Replenishing the Vinyl

There’s only really one place to go this morning.

A couple of months ago, I picked up a couple of albums by the now late, always great, Glen Campbell.

One claimed to be “Wichita Lineman”, but isn’t; it’s a cash-in compilation album which has it’s moments, obviously.

The other is his 1977 album “Southern Nights”, the title track written by Allen Toussaint, an artist I knew of but nothing by until I went to see Billy Bragg and Joe Henry last year, and Henry waxed lyrical about him and performed one of his songs (“Freedom of the Stallion”, in case you’re interested). I’m currently investigating his rather large back catalogue.

But I digress: “Southern Nights” may not be one of his better known records, but the title track was a US #1 – his last, I believe – and has some other gems on it; a couple of songs written by Jimmy Webb (of course), a Neil Diamond cover and a certain Brian Wilson composition which will be familiar to you all, particularly if you’ve cast an eye over this week’s returned series The Chain.

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Glen Campbell – Early Morning Song

Glen Campbell – This is Sarah’s Song

Glen Campbell – Sunflower

Glen Campbell – Southern Nights

Glen Campbell – God Only Knows

More soon.

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