>You appreciated good song writers first and then found Glen who is one of Jimmy's best perpetrator's of his work
That's exactly right. In fact, Glen is one of the few artists I admire that is not a great songwriter himself. To me he's the best song interpreter of all time.
I hear what you are saying about being spoiled by Glen's vocals and Al de Lory's arrangements. Still, imagine if you heard Jimmy's 1972 version of Galveston first. Wouldn't Glen's studio version sound a little too smooth and bombastic after that? It did and still does for me. However, Glen's live versions of the song are just magnificent and the best I think.
I'm a carefree, range ridin', driftin' cowpoke...