See You There
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
It was no less that the great Damien Jurado who recently stated that "When I die, I want to be buried with my Glen Campbell record collection. That's how much I love Glen Campbell". It's a sentiment many share and fully endorse. There is no need to dwell here on the fact that this is Campbell's 65th album and that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's realistically curtailing any significant further musical output. Some may also point that it re-treads familiar ground in revisiting his greatest hits. But it is the nature of the return to these classics that makes this record so special. It was Johnny Cash in American Recordings who set the template for such records and in "See you there" initially recorded during the 2011 "Ghost On The Canvas" sessions, Campbell has matched that standard. This is no maudlin outing that dwells on his debilitating condition but a celebration of some of the greatest songs penned in pop music sung by one of its most distinctive and best voices.

In one sense this is Glen Campbell for the alternative country generation. Nowhere is this clearer than on his take of Jimmy Webb's greatest song "Wichita Linesman". The original lush string arrangement is absent and instead Campbell sings it as a barroom ballad. His voice still sounds like musical honey and the depth that comes through age adds a juggernaut sized level of poignancy to a great performance. Those other Webb classics are equally well done. "By the time I get to Phoenix" is stripped back to gentle acoustics with the odd strain in Campbell's performance adding to the songs sense of regret. "Galveston" is even more bare bones with the slide guitar and accordion lending it a much more contemplative and reflective feel.

The sterling producers of this record, Dave Darling and Dave Kaplan, have recognised that the key instrument on the album must be Campbell's voice, thus the excellent version of "There's no me... without you" from the last album works brilliantly. The most radical overhaul is on "Rhinestone Cowboy" which is given a Neil Young style arrangement underpinned with a basic distorted electric guitar strummed in the background and it succeeds. The version of "Gentle on my mind" does suffer somewhat from the clipped vocal delivery that Campbell employs but its solid enough. The almost Roy Orbison style dramatics conveyed on the original "Hey little one" are replaced by a much more mellow tone, yet at aged 77 Campbell's ability to hit those high true notes is just remarkable. This reviewer has never been a huge fan of the song "True Grit" but at last this version captures it in a pure country setting and is a big highlight on an album packed with them. The one new song on the album is the religious "Waitin on the coming of my lord" and is a full restatement of Campbell's faith. It is the gorgeous version of "Postcard from Paris" that adds the icing to the musical cake, a beautiful song that finds a fresh way to spell love. For good measure on the Amazon download there are three additional versions of the songs on "See you there" with "Waitin on the coming of my lord" given a full Mariachi treatment.

Glen Campbell is a musician who has paid his dues and much more. He has gone through dark days and made his share of headlines. As his recording career draws to a closing chapter it would be easy to slip into pure reverence. In the same vein the context of his illness could produce condescension by awarding a sympathy mark or two. To stress however this is a superb album that sees Campbell performing in his own impeccable style with a voice that remains a wondrous instrument and conveyor of pure feeling. Some will favour the original versions of these songs, and opinions of this album may differ vastly. Yet "See you there" is an album of an artist determined to squeeze out all the fantastic songs he has left within him and in in doing so demonstrate that musical integrity is the mark of true greatness
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
There are several schools of thought regarding recuts of classic recordings and most of them are negative. "See You There", however, belongs to the "positive" school, wherein insightful, caring production and superb curation of the artist's catalog renders not only fresh versions of those hits, but showcases the maturing humanity (and in this case,now,fragility)and depth of the artist they showcase.
In essence, "See You There" is a delightful revisiting of tracks from the numerous phases of Glen Campbell's amazing career and both a wonderful addition and/or introduction to the works of a true musical master.It is fortunate that Glen has landed in such thoughtful and talented hands, and, though I hope it's not his last recording, if it were to be, it's a delicately polished gem!!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
The voice isn't quite as strong and the music not as aggressive but Glen sings these songs with all of his heart. I would recommend to anyone who ever liked even one of Glen's songs. Galveston, always a favorite of mine, projected the young soldiers dilemma as he fought for his life. All he wanted was to live and get back to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and his brown-eyed beauty. Through Glen's voice you can hear the pain and fear in the soldiers thoughts. Get the CD, it's worth every penny.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Read the other reviews already posted here on Amazon for this latest - and what will probably be the final - newly recorded album by songwriter/singer/movie actor/TV variety show host and "good guy" Glen Campbell and you will see that I'm not alone in my praise for this album. I've loved Campbell's work and was lucky enough to see him (and his kids who form his touring backup band) on his Farewell Tour a year or so ago.

When I learned that this album would be the solo recordings of his hits (and a few more) with overdubs of backing tracks, I thought it would be over produced. It's far from that. The producing Daves - Darling and Kaplan - went the other way, giving these well-worn songs a new life by going for the "less is more" approach. And it works. When I saw Campbell in concert, his voice was in fine form, never affected by is advancing Alzheimer's and he played the guitar just fine. It was in remembering the lyrics - to songs he'd sung 1,000 times - that gave him some difficulty and that he addressed with video monitors spread across the foot of the stage.

