“Glen Campbell’s Greatest Hits”

GLEN CAMPBELL – “Greatest Hits” (Capitol ST 21885) November 1971

I don’t know much about Glen Campbell other than he was a respected session musician in Hollywood during the mid-sixties, working with The Monkees, The Beach Boys and Sagittarius. Many others of course, but the three groups I’ve mentioned are regulars on my blog. Apparently Glen was an uncredited lead singer on the classic “My World Fell Down”.

Until I bought this album from Barnardo’s in Sunderland for £1 I’ve never had the need to research Glen Campbell’s history so I’m astonished at the amount of success he had in Britain before the mid seventies dross of “Rhinestone Cowboy”. It was that song that has put me off taking a chance on his records for decades.

This “Greatest Hits” collection is mainly focussed on his singles from the late sixties to the end of 1971. Most of them charted, and quite high in the charts too. His hit singles with their UK chart position in brackets:

  • “Wichita Lineman” – January 1969 (7)
  • “Galveston” – February 1969 (14)
  • “All I Have To Do Is Dream” – November (3)
  • “Try A Little Kindness” – January 1970 (45)
  • “Honey Come Back” – April 1970 (4)
  • “Everything A Man Could Ever Need” – August 1970 (32)
  • “It’s Only Make Believe” – November 1970 (4)
  • “Dream Baby” – March 1971 (39)

Simply put, this is the best £1 I’ve ever spent on a record. The condition of the vinyl is mint – it doesn’t look like it had ever been played! The music is great too, all of the numbers are highly commercial for that period in time. I’ll even forgive Capitol for the typo on the cover. A highly recommended LP for Glen Campbell novices. I’m now making it my duty to seek out these original 45s.

My choice is his orchestrated cover version of “All I Have To Do Is Dream”, made famous by the Everly Brothers. Glen is joined on this recording by Bobbie Gentry to blend the vocal harmonies.

charity shop purchase @ £1

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