Ghost on the Canvas

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Ghost on the Canvas
The album cover features Campbell wearing a long black coat standing with an open guitar-case to his right and an acoustic guitar to his right. Above him are the words "GLEN CAMPBELL / GHOST ON THE CANVAS" written in white.
Studio album by Glen Campbell
Released August 30, 2011 (2011-08-30)
Recorded 2009–2010, with string arrangement recorded in Los Angeles in April 2010[1]
Genre Country, pop, rock
Length 42:02
Language English
Label Surfdog
Producer Julian Raymond and Howard Willing
Glen Campbell chronology
Meet Glen Campbell
(2008)
Ghost on the Canvas
(2011)
Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb In Session
(2012)

Ghost on the Canvas is the 61st album by Glen Campbell, which was intended to be Campbell's farewell studio recording following him being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.[2] The production of the album was announced in March 2010.[3]

Campbell and his wife delayed informing the public about his illness until shortly before he embarked on the "Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour". The Campbells decided to announce his diagnosis so that his audience would understand[4] why the performer might mistake the lyrics to songs or behave erratically.[5] They also wished to combat the social stigma of Alzheimer's,[6] for the benefit of others suffering from the disease.[7]

Recording[edit]

Campbell first became aware of his affliction with Alzheimer's while recording the music in 2009,[8] although his wife Kim had suspected that his memory was faulty several years prior.[9] Campbell and producer Julian Raymond decided to record one final studio album of original material while he was in good enough health, with Raymond taking the lead to contact other artists for collaboration.[10]

The collaborative album is intended as a companion piece to 2008's Meet Glen Campbell—on that recording, Campbell recorded covers of contemporary songs to introduce himself to a new audience and this album includes younger rock stars to compose and record with Campbell.[1] Campbell worked with Raymond for those sessions and Raymond used a notebook to record Campbell's conversations between takes,[11] so the two could collaborate on writing new material[9] based on stories from Campbell's life,[6] starting with the autobiographical "A Better Place".[7] The title track—written by Paul Westerberg—previously appeared on Westerberg's 2009 extended play PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys.

Campbell has expressed interest in possibly recording further material, but it is unlikely that he will record an entire studio album.[12]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC Music Favorable[13]
The Plain Dealer A[14]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[15]
Financial Times 4/5 stars[16]
The Independent 3/5 stars[17]
Pitchfork Media 6.5/10[18]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[19]
The Washington Post Mixed[20]

BBC Music reviewer Martin Aston has called Ghost on the Canvas "a fine way to bow out of the business," citing Rick Rubin's production work with Johnny Cash through American Recordings. Aston continued that Campbell's vocal performance remains strong and the instrumental interludes were reminiscent of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.[13] Consequence of Sound's Nick Freed also compared this album to Cash's final output, noting that Ghost on the Canvas and Cash's American Recordings material shift from straight country music to different pop genres.[15] Both Freed and Andy Gill of The Independent commented on the themes of mortality and finality in the lyrics.[17]

The Washington Post '​s Allison Stewart found the collaborative nature of the album a weakness, turning melancholy unto overwrought sentiment.[20] Christopher Muther of The Boston Globe considers the album "gorgeous and charming", but finds the sentimentality "overshadows Campbell's emotional and musical growth."[21] Mick Brown of The Daily Telegraph has noted the hopeful tone of the lyrics, influenced by Campbell's deteriorating health.[9]

Mojo placed the album at number 44 on its list of the "Top 50 Albums Of 2011".[22]

Track listing[edit]

All songs co-written by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, except where noted

  1. "A Better Place" – 1:51
  2. "Ghost on the Canvas" (Paul Westerberg) – 4:13
  3. "The Billstown Crossroads" (Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.) – 1:04
  4. "A Thousand Lifetimes" (Campbell, Justin Grey, and Raymond) – 4:09
  5. "It's Your Amazing Grace" – 3:14
  6. "Second Street North" (Manning) – 0:35
  7. "In My Arms" (Teddy Thompson) – 3:27
  8. "May 21, 1969" (Manning) – 0:34
  9. "Nothing But the Whole Wide World" (Jakob Dylan) – 3:41
  10. "Wild and Waste" (Manning) – 1:13
  11. "Hold On Hope" (Robert Pollard) – 3:33
  12. "Valley of the Son" (Manning) – 0:57
  13. "Any Trouble" (Westerberg)  – 3:00
  14. "Strong" – 3:33
  15. "The Rest Is Silence" (Manning) – 0:50
  16. "There's No Me... Without You" – 6:16
Amazon MP3 and iTunes Store bonus tracks
  1. "What I Wouldn't Give" – 2:38
  2. "Wish You Were Here" (Jimmy Webb) – 3:51 (song re-titled for this album, originally entitled "Postcard from Paris")
The deluxe edition of the album also includes five bonus tracks recorded on the The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour

Good Times – The Final Farewell Tour[edit]

Good Times – The Final Farewell Tour
Tour by Glen Campbell
Start date August 31, 2011
End date November 30, 2012
Legs 3
Shows 115 in North America
22 in Europe
137 in Total

