Q - 3/02, p.1333 stars out of 5
- "...The title track of this album is still the most weepsome anti-war song ever recorded..."
Digitally remastered by Bob Norberg & Rob Christie (Capitol Mastering).
This is part of Capitol's Cornerstones series.
Personnel: Glen Campbell (vocals, guitar).
Arranger: Al DeLory.
With its two Jimmy Webb-penned hits--the sweetly melodic title track and the slightly overwrought though lyrically obscure melodrama of "Where's the Playground Susie?"--one might expect GALVESTON to be, like GENTLE ON MY MIND before it, one of Glen Campbell's more pop-oriented albums. The fact is, however, that GALVESTON is the album on which Campbell once and for all swings firmly to the country side of country-pop, where he would stay--barring minor digressions like the country-disco fusion of 1977's "Southern Nights"--for the rest of his career. Producer/arranger Al de Lory and Campbell stick to the Nashville Sound even on tracks like the Spanish-guitar showcase "If This Is Love" (on which Campbell's often-underrated picking skills are flashily shown off) and the trad-folk "Today." Closing out Campbell's early period with some of his best songs, GALVESTON is also a forerunner to the sound Campbell would explore in the '70s.