Monday, 30 July 2012

Middle of he Road Monday - Glen Campbell



This is one of those that as I've got older  , I am happier to come out of the closet with. However, there was time at the heart of C86 when mentioning a country a western crooner who was more radio 2 than Tube , more Vegas than Leeds Warehouse would have been met with blank looks.

However 3 tracks will always mean he is up there with the greats , Wichita Lineman and Galveston came later for me but at the start it was this one. I've a theory that you need a few of life's hopes and disappointments before you  can really appreciate some songs and hear the truth in them. This is one of them

Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell

7 comments:

  1. Wichita Lineman is my all-time favourite record.

    But this wouldn't be too far down the list either.

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  2. Wichita Lineman one of my top 5 singles of all time too Rol, agree with David about the potency of Rhinestone Cowboy. The singing in the verses is staggeringly good. Just listen gobsmacked to Glen's presence...

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  3. Hi Rol and Trev

    Wichita is my favourite too

    I think he was cursed with being forever played on radio 2 when it was at its middle of the road easy listening worst (endless car journeys i had to endure R2 with jimmy bloody young and his like)
    some songs you really have to sit down and listen to , to get how good they actually are , some songs fit a singer so perfectly 9agree TRev it is the vocal of the verses that make RC so good) it is difficult to separate them.
    I think RC and WL are 2 of these

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  4. Wichita Lineman was also one of my favourites and it's also a song appreciated by many others judging by all the covers over the years http://www.secondhandsongs.com/performance/79045 - one of my favourites being by The Pearlfishers - BEF and The Painted Word also did cool covers also.

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  5. Hi Wally

    I really like the BEF version (saw Heaven 17 play this live earlier in the year) but not heard the Painted Word one (who i really like)
    Going to do a short post on your record label 10/8

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  6. Glen Campbell might get us on to Jimmy Webb... his brilliant (occasionally bonkers) songs are guilty pleasures for sure. He sings them with a wonky strangulated whine that is quite fetching. See Archive for the original attempts, then 10 Easy Pieces for interesting interpretations; then listen to his uneven but occasionally brilliant latest solo album Just Across the River.
    My favorite compilation of his however is The Webb Sessions which collects songs from A Tramp Shining and The Yard Went on Forever sung by... actor Richard Harris.
    All wildly OTT and invariably, bafflingly, strangely moving stuff...

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  7. i remember tracking down some of the Richard harris tracks when you mentioned them before ... brilliantly left of centre

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