Glen Campbell covers songs by U2, Tom Petty, John Lennon and Velvet Underground on new album

 

Country star Glen Campbell’s new album, titled Meet Glen Campbell, includes his distinctive take on 10 contemporary and classic rock songs that he says have inspired and touched him musically.

 

The tracks range from the 1969 Velvet Underground song ‘Jesus’ and John Lennon’s beautiful ‘Grow Old With Me’ … to the Foo Fighters’ 2003 hit ‘Times Like These’ and Green Day’s ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’. Other unexpected tracks on the new album include songs originally recorded by U2, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and Travis.

 

Campbell has always been regarded as one of America’s best interpreters of other people’s songs. In the 1960s and 1970s, he released definitive versions of songs by John Hartford (‘Gentle On My Mind’), Allen Toussaint (‘Southern Nights’) and, most notably, Jimmy Webb (‘Galveston’, ‘Wichita Lineman’ and ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’). He certainly makes the diverse selection of tracks on Meet Glen Campbell his own too.

 

On this album, producers Julian Raymond and Howard Willing appear to follow a similar formula to that of Rick Rubin with Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond, and Jack White with Loretta Lynn. Namely, return a veteran artist to the sound and style that made them successful in the first place … and introduce them to a whole new audience at the same time. Meet Glen Campbell certainly evokes the warm sound of Campbell’s hits from the Sixties and Seventies.

 

“While I didn’t write these songs, this sounds like a Glen Campbell album, which is important to me,” says 72-year-old Campbell, whose forty-five year career has resulted in sales of some 45 million records, 27 Top 10 singles, 12 Gold albums, four Platinum albums and one Double-Platinum album.

 

Meet Glen Campbell – described as “a little bit country and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll” – is released in the UK on 25 August 2008.

 

Full track listing:

1. ‘Jesus’ (Velvet Underground)
2. ‘All I Want Is You’ (U2)
3. ‘Times Like These’ (Foo Fighters)
4. ‘Grow Old With Me’ (John Lennon)
5. ‘Angel Dream’ (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
6. ‘Sadly Beautiful’ (The Replacements)
7. ‘Sing’ (Travis)
8. ‘These Days’ (Jackson Browne)
9. ‘Walls (Circus)’ (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
10. ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’ (Green Day).

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