Saturday, January 14, 2012

Musical Interlude: Ghost on the Canvas (2011)

Glen Campbell was one of my favorites growing up. A few months ago, I'd read where he'd been stricken with Alzheimer's Disease, but it didn't stop him from recording one last album. "Ghost on the Canvas", released back in August, finds Campbell still sounding as strident as he did on earlier hits like "Galveston", "Rhinestone Cowboy", and "Wichita Lineman". The title track was written by Paul Westerberg (The Replacements). The paintings in the video show portraits of Campbell from those halcyon days, with the likes of Dean Martin and Johnny Cash among others.

Uploaded by, of course, officialglencampbell:


magicdog said...

I hadn't heard than Glen was afflicted with Alzheimers! That's a pity!!

I grew up listening to his songs as a kid!

Ghost on the Canvas sounds fresh and authentic as any of Campbell's best work so I hope it hits high on the charts. The video itself is rather retro in in its appearance (the gold medallion in the background and the simplified band playing the behind him), and seeing Campbell's contemporaries in ink on canvas really drives the point home.

hobbyfan said...

Oh, this was brilliant, and it blows away Westerberg's original version by plenty.

"Wichita Lineman" happens to be a personal fave of mine, and "Ghost" is quickly getting there.