Campbell says "Adios"
Friday, April 14, 2017
– Glen Campbell's final studio album, "Adi"s," will be released June 9 on UMe, capping off a five-decade career.
Campbell, who has scoring hits since the Sixties, disclosedin 2012 that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
"Adi"s" was recorded at Station West in Nashville following Campbell's "Goodbye Tour" which he launched after revealing he his diagnosis.
"A new Glen Campbell album coming out in 2017 might seem a bit odd since he hasn't performed since 2012, and even more odd - if not absolutely amazing - when you consider that he has Alzheimer's disease," his wife of 34 years, Kim, told People.com. "Glen's abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011. A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never."
"What you're hearing when listening to 'Adi"s' is the beautiful and loving culmination of friends and family doing their very best for the man who inspired, raised and entertained them for decades - giving him the chance to say one last goodbye to his fans, and put one last amazing collection of songs onto the record store shelves."
Campbell's longtime banjo player and family friend Carl Jackson produced and played guitar. Jackson, who joined Campbell's band in the early '70s as an 18-year-old banjo player, laid down some basic tracks and vocals for Campbell to study and practice. Jackson encouraged him every step of the way and Campbell struggled at times because of his progressing dementia.
The 12-track collection features songs that Campbell always loved, but never recorded, including several from Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like "Wichita Lineman" "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Galveston." In addition to the bittersweet title track, "Adi"s," first popularized by Linda Ronstadt, Campbell also cut Webb's longing love song "Just Like Always" and country weeper "It Won't Bring Her Back." He revisits "Postcard From Paris" with his sons Cal and Shannon and daughter Ashley singing the line, "I wish you were here."
Campbell put his spin on several classic songs including "Don't Think Twice It's All Right," inspired by Jerry Reed's version of Bob Dylan's tune and "Everybody's Talkin', a banjo-filled take on the song that Campbell never recorded, but performed on the "Sonny & Cher Show" in 1973 with a 19-year-old Jackson. Ashley Campbell played banjo on the song. Other songwriters featured include Roger Miller with "Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me)," which began with a home recording of Miller singing the tune at a guitar pull before going into Campbell's rendition with Vince Gill on harmonies, Dickey Lee's honky tonk heartbreaker "She Thinks I Still Care" and Reed's Johnny Cash hit "A Thing Called Love." Willie Nelson joined for a duet of Nelson's 1968 "Funny How Time Slips Away" while Jackson told Campbell's life story in "Arkansas Farmboy."
"I wrote 'Arkansas Farmboy' sometime in the mid- to late-'70s on a plane bound for one of the many overseas destinations I played with Glen between 1972 and 1984," said Jackson. "The song was inspired by a story that Glen told me about his grandpa teaching him 'In The Pines' on a $5 Sears & Roebuck guitar when he was only a boy. That guitar led to worldwide fame and fortune, far beyond what even some in his family could comprehend."
The track listing is:
1. Everybody's Talkin'
2. Just Like Always
3. Funny (How Time Slips Away) (feat. Willie Nelson)
4. Arkansas Farmboy
5. Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me) (intro by Roger Miller)
6. Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me) (feat. Vince Gill)
7. It Won't Bring Her Back
8. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
9. She Thinks I Still Care
10. Postcard From Paris
11. A Thing Called Love
Campbell, who turns 81 on April 22, is in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease. He lives in Nashville.
A 6-time Grammy winner, Campbell made history in 1967 with his first Grammy wins by sweeping the song and performance awards in both the pop and country and western categories. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" won the pop honors and "Gentle on My Mind" took the two country and western trophies. Those two songs and "Wichita Lineman" are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. A member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, Campbell won Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year, twice won the Academy of Country Music's Album of the Year award and was named Male Vocalist of the Year by both. In 2012, he was bestowed the Grammy's most prestigious honor, a Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was also a session guitarist whose much sought-after musicianship as a member of The Wrecking Crew - widely considered one of the most successful session recording units in music history - helped shape Phil Spector's famed "Wall of Sound" and The Beach Boys' most creative works. After showing Brian Wilson his talent, Campbell later became a touring member for a stretch when Wilson first retired from the road in 1964. Alongside musicians like Leon Russell, Carol Kaye and drummers Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer, Campbell played on an astounding 586 sessions in 1963 alone. His guitar parts can be heard throughout the Beach Boys' landmark "Pet Sounds" album, Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night," the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and The Monkees' "I'm a Believer."
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