Classic Glen Campbell Albums Set for Reissue on Vinyl
Three of Glen Campbell's most popular albums are set for reissue on vinyl. Beginning on March 24, fans will be able to grab Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman and Galveston in both original and updated form.
The three classic Campbell albums haven't been released on vinyl in a few decades. The 2017 reissues will feature reprints of each record's original sleeve art. The first releases will be on black vinyl, but special-edition colored runs will be made available on Campbell's website at a later date.
Although Campbell had released music prior, it wasn't until 1967’s Gentle on My Mind that he earned his first No. 1 record -- and his success didn't stop there. Galveston's title tracked reached No. 1 on the charts, and Wichita Lineman became Campbell's all time best-selling album. Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman and Galveston can all be pre-ordered by clicking on the links.
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Campbell is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease; he first revealed his diagnosis in 2011. The icon is now in a memory care facility, "[b]ut there’s life and energy and community,” his wife Kim shared in early 2016.
“He’s there with other people — doctors, lawyers — who are all facing the same thing," Kim said at the time. "I’m in a community with other family members who are going through the same thing.”
Recalling when her husband could still speak, Campbell's wife says, “There have been times when he’d walk over to a window and look at the beautiful trees outside, and he’d just raise his hands and say, ‘Thank you, heavenly father.’ He could barely speak at all, but he could come up with ‘We’re so blessed’ or ‘Thank you, heavenly father.’
“That really comforts me to know that he has that sense of God’s presence in his life, that he’s not alone, even if I’m not right next to him,” she adds.
Sadly, though, in addition to his ability to speak, Campbell has also lost his ability to play the guitar; his muscle memory is largely gone.
“Sadly, if you live long enough into this disease, you even lose that,” Kim Campbell explains. “He cannot play guitar anymore. I don’t even know if he knows what it’s for. But our children come and play for him. It’s hard to tell if he’s responding to it much. Sometimes he’ll listen, and sometimes he’s distracted. He’s in his own world right now.”
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