Glen Campbell

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In 1965 Glen Campbell was a session guitarist and singer from Arkansas who had played and sung on countless surf, hot rod, and sunshine pop records that labels and studios in California were issuing in the mid-'60s. After he filled in for Brian Wilson as a touring member of the Beach Boys that year, the Beach Boys' label, Capitol Records, offered him a solo recording contract, which paid off two years later when his pop-folky country version of John Hartford's poetic and tumbling "Gentle on My Mind" hit the pop charts. Campbell's solo career was on the way, and the rest, as they say, is history. This brief ten-track set contains his biggest hits, but in live versions, which is fine in and of itself, since Campbell was never less than professional in front of an audience, but the tracks lack some of the depth and scope of the original recorded versions.

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