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The Legacy 1961-2002

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Glen Campbell 10/7/2003

Review

Given the overwhelming number of Glen Campbell collections released over the years, it comes as a shock to realize that Capitol' s 2003 set Legacy 1961-2002 is the first-ever Campbell box set to be released. Legacy is one of the few serious, ambitious, and successful Campbell retrospectives assembled during the CD era. It contains everything on All the Best and falls somewhere between the overreach of the Razor & Tie set (33 of its 40 tracks are here) and the impeccable, if idiosyncratic song selection on the EMI collection (23 of its 46 tracks are here, if the "Houston (I'm Coming to See You)" variation "London (I'm Coming to See You)" counts). So, the basic song selection is right on the money, but, as in many Campbell collections, the devil is in the details, the biggest being disc four, containing 15 live tracks recorded between 1969 and 2002. While there are some good cuts here, including a Beach Boys medley, it's hampered by too many run-of-the-mill performances and stilted latter-day tracks. Since they're all squared away on one disc, it's easy to ignore it, but it would have been better to either release this as three discs, or use all four for his studio recordings, which are superior to live cuts. The other three discs are much better, but they do suffer from the typical box set tendency to extend the story too far after the quality of the artist's music starts to decline. After 1978's Basic, Campbell' s music turned too calculatedly adult contemporary, and the last 14 tracks of disc three are devoted to cuts from the '80s and '90s, which, frankly, is too much space. It would have been much better to play up his glory years of 1967-1977. They are still emphasized here, but space should have been made for great album tracks, forgotten singles, and obscurities that have been on other collections. While it is asking too much to see the B-side "Record Collector's Dream" (not on CD until Raven's 2002 two-fer of Rhinestone Cowboy/Bloodline), "See You on Sunday," "Comeback," and the Jimmy Webb masterpiece "Christian No" should have been on here. There are other good, idiosyncratic choices to be sure, but it winds up not being as sharp as The Capitol Years, which remains the best collection because it captures Campbell at his best, regardless of hits. This has its nicely idiosyncratic song selection and, like Razor & Tie' s collection, runs out of steam toward the end. However, it gets things mostly right, and it is a good, thorough overview, although it doesn't contain every great thing Campbell recorded -- which it could have, if it had thrown out the live disc and concentrated on his peak. Still, it's an admirable box set and a worthy addition to Campbell' s prodigious catalog. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Turn Around, Look at Me Glen Campbell 2:32
  3. 2 Kentucky Means Paradise Glen Campbell 1:40
  4. 3 Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry Glen Campbell 2:34
  5. 4 Universal Soldier Glen Campbell 2:7
  6. 5 Guess I'm Dumb Glen Campbell 2:39
  7. 6 Burning Bridges Glen Campbell 2:28
  8. 7 Just to Satisfy You Glen Campbell 2:25
  9. 8 Less of Me Glen Campbell 2:33
  10. 9 Gentle on My Mind Glen Campbell 2:54
  11. 10 Crying Glen Campbell 2:50
  12. 11 By the Time I Get to Phoenix Glen Campbell 2:40
  13. 12 Tomorrow Never Comes Glen Campbell 2:27
  14. 13 Hey Little One Glen Campbell 2:30
  15. 14 I Wanna Live Glen Campbell 2:41
  16. 15 Turn Around, Look at Me [New Version] Glen Campbell 2:52
  17. 16 Legend of Bonnie & Clyde Glen Campbell 2:16
  18. 17 Let It Be Me Glen Campbell 2:3
  19. 18 Scarborough Fair/Canticle Glen Campbell 3:18
  20. 19 Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell 3:1
  21. 20 Dreams of the Everyday Housewife Glen Campbell 2:30
  22. 21 Reason to Believe Glen Campbell 2:17
  23. 1 Galveston Glen Campbell 2:37
  24. 2 Where's the Playground Susie? Glen Campbell 2:53
  25. 3 This Is Love Glen Campbell 2:7
  26. 4 True Grit Glen Campbell 2:29
  27. 5 Try a Little Kindness Glen Campbell 2:23
  28. 6 Honey Come Back Glen Campbell 2:59
  29. 7 One Pair of Hands Glen Campbell 2:30
  30. 8 All I Have to Do Is Dream Glen Campbell 2:33
  31. 9 Everything a Man Could Ever Need Glen Campbell 2:31
  32. 10 It's Only Make Believe Glen Campbell 2:24
  33. 11 Pave Your Way to Tomorrow Glen Campbell 1:38
  34. 12 MacArthur Park Glen Campbell 4:49
  35. 13 Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) Glen Campbell 2:28
  36. 14 The Last Time I Saw Her Glen Campbell 4:3
  37. 15 I Say a Little Prayer/By the Time I Get to Phoenix Glen Campbell 3:11
  38. 16 The Last Thing on My Mind Glen Campbell 3:52
  39. 17 I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star) Glen Campbell 2:49
  40. 18 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Glen Campbell 2:24
  41. 19 Houston (I'm Comin' to See You) Glen Campbell 3:16
  42. 20 Bonaparte's Retreat Glen Campbell 2:46
  43. 21 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Glen Campbell 3:3
  44. 1 Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell 3:11
  45. 2 Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.) Glen Campbell 3:2
  46. 3 Arkansas Glen Campbell 2:37
  47. 4 Don't Pull Your Love/Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye Glen Campbell 3:20
  48. 5 Southern Nights Glen Campbell 2:55
  49. 6 Sunflower Glen Campbell 2:48
  50. 7 God Only Knows Glen Campbell 3:18
  51. 8 I'm Gonna Love You Glen Campbell 3:23
  52. 9 Can You Fool Glen Campbell 3:8
  53. 10 Highwayman Glen Campbell 3:2
  54. 11 Something 'Bout You Baby I Like Glen Campbell 2:40
  55. 12 Any Which Way You Can Glen Campbell 3:12
  56. 13 I Was Too Busy Loving You Glen Campbell 3:10
  57. 14 Faithless Love Glen Campbell 3:14
  58. 15 A Lady Like You Glen Campbell 3:32
  59. 16 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Glen Campbell 3:5
  60. 17 I Have You Glen Campbell 3:18
  61. 18 If These Walls Could Speak Glen Campbell 2:56
  62. 19 Unconditional Love Glen Campbell 3:15
  63. 20 She's Gone, Gone, Gone Glen Campbell 2:45
  64. 21 Show Me Your Way Glen Campbell 3:15
  65. 22 Only One Life Glen Campbell 4:6
  66. 23 Somebody Like That Glen Campbell 3:12
  67. 1 The Impossible Dream Glen Campbell 2:46
  68. 2 The Lord's Prayer Glen Campbell 2:42
  69. 3 Didn't We Glen Campbell 3:33
  70. 4 My Way Glen Campbell 4:26
  71. 5 Try to Remember/The Way We Were Glen Campbell 4:16
  72. 6 Galveston Glen Campbell 3:34
  73. 7 Amazing Grace Glen Campbell 3:49
  74. 8 Classical Gas Glen Campbell 2:49
  75. 9 Medley: Good Vibrations/Help Me, Rhonda/Surfer Girl/Surfin' U. S. A. Glen Campbell 5:40
  76. 10 Mansion in Branson Glen Campbell 2:39
  77. 11 Let It Be Me Glen Campbell 2:36
  78. 12 Highwayman Glen Campbell 3:1
  79. 13 The William Tell Overture Glen Campbell 2:48
  80. 14 Still Within the Sound of My Voice Glen Campbell 3:59
  81. 15 Time in a Bottle Glen Campbell 2:27

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