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Like a Rhinestone Cowboy: Glen Campbell “Live Anthology” Plagued by DVD Playback Problem, “American Treasure” Box Set Delayed [UPDATE 8/6]

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Even when faced with Alzheimer’s, you can’t keep a good rhinestone cowboy down.  Glen Campbell continues to make headlines on his Goodbye Tour, recently packing the Hollywood Bowl with a special show featuring Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, Jenny Lewis plus Dawes and the Dandy Warhols.  Yes, Glen Campbell’s music transcends all generational and genre lines, as his classic songs continue to invite record labels to repackage, reissue and anthologize the great man’s catalogue.  Three recent projects all take different looks at Glen Campbell’s legacy: Cleopatra’s Live Anthology 1972-2001; Readers’ Digest Music’s The Legendary Glen Campbell; and Surfdog’s An American Treasure box set.

Cleopatra’s 1-CD/1-DVD Live Anthology might be the most surprising of the three releases, as the label is often associated with budget titles and re-recordings from the days far past an artist’s prime.  But this compilation looks to be promising, with over 2 hours, 20 minutes of Campbell in his natural environment onstage in front of a live audience.  Though the track listing does differ on the CD and the DVD, both boast performances of Campbell’s most enduring hits including “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Gentle on My Mind” and “Southern Nights.”  Interestingly, Cleopatra is promising “over 20 additional tracks” on the DVD as bonus material, featuring television duets with Wayne Newton, Anne Murray, Helen Reddy, Seals and Crofts, and other artists.  The label also indicates that the set will include a “shiny foil booklet,” which one hopes will provide the origin of each track.  In any event, Live Anthology is due on July 31 from Cleopatra.

UPDATE 8/6: Since this report was initially published on July 9, Live Anthology has been released.  The good news?  The DVD in this collection offers a staggering 46 performances.  In addition to the artists named above, Campbell duets with the stellar likes of songwriters Jimmy Webb and David Gates on an amazing array of material drawn mainly from BBC television programs.  We have the full track listing with the origin of each track after the jump.  The bad news?  Despite being labelled as a region-free DVD, this American release is apparently incompatible with standard U.S. DVD players!  (It will, however, play on most computers.)  Thanks to super-reader Rich Dudas for pointing this out before we had a chance to play our own copy; we have since personally experienced the playback problem, as have two purchasers over at  We are attempting to contact Cleopatra/Goldenlane Records for comment and resolution.  Watch this space for more details!

Earlier this year, Readers’ Digest Music unveiled a 3-CD, 60-track compendium of its own.  The Legendary Glen Campbell differs from previous Readers’ Digest releases dedicated to Campbell, and brings the artist’s career up to date, with the inclusion of modern tracks like his cover of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” from 2008’s Julian Raymond-produced Meet Glen Campbell.  Though all of the big hits are present, the set includes a number of rather rare singles such as Albert Hammond, Mike Hazelwood and Tony Macaulay’s “Oklahoma Sunday Morning” (1971), Joe Allen’s “Manhattan, Kansas” (1972), “Bring Back My Yesterday” and “Wherefore and Why” (both 1973), “God Must Have Blessed America” (1977) and “Another Fine Mess” (1978), written by Paul Williams.  The inclusion of these hard-to-find tracks might make this a worthwhile purchase for Campbell diehards.   Most of the tracks are from Campbell’s lengthy tenure at Capitol Records, though a few songs come from his MCA years.  (His Atlantic Records and contemporary Christian periods aren’t represented.)  The three discs are not presented in strict chronological order, and over 20 tracks here don’t appear on Capitol’s 2003 box set, The Legacy: 1961-2002The Legendary Glen Campbell is available now at

Hit the jump for details on the upcoming box set dedicated to Glen Campbell, An American Treasure, plus track listings with discographies, where available!

Surfdog Records’ An American Treasure will mark only the second box set to be devoted to the entirety of Campbell’s career; the first, the aforementioned The Legacy: 1961-2002, is long out-of-print and selling in the three-figure range on the secondhand market.  The Legacy offered four CDs, three of studio material and one of live performances, whereas American Treasure will contain three CDs and one DVD.  Though the first two CDs will be “fully loaded with songs that span Glen’s legendary career including the hits,” the third is the most tantalizing, as it will contain “hits and gems that Glen played on as one of the all-time session guitarists.”  This will be the first such compilation of its kind, and will hopefully reflect the eclectic nature of Campbell’s work as a premier L.A. “Wrecking Crew” guitarist.  During this period, he played on hit records for everybody from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra.  The DVD promises to include performances from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour television program, which aired on CBS-TV between 1969 and 1972.

The leather-bound box set retails for $150.00, and each copy will be signed by Campbell.  All boxes are packaged with Campbell’s North American “Goodbye Tour” program, a “Goodbye” guitar pick, and a “custom die-cut Goodtime Burst Logo belt buckle.”  Unfortunately, the box set has been delayed, and still has no firm release date beyond “Fall 2012.”  Still, Surfdog continues to accept pre-orders at its website.  Be aware that one’s credit card is charged immediately despite the lack of a definitive ship date.  We’ll be sure to report back as soon as more details and the track listing are confirmed!

