17 April, 2017 in News
The country music icon announces his final studio album ‘Adiós’ featuring songs from lifelong collaborator Jimmy Webb and other legends
Legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell’s final studio album, Adiós, will be released 9 June, capping off an extraordinary career that has spanned more than five decades and 50 million albums sold. The collection was recorded at Station West in Nashville following Campbell’s “Goodbye Tour”, which he launched after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
“A new Glen Campbell album coming out in 2017 might seem a bit odd since he hasn’t performed since 2012, and even more odd – if not absolutely amazing – when you consider that he has Alzheimer’s disease,” explains Kim Campbell, Glen’s wife of 34 years. “Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011. A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never.”
The 12-track collection features songs that Campbell always loved but never got a chance to record, including several from Jimmy Webb. In addition to the bittersweet title track, Adiós, first popularised by Linda Ronstadt, Campbell also sings Webb’s longing love song Just Like Always and country weeper It Won’t Bring Her Back. He 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.
Adiós was a labour of love and a way for Glen Campbell, who turns 81 on 22 April, to have one more chance to do what he loves to do and leave a musical gift for fans. The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally and is available for pre-order now via UMe: UMe.lnk.to/AdiosPR