Jim Webb Sings Jim Webb

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Jim Webb Sings Jim Webb
Album cover image of a painting of Jimmy Webb
Studio album by Jimmy Webb
Released August 1968 (1968-08)
Recorded March 23, 1968
Hollywood, California, USA
Genre Popular
Length 23:53
Label Epic
Jimmy Webb chronology
Jim Webb Sings Jim Webb
(1968)
Words and Music
(1970)Words and Music1970

Jim Webb Sings Jim Webb is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, released in 1968 on Epic Records.

Background[edit]

The album consists of a set of early demo recordings, redubbed and reorchestrated by Epic Records without Webb's participation or consent.[1] None of Webb's hit songs from that period appear on the album, and the sound quality of the recording is inferior.[1] Webb later denounced the release in the strongest terms:

My most serious handicap when I first 'went artist' was a counterfeit 'Webb solo LP' called Jimmy Webb Sings Jimmy Webb, which was produced by a bunch of ruffians from some old demos of mine and tarted up to sound like "MacArthur Park". It was quite a piece of crap and was received with great anticipation and crushing disappointment at the radio level.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

Webb strongly disliked the album. In his review for Allmusic, Bruce Eder wrote that Epic was "looking for the same effect as those early Randy Newman albums on Warner Bros. with far less success, artistic or commercial".[1] Eder concluded that the album is of "purely historical interest".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jimmy Webb.

No. Title Length
1. "You're So Young" 2:58
2. "Run Run Run" 2:21
3. "I Can Do It On My Own" 2:48
4. "I'll Be Back" 2:23
5. "I'm In Need" 2:25
6. "I Keep It Hid" 2:27
7. "Life Is Hard" 2:06
8. "Our Time Is Running Out" 2:13
9. "I Need You" 2:01
10. "Then" 2:11

Personnel[edit]

Music
  • Jimmy Webb – vocals, piano
  • Elton "Skip" Mosher – vocals
  • Jim Stotler – vocals
  • Greg Waitman – vocals
Production
  • Hank Levine – orchestral arrangements, conductor
  • Jimmy Webb – arrangements (5,7,9)
  • Bob Breault – recording engineer
  • Sy Mitchell – recording engineer
  • Sid Maurer – cover painting[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Eder, Bruce. "Jim Webb Sings Jim Webb". AllMusic. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ Torn, Luke. "Interview: Jimmy Webb". Uncut. Retrieved December 6, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Jim Webb Sings Jim Webb". Discogs. Retrieved October 24, 2012.