After Glen Campbell’s diagnosis of Alhemizer’s in 2011, he embarked on a farewell tour. Upon the completion of that tour, he went back into the studio to record one final album which was recently released.
“Adiόs” is a touching and emotional farewell from Glen that was recorded following his “Goodbye Tour”. Glen and his family courageously decided to share his battle with the disease in the Oscar-nominated documentary film, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” of which Glen’s last-ever song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from the soundtrack won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
As Glen began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis, a feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio and capture what magic was left. The 12-track collection features songs that Glen always loved but never got a chance to record, including several from Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like “Wichita Lineman” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Galveston.” In addition to the bittersweet title track, “Adiós”, Glen revisits “Postcard From Paris” with his sons Cal and Shannon and daughter Ashley singing the line, “I wish you were here,” resulting in a powerful and heartfelt message of a family singing together one last time. Willie Nelson joins Glen in a poignant duet on Willie’s “Funny How Time Slips Away” and other songwriters featured include Bob Dylan, Fred Neil, Jerry Reed, Dickey Lee, and Roger Miller, which features Vince Neil singing harmony vocals on Miller’s “Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me).”
For the “Adiós” recording session, Glen and wife Kim Campbell turned to Glen’s longtime banjo player and family friend Carl Jackson to helm the production, play guitar and help his old friend. In preparation for the recording, Jackson, who joined Campbell’s band in the early ‘70s as an 18-year-old banjo player, laid down some basic tracks and vocals for Campbell to study and practice. Jackson encouraged him every step of the way and although Campbell struggled at times because of his progressing dementia, he was clearly ecstatic about being in the studio.
“Adiós” was a labor of love and a way for Glen Campbell to have one more chance to do what he loves and leave a musical gift for fans. Campbell, who turned 81 in April, is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He lives in Nashville where he is surrounded by his loving family and getting the very best of care. Campbell’s wife, Kim, launched a blog -CareLiving back in 2016 to inspire, encourage and empower caregivers to care for themselves while caring for others. The CareLiving website features regular articles and updates from Kim and a host of guest writers, specialists, musicians, doctors and other caregivers. Learn more about CareLiving by visiting the website. Kim has also spoken at a recent Morning Pointe Foundation event in Brentwood.
Here’s the full track listing:
1. Everybody’s Talkin’
2. Just Like Always
3. Funny How Time Slips Away (featuring Willie Nelson)
4. Arkansas Farmboy
5. Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me) (intro by Roger Miller)
6. Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me) (featuring Vince Gill)
7. It Won’t Bring Her Back
8. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
9. She Thinks I Still Care
10. Postcard From Paris
11. A Thing Called Love