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Still On The Line: Glen Campbell’s “American Treasure” Box Set Arrives This Month

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Glen Campbell American Treasure boxWay back on August 6, we confirmed a delay to Surfdog Records’ box set An American Treasure, a limited edition box and gift set dedicated to the life and career of Glen Campbell.  We’re happy to report that this 3-CD/1-DVD limited edition of 1,000 units is finally available for pre-order, with delivery guaranteed before Christmas for domestic purchasers.

To bring you up to date: An American Treasure will mark only the second box set to be devoted to the entirety of Campbell’s career; the first, Capitol’s The Legacy: 1961-2002, is long out-of-print and selling in the three-figure range on the secondhand market. The Legacy offered four CDs, three of studio material and one of live performances, whereas American Treasure consists of three CDs and one DVD. The first two CDs are billed as “fully loaded with songs that span Glen’s legendary career including the hits,” and although both hits and rarities are indeed present, some notable songs are absent including “Honey Come Back” and “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife.”  There are some new-to-CD tracks, however, and Campbell’s many label associations have been represented.

The third disc, however, is the most tantalizing, as it contains “hits and gems that Glen played on as one of the all-time session guitarists.” This will be the first such compilation of its kind, and reflects the eclectic nature of Campbell’s work as a premier L.A. “Wrecking Crew” guitarist. During this period, he played on hit records for everybody from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra, and both of those artists are represented on the collection, along with The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, The Righteous Brothers, Gene Clark and Jan and Dean, among others.   (This disc opens with The Champs’ “Tequila,” long rumored to have featured Campbell on guitar; however, many have disputed that he played on the 45.)  Finally, a DVD includes never-before-released performances from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour television program, which aired on CBS-TV between 1969 and 1972.  Among the guests who shared the stage with genial host Glen: Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Cher, Sarah Vaughan, Dionne Warwick and even some unexpected stars like Goldie Hawn, Andy Griffith, Lucille Ball, Steve Martin and Campbell’s True Grit co-star, John Wayne.

After the jump, we have more on the box, including the complete track listing with discography!

The leather-bound box set retails for $150.00, and each copy contains a lithograph signed by Campbell. All boxes are packaged with Campbell’s North American “Goodbye Tour” program, a “Goodbye” guitar pick, and a “custom die-cut Goodtime Burst Logo belt buckle.” Surfdog is accepting pre-orders at its website for shipment in mid-December.  You’ll find the complete track listing below!

Glen Campbell, An American Treasure (Surfdog, 2012)

CD 1: 1961 – 1976

  1. DEATH VALLEY (Capehart 5008, 1961)
  2. WINKIE DOLL (Kaybo 617, 1961)
  3. BRENDA (Crest 1087, 1961)
  4. BUZZ SAW (Crest 1088, 1961)
  5. TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY (Capitol 4873, 1962)
  6. GUESS I’M DUMB (Capitol  5441, 1965)
  7. GENTLE ON MY MIND (Capitol 5939, 1967)
  8. CRYIN’ (Capitol LP 2809, 1967)
  9. BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX (Capitol 2015, 1967)
  10. THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) (Capitol LP 2878, 1968)
  11. THE LEGEND OF BONNIE AND CLYDE (Capitol LP 2907, 1968)
  12. LESS OF ME (Capitol LP 2679, 1967)
  13. WICHITA LINEMAN (Capitol 2303, 1968)
  14. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM (Capitol 2387, 1968)
  15. GALVESTON (Capitol 2428, 1969)
  16. WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE (Capitol 2494, 1969)
  17. TRUE GRIT (Capitol 2573, 1969)
  18. WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE
  19. TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS (Capitol 2659, 1969)
  20. HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER (Capitol LP SW-733, 1971)
  21. BRING BACK THE LOVE (Capitol LP SW-869, 1971)
  22. LAST TIME I SAW HER (Capitol 3123, 1971)
  23. I KNEW JESUS BEFORE HE WAS A STAR (Capitol 3548, 1973)
  24. IF NOT FOR YOU (Capitol LP SW-11185, 1973)
  25. ARKANSAS (Capitol 2494, 1969)
  26. COUNTRY BOY (YOU’VE GOT YOUR FEET IN L.A.) (Capitol 4155, 1975)
  27. RHINESTONE COWBOY (Capitol 4095, 1975)

