Ghost On the Canvas

Ghost On the Canvas

Ghost On the Canvas is a bittersweet victory. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell agreed to record one final album and perform one final “Goodbye Tour.” Producer Julian Raymond recruited musical guests Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Rick Nielsen and the Dandy Warhols, and elicited songs from Paul Westerberg, who provided the title track, Robert Pollard, Jakob Dylan and Teddy Thompson. “A Thousand Lifetimes” evokes the melodic hook of “Wichita Lineman.” The title track brilliantly stokes the classic Campbell sound with an ambitious melody and orchestration evocative of Campbell’s ‘60s-‘70s work. The entire album is weaved together with instrumental interludes that create the impression that it’s all one grand song. Despite the impressive list of contributors, the star is still Glen Campbell and his shimmering voice. Guided By Voices’ “Hold On Hope” brings Campbell to an unexpected and abstract place with an overall sentiment that reflects life itself. This edition of the album includes two notable bonus tracks, “Wish I Wouldn’t Give” and the thrilling “Wish You Were Here.”

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