REVIEW BY: Kenny S. McGuane
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 02/23/2009
The year 2008 was an exciting one for Glen Campbell. It was about as exciting as it gets for a 77 year old pop-country icon. His totally unexpected comeback and surprisingly excellent album Meet Glen Campbell (click here to see my review) was a pleasant surprise for fans who might have otherwise thought they’d lost the legendary singer and guitar player to alcohol, bad record concepts and…uh…just plain old age. Given that
In any event, Glen Campbell: Greatest Hits is thorough enough for the casual listener, featuring sixteen of the singer’s most successful songs. Included here are the genius Jimmy Webb-penned songs “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “
What’s most important about Glen Campbell: Greatest Hits is that all of the tracks have been remastered for this collection and even though all of the most important Glen Campbell studio albums have already been remastered, this disc makes it easier to cut through the fat and get to the real meat of his catalog. As it stands, though, Glen Campbell: Greatest Hits hardly compares to EMI’s 1998 stupendously thorough and comprehensive two-disc collection Glen Campbell: The Capitol Years 65/77. Although the latter mentioned collection -- by nature of its title -- omits tunes like “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights,” it hardly matters because those over-commercialized tunes aren’t representative of Glen Campbell’s talent or importance as an American music icon.
So in the end, Glen Campbell: Greatest Hits would be a really nice and safe Christmas gift for your folks, but not for anyone who cares about Glen Campbell, the artist, the legend, the brilliant guitar player and the universally adored singer.
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