Glen Campbell covers Glen Campbell. Interesting. Really, it is! Many of these songs were originally recorded many moons ago so it is interesting to listen to him redo them now as a much more mature performer. There are also covers of songs by other artists as well as a new song, “Waitin’ on the Coming My Lord”. Even his own classic “Rhinestone Cowboy” is like a completely different song without it suffering in the least.
The vocals for the songs were recorded by Dave Darling and Dave Kaplan during the Ghost on the Canvas sessions. Encouraged by what they heard the two Daves brought in some studio musicians and recorded accompanying music. The two producers showed their smarts as they allow Campbell’s honey of a voice to be the focal point of the songs keeping the arrangements minimal and in the background. At the age of seventy-seven his voice is still marvelous. On top of the fact that he possesses a great instrument he also is a wonder at phrasing with his take on “Wichita Lineman” breathing new life into the Jimmy Webb song.
Holy intimate and distinctive twist on the songs that millions know so well, Batman! The emotion in the songs and his voice is so immediate it will hit you in the face and affect you in the heart. That is quite a statement about a musician who has been at it so long that this is his sixty-fifth album. The sad part is that because of his Alzheimer diagnosis it certainly will be one of his last. A crying shame!