Adiós (Glen Campbell album)

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Adiós
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Studio album by Glen Campbell
Released June 9, 2017 (2017-06-09)
Recorded November 2012 – January 2013
Studio Station West, Nashville
Genre Country, pop, rock
Label Universal Music Enterprises
Producer Carl Jackson
Glen Campbell chronology
I'll Be Me
(2015)
Adiós
(2017)

Adiós is the 64th and final studio album by American singer-songwriter Glen Campbell. Recorded in Nashville between 2012 and 2013, the album was released on June 9, 2017. Campbell died on August 8, 2017, two months after the album was released.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Campbell embarked on a 2011–2012 Farewell Tour. After finishing the tour, he entered the studio in Nashville to record a final album. According to his wife, Kim Campbell, he wanted to preserve "what magic was left", in what would be his final recordings.[2]

Featuring twelve songs Campbell had long loved but never recorded, the album was made with the help of producer and longtime collaborator Carl Jackson. Singers Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Campbell's children Ashley, Shannon and Cal also make guest appearances.[2] According to Carl Jackson, he had to stand with Campbell in the recording booth to record the vocals "line by line" as Campbell could not remember the lyrics.[3] However, Jackson noted that Campbell "didn't lose his melodies, and that beautiful perfect pitch and tone".[4]

Release[edit]

The album was released on June 9, 2017. The first track, a remake of the Fred Neil classic "Everybody's Talkin'", was released on YouTube and to the media on April 14, 2017.[5] The title track was made available for streaming on May 3, 2017.[6]

Single[edit]

The only single from the album is the title track, which was released on July 25, 2017, two weeks before his death.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 40 on Billboard 200 with 14,000 units, nearly all of which are from traditional album sales. This is Campbell's 16th top 40 album on the chart. It also debuted at No. 7 on Top Country Albums, his 19th top 10 album on this chart.[7] The album has sold 72,800 copies in the US as of January 2018.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Everybody's Talkin'"Fred Neil2:56
2."Just Like Always"Jimmy Webb3:48
3."Funny How Time Slips Away" (featuring Willie Nelson)Willie Nelson3:31
4."Arkansas Farmboy"Carl Jackson3:31
5."Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me)" (intro by Roger Miller)Roger Miller:45
6."Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me)" (featuring Vince Gill)Roger Miller2:44
7."It Won't Bring Her Back"Jimmy Webb3:31
8."Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"Bob Dylan2:34
9."She Thinks I Still Care"Dickey Lee, Steve Duffy3:55
10."Postcard from Paris"Jimmy Webb4:32
11."A Thing Called Love"Jerry Reed2:19
12."Adiós"Jimmy Webb3:04
Total length:37:10

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Gold 116,000[20]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pollak, Michael. "Glen Campbell, Whose Hit Songs Bridged Country and Pop, Dies at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Glen Campbell to Say Farewell With Final Album 'Adios'". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (June 2, 2017). "Carl Jackson & Kim Campbell Discuss How Glen Campbell's Final Album 'Adios' Was a 'Labor of Love'". Billboard. 
  4. ^ "With Help From Friends And Family, Glen Campbell Says 'Adiós'". NPR.org. 
  5. ^ GlenCampbellVEVO (14 April 2017). "Glen Campbell - Everybody's Talkin' (Audio)" – via YouTube. 
  6. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (May 3, 2017). "Hear Glen Campbell's Heartbreaking Farewell Song 'Adios'". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. 
  7. ^ Caulfield, Keith (June 23, 2017). "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Glen Campbell Debuts in Top 40 With Final Album, 'Adios'". Billboard. 
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 2, 2018). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart, January 2, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #434". auspOp. August 19, 2017. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Glen Campbell – Adiós" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 18 August 2017". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  15. ^ "Official Country Artists Albums Chart Top 20". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "Glen Campbell Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "Glen Campbell Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  18. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Take That – The Platinum Collection". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter The Platinum Collection in the search field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ Myers, Justin (March 9, 2018). "C2C Festival: The biggest country and Americana albums of the past year". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 9, 2018.