18 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ghost On the Canvas is a bittersweet victory. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell agreed to record one final album and perform one final “Goodbye Tour.” Producer Julian Raymond recruited musical guests Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Rick Nielsen and the Dandy Warhols, and elicited songs from Paul Westerberg, who provided the title track, Robert Pollard, Jakob Dylan and Teddy Thompson. “A Thousand Lifetimes” evokes the melodic hook of “Wichita Lineman.” The title track brilliantly stokes the classic Campbell sound with an ambitious melody and orchestration evocative of Campbell’s ‘60s-‘70s work. The entire album is weaved together with instrumental interludes that create the impression that it’s all one grand song. Despite the impressive list of contributors, the star is still Glen Campbell and his shimmering voice. Guided By Voices’ “Hold On Hope” brings Campbell to an unexpected and abstract place with an overall sentiment that reflects life itself. This edition of the album includes two notable bonus tracks, “Wish I Wouldn’t Give” and the thrilling “Wish You Were Here.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ghost On the Canvas is a bittersweet victory. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell agreed to record one final album and perform one final “Goodbye Tour.” Producer Julian Raymond recruited musical guests Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Rick Nielsen and the Dandy Warhols, and elicited songs from Paul Westerberg, who provided the title track, Robert Pollard, Jakob Dylan and Teddy Thompson. “A Thousand Lifetimes” evokes the melodic hook of “Wichita Lineman.” The title track brilliantly stokes the classic Campbell sound with an ambitious melody and orchestration evocative of Campbell’s ‘60s-‘70s work. The entire album is weaved together with instrumental interludes that create the impression that it’s all one grand song. Despite the impressive list of contributors, the star is still Glen Campbell and his shimmering voice. Guided By Voices’ “Hold On Hope” brings Campbell to an unexpected and abstract place with an overall sentiment that reflects life itself. This edition of the album includes two notable bonus tracks, “Wish I Wouldn’t Give” and the thrilling “Wish You Were Here.”

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About Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell may have debuted in the early '60s as a dazzling session guitarist and singer—working for the likes of Elvis and Sinatra, and sometimes even taking Brian Wilson's place onstage in the Beach Boys—but he wound up rivaling any of his former clients as a hitmaker once he finally stepped behind the mic as a solo artist. Deploying his velvety croon as the urbane muse for songwriter Jimmy Webb, the Arkansas-born Campbell polished his early crossover smashes so exquisitely that Nashville's country purists barely accepted them. His string-laden epics, like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman," would steer the genre toward the pop dominance it still enjoys. But they were also haunting character studies that would eventually shape sounds as distinct and distant from Music Row as the thunderous power ballads of Guns N' Roses and the hushed alt-rock mystery of R.E.M. As a late-career performer, Campbell acknowledged his own encroaching mortality with astounding gravity and grace, searching for salvation in a tender hymn by punk progenitors The Velvet Underground and singing with the heartbreaking vulnerability of a man staring down life's finale.

HOMETOWN
Delight, AR
GENRE
Country
BORN
April 22, 1936

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