Artist Glen Campbell
Label Surfdog Records
Release date 30 August 2011
|Released August 30, 2011 (2011-08-30)|
Recorded 2009–2010, with string arrangement recorded in Los Angeles in April 2010
Producer Julian Raymond and Howard Willing
Ghost on the Canvas (2011) Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb In Session (2012)
Genres Country music, Pop music, Rock music
Similar Glen Campbell albums, Country music albums
Glen campbell ghost on the canvas official video
Ghost on the Canvas is the sixty-first album by Glen Campbell, which was intended to be Campbell's farewell studio recording following him being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The production of the album was announced in March 2010.
- Glen campbell ghost on the canvas official video
- The billstown crossroads glen campbell
- Track listing
- Good Times The Final Farewell Tour
- Tour dates
Campbell and his wife delayed informing the public about his illness until shortly before he embarked on the "Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour". The Campbells decided to announce his diagnosis so that his audience would understand why the performer might mistake the lyrics to songs or behave erratically. They also wished to combat the social stigma of Alzheimer's, for the benefit of others suffering from the disease.
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Campbell first became aware of his affliction with Alzheimer's while recording the music in 2009, although his wife Kim had suspected that his memory was faulty several years prior. Campbell and producer Julian Raymond decided to record one final studio album of original material while he was in good enough health, with Raymond taking the lead to contact other artists for collaboration.
The collaborative album is intended as a companion piece to 2008's Meet Glen Campbell—on that recording, Campbell recorded covers of contemporary songs to introduce himself to a new audience and this album includes younger rock stars to compose and record with Campbell. Campbell worked with Raymond for those sessions and Raymond used a notebook to record Campbell's conversations between takes, so the two could collaborate on writing new material based on stories from Campbell's life, starting with the autobiographical "A Better Place". The title track—written by Paul Westerberg—previously appeared on Westerberg's 2009 extended play PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys.
Campbell has expressed interest in possibly recording further material, but it is unlikely that he will record an entire studio album.
BBC Music reviewer Martin Aston has called Ghost on the Canvas "a fine way to bow out of the business", citing Rick Rubin's production work with Johnny Cash through American Recordings. Aston continued that Campbell's vocal performance remains strong and the instrumental interludes were reminiscent of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Consequence of Sound's Nick Freed also compared this album to Cash's final output, noting that Ghost on the Canvas and Cash's American Recordings material shift from straight country music to different pop genres. Both Freed and Andy Gill of The Independent commented on the themes of mortality and finality in the lyrics.
The Washington Post's Allison Stewart found the collaborative nature of the album a weakness, turning melancholy into overwrought sentiment. Christopher Muther of The Boston Globe considers the album "gorgeous and charming", but finds the sentimentality "overshadows Campbell's emotional and musical growth." Mick Brown of The Daily Telegraph has noted the hopeful tone of the lyrics, influenced by Campbell's deteriorating health.
Mojo placed the album at number 44 on its list of the "Top 50 Albums Of 2011".
All songs co-written by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, except where noted
- "A Better Place" – 1:51
- "Ghost on the Canvas" (Paul Westerberg) – 4:13
- "The Billstown Crossroads" (Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.) – 1:04
- "A Thousand Lifetimes" (Campbell, Justin Grey, and Raymond) – 4:09
- "It's Your Amazing Grace" – 3:14
- "Second Street North" (Manning) – 0:35
- "In My Arms" (Teddy Thompson) – 3:27
- "May 21, 1969" (Manning) – 0:34
- "Nothing But the Whole Wide World" (Jakob Dylan) – 3:41
- "Wild and Waste" (Manning) – 1:13
- "Hold on Hope" (Robert Pollard) – 3:33
- "Valley of the Son" (Manning) – 0:57
- "Any Trouble" (Westerberg) – 3:00
- "Strong" – 3:33
- "The Rest Is Silence" (Manning) – 0:50
- "There's No Me... Without You" – 6:16
- "What I Wouldn't Give" – 2:38
- "Wish You Were Here" (Jimmy Webb) – 3:51 (song re-titled for this album, originally entitled "Postcard from Paris")
Good Times – The Final Farewell Tour
Campbell was supported on tour by roots band 'Instant People', which includes all three of his children with current wife Kim, sons Cal on drums and Shannon on guitar, and daughter Ashley on banjo and keyboards as well as daughter Debby from a previous marriage. His eldest daughter Debby sang harmony. Prior to the tour, they played a show in Biloxi, Mississippi previewing the line-up. On September 15, 2011, Debby announced her departure from the band.
- "Gentle on My Mind"
- "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
- "Where's the Playground Susie"
- "I Can't Stop Loving You"
- "Lovesick Blues"
- "Let It Be Me"
- "True Grit"
- "Rollin' (In My Sweet Baby's Arms)"
- "It's Only Make Believe"
- "Dueling Banjos"
- "Didn't We"
- "Southern Nights"
- "Wichita Lineman"
- "Rhinestone Cowboy"
- "You've Lost That Loving Feeling"
- "In My Arms"
- "A Better Place"
The setlist has changed. Later in the tour, the setlist has excluded some songs that were played earlier, such as "Let It Be Me", "Didn't We", "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", and "Rollin'". After having been played for a few months, "Ghost on the Canvas" was dropped from the set in January after having caused too many troubles for Glen. New additions have included "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress", "Any Trouble", and "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife".
1A Better Place1:51
2Ghost on the Canvas4:13
3The Billstown Crossroads1:04