Well, it happened again: I sold my soul to a man who promised to give someone a prize. This time, it’s the new, expanded edition of Glen Campbell’s penultimate album, Meet Self-Titled. I mean, Meet Glen Campbell.
As you might recall, that’s the one where producer Julian Raymond paired him with a bunch of songs by hip acts from outside the genre in an attempt to introduce him to a younger generation of fans, inaugurating a new (and final) phase in Campbell’s career. These days, it makes for an interesting historical document.
To enter, simply comment on this post with a favorite Glen Campbell song or memory. Entries will be accepted through next Thursday, February 23.
For more info on the album, you can find some of the press release excerpted below.
Glen Campbell’s critically acclaimed 2008 album, Meet Glen Campbell, has been expanded with exclusive bonus tracks for a special CD and digital edition released February 7 by Capitol/EMI. Campbell was recently honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award on February 11.
Upon its original release in August 2008, Meet Glen Campbell was met with worldwide critical praise, and Campbell promoted the album with interviews and performances for a broad spectrum of media, including an “AOL Sessions” concert. Meet Glen Campbell’s expanded edition adds three performances from that concert (Campbell’s classic hits “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and U2’s “All I Want Is You”), as well as 2008 remixes of “Gentle On My Mind” and “Galveston.”
The influential singer, guitarist and stylist, who has long made others’ songs his own, did it again for Meet Glen Campbell, recording high-spirited, emotionally charged versions of tracks that have personally moved and inspired him. A true musician’s musician, Campbell’s distinct guitar playing, along with the clarity and emotion of his powerful vocal performance, come together to give new life to the songs he selected for Meet Glen Campbell.
Campbell’s intimate performances convey an autobiographical and deeply personal connection to the album’s songs, which include Travis’ “Sing,” Tom Petty’s “Angel Dream” and “Walls,” The Replacements’ “Sadly Beautiful,” U2’s “All I Want Is You,” The Velvet Underground’s “Jesus,” and Jackson Browne’s “These Days,” among others.
Campbell’s farewell tour continues through June, with remaining dates listed on his website.