Glen Campbell left us seven years ago, but his new album of duets suggests that the end isn't the end it once was

Death is no barrier for Glen Campbell as he sings with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Carole King and more

Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions cover art
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Like Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell ended his career by releasing some of his most sympathetically curated albums. 

For Ghost On The Canvas, recorded the year after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he mixed songs written with producer Julian Raymond with those by writers such as Paul Westerberg and Jellyfish’s Roger Joseph Manning Jr. And that, apparently, was that. 

But a decade later the album has been dusted down, and a bevvy of A-listers – including Carole King, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Sting – have ‘duetted’ with the late star (Campell died in 2017). 

All this studio trickery adds another layer of poignancy to an album that