There are 11 of these new tracks on this CD plus a repeat of "Waiting on the Comin' of My Lord"., with a Mariachi beat. This was an unissued track from Campbell's last album, "Ghost ob the Canvas". I'll point out that there is about a second moment of silence before that bonus track. It you turn off your player first, you will miss it.

The CD is inserted in a tri-fold digipak and contains an 8-page booklet with photos, song credits and the track list.

As with other artists who have stopped recording because of health (or death) there will probably be more CD by Campbell, as old unissued recordings are discovered or hits repackaged but this will most certainly be the last "new" album. And listening to it (I've hit the "repeat" button three times already) you can hear the care and love that all involved invested in it.

God bless you Glen! You are a legend.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2013
While physical/mental problems make the likelihood of another album remote, the music loving folks will be the ones who lose. Glen Campbell's voice and guitar are pure listening pleasure. While most of the songs are old standards the See You There brought tears to my eyes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2013
Glen's vocals on this album were recorded in early 2010 during the same sessions that produced his monumental "Ghost On The Canvas" farewell album. The instrumental backings were recorded by other musicians at a later date. I don't know how much input Glen had concerning the musicianship on this album, but according to his wife Kim, he was smiling from ear to ear when he heard the final results.

The most common complaint I've heard from other reviewers is the "gruff" quality and sound to Glen's voice. All I can say is these are "reimagined" versions of songs recorded by a seventy-six year old man suffering from Alzheimers Disease. Did these reviewers really expect Glen to sound like he did when he was in his thirties and forties? Glen was singing these songs from his current viewpoint in life, and not from an up and coming young man who had everything to look forward to in life. The gruffness in Glen's vocals makes them seem all the more authentic at this point in his career. And being gruff doesn't mean they aren't strong. I bet most singers half Glen's age wish they could convey emotion like his does on these recordings.

I've introduced my young children to Glen's music, and they love it. But when they heard this album they asked why there weren't any fast songs. I explained to them that Glen is old and sick and this is how he likes to sing nowadays. After that they seemed to respond to the album better, and they know every word to "Postcards From Paris" which is surely one of the greatest Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb collaborations!

Growing up and listening to a superstar, you somehow feel that their status will protect them in their old age. That is, if they ever grow old at all. "See You There" is proof that when our final days are near, we all end up in pretty much the same boat. But Glen Campbell had the talent and privilege to take us all there every step of the way.

Don't feel sorry for Glen because of how he "sounds" now. Glen doesn't feel sorry for himself, but rather, thankful. Thankful for a life in which he was able to use his talents to make others happy. How many of us, when our life here is near it's end, can say the same thing?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2013
This latest disk from Glen is really a nice mix of tunes. While it's not the Glen Campbell from 40 years ago, I really like it. The sound is a bit "unplugged" and despite his health challenges he sounds great. I've had the pleasure of seeing Glen in concert twice in the past few years and while it's sad to see how the disease has progressed, Glen still has the passion and talent to rock it. I was blown away at his ability to tear it up on the guitar. Glen - thanks for all of the great music and memories. God Bless you!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
The magic of Glen Campbell. I can honestly say that I didn't know what to expect of this recording. I knew I was taking a chance. I bought the last disc that Glen released " Ghost on the Canvas " I absolutely loved it. Some reviewers describe it as sad and I admit it is almost like a farewell Cd. but the emotion and feeling that he pours into every song just tugs at your heart strings. I love Glen's voice and in this recording of "See you there" Recorded at the same time as Ghost on the Canvas it is like being alone with Glen and him singing for you in a personnel concert. I love it! I don't think most people could listen to this and not like it. WARNING...the songs don't sound like the original recordings. He is much older now and well it speaks for itself. Like I said I love it as I am currently listening to it for the second time through as I write this review. I wish only good things to Glen and his family...THANKS FOR THE MUSIC FOR ALL THESE YEARS!!!!:-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
Have always loved glen campbell and find this one of his best works. Was shocked at the difference in the music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2013
This album should have been named, TURN AROUND, LOOK AT ME, based on the title of Glen Campbell's hit single in 1961 because it presents the perfect opportunity to turn around and have another "look" at this living legend. Glen sings both classics and relatively new songs on SEE YOU THERE, his past and present coming together beautifully and compatibly.

As described by someone on Glen Campbell's Official Forum, "Glen is indisputably, unequivocally a man of utmost honor. Glen is the phoenix of our times, the amazing grace in our lives, the unconditional love in our hearts, and the steadfast lineman who shows us how we can choose to live with faith when faced with adversity." (c. 2013)

I trust that when you listen to this most special album, you will experience all of these attributes of the man and the artist, Glen Campbell, and that you will be uplifted by his continuing talent--as I was and still am. I am so glad to own this album and am happy to recommend it to others.
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