Meet Glen Campbell

Meet Glen Campbell

by Glen Campbell
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No artist waits 40 years to introduce himself, so the title of Glen Campbell's 2008 album, Meet Glen Campbell, can be taken with a grain of salt -- unless it's seen as a way to introduce Campbell to a new, younger audience, which certainly seems to be the intention of this record, as it finds the countrypolitan crooner abandoning the bland professional songwriters he's relied upon in the '80s and '90s and turning to newer rock & rollers. That these younger rock & rollers include Tom Petty and Jackson Browne should give some indication that this isn't quite as daring a move as it may initially seem, even if Campbell does cover the Replacements here, but daring isn't the name of the game on Meet Glen Campbell and thankfully neither is irony, as this never succumbs to the cringing camp of Pat Boone singing metal. Thanks to producers Julian Raymond and Howard Willing -- who enlist the help of plenty of modern pop thoroughbreds, including Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and Jason Falkner of Jellyfish and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander -- Meet Glen Campbell evokes the soft, warm haze of his classic '60s and '70s, when he turned Jimmy Webb's eccentricities into pop standards. Although they do make slight concessions to modernity on the rhythm tracks of Travis' "Sing" and Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (also tellingly the two weakest songs on this brief album), Raymond and Willing use "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" as their touchstones, picking songs that lend themselves to evocative melodrama, which generally means rich, elegiac ballads from Paul Westerberg's "Sadly Beautiful" and U2's "All I Want Is You" to Jackson Browne's "These Days," a song so perfectly suited for Campbell's voice it's a wonder that it never popped up on one of his LPs in the early '70s. Then again, Meet Glen Campbell is filled with small wonders, including how the Velvet Underground's "Jesus" is given a delicate acoustic treatment and how the Foo Fighters' "Times Like These" bears an arrangement that consciously echoes "Galveston" and is all the better for it. This reverence for Campbell's greatest work is what grounds Meet Glen Campbell, as it shows a deep understanding of what made those recordings work as pop records as well as an understanding of what a terrific interpretive singer Campbell is at his peak. For too long, Glen Campbell has been wandering away from these strengths, singing anonymous songs in sterile settings, but here he has the right production and an exceptional set of songs, all adding up an album that is alluringly out of time, caught somewhere between the '60s and the '90s, illustrating how enduring Campbell's sound really is.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099923413221
catalogNumber: 34132

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glen Campbell   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar
Robin Zander   Vocals
Kim Bullard   Keyboards
Sharon Campbell   Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
George Doering   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Jason Falkner   Electric Guitar
Wendy Melvoin   Electric Guitar
Rick Nielsen   Guitar
Marty Rifkin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bennett Salvay   Conductor
Todd Youth   Guitar
Roger Manning   Keyboards
Chris Chaney   Bass Guitar
Shannon Campbell   Vocals
Caleena Campbell   Vocals
Dillon Campbell   Vocals
Ashley Campbell   Vocals
Debby Campbell   Vocals
Cal Campbell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Paul Westerberg   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Dave Grohl   Composer
Billie Joe   Composer
Julian Raymond   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Bennett Salvay   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Howard Willing   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Nate Mendel   Composer
Paul Hewson   Composer
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Chris Shiflett   Composer
Taylor Hawkins   Composer
David Evans   Composer

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Meet Glen Campbell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Liana-Piehler More than 1 year ago
Whether encountering Glen Campbell's music through this CD for the first time, or arriving as an already devoted fan, any music lover should add this album (produced by Julian Raymond) to their collection. Glen Campbell's voice is as rich, beautiful, and crystalline as ever, though now layered with the depth of time and lived experience. This album again showcases the way Campbell is not solely a country singer, but more of a poet-troubadour, choosing songs for their beauty, appeal and emption more than their genre. He remains a masterful guitarist, now enhanced by his children as his backup musicians. The album begins with a celebratory tone, with songs like "Sing" (by Frances Healy) and "Walls" (by Tom Petty). Favorites of mine are "Times Like These" (by David Grohl) and "These Days" (by Jackson Browne), which evoke a melancholy beauty (both already made Campbell's 2009 Greatest Hits Album--testament to their place in his repetoire). They sound like they were made for him to sing. "Sadly, Beautiful" (by Paul Westerberg) continues that feeling, complementing Campbell's next album "Ghost on the Canvas". Listen to the two albums together! The bonus tracks give the listener more Glen Campbell to listen to (remixes of young Glen, plus more recent sessions), and who doesn't want that?! "Meeting Glen Campbell" stands alone as an excellent album with unexpected surprises, and should be listened to as a vital representative of Campbell's legacy.
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