Campbell was supported on tour by roots band 'Instant People',[23] which includes all three of his children with current wife Kim, sons Cal on drums and Shannon on guitar, and daughter Ashley on banjo and keyboards[24] as well as daughter Debby from a previous marriage. His eldest daughter Debby sang harmony.[25] Prior to the tour, they played a show in Biloxi, Mississippi[26] previewing the line-up.[27] On September 15, 2011, Debby announced her departure from the band.[28]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[29][30]
August 31, 2011 Toronto Canada CNE Bandshell
September 2, 2011 Moncton Casino New Brunswick
September 9, 2011 St. Charles United States Lindenwood University
September 10, 2011 Forrest City Community College
September 15, 2011 Philadelphia Irvine Auditorium
September 17, 2011 Renfro Valley Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
October 1, 2011 Reno Silver Legacy Resort Casino
October 6, 2011 Los Angeles Club Nokia
October 13, 2011 Sault Sainte Marie Dreammaker Theatre
October 15, 2011 Carlton Black Bear Casino
Europe[31][32]
October 21, 2011 Salford England The Lowry
October 22, 2011 London Royal Festival Hall
October 23, 2011 Cardiff Wales St David's Hall
October 24, 2011 Northampton England Royal & Derngate
October 25, 2011 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
October 26, 2011 Nottingham Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
October 28, 2011 York York Barbican Centre
October 29, 2011 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
October 31, 2011 Basingstoke The Anvil
November 1, 2011 Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
November 2, 2011 Bristol Colston Hall
November 3, 2011 Brighton Brighton Dome
November 4, 2011 Guilford G-Live
November 5, 2011 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
November 6, 2011 Birmingham Symphony Hall
November 12, 2011 Killarney Ireland INEC Killarney
November 13, 2011 Castlebar Castlebar Royal Theatre
November 19, 2011 Dublin Dublin Convention Centre
November 20, 2011 Edinburgh Scotland Edinburgh Festival Theatre
November 22, 2011 Aberdeen Aberdeen Music Hall
November 23, 2011
November 24, 2011 Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
North America
December 2, 2011 Branson United States Tri Lakes Center
December 3, 2011
December 8, 2011 Wausau Wausau Grand Theater
December 11, 2011 Huntington Keith-Albee Theatre
December 16, 2011 French Lick French Lick Resort Casino
January 3, 2012 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
January 7, 2012 New York City The Town Hall
January 11, 2012 Worcester Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
January 19, 2012 Bloomington Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
January 20, 2012 Freeport Freeport Masonic Theater
January 21, 2012 Milwaukee Pabst Theater
January 22, 2012 Wausau Wausau Grand Theater
January 26, 2012 Joliet Rialto Square Theatre
January 27, 2012
January 28, 2012 Ann Arbor Hill Auditorium
January 29, 2012 Kent Kent Stage
February 6, 2012 Los Angeles Clive Davis Theatre
February 15, 2012 Tucson Fox Tucson Theatre
February 17, 2012 Pala Pala Casino Infinity Room
February 18, 2012 Phoenix Comerica Theatre
February 23, 2012 Boston Wilbur Theatre
February 24, 2012 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
February 26, 2012 Jackson Thalia Mara Hall
March 2, 2012 Shelton Little Creek Casino Resort
March 3, 2012 Spokane Northern Quest Resort & Casino
March 4, 2012 Lewiston Clearwater River Casino
March 16, 2012 Odessa Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
March 18, 2012 Austin Travis County Exposition Center
March 21, 2012 Clearwater Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 22, 2012 Clearwater Capitol Theatre
March 23, 2012 Melbourne King Center for the Performing Arts
March 24, 2012 Silver Springs Twin Oaks Amphitheater
March 25, 2012 Jacksonville Florida Theatre
March 27, 2012 Tulsa Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino
April 13, 2012 Prior Lake Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
April 14, 2012 Spencer Clay County Regional Events Center
April 15, 2012 Ames Stephens Auditorium
April 18, 2012 Alexandria The Birchmere
April 19, 2012 Jim Thorpe Penn’s Peak
April 20, 2012 Verona Turning Stone Resort & Casino
April 21, 2012 Peekskill Paramount Center for the Arts
April 26, 2012 Kansas City Uptown Theater
April 27, 2012 Fayetteville Baum Walker Hall
April 28, 2012
April 29, 2012 Wichita Wichita Orpheum Theatre
May 9, 2012 Warren Andiamo Celebrity Showroom
May 10, 2012 Wabash Honeywell Center
May 11, 2012 Warren Andiamo Celebrity Showroom
May 12, 2012 Manistee Little River Casino Resort
May 18, 2012 Paducah Carson Center
May 20, 2012 Pittsburgh Byham Theater
May 21, 2012 Lancaster American Music Theatre Lancaster
May 22, 2012 Englewood Bergen Performing Arts Center
May 24, 2012 Albany The Egg
May 25, 2012 Peekskill Paramount Center for the Arts
May 26, 2012 Red Bank Count Basie Theatre
June 1, 2012 Las Vegas Hilton Theater
June 2, 2012
June 6, 2012 Atlanta Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
June 7, 2012[A] Nashville LP Field
June 8, 2012 Louisville The Louisville Palace
June 9, 2012 Evansville Aiken Theatre
June 10, 2012 Indianapolis Old National Centre Parking Lot
June 20, 2012 Saratoga Mountain Winery
June 21, 2012 Stockton Bob Hope Theater
June 22, 2012 Santa Rosa Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
June 24, 2012 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
June 26, 2012 Sandy Sandy City Amphitheater
June 28, 2012 Highland Park Ravinia Pavilion
June 29, 2012 Green Bay Meyer Theatre
June 30, 2012 Bayfield Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
July 7, 2012 San Antonio Majestic Theatre
July 8, 2012 Galveston Grand 1894 Opera House
July 13, 2012 Hiawassee Anderson Music Hall
July 14, 2012 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphiteater
July 15, 2012 Panama City Marina Civic Center
July 21, 2012 Cary Koka Booth Amphitheatre
July 22, 2012 Alexandria The Birchmere
July 23, 2012
July 25, 2012[B] Goshen The Elkhart County Fairgrounds
July 27, 2012[C] Springfield Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
July 29, 2012 Albuquerque Route 66 Casino
September 2, 2012 Honolulu Neil S. Blaisdell Concert Hall
September 6, 2012 Little Rock Robinson Center
September 7, 2012 Jonesboro Arkansas State University
September 9, 2012 Austin Michael and Susan Dell Hall
October 12, 2012 Sewell TD Bank Arts Centre
October 13, 2012 New York City Carnegie Hall
October 16, 2012 Portland Merrill Auditorium
October 17, 2012 Boston Wilbur Theatre
October 18, 2012 New Brunswick New Brunswick State Theatre
October 19, 2012 Morristown Mayo Performing Arts Center
October 20, 2012 Torrington Warner Theatre
October 24, 2012 Buffalo UB Center for the Arts
October 25, 2012 Ithaca Ithaca State Theater
October 26, 2012 Bethlehem Bethlehem Sands Events Center
October 27, 2012 Shippensburg Luhrs Performing Arts Center
November 2, 2012 Fort Pierce Sunrise Theatre
November 4, 2012 Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
November 10, 2012 Kent Kent Stage
November 11, 2012 Cincinnati Taft Theatre
November 13, 2012 Lexington Lexington Opera House
November 17, 2012 Texarkana Perot Theater
November 27, 2012 Seattle Paramount Theatre
November 28, 2012 Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
November 30, 2012 Napa Uptown Theatre
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of "CMA Music Festival"
B This concert was a part of "Elkhart County 4-H Fair"
C This concert was a part of "Ozark Empire Fair"
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
November 8, 2011 Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Scotland Rescheduled to November 24, 2011
November 9, 2011 Music Hall Aberdeen, Scotland Rescheduled to November 22, 2011
April 17, 2012 The Birchmere Alexandria, Virginia Cancelled
August 10, 2012 CBS Canterbury Arena Wellington, New Zealand Cancelled[33]
August 12, 2012 Vector Arena Auckland, New Zealand Cancelled[33]
August 15, 2012 State Theatre Sydney, Australia Cancelled[33]
August 16, 2012 State Theatre Sydney, Australia Cancelled[33]
August 17, 2012 Queensland Performing Arts Centre Brisbane, Australia Rescheduled to August 19, 2012
August 19, 2012 Queensland Performing Arts Centre Brisbane, Australia Cancelled[33]
August 21, 2012 Riverside Theatre Perth, Australia Cancelled[33]
August 23, 2012 Palais Theatre Melbourne, Australia Cancelled[33]
August 24, 2012 Entertainment Centre Newcastle, Australia Cancelled[33]

