Glen Campbell

Satisfied Mind

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Long Island-based budget label Pickwick Records licensed this Glen Campbell album of ten country tracks from Capitol Records and titled it A Satisfied Mind after Bobby Hebb's 1966 Top 40 follow-up to "Sunny." The C & W standard had been covered in the past by such luminaries as Hebb's mentor -- Roy Acuff -- and from the likes of Porter Wagoner, Tim Hardin, Jeff Buckley, Joan Baez, Pat Boone, The Byrds, Ian & Sylvia, and Loretta Lynn, to Jonathan Richman, Lucinda Williams, Lindsey Buckingham, and Bob Dylan. It's heavy company, and for those who see the country crooner's name and think of "Rhinestone Cowboy" or "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife," think again. Despite the tacky cover photo Pickwick used of a Vegas-dressed Campbell sitting on a merry-go-round horse, this is authentic stuff performed with heart, and packaged to sell in supermarkets to a middle-of-the-road audience who couldn't possibly appreciate it. As -- or more dreadful -- than the cover photo, are the rambling, worthless liner notes from Cash Box Magazine's Associate Editor Tom McEntee. If only Pickwick had asked their former employee, Lou Reed, to pen them! Think what the package would be worth! Campbell's official website says that "Kentucky Means Paradise" was a Top 20 hit, most likely meaning on the country charts, and this musical affair was produced by the wonderfully capable Nick Venet, staff producer at Capitol known for his work with a band Glen Campbell would join, the Beach Boys, making this an important find for fans of Venet, Campbell, or Brian Wilson's band.

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