By Larry Stephens
Though I’ve been a Glen Campbell fan for nearly five decades, the notes in this newly released CD collecting sixteen of his country hits from the 1980s really educated me. I lost track of time and didn’t realize he’s now 80 years old (but some days I don’t think about my age, either). I’d forgotten he was a member of the Champs, the Beach Boys and asked to join the Sons of the Pioneers. I thought “Gentle On My Mind,” recorded in 1967, charted higher than #30 (country charts). Campbell is one of the most talented guitarists in rock and country music history and lived parts of his life under the microscope of publicity. He also appeared in “True Grit” with John Wayne.
Though none of the cuts here rank as one of Campbell’s signature tunes, you can’t help but be impressed by the touch he brought to just about any sort of songs, such as the title song from Clint Eastwood’s “Any Which Way You Can,” a cover of the Paris Sisters/Bobby Vinton hit “I Love How You Love Me” and “Tennessee.” JD Souther’s “Faithless Love” is here, as is Mike Reid’s “Call Home,” and a cowboy number, “Cowpoke,” written by Sam Jones (“Ghost Riders In the Sky”). There are also two previously unreleased cuts, Kris Kristofferson’s “For the Good Times” and Dave Loggins’ “Please Come To Boston.”
Campbell, afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, has done his last tour, but his vast collection of performances will stand the test of time.