK), Everything a Man Could Ever Need (#52 US, #5 Country, #32 UK), It’s Only Make Believe (#10 US, #3 Country, #4 UK), Bonaparte’s Retreat (#3 Country), Rhinestone Cowboy (#1 US, #1 Country, #4 UK), Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in LA) (#11 US, #3 Country), Don’t Pull Your Love / Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye (#27 US, #4 Country), Southern Nights (#1 US, #1 Country, #28 UK), Sunflower (#39 US, #4 UK), A Lady Like You (#4 Country), Still Within the Sound of My Voice (#5 Country)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Turn Around Look at Me, Universal Soldier, The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde, Gentle on My Mind, True Grit
LINEUP: Glen Campbell and Session musicians. Duets with Bobbie Gentry and Anne Murray too.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After being an in-demand session guitarist and backing vocalist (and temporary replacement Beach Boy), Glen Campbell’s solo career took off after recording songs by Jimmy Webb. It was a perfect match.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Glen Campbell’s impact on pop and country seemed diminished for a while, as his happy-go-lucky TV personality and his later marital issues and gossip column fodder overshadowed his gifts. But while he wasn’t much of a songwriter – he was an ace guitar player and an excellent vocalist who could evoke emotion from each song he performed, and fit his voice perfectly with arrangements.
His first big hits came when he started collaborating with songwriter Jimmy Webb, starting with “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, and “Wichita Lineman”. He recorded the definite version of “Gentle on My Mind” by John Hartford, and many other songs became standards due to his interpretations, even down to Alan Toussaint’s “Southern Nights”.
This collection has some fluff, especially his later career, and honestly, the string-laden productions can get a bit overblown in his 60’s material, but for music fans from 1966 through 1977 or so, Campbell was a force in country, pop, and television.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He was the first to record (and he co-wrote) “Turn Around, Look at Me”. He also released 14 albums between 1967 and 1970. Holy studio time!
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. This is a new collection of a collection first issued in the early 2000’s, with the last disc of live and outtakes replaced by a whole disc of his later work.
GRADE A-: Comprehensive, and most of his material is essential for pop and country fans. There’s just some dross in his later years, as one would expect.