I couldn't sleep this morning, so as the sky line became lighter, I decided to get up and do something positive.
I wanted to share my thoughts about Adios. Since Meet Glen Campbell 2008 was released we have seen a rise in Glen's chart success which was very welcome. Three years later and following the sad news of Glen's Alzheimers, we had Ghost on the canvas which was highly acclaimed. Then followed "See you there" in 2013. This I assumed was to be the last of Glen's new album releases. I personally found this last recording disappointing. The album name seemed pointless and the production of some of the tracks was well below what we had come to expect from a Glen Campbell album.
I was totally taken back by the news of a new album of brand new recordings, and to be honest I was half dreading what was to come.
What ever expectations I had were low, but upon hearing the title track on youtube my doubts were for the most part eased. I placed my order and when the CD arrived I played it through a couple of times. And I can say now that this album is Glen at his very best. It is an album that stands up to Glen's albums in his prime.
The fact that it has done so well in the UK and in fact nearly matches his success with 20 Golden Greats in 1976 says that many fans and more casual listeners found something to appreciate. The BBC have played tracks from the album everyday and the album has been praised by critics and DJs alike.
For me, this album has many elements which make it very special. The choice of tracks by Jimmy Webb, Jerry Reed,Willie Nelson and Roger Miller, made it feel like Glen paying tribute to those dear friends in music, while he still had the opportunity to do so in style.
I think also, a big thank you to Carl Jackson is required for his production of this album. Carl, having been a lifelong friend and someone who understood and appreciated Glen's history, was able to arrange the songs to suit Glen's style and allow Glen's voice to ring true one last time. In fact I thought Glen's voice was strong and warm and his range seemed as good as ever. There were minor slips but that only added to the poignancy of what this album means to us all.
The biggest trill for me personally is the track Postcard from Paris. I have always loved this song, since I first heard it sung by John Denver. When Glen sang it at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham with just TJ, on the keyboard, It brought tears to my eyes. Sadly the versions that were recorded on See you there were a big disappointment to say the least. But when the track started to play on my stereo I held my breath, waiting for that penultimate "wish you were here" chord I had heard at the concert. And it was there and the whole arrangement was spot on. It felt like Glen was saying," here you are Mike, you knew I wouldn't let you down".
I loved the comment I read about a guy who listening to the album said, "You knows when a song is good when, while listening to the track I pick up my guitar and try to play along" I thought that is the way I react to a great song.
On final point, I now hope that the music industry will see fit to shower this album with recognition and awards, not least for Carl Jackson, who has provided all of Glen's fans and the wider public with 37 minutes and 21 seconds of endless joy.