Live Anthology arrives on July 31, while The Legendary Glen Campbell is available now from Readers’ Digest Music.  Both can be ordered below!

Glen Campbell, The Legendary Glen Campbell (Readers’ Digest Music, 2012)

CD 1

  1. Kentucky Means Paradise (Capitol 4867, 1962)
  2. Turn Around, Look At Me (Capitol LP 2878, 1968)
  3. Too Late To Worry -Too Blue To Cry (Capitol 4873, 1962)
  4. The Universal Soldier (Capitol 5504, 1965)
  5. Burning Bridges (Capitol 5773, 1966)
  6. Gentle On My Mind (Capitol 5939, 1967)
  7. By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Capitol 2015, 1967)
  8. Homeward Bound (Capitol LP 2851, 1967)
  9. Hey Little One (Capitol 2076, 1968)
  10. I Wanna Live (Capitol 2146, 1968)
  11. Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife (Capitol 2224, 1968)
  12. Mornin’ Glory (with Bobbie Gentry) (Capitol 2314, 1968)
  13. Wichita Lineman (Capitol 2302, 1968)
  14. Less Of Me (Capitol LP 2679, 1967)
  15. Let It Be Me (with Bobbie Gentry) (Capitol 2387, 1968)
  16. Galveston (Capitol 2428, 1969)
  17. Where’s The Playground Susie (Capitol 2494, 1969)
  18. True Grit (Capitol 2573, 1969)
  19. Try A Little Kindness (Capitol 2659, 1969)
  20. Honey, Come Back (Capitol 2718, 1970)

CD 2

  1. All I Have To Do Is Dream (with Bobbie Gentry) (Capitol 2745, 1970)
  2. Oh Happy Day (Capitol 2787, 1970)
  3. Everything A Man Could Ever Need (Capitol 2843, 1970)
  4. It’s Only Make Believe (Capitol 2905, 1970)
  5. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) (Capitol 3062, 1971)
  6. The Last Time I Saw Her (Capitol 3123, 1971)
  7. I Say A Little Prayer/By The Time I Get To Phoenix (with Anne Murray) (Capitol 3200, 1971)
  8. Oklahoma Sunday Morning (Capitol 3254, 1971)
  9. Manhattan, Kansas (Capitol 3305, 1972)
  10. I Will Never Pass This Way Again (Capitol 3411, 1972)
  11. One Last Time (Capitol 3483, 1972)
  12. I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star) (Capitol 3548, 1973)
  13. Bring Back My Yesterday (Capitol 3669, 1973)
  14. Wherefore and Why (Capitol 3735, 1973)
  15. Houston (I’m Comin’ To See You) (Capitol 3808, 1974)
  16. Bonaparte’s Retreat (Capitol 3926, 1974)
  17. It’s a Sin When You Love Somebody (Capitol 3988, 1975)
  18. Rhinestone Cowboy (Capitol 4095, 1975)
  19. Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.) (Capitol 4155, 1975)
  20. Don’t Pull Your Love/Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye (Capitol 4245, 1976)

CD 3

  1. Southern Nights (Capitol 4376, 1977)
  2. Sunflower (Capitol 4445, 1977)
  3. See You on Sunday (Capitol 4288, 1976)
  4. Bloodline (Capitol 4288, 1976)
  5. God Must Have Blessed America (Capitol 4515, 1977)
  6. The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress (Capitol LP 11336, 1974)
  7. Another Fine Mess (Capitol 4584, 1978)
  8. Can You Fool (Capitol 4584, 1978)
  9. I’m Gonna Love You (Capitol 4682, 1979)
  10. Hound Dog Man (Capitol 4769, 1979)
  11. California (Capitol 4715, 1978)
  12. Highwayman (Capitol LP 12008, 1979)
  13. My Prayer (Capitol 4799, 1979)
  14. Somethin’ ‘Bout You Baby I Like (with Rita Coolidge) (Capitol 4865, 1980)
  15. Unconditional Love (Capitol CD 90992, 1991)
  16. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (with Steve Wariner) (MCA 53108, 1987)
  17. Still Within the Sound of My Voice (MCA 53172, 1987)
  18. Times Like These (Capitol CD 509992 34132 2, 2008)
  19. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) (Capitol CD 509992 34132 2, 2008)
  20. Grow Old With Me (Capitol CD 509992 34132 2, 2008)

Glen Campbell, Live Anthology 1972-2001 (Cleopatra, 2012)

CD: Live at the Dome, Doncaster, England (1990)

  1. Rhinestone Cowboy
  2. Galveston
  3. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
  4. Try A Little Kindness
  5.  Wichita Lineman
  6. Gone, Gone, Gone
  7. Walkin’ In The Sun
  8. On A Good Night
  9. True Grit
  10. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
  11. I Remember You
  12. I’m A One-Woman Man
  13. Orange Blossom Special
  14. The Highwayman
  15. Streets Of London
  16. A Thing Called Love
  17. Southern Nights
  18. William Tell Overture
  19. Beach Boys Medley: Good Vibrations / California Girls / Fun Fun Fun / I Get Around / Surfin’ USA
  20. Amazing Grace
  21. Mull Of Kintyre
  22. Gentle On My Mind