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Club Nokia Los Angeles 1,500 / 1,500 (100%) $63,630[34]
Florida Theatre Jacksonville 1,101 / 1,823 (60%) $46,253[35]
Stephens Auditorium Ames 1,564 / 2,291 (68%) $77,700[36]
TOTAL 4,165 / 5,614 (74%) $187,583

Setlist[edit]

  1. "Gentle on My Mind"
  2. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
  3. "Galveston"
  4. "Where's the Playground Susie"
  5. "I Can't Stop Loving You"
  6. "Lovesick Blues"
  7. "Let It Be Me"
  8. "True Grit"
  9. "Rollin' (In My Sweet Baby's Arms)"
  10. "It's Only Make Believe"
  11. "Dueling Banjos"
  12. "Didn't We"
  13. "Southern Nights"
  14. "Wichita Lineman"
  15. "Rhinestone Cowboy"
  16. "You've Lost That Loving Feeling"
Encore
  1. "In My Arms"
  2. "A Better Place"

The setlist has changed. Later in the tour, the setlist has excluded some songs that were played earlier, such as "Let It Be Me", "Didn't We", "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", and "Rollin'". After having been played for a few months, "Ghost on the Canvas" was dropped from the set in January after having caused too many troubles for Glen. New additions have included "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress", "Any Trouble", and "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife".[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians and composers
Technical staff

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.K. Albums Chart 27
U.K. Country Albums Chart [37] 2
U.S. Billboard 200 24
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 6
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 3

References[edit]

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