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Re: Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb on solo album Western Stars

Post by Cowpoke » Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:28 am

In fact the sound of this song called Stones comes closer to Glen's trademark sound: the combination of a full orchestra and a bass note guitar solo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ZIQktIfTo

After listening to a few of these songs I must say that melodically, these songs are no match for the Jimmy Webb songs of that era.


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Re: Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb on solo album Western Stars

Post by Cowpoke » Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:09 am

Well that is an interesting question. In my memory this album has been lying on the shelves for quite some time. Bruce was present during the 2012 Grammys during which Glen of course did his Rhinestone Cowboy performance. And
Bruce participated in the documentary (I think they asked him during that Grammy night) in which he spoke glowingly about Glen. I think that was the first moment that reminded him of Glen and his particular style and sound.

Here's an article from September 2016 in which is stated that the album was by then already completely done for over a year!

https://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... -new-album.

So Bruce recorded the album in (the first half of?) 2015 and perhaps started working on the songs even earlier, in 2014. Now the documentary I'll Be Me was released in October 2014 and aired on TV in June 2015 so... my guess is that seeing the documentary itself played a part in inspiring Bruce to make this album.

About "Hello Sunshine"... i agree it's not like "Wichita Lineman" but I do hear "Gentle on My Mind" in there!


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Re: Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb on solo album Western Stars

Post by jay » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am

I wonder when (and how) Bruce made the correlation. It certainly seems like Glen's passing happened around the time he started the album.

In April, Rolling Stone wrote...
The first track off a forthcoming solo LP, “Hello Sunshine” is Springsteen’s precisely-calibrated throwback to a particular style of late 1960s/early-1970s anti-anxiety radio balladry, perhaps epitomized by Glen Campbell’s magnificent 1968 version of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman.”
Personally, I hear more of "Everybody's Talking" than "Wichita Lineman"... but how cool is it that someone like Bruce is putting Glen out in front of his album.



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Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb on solo album Western Stars

Post by Cowpoke » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:08 am

Bruce Springsteen has finally released his Glen Campbell inspired solo album called "Western Stars" he recorded a few years back.
“Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, those kinds of records. I don’t know if people will hear those influences, but that was what I had in my mind,” Springsteen explained.
Here's the first single, which sounds quite familiar, or should I say "gentle" to my ears...



Read more: https://www.mygoldmusic.co.uk/news/musi ... ern-stars/


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