CD 2: 1977 – PRESENT

  1. SOUTHERN NIGHTS (Capitol 4376, 1977)
  2. GOD MUST HAVE BLESSED AMERICA (Capitol 4515, 1977)
  3. CAN YOU FOOL (Capitol 4584, 1978)
  4. ANOTHER FINE MESS (Capitol 4584, 1978)
  5. HIGHWAYMAN (Capitol LP 12008, 1979)
  6. HOUND DOG MAN (Capitol 4769, 1979)
  7. SOMETHIN’ ‘BOUT YOU BABY I LIKE (Capitol 4865, 1980)
  8. I LOVE MY TRUCK (Mirage LP WTG-16051, 1981)
  9. IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME (Atlantic 7-99600, 1985)
  10. STILL WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE (MCA 51372, 1985)
  11. LIGHT YEARS (MCA LP 42210, 1988)
  12. SHE’S GONE GONE GONE (Universal 66024, 1989)
  13. JESUS ON YOUR MIND (Capitol LP 93884, 1990)
  14. I’M GONE THIS TIME (Capitol LP 90992, 1988)
  15. SWIMMING UPSTREAM (Capitol LP 97962, 1993)
  16. WALLS (Capitol CD 509992 34132 2, 2008)
  17. SING(Capitol CD 509992 34132 2, 2008)
  18. GROW OLD WITH ME (Capitol CD 509992 34132 2, 2008)
  19. A BETTER PLACE (Surfdog 5289496, 2011)
  20. GHOST ON THE CANVAS (Surfdog 528496, 2011)
  21. IN MY ARMS (Surfdog 528496, 2011)
  22. THERE’S NO ME WITHOUT YOU (Surfdog 528496, 2011)

CD 3: SESSION WORKS

  1. THE CHAMPS –  “TEQUILA” (Challenge 1016, 1958)
  2. THE CRICKETS – “DON’T EVER CHANGE” (Liberty 55441, 1961)
  3. APRIL STEVENS & NINO TEMPO – “DEEP PURPLE” (Atco 6273, 1963)
  4. WAYNE NEWTON –  “DANKE SCHOEN” (Capitol 4989, 1963)
  5. THE MARKETTS – “OUT OF LIMITS” (Warner Bros. 5391, 1963)
  6. JAN & DEAN – “SURF CITY” (Liberty 55580, 1963)
  7. JACK NITZSCHE – “THE LONELY SURFER” (Reprise R-20,202, 1963)
  8. THE BEACH BOYS – “I GET AROUND” (Capitol 5174, 1964)
  9. THE HONDELLS – “LITTLE HONDA” (Mercury 72324, 1964)
  10. THE KNIGHTS – “HOT ROD HIGH” (Capitol 5302, 1964)
  11. THE RIP CHORDS – “HEY LITTLE COBRA” (Columbia 42921, 1964)
  12. THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – “YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING” (Philles 124, 1964)
  13. ELVIS PRESLEY – “VIVA LAS VEGAS” (RCA EP EPA-4362, 1964)
  14. THE EVERLY BROTHERS – “MONEY (THAT’S WHAT I WANT)” (Warner Bros. LP 1605, 1965)
  15. THE MONKEES – “I’M A BELIEVER” (Colgems 1002, 1966)
  16. THE MONKEES – “LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE” (Colgems 1001, 1966)
  17. THE BEACH BOYS –  “GOOD VIBRATIONS” (Capitol 5676, 1966)
  18. NANCY SINATRA – “SUGAR TOWN” (Reprise 527, 1966)
  19. FRANK SINATRA – “STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT” (Reprise 470, 1966)
  20. GENE CLARK – “KEEP ON PUSHIN’” (Columbia CS-9418, 1967)
  21. TOM SCOTT AND THE CALIFORNIA DREAMERS – “BABY I LOVE YOU” (Impulse! LP AS-9163, 1967)
  22. THE MONKEES – “MARY, MARY” (Colgems LP 102, 1967)
  23. QUINCY JONES FT. GLEN CAMPBELL – “BOWLEGGED POLLY” (UA LP UAS-5160, 1967)
  24. SAGITTARIUS –  “MY WORLD FELL DOWN” (Columbia 4-44163, 1967)

