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4.6 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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In 1967 Glen Campbell broke through to become a household name following his hit version of Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." With follow-up hits "I Wanna Live" and "Wichita Lineman" paving the way for his enormously successful CBS variety show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, Campbell rode a trail of hit singles well into the 1970s. This hits collection reflects his wide-ranging repertoire and flair for mixing old and new. Though his spin on John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind" barely broke the Top 30 in 1967, it gained immortality as the Goodtime Hour theme song. With the now-classic "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights," Campbell's ability to create chart-topping country singles that resonated with non-country fans was years ahead of its time. Tackling songs forever associated with others (the Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me" and "All I Have to do Is Dream" and Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe") can be risky, but Campbell's strong, passionate interpretations put them across. --Rich Kienzle
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00006JIC0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Folks, I agree that this CD doesn't "sound" like a CD. Yet it offers a priceless stroll down the lane we all remember as AM radio.

These are original recordings that were mixed down for AM airplay when AM ruled as a pop music medium.

Songs like "It's Only Make Believe", "Wichita Lineman", "Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife" (a beautiful waltz), "Try A Little Kindness", "Where's The Playground Susie", "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and many others round out this excellent collection of Glenn Campbell's glory days.

The original innocence of these songs shines through as it did many years ago. This album offers warmth and stereo sound that was lacking in most radio receivers of the day.

If you're looking for a decent Glenn Campbell collection that hasn't been redone, remixed, remastered nor ruined, this is the CD for you. We are very pleased with it.
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I was anxious to get this album so asa to have most of Glen's music on one cd.Plus the fact that it is supposed to be remastered really hooked me. What a disappointment! The sound is terrible! How can it be worse than his GH CD from 1987.I bought Wichita Lineman Remastered from the same label "Capitol" and it sounded great. One reviewer called it thin and tinny but I would add and even worse is muffled. What a blunder. I'm out 20 bucks.
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By A Customer on March 2, 2003
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I wouldn't consider myself a fan of country music, and am probably not the best person to review this album because I'm not familiar enough with the genre to do it justice. That having been said, some of the biggest cross-over hits of the 60s and 70s are on this CD. Even if you only listen to the first seven tracks, Campbell's biggest hits, you'll have had your money's worth. It's great hearing these songs again, especially the under-rated "Rhinestone Cowboy." I might guess that if someone were more familiar with Campbell's career they might point out this CD is very skimpy on his music from the 80s and 90s. But if you're looking for the songs that made him famous, they're here.
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I've been a great fan of Glen Campbell for many years and the song that I love the best is "Wichita Lineman."

Although the sound quality of the cd isn't perfect, I suspect it's a lot to do with the quality of the original source tapes which may have deteriorated too much. Saying that, I have heard a lot worse and even allegedly remastered cds that have sounded a lot worse e.g. "Sports" from Huey Lewis and the News. Sound quality aside which really isn't all that bad, the track selections are quite good except for one of my personal favourites that's not on this disc, Dylan's "If Not For You."

If you are looking for a cd that's more or less representative of the best that this artiste has done over his career that's not too expensive and is on one disc, this is probably it. I know that despite the sound limitations, I still enjoy listening to this disc that's destined to remain among my favourites for years to come.
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By A Customer on March 6, 2004
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I am 53 and have waited a long time for a good comprehensive collection of Glen Campbell. The music is timeless. I work in an office with young people (23-31 yrs). We take turns playing CD's. All of them said what a great CD this is and they request it regularly. It is one of my favorites. The music is first rate. The recording quality is mediocre; which is why I gave it four stars instead of five. Nevertheless, the music sounds as good or better than when it was recorded 30 years ago.
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As others have noted, the songs on this CD are great... but the sound quality is a bit below par. Not that you can't enjoy the music anyway, but it may be annoying for true audiophiles.
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Whether you are a long time listener or someone who wants an introduction to the work of this fine musician and vocalist, this DVD is simply a treasure trove of good music.

The great songs are all here! The songs written by Jim Webb such as "Galveston" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" are here as well as "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Wichita Lineman", "Gentle On My Mind" and "Southern Nights". My favorite, "Country Boy" (...you've got your feet in L.A., but your mind's on Tennessee...") is on this CD and I think this is a very good sampler of his music. One gets a sense of his talented guitar playing because he was a fine musician too (yes, as a Campbell, he also plays the bagpipes!).

The sound quality is very good, but I can't tell you how it would sound on a more sophisticated system with Dolby or whatnot. Even so, I can tell you that this is a fine collection of Glen's work and is certainly worth the purchase price! Five stars!
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Glen Campbell is now an under-appreciated talent, as his superstar - even mega-star - status was prime in the 60s and 70s. However, the songs he recorded, both as top session musician on others' recordings, and his own recordings as a singer, stand the test of time. I could wish the selection of songs included one I'd seen him perform on television - MacArthur's Park - and I could wish this CD compilation had the selections in chronological order to better appreciate the sophistication of the talent and the choices he made. One has to assume, like most compilation CDs, the song list order is not designed to feature the artist but to grab the attention of a casual shopper, who typically doesn't glance beyond the first 5 song listings. Therefore, the most famous 'classic' Glen Campbell's are represented, as is the distinctive mournful quality of his voice, a rather strong vocalist, probably underrated even at the time of his greatest fame. Unfortunately, one would wish the cover versions of other performers' classics - "Let It Be Me," for one - were more adventurous in the arrangement. A literal version doesn't serve anyone. I would have preferred a version of the song(s) as if Glen Campbell had never heard them done before and how he would have interpreted/arranged the song(s) to suit himself. Some people find Campbell's voice too "vanilla" but really he is the icing on the cake. With the strange lilting sadness in all his vocals, even the upbeat song classics like "Southern Nights," his voice is never icky sweet, but just right. In fact, can anyone really imagine any other singer doing justice to "Witchita Lineman" or "Galveston" with the mournful quality of his voice alone?Read more ›
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