Southern Nights/Basic

Southern Nights/Basic

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by Glen Campbell
     
 

Following Raven's exemplary 2002 reissue of Rhinestone Cowboy/Bloodlines by a year, the label's 2003 two-fer of 1977's Southern Nights and 1978's Basic isn't as thematically linked as its predecessor, which were both written and produced in large part by Dennis Lambert…  See more details below

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Following Raven's exemplary 2002 reissue of Rhinestone Cowboy/Bloodlines by a year, the label's 2003 two-fer of 1977's Southern Nights and 1978's Basic isn't as thematically linked as its predecessor, which were both written and produced in large part by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. These two records share a similar sound -- the high-gloss, professional production common to most soft rock and country-pop crossovers of the late '70s -- but they're different in approach. Southern Nights contains the work of a number of frequently incompatible songwriters, so it's an album of moments. Granted, those moments -- including the singles "Southern Nights" and "Sunflower," a cover of "God Only Knows," and two songs from Jimmy Webb -- are very good, but the inconsistency of the album is put into sharp relief by its pairing with Basic, an album devoted to the songs of Michael Smotherman, a mellow singer/songwriter (and former Captain Beefheart sideman) who has been forgotten but was a good, sturdy writer within the conventions of '70s soft rock. Basic may not have had hits outside of "Can You Fool" (which wasn't all that big anyway), but it stands as the more satisfying of the two records on this two-fer -- and it likely wouldn't have gotten a reissue if it wasn't paired with the bigger hit Southern Nights. In addition to good notes from Keith Glass, Raven expanded this release with three bonus tracks: "Another Fine Mess" (a small gem from the soundtrack to the Burt Reynolds film The End, written by Paul Williams, and originally released as the B-side to "Can You Fool"), and two rarities from the 1975 compilation album Arkansas -- a 1967 cover of Leon Payne's "You've Still Got a Place in my Heart" and the 1969 "Arkansas," a good, if slightly dated, country-pop song that would have fit well onto any of Glen Campbell's late-'60s albums. These help elevate an already fine package into something that is necessary for any serious Campbell fan.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657016725
catalogNumber:
167
Rank:
57745

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glen Campbell   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Glen Campbell   Producer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Billy Burnette   Composer
Brian Cadd   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Ned Albright   Composer
DeLory   Producer
Mark Durham   Composer
John Jennings   Composer
Gary Klein   Producer
Dennis Lambert   Producer
Victoria Medlin   Composer
Brian Potter   Producer
Michael Smotherman   Composer
Micheal Smotherman   Composer
Tom Thacker   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Concept
Keith Glass   Liner Notes
Mitchell Torok   Composer
Alan Duffy   Artwork
Greg Klein   Artwork
Kevin Mueller   Concept
Peter Shillito   Concept
Ramona Redd   Composer
Tony Asher   Composer

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