Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions [Metallic Gold 2 LP]

Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions [Metallic Gold 2 LP]

by Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions [Metallic Gold 2 LP]

Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions [Metallic Gold 2 LP]

by Glen Campbell

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Pay attention, because this can get confusing. Glen Campbell intended his 2011 album Ghost on the Canvas as a farewell album of sorts. Aware of his declining faculties due to the onset of Alzheimer's, he, his family, and producer Julian Raymond decided that he could summon the energy for a final record, one that was cut between 2009 and 2010. As it turns out, Campbell was well enough to continue recording for a few more years, sessions that resulted in 2013's See You There and 2017's Adiós, albums that found him revisiting his hits and favorite songs, respectively. Campbell died after the release of Adiós, and apart from the release of Sings for the King -- a collection of demo recordings intended as guides for Elvis Presley -- there wasn't much activity on the posthumous release front until Ghost on the Canvas approached its tenth anniversary. Dave Kaplan -- the head of Surfdog Records, the label that put the album out back in 2011 -- decided to revisit the original record by recasting it as a series of newly recorded duets, à la what Natalie Cole did with her father, Nat "King" Cole, and "Unforgettable" in 1991. Enlisting a varied cast of duet partners -- superstars like Carole King, Sting, Elton John, Dolly Parton, and Brian Wilson sit alongside X, Hope Sandoval, Brian Setzer, and Eric Church -- Kaplan retains some of the sumptuous nature of the original Ghost on the Canvas, but opening the album up to other singers removes some of the haunting quality of the 2011 set. Another big difference is the absence of Roger Manning, Jr. songs: every one of his five songs is missing, replaced by "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," the theme song from the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. While some of the pairings seem unnatural on paper, the results are generally seamless: although X may seem painted onto "Any Trouble," they play with great affection, as does Setzer on "In My Arms," while Sandoval suits the delicate "The Long Walk Home," Sting doesn't seem out of place singing Paul Westerberg, nor does Church seem ill at ease with the words of Robert Pollard. Ultimately, Duets: Ghost on the Canvas Sessions is an effective revision of a good album, one that complements the original without replacing it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2024
Label: Big Machine Records
UPC: 0843930089970
Rank: 5218


Disc 1

  1. There's No Me¿Without You
  2. Ghost On The Canvas
  3. Hold On Hope
  4. The Long Walk Home
  5. Nothing But The Whole Wide World
  6. In My Arms

Disc 2

  1. A Better Place
  2. Strong
  3. A Thousand Lifetimes
  4. It's Your Amazing Grace
  5. Any Trouble
  6. I'm Not Gonna Miss You

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