You read that correctly. Country Music Hall of Famer, “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Gentle On My Mind” crooner, True Grit actor, ex-host of The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, mugshot grad, and all-around music legend Glen Campbell has himself a contemporary covers collection. It goes without saying that this feels very much like a bid for relevancy a la Johnny Cash’s and Paul Anka career revivals, but it needed to be said anyway. On Meet Glen Campbell, the septuagenarian gives U2, Foo Fighters, the Replacements, John Lennon, Jackson Browne, Travis, and the Velvet Underground, among others, the Campbell treatment. Take a listen to his version of Greenday’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” while you consult the tracklist.
There’s also this trailer, which includes snippets of some of the tracks (“Sing,” “Angel Dream,” “All I Want Is You”) along with Campbell’s insistence that he “likes the songs.” The selections make sense with Campbell’s voice — well, two Tom Petty’s might be a bit much — though as the trailer lets us know, he clearly had nothing to do with choosing them.
01 “Sing” (Travis)
02 “Walls” (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
03 “Angel Dream” (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
04 “Times Like These” (Foo Fighters)
05 “These Days” (Jackson Browne)
06 “Sadly Beautiful” (The Replacements)
07 “All I Want Is You” (U2)
08 “Jesus” (Velvet Underground)
09 “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” (Green Day)
10 “Grow Old With Me” (John Lennon)
Meet Glen Campbell is out 8/5 on Capitol.