GLEN CAMPBELL – PLAYS TWELVE-STRING (WORLD RECORDS LTD SMF287) 197?

His confidence and youthful handsomeness help provide an immediate empathy with an audience. For the twelve-string guitar of Glen Campbell is but one facet of this amazing young man.

This record was a find from a charity shop in Low Fell a month ago. There were numerous Glen Campbell albums on the rack, most of them numbered – this one is from the same series but titled “plays twelve-string” which leads me to believe that they were all from the an LP box-set. They were probably released some time in the seventies.

Today Glen Campbell is one of the world’s outstanding purveyors of the twelve-string art. He combines the sensitivity of a great artist with the delightful improvisations of a performer who knows his instrument as he knows himself.

He brings to his interpretations an affinity for all musical forms. For he is, in fact, equally at home in the realms of Folk, Pop, country, Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

In the course of a week he often used to find himself as a guitarist on recording sessions for Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Rose Maddox, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, The Limeliters and others.

Glen’s Arkansas boyhood gave him an innate love of Country music. His ability to perform it is evident here. His natural ‘feel’ for the music is displayed in his performances of traditionally inspired “Lonesome Twelve”, and Glen Campbell’s own composition “Bull Durham” and the evergreen “Ballad Of Jed Clampett”.

A truly amazing staccato unison of Glen’s twelve-string guitar and Roy Clark‘s five-string banjo (three finger style) is heard in the performance of “Jed Clampett”. Roy’s banjo is also heard on “Lonesome Twelve” and the South African folk ballad “Wimoweh”.

Contemporary folk songs such as “Puff (The Magic Dragon)”, “Green Green” and “This Land Is Your Land” are given unique interpretations in this collection. Drummer Earl Palmer injects latin bongo into glen’s reading of “La Bamba”. This instrumental version of “500 Miles Away From Home” is as poignant as the lyrics to that fine song.

Two of folk-writer Bob Dylan‘s compositions are also here: the ever popular “Blowin’ In The Wind” and “Walkin’ Down The Line”. Glen’s voice is heard briefly on the latter.



Glen Campbell first gained fame as an instrumentalist (and this collection will perpetuate that fame) but since then he has gained greater renown as a vocalist of rare interpretive ability. He can provide a lyric with humour or pathos, warmth and sincerity, as required.

His confidence and youthful handsomeness help provide an immediate empathy with an audience. For the twelve-string guitar of Glen Campbell is but one facet of this amazing young man.

charity shop purchase @ £2

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