“Ghost On The Canvas,” the first video from Glen Campbell’s critically acclaimed album of the same name, will premiere today at http://ellen.warnerbros.com/music/glen_campbell/. The legendary musician is joined by three of his children – Ashley, Shannon and Cal – in the clip, which was directed by Kii Arens and Jason Trucco. The video also features very special guest Paul Westerberg, who penned “Ghost On The Canvas” for the record.
Ghost On The Canvas (Surfdog Records) – the final studio recording of the iconic singer/guitarist/songwriter – recently entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #23 and the UK album chart at #27. USA Today declared the record “a museum-quality masterpiece,” extolling it as “not simply a coda to an impressive career but also the sort of artistic swan song that might receive serious consideration for album of the year come Grammy Awards time.” The Boston Globe called Ghost On The Canvas “gorgeous and charming” while Pitchfork noted that “Campbell conveys a certain nostalgia for that defining sound of his prime…His voice remains strong enough that he doesn't need your pity to put these songs across.” “The years have added an edge to his singing,” said Rolling Stone, noting “Dude's definitely not going out softly.” The Village Voice perhaps summed it up best: Ghost On The Canvas is “maybe the finest album (Campbell’s) ever made.”
The collection has met with similar acclaim across the Atlantic, where BBC Music declared it to be “the real deal, musical and emotionally true and sometimes devastating, on a par with (Johnny) Cash’s performance on ‘Hurt.’” Uncut awarded Ghost On The Canvas four stars, applauding Campbell’s “majestic storytelling” while Mojo praised his “glorious undiminished tones, particularly his reckoning with the hereafter on ‘A Better Place.’” Campbell has charted 13 albums in the UK in just over four decades, reaching #1 with the 1976 compilation, Twenty Golden Greats.
In addition to Paul Westerberg, Ghost On The Canvas features original songs by Jakob Dylan, Robert Pollard, and Teddy Thompson. Campbell is backed by a roster of players that includes Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Rick Nielsen, Roger Manning, and The Dandy Warhols. The album was produced by Julian Raymond, who also co-wrote a number of new songs with Campbell.