Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell’s Greatest Hits (1971)
I was a bit mean about Glen Campbell the last time he played in New Zealand. Not the last time he visited, mind. He cancelled his shows due to low audience numbers, or a sore throat, or headache or whatever. But the time before that, mid-00s, I all but called him (in my review) a sad, drunk old man. And I thought he was. I see now he’s announced what his problem is. And that’s a shame. And it means we’ll get another world tour, a final one (but will he remember to actually make it his final one?) And possibly we’ll get another album. I don’t really want another album. But I would probably go to see him one more time. Maybe. I like a lot of what Glen Campbell did. Especially the early stuff – including the early-early stuff; sessions and the real country/bluegrass stuff. And then his countrypolitan thing was nice too. Even that time I did see him, and didn’t really enjoy it, I did love the hits; one of those times when it was nice just to hear the person who made the song famous sound pretty good still live. Wichita Lineman especially. I bought this album for 10c when Real Groovy closed down in Wellington recently. I have other Glen Campbell records but 10c is 10c. You don’t get much for 10c these days. And some of the other records I bought that day could be held as examples of exactly what you don’t get. But this was a bargain. Played it when the in-laws came around for a roast (the eating kind, not the comedy kind; well, a bit of both in a way). And they were amped up to sing along to all the Jimmy Webb stuff. It’s good stuff. It’s worth more than 10c. My father-in-law said he’d stretch to $5 even. The promoter of the Glen Campbell show said he’d never let me in to one of his gigs ever again because of what I said. I think his memory will prove to be a bit better than Glen’s now.
Sample Track: Wichita Lineman
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