VIDEO FOR “A BETTER PLACE,” FROM GLEN CAMPBELL’S
ACCLAIMED FINAL ALBUM RELEASED NATIONWIDE
ACCLAIMED FINAL ALBUM RELEASED NATIONWIDE
Ghost On The Canvas sees Campbell capping his brilliant career with one of his most moving and energized works to date, a powerfully emotional song cycle that sees him accompanied by a truly dazzling line-up of songwriters and musicians.
Nashville, TN (September 10, 2012) – Surfdog Records has announced “A Better Place,” the second video from Glen Campbell’s critically acclaimed album Ghost On The Canvas, featuring a special guest appearance from Joshua Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Them Crooked Vultures) and directed by Kii Arens and Jason Trucco is being released to media nationwide.
This farewell video showcases Campbell looking back at his life and career. He also sends a personal message to his wife, Kimberley, a former Radio City Music Hall dancer that the Rhinestone Cowboy met on a blind date in 1981. "My love goes out to Kim, my amazing grace. You've been by my side through these changing times, and it means the world to me."
And so the legend ambles, but the sunset’s now in sight. Sadly, it arrives too soon. (Are these last hurrahs ever not semi-anticlimactic, always deserving of One More Song?) Campbell’s words are his in “There’s No Me … Without You,” poignantly simple if carefully chosen. “I’m never gonna fade away,” he vows.
Yet he does, at least in the physical sense, as he knows we all must someday. Two minutes and 21 seconds into the number, Campbell steps back, leaving a succession of guitarists (Setzer, Dale, Steve Hunter, Rick Nielsen, Billy Corgan and Wendy Melvoin — yes, of Wendy & Lisa — all appear on “Ghost”) to speak in his stead.
He utters not a word in the second half, although his presence is considerable — preparation, perhaps, for the inevitable silence to come. “Each breath I take is a gift that I will never take for granted,” he sings on “A Thousand Lifetimes.” It certainly is a gift, Glen, one that will be sorely, greatly missed.
Ghost On The Canvas – the final studio recording of the iconic eight-time GRAMMY® winning singer/guitarist/songwriter – entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #23 and the UK album chart at #27. USA Today declared the record “a museum-quality masterpiece,” extolling it as “not simply a coda to an impressive career but also the sort of artistic swan song that might receive serious consideration for album of the year come Grammy Awards time.”
In addition to Paul Westerberg, Ghost On The Canvas features original songs by Jakob Dylan, Robert Pollard, and Teddy Thompson. Campbell is backed by a roster of players that includes Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Rick Nielsen, Roger Manning, and The Dandy Warhols. The album was produced by Julian Raymond, who also co-wrote a number of new songs with Campbell.
About Glen Campbell:
For more than fifty years, Glen Campbell has been among popular music’s most successful and significant artists, a multi-talented superstar who can rightfully be declared a living legend and a true American treasure. The Arkansas-born Campbell took up guitar at an early age and in 1958, relocated to Los Angeles where he immediately became an in-demand session musician. He joined forces with the legendary Wrecking Crew, a group of session players whose work can be heard on a stunning range of recordings spanning from the 1960’s thru the seventies.
In addition to hit singles, Campbell also released a remarkable run of gold and platinum certified albums, including 1967’s Gentle On My Mind, the first of seven consecutive collections to hit #1 on Billboard’s “Country Albums” chart. Among them are full-length favorites like 1967’s By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell and the 2x-platinum certified Wichita Lineman (both released in 1968), and 1969’s Galveston.
As if his musical career weren’t enough, Campbell also drew acclaim as an actor and TV personality, with credits that include 1969’s True Grit (earning him a Golden Globe nomination as “Most Promising Newcomer”) and four seasons as host of CBS’ The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. The highly rated variety series saw Campbell joined by a spectacular assortment of stars – including John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, and Cream – while also introducing some of country music’s greatest artists (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard) to a wide national audience.
Campbell has also received a stunning array of honors, beginning in 1967 when he made history by winning multiple Grammy Awards in both the Country & Western and Pop categories: “Gentle On My Mind” was honored as “Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Male” and “Best Country & Western Recording,” while “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” was named “Best Vocal Performance, Male” and “Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance.”
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