Thursday, May 4, 2017
– The title track from Glen Campbell's farewell album, "Adiόs," premiered via Rolling Stone.
Campbell was reunited with his lifelong collaboratorJimmy Webb, who penned Campbell's crossover hits "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix."
Popularized in 1989 by Linda Ronstadt, who made it a Top Ten Adult Contemporary hit, "Adiόs" is a song that Campbell loved, but never recorded. "Glen and I used to play that song all the time," Webb, who wrote 4 of the 12 tracks on the album, recently told Rolling Stone. "We played it in dressing rooms, hotels, we played it over at his house, we played it at my house. He always loved that song. I heard 'Adi"s' this morning and my wife and I both broke down and cried all over this hotel room. It's the first time we ever heard it. Carl just did something extraordinary. This album is just kind of a gift from the gods."
"Adiόs " will be released June 9 on Ume. The album was recorded at Station West in Nashville following Campbell's "Goodbye Tour" which he launched after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As Campbell's wife of 34 years, Kim Campbell, explains in the liner notes, "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 once again to capture what magic was left. It was now or never." She concludes, "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 goodbye to his fans, and put an amazing collection of songs onto the record store shelves."
Campbell's longtime banjo player and family friend, Carl Jackson, produced and played guitar. Jackson joined Campbell's band in the early '70s as an 18-year-old banjo player. He laid down basic tracks and vocals for Campbell to study and practice
The 12-track collection features songs that Campbell always loved but never got a chance to record. Campbell also sings 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.
Campbell also sings "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 Carl Jackson. Campbell's daughter Ashley plays banjo on the song and joins her dad on several tracks.
Other songwriters featured include Roger Miller with "Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me),"which begins 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 Jerry Reed's Johnny Cash hit "A Thing Called Love." Willie Nelson joins Campbell for a moving duet of Nelson's 1968 "Funny How Time Slips Away" while Jackson tells Campbell's life story in "Arkansas Farmboy." "
Campbell, 81 on April 22, is in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease. He lives in Nashville.