REVIEW: GLEN CAMPBELL
GLEN Campbell rides across some fine lines in his music. He s without doubt a country legend, yet has spent a considerable amount of time in the pop charts. Even his unmistakable, slightly sugary country sounds give way to a darker side. Early on, Galvest
GLEN Campbell rides across some fine lines in his music. He's without doubt a country legend, yet has spent a considerable amount of time in the pop charts. Even his unmistakable, slightly sugary country sounds give way to a darker side.
Early on, Galveston provided a perfect bridge between these sides and was possibly the best song and performance of the night.
His guitar playing added so much to his band's sound and his own stage presence. He has some pretty dextrous fingers for a player now in his 70s.
His guitar sound is thin, twangy and wonderfully natural - giving the sweeter moments an important knock back to earth. I didn't know at the time, but Campbell plays on The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album.
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It's difficult to think of a personality more natural and calm on stage than Glen Campbell. I may have been alone in being enthralled by his subtle attempts to unwrap a sweet during a duet with his daughter, but his natural style is extremely welcome. He's relaxed and in turn the crowd is too.
Other highlights included two tributes to Roy Orbison with the melancholy In Dreams.
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Jimmy Webb's Highwayman was preceded by a nice story of his then record company refusing to release it as they didn't think it was a good enough song. It was soon recorded by The Highwaymen - a country supergroup featuring Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson.
When the darker side of country is allowed to face the audience, Campbell is shown to be much, much more than a hugely successful pop-country singer.