GLEN CAMPBELL NEW ALBUM 'SEE YOU THERE' - TO BE RELEASED ON 29th JULY
GLEN CAMPBELL TAKES A FRESH LOOK
AT HIS QUINTESSENTIAL HITS IN SEE YOU THERE,
SET FOR JULY 29 RELEASE BY SURFDOG RECORDS
COLLECTION INCLUDES GRAMMY®-WINNING SONGS
“GENTLE ON MY MIND” AND “BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX,” PLUS “TRUE GRIT,” “WICHITA LINEMAN,” “GALVESTON” & MORE
Glen Campbell will release a new album, See You There, on July 29. Campbell, who celebrated his 77th birthday this week, offers stunning new takes of his career-defining hits, including “Gentle On My Mind,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Hey Little One,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “True Grit” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” The collection, which will be released by Surfdog Records, was produced by Dave Darling (Brian Setzer) and Surfdog founder Dave Kaplan. It also includes ”There’s No Me…Without You,” which Campbell wrote with Julian Raymond for 2011’s acclaimed Ghost On The Canvas, “What I Wouldn’t Give” and “I Wish You Were Here,” which were bonus tracks from Ghost On The Canvas, and the previously unreleased “Waiting on the Comin’ of my Lord,” a track that was recorded during the Ghost On The Canvas sessions but previously never completed.
The story behind See You There echoes that of his 1967 breakthrough album, Gentle On My Mind. Both were recordings that Campbell never intended to be released as an album, sessions that occurred simply because the songs yearned to be sung. While recording Ghost On The Canvas, Campbell found himself at a crossroads. While he forged vibrant new artistic relationships – acolytes Jakob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and Teddy Thompson penned songs for the album and it featured guest appearances by such admirers as Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer and members of the Dandy Warhols – Glen simultaneously felt a tug from some of his earliest hit singles. So he laid down new vocals for these songs – and then set the tracks aside.
Shortly after the Ghost sessions concluded, Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Undeterred, he embarked on a series of live dates that he dubbed “The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour.” He was honored with a star-studded tribute at the Country Music Awards in 2011 and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the GRAMMY Awards in 2012.
When Dave Kaplan played Campbell’s compelling takes on his classic hits, he was struck by the power of the intimate recordings. Kaplan enlisted longtime collaborator Dave Darling, and the pair decided to bring a group of musicians into the studio that would complement Glen’s vocals. The resulting album is at once chilling, uplifting, haunting and spine-tingling.
“When Glen heard the results of what Dave and Dave did in reinterpreting these songs, he lit up and was smiling from ear to ear. And I was too,” says Kim Campbell, Glen’s wife. “This record is a more intimate and unique take on many of Glen's most popular songs as well as some other gems. The producers took the magic of his voice and showcased it with tastefully chosen instrumentation, in a whole new and different way for Glen.”
Campbell titled the album See You There, an expression that’s been a trademark of his for decades, but takes on an added poignancy at this stage of his life and career – as do the songs that take us back to the early days of his career.
Glen had six studio albums under his belt when he fell in love with the track destined to become his breakthrough single: “Gentle On My Mind.” After hearing it on the radio in 1967, performed by the songwriter, John Hartford, Campbell grabbed a few of his Wrecking Crew buddies, including Leon Russell, and recorded a demo of the song and several other tracks he wanted his producer, Al De Lory, to hear. De Lory was so impressed that, without telling Glen, he went into the studio, cleaned up the between-songs studio banter and readied the demos for release, with “Gentle On My Mind” as the title track.
Gentle On My Mind became Campbell’s first RIAA-certified Gold album and took Album of the Year honors at the Academy of Country Music awards. Campbell soon collected his first GRAMMY® awards, spanning pop and country categories: two for “Gentle On My Mind,” which subsequently became the theme song of his CBS variety show, “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” and two for “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” the Jimmy Webb-penned title track of Campbell’s next album. Other highlights from this era that Glen revisits on See You There include “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston,” also written by Webb, “Hey Little One” and “True Grit.” Campbell made his film debut in True Grit, at the behest of its star, John Wayne, and sang the title song, which was nominated for an Oscar.
With the success of “Rhinestone Cowboy,” written by Larry Weiss, Campbell continued to erase the line between pop and country and helped pave the way for generations of other performers. His version of “Rhinestone Cowboy” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 and Hot Country Singles chart simultaneously in September of 1975. It was named Favorite Pop/Rock Single and Favorite Country Single at the American Music Awards and Single of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. As with “Gentle On My Mind,” Glen first heard the song on the radio, performed by its writer, and instantly connected with it. A hit-maker across decades as well as across genres, Campbell has always had an ear for great songs and a gift for interpreting them. One could call him the first countrypolitan star, though the sharecropper’s son from Delight, Arkansas never lost any of the pure country in his soul.
Glen Campbell – See You There Track Listing
1. Hey Little One
2. Wichita Lineman
3. Gentle On My Mind
4. I Wish You Were Here
5. Waiting on the Comin’ of My Lord
6. What I Wouldn’t Give
8. By the Time I Get to Phoenix
9. There’s No Me…Without You
10. True Grit
11. Rhinestone Cowboy
12. Waiting on the Comin’ of My Lord feat. Jose Hernandez & Mariachi Del Sol De Mexico
WHAT THE PAPERS SAID ABOUT GLEN’S 2011 ALBUM ‘GHOST ON THE CANVAS’
“His voice is rich and clear, the songs intimate reflections on his 75 years…big arrangement rock-pop, describing an enormous arc…handsome.”
The Independent On Sunday 28 Aug ‘11
“… a beautifully crafted, stately but emotionally charged ‘musical biography’.”
Evening Standard 26 Aug ‘11
“The Rhinestone Cowboy…reflects on the gaudy glories and dark demons of his career…reminds us of his starry past while giving contemporary edge.”
Daily Mirror 26 Aug ‘11
“…the golden voice of American song…most notable for the man’s gloriously undiminished tones.”
MOJO Oct ‘11
“…one of the great countrypolitan voices. Words such as dignity, stoicism and class come to mind. Most of all class… (The songs are) upbeat and affecting. Still on form, Campbell’s fundamental optimism shines through What a life, what a trouper. He sounds grateful; we should be, too. 4*”
Financial Times 27 Aug ‘11
“… the kind of strong and satisfying country-pop at which Campbell once excelled, a record that would stand on its merits even shorn of its melancholy context. 4*”
Mail On Sunday 22 Aug ‘11
“The square-jawed voiced behind classics such as ‘Wichita Lineman’ and ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, Glen Campbell’s command of truth-telling songs with empathic weight is undisputed. Echoing his great works of the mid-60s and 70s….all the things he once did well he’s still doing here. 4*”
Q Oct ‘11
“…like Cash, he has saved some of his best work for last…magnificent.”
Sunday Times 28 Aug ‘11
“Glen Campbell possesses one of the great American voices…up there with Presley, Cash and Sinatra…a voice assured and undimmed.”
The Sun 26 Aug ‘11