In 2011, country music legend Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and made the unprecedented decision to go public and share his experiences battling the degenerative condition with the world. He embarked on a three-week farewell tour that morphed into a 151-date behemoth across the United States, Australia and Europe.
Campbell’s struggles and triumphs are chronicled in the gripping 2014 documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” and the film’s equally compelling soundtrack is at long last available. The 10-track releases features six performances by the man himself — including terrific live recordings of “Wichita Lineman” and “A Better Place” — as well as two songs each from The Band Perry and Ashley Campbell, Glen’s daughter.
Two versions of “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” the gut-wrenching final song he ever recorded, bookend the album, and in between are performances of “All I Need Is You” and “The Long Walk Home.” The Band Perry score with two versions of “Gentle on My Mind” and Ashley Campbell pays tribute to her father with “Remembering” and “Home Again.” (Jeffrey Sisk)