Glen Campbell title kicks off Rainman Records' 'British Live Performance Series'
Rainman Records has launched a new series called the "British Live Performance Series" and the first title to be released features a 1990 live Glen Campbell concert recorded at the Dome in Doncaster, England with the Jeff Dayton Band.
This concert has been previously released under different names (e.g., January 21, 2014: Glen Campbell Love & Live and February 2015: Glen Campbell Access All Areas [with PAL formatted DVD]). It includes new liner notes written by music biographer Michael Heatley and describes Glen's career with mentions of his early work with the Champs and the Gee Cees.
Cowpoke, I received and listened to the "Glen Campbell British Live Series" CD today. Regarding whether it was remastered: The back cover of the CD states: "This is the beginning of a series of releases from Rainman's new "British Live Performance Series" that features major artists ... in legendary concerts that have never been released in the US and have been re-mastered for optimum quality
For me, and this is just my opinion, the overall music audio is too bright, too loud, the audio of Glen's singing voice is too prominent, the sound of Glen's guitar playing is unnaturally high or too distant at times, on Highwayman the guitar sound fades oddly at the end of the song, and the CD seemed to be lacking low frequencies or deep bass or something. Also, shouldn't one be able to hear differences between the left-speaker audio and the right-speaker audio? I couldn't hear any difference. Finally, the tracks' audio is unbalanced as well; I found myself turning the volume up and down as needed when playing the CD (for example, for Mull of Kintyre I had to turn up the volume to hear Glen's singing voice, turn down the volume for the bagpipes).
On the "bright side", when Glen talks, the audio is great--sounds like Glen is right in the room with me.
Worth the price of the CD, especially because Glen tells some of his well-known jokes at this concert as well as his True Grit/John Wayne/Academy Award story!
The biography written by Heatley is overall excellent IMO. Well-researched. (The only issue--glaring--I have with the bio is that "Turn Around Look At Me" is attributed to songwriter Jerry Capehart.)
The last paragraph of the bio reads:
Glen Campbell's career may be over, but he has left his mark on six different decades of popular music. This performance (on the CD) shows the label 'all-round entertainer' barely does justice to his abilities. As fellow music legend Merle Haggard once said: '6-string, 12-string, bass, banjo, bagpipes... If God ever gave one man too much talent, it was Glen Campbell.'
If I remember correctly, Randy had first shared this quote with us here on Glen Campbell Forums.
An odd thing about this CD: when I was playing it using Windows Media Player, the album art that was displayed was not for this "Glen Campbell British Live Performance Series" CD. The album art was the front cover of "Access All Areas", "2014", a CD of the same concert that had been previously released in the U.K., I think. I double-checked my computer to make sure that it was playing the CD on the D drive, and the source was the D drive. What could this mean? Also, the track list as displayed in Windows Media Player showed:
Track 8 -- "Oh Good Night" instead of "On A Good Night"
Track 15 -- "Track 15" /"unknown artist" instead of "Gentle On My Mind"/"Glen Campbell".