GLEN CAMPBELL – TWO SIDES OF (STARLINE SRS 5142) 1973

Fame opened the vaults for previously ignored snoozeville balladry

This album was yet another Glen Campbell relic found recently in a charity shop during my excursions to Low Fell and Gateshead. It appeared that someone had donated all of their Campbell collection, more likely the collector had died and his / her relatives de-cluttered the house and the records were the first to go!

It’s a sixteen track long-player of early recordings by Glen Campbell and is probably for completists only. The songs are all from his early days with Capitol Records, most of which may or may not have been released at the time during 1963 / 1964.

The instrumentals “Blowin’ In The Wind”, “Five Hundred Miles”, “The Ballad Of Jed Clampett” and “This Land Is Your Land” are worthy additions to any archive. These all demonstrate Campbell’s guitar plucking skills which indeed led him to become one of the most sought after session musicians in Hollywood.

The rest of the material is squaresville ballads with a cringe-worthy female choir. These types of songs are the very reason why the music industry needed Beat groups from England. On hearing the Beatles for the first time all of the heavy-weight Titan record labels must have been shitting themselves with fear. Where do we go from here?

I can hear the cries from the record label meeting rooms: “Bin all of those “Dad” records – we need to get with the youth explosion.”

charity shop purchase @ £2

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