  1. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
  2. If You Go Away
  3. Help Me Make It Through The Night
  4. Galveston
  5. Wichita Lineman
  6. The Impossible Dream
  7. Gentle On My Mind
  8. Mary In The Morning
  9. Try A Little Kindness
  10. Where s The Playground, Susie?
  11. Oh Happy Day
  12. He Ain t Heavy, He s My Brother
  13.  Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife
  14. Bonaparte s Retreat
  15. MacArthur Park
  16. I Will Never Pass This Way Again
  17. Rhinestone Cowboy
  18. Southern Nights
  19. True Grit
  20. Mull Of Kintyre
  21. The Highwayman
  22. It s Only Make Believe
  23. Amazing Grace
  24. Make It with You/Baby I’m-a Want You/Never Let Her Go (with David Gates)
  25. By the Time I Get to Phoenix/Wichita Lineman/Galveston (with Jimmy Webb)
  26. I Say a Little Prayer/By the Time I Get to Phoenix (with Anne Murray)
  27. Delta Dawn (with Helen Reddy)
  28. Little Green Apples/Honey/Honey, Come Back/Release Me (with Wayne Newton)
  29. Summer Breeze (with Seals & Crofts)
  30. Try a Little Kindness/Honey, Come Back/Gentle on My Mind
  31. Beach Boys Medley: Good Vibrations/California Girls/Fun Fun Fun/I Get Around
  32. Little Green Apples (with Debby Campbell)
  33. Dueling Banjos (with Carl Jackson)
  34. Ain’t No Sunshine
  35. Orange Blossom Special (with Carl Jackson)
  36. Fox Fire (with Carl Jackson)
  37. The Entertainer
  38. Foggy Mountain Breakdown (with Carl Jackson)
  39. William Tell Overture
  40. Classical Gas
  41. Didn’t We (with Jimmy Webb)
  42. Streets of London
  43. An American Trilogy
  44. Time in a Bottle
  45. Proud Mary (with Carl Jackson)
  46. Annie’ s Song

Tracks 1-6, 30 from Glen Campbell from the Talk of the Town (BBC, 1972)
Tracks 6-16, 24-29, 33-38, 41-46 from The Glen Campbell Music Show (BBC, 1975)
Tracks 17-20, 31 & 39 from Live at the Dome (1990)
Tracks 21-23, 32 & 40 from Glen Campbell in Concert (2001)

Written by Joe Marchese

August 6, 2012 at 13:07

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  1. There are quite a number of “live” Glen Campbell CD’s that feature the same sub-par concert on them — I am hoping that this Cleopatra set doesn’t include that same show…….


    July 10, 2012 at 20:29

  2. Amazon lists the Legendary Campbell box as DVD-As. Is that true?


    July 10, 2012 at 22:34

    • Hey Bill, that listing is in error; the set contains three standard CDs. (But I’d certainly be game for Campbell in DVD-A!) 🙂

      Joe Marchese

      July 10, 2012 at 23:38

  3. Just got the Cleopatra set in the mail today — and was shocked that the DVD will NOT play in US players !! It does play on your computer – and in my multi-region DVD player, but I still can’t believe it won’t play in US machines – Cleopatra is from Los Angeles.

    And – by the way – the DVD is AMAZING !! Tons and tons of clips !! Great stuff !!!


    August 1, 2012 at 21:05

    • Thanks for the heads-up, Rich. I had the same problem, and I’m trying to get to the bottom of it. Expect a report here soon.

      Joe Marchese

      August 2, 2012 at 10:39

      • Sounds good !!!


        August 2, 2012 at 19:45

  4. Haven’t listened to the CD yet though…


    August 1, 2012 at 21:05

    • I believe this is a reissue of the “Through the Years” set, which was also a CD/DVD live set. It’s from the UK, which may explain why it doesn’t play on American DVD players. Maybe Cleopatra just repackaged it but didn’t have the region code changed?


      August 6, 2012 at 21:44

      • Thanks, Tom! I’d suspected that this was a cloned Region 2 disc, and you’ve gotten to the bottom of it! Here’s the link
        to THROUGH THE YEARS, which indeed appears to have an identical track listing to LIVE ANTHOLOGY. Hopefully a resolution will be forthcoming from the label…

        Joe Marchese

        August 6, 2012 at 22:01

  5. Plus I noticed when listening to the CD that the sound occasionally gets lower and then goes back to normal again – has anyone else noticed this?


    August 6, 2012 at 22:19

    • Indeed, Rich – there are dropouts on a number of tracks on the CD. These gaffes are unfortunate, because the set has a lot to offer, performance-wise.

      Joe Marchese

      August 6, 2012 at 23:02

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