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1974-88: Reunited With Jimmy Webb


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  • Audio CD (November 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • ASIN: B00002067F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Roll Me Easy
2. Just This One Time
3. You Might As Well Smile
4. Wishing Now
5. About The Ocean
6. Ocean In His Eyes
7. The Moon's A Harsh Mistress
8. I Keep It Hid
9. Adoration
10. It's A Sin (When You Love Somebody)
11. Christiaan No
12. Early Morning Song
13. Highwayman
14. Love Song
15. In Cars
16. Still Within The Sound Of My Voice
17. For Sure, For Certain, Forever, For Always
18. Lightning In A Bottle
19. If These Walls Could Speak
20. More Than Enough
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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Reissue of the country/ pop singer's 1974 collaboration album 'Reunion' with singer/ songwriter great Jimmy Webb between 1974 & 1988. Over 78 minutes long, this edition contains all 10 of the cuts that first appeared on the record, plus 14 rare bonus trac

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Country-pop singer Glen Campbell dominated the country and Top 40 charts in the late '60s and early '70s thanks to plaintive Jimmy Webb-penned classics like "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman," and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." Though none of these early Campbell chart-toppers are included in this 24-song collection of Campbell's covers of Webb compositions, Reunited is an obscure minor masterpiece all the same. Campbell's soulful renditions of fine songs like "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress," "Highwayman," and "Lightning in a Bottle" not only remind us of Webb's timelessness as a songwriter, but also of Campbell's oft-overlooked gifts as a subtle song interpreter. --Bob Allen

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It's very moving and melodious.
Mari Bentley
Even the song reincarnated itself to be a Grammy award winner in the 1980's!
Hyde Kirby
Now I must get back to listening...and smiling!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This Reunion of two superstars is long overdue in CD form. Every one of the 24 songs is enjoyable. My own favorite is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I'm not a big country music fan, but this album should appeal to a wide range of listeners. I've been a Jimmy Webb fan since his work with the 5th Dimension and Richard Harris. His writing is the best, and Glen Campbell's voice has never sounded better. I ordered the CD based on the pre-release mention on the VH-1 special on Glen Campbell and have played it daily since it arrived. It's a real pleasure to hear this great work.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Shepherd on July 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well, I feel compelled to tell you that "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress," "I Keep it Hid," and "Brand New Eyes," are among the most heart rending songs I've had the pleasure of hearing. Some of the songs on this collection are just what one might expect -fine examples of American song writing, nothing more. But every now and again as the songs unfurl, an astounding piece of music raises the hair on the back of the neck. A splended excursion in songcraft.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When we bemoan the awful disco of the 1970s, we forget the creatuve force of writers like Jimmy Webb. His "Reunion" album with Glen Campbell (in fine voice--light years from his insufferable "Rhinestone Cowboy" days)--features excellent imagery-laden lyrics with heart-tugging melodies and gorgeous string arrangements that never seem smarmy. "Wishing Now," "It Must Be a Sin," and "I Keep It Hid" are worth the whole price of admission. Even though some of the added material features non-Webb arrangements that pale in comparison (though Campbell meets the challenge of "Highwayman"), the whole thing reminds you of a time when genuine emotion still pervaded popular music. Some lovely stuff here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kerouac's ghost on September 5, 2005
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Just got word that Glen Campbell is finally being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. While you can make the argument that Campbell - at his peak - was not a country singer (and make a valid point at that), it is also true that his influence on country music has been significant (especially in the role of introducing a nation to country music via his late 60's classics and TV show).

All the hub-bub of his induction took me back to a record I feel is his best (though I doubt anyone on the CMHF induction committee has even heard it). "Reunion" (the original title of the LP before all the extras got thrown in with the late 90's re-release on CD) is that rarest of efforts - a classic very few people are aware of. Country Music immortality may be where GC is headed, but at his best (like here) he was more accurately a peer of The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Pappas, Harry Nilsson, Jimmy Webb (the performer) and that particular brand of late 60's pop that came out of southern California.

This is a pop record in the best sense of that much maligned word. Webb's music and input is obviously central. He wrote most of the tunes and his hand can be heard in arrangement sense and in Campbell's brilliant delivery (as Webb related material always seems to bring out the best in the singer). The Little Feat tune "Roll Me Easy" opens the set and you would think it was written for Campbell. The lyrics are a little off his standard fare ("eloquent profanity just rolls right off my tongue"), but he nails it. The standouts here are "Wishing Now", "Ocean In His Eyes" and "The Moon's A Harsh Mistress".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jamie MacTavish on October 10, 2005
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Of all the great song writers whose work is best interpreted by someone else, only the Byrds doing Bob Dylan can outdo Glen Campbell's covers of Jimmy Webb tunes.

This CD is made up of the 1974 Campbell-Webb "Reunion" album and fourteen "bonus" tracks. (You get a lot for your money.)

On a solid CD full of great music, "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" stands out as the best, as beautiful a song as any that Jimmy Webb has ever written, and Glen Campbell's version sends shivers up the spine. "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" reminds me a lot of Gordon Lightfoot's "The Last Time I Saw Her Face" (which Campbell has covered), and, like the Lightfoot song, the lyrics are stronger than the music.

Another stand out track is "Christiaan No," Webb's ode to his son (Campbell's Godson).

This is one of those CDs that you can listen to from beginning to end without skipping a tune. Sitting back and enjoying music like this is one of life's great pleasures.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
After years of waiting, here is a well put together release featuring the entire "Reunion" lp + other classic Glen/Jimmy Webb gems that are just now becoming available on CD for the first time and boy is it nice to hear these in the digital format. So clean sounding! This should hopefully make way for some more Glen albums to come out on CD. Lovely job on the liner notes too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Music Maven on October 28, 2005
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Say what you will about Glen Campbell the man has one heck of a voice. Although his material often borders on, and, on occasion, crosses the "corny" line. Not so in his collaborations with the great Jimmy Webb. For a more perfect marriage of songwriter and singer, you'd have to go to Bacharach/Warwick or Carole King/Dusty Springfield.

This album is a veritable treasure trove of some of the most beautiful, yet obscure, Jimmy Webb songs. Webb's lyrics have always astounded me - so much depth for such a young man(barely out of his teens at the time). Jimmy Webb wrote some of the most poignantly mature lyrics(and, to an extent, melodies)to ever be recorded in the 20th Century. There are songs on this album - "The Moon's A Harsh Mistress", "You Might As Well Smile" - which are so sophisticated yet heart rending that you just might find your eyes welling up.

In the late 60's and early 70's, Jimmy Webb had no real competition when it came to writing songs of lost love. And, Glen Campbell's huge vocal range just serves the songwriter's intent like a hand in a glove. It's nothing short of a blessing that these 2 men worked together so well.

If you purchase no other Jimmy Webb and/or Glen Campbell album, you owe it to yourself to savor this musical feast. It's that good! But, don't take my word for it - hearing is believing.
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