THE GOODTIME HOUR VARIETY SHOW DVD: SELECT PERFORMANCES FROM THE HIT TELEVISION SHOW

  1. GLEN CAMPBELL “WICHITA LINEMAN”
  2. THE MONKEES “LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE / I’M A BELIEVER / SALESMAN”
  3. JOSE FELICIANO “CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’”
  4. STEVIE WONDER WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND”
  5. RAY CHARLES WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “CRYIN’ TIME / I’M MOVING ON”
  6. NANCY SINATRA “SON OF A PREACHER MAN”
  7. JOHNNY CASH “FOLSOM PRISON BLUES”
  8. BOB NEWHART WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “RAILROAD WORKERS”
  9. THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “BYE, BYE LOVE”
  10. GLEN CAMPBELL AND HIS PARENTS (WES & CARRIE) “ALIMONY / MY GOOD OLD TEXAS HOME”
  11. GOLDIE HAWN WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “59TH STREET BRIDGE SONG (FEELING GROOVY)”
  12. STEVE MARTIN AND THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “COURT JESTER”
  13. SARAH VAUGHAN WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “BROKEN-HEARTED MELODY”
  14. CHER WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “BANG BANG”
  15. DIONNE WARWICK WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “GET TOGETHER”
  16. LINDA RONSTADT WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “SILVER THREADS & GOLDEN NEEDLES”
  17. WILLIE NELSON WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “HELLO WALLS”
  18. TONY BENNETT WITH GLEN CAMPBELL (HANK WILLIAMS MEDLEY) “COLD COLD HEART / I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY / YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART / I CAN’T HELP IT (IF I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU) / KAW-LIGA / HEY GOOD LOOKIN / JAMBALAYA”
  19. ANDY GRIFFITH WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS”
  20. RAY CHARLES WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “TOGETHER AGAIN / I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU / YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE / I GOT A WOMAN”
  21. BOBBIE GENTRY WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “SUNDAY MORNIN’”
  22. JUDY COLLINS WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “FOUR STRONG WINDS”
  23. BUCK OWENS WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “I’VE GOT A TIGER BY THE TAIL”
  24. KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “CAMPTOWN RACES”
  25. THE SUPREMES WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “HOMEWARD BOUND / KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED”
  26. DEAN MARTIN WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “(OPEN UP THE DOOR) LET THE GOOD TIMES IN / LAY SOME HAPPINESS ON ME / THINGS / WALK THE LINE“
  27. GLEN CAMPBELL AND FAMILY “CAROL OF THE BELLS”
  28. SONNY & CHER WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL / TWEEDLEE DEE / BLUE SUEDE SHOES / YAKETY YAK / YOUNG LOVE / GET A JOB / LITTLE DARLIN’ / I’M WALKIN’”
  29. THE OSMOND BROTHERS WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND OF THE MAN”
  30. JOHN WAYNE AND TIM CONWAY WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “BROKEN PROPS SKETCH“
  31. JOHN WAYNE AND GLEN CAMPBELL CHAT ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER IN FILM “TRUE GRIT”
  32. LUCILLE BALL WITH GLEN CAMPBELL “FOR ALL WE KNOW”
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Written by Joe Marchese

December 3, 2012 at 10:52

6 Responses

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  1. I posted this on Brianwilson.com and one of our posters, considered to be something of an authority on Beach Boys history, is doubtful than Glen actually played on “Good Vibrations” and “I Get Around”. Hopefully Surfdog have done some exhaustive research on that. Any views?

    Pete

    December 3, 2012 at 15:02

    • Great question, Pete. Glen has referred many, many times over the years to having played on a session for “Good Vibrations” (of which there were so very many!), but I don’t believe the AFM papers as reprinted in Capitol’s recent SMiLE box set support his memories. That said, I wouldn’t be quick to completely dismiss Glen’s memories, either. Many sources have also indicated Glen as having played on “I Get Around,” but I haven’t seen the AFM records to confirm or deny. Search around the ‘net, too, and you’ll find many contradictory pieces as to his participation in the Champs’ “Tequila.” The Champs’ Huelyn Duvall has disputed that Glen was present at the session, for one. Clearly there are still some mysteries lingering around this period, but I, too, will be curious to see what Surfdog has unearthed in curating this disc, which could also be known as “The Best of the Wrecking Crew.” I’m definitely among those eagerly awaiting this box set!

      Joe Marchese

      December 3, 2012 at 21:56

  2. I can’t wait to get this set – even it does have some errors on the “sessions” CD !!!!

    Rich D.

    December 3, 2012 at 19:34

  3. I saw him twice this year on his farewell tour and this box set will be a fitting tribute !!

    Rich D.

    December 3, 2012 at 19:35

  4. The CDs leave out some songs like you suggested, in addition to one of my favourites “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” (Indeed, the entire “Reunion” album seems overlooked here).

    But that DVD looks AMAZING.

    Tom

    December 3, 2012 at 19:43

    • Very true, Tom – “The Moon” is one of Webb and Campbell’s finest accomplishments, together or apart. Pure magic.

      Joe Marchese

      December 3, 2012 at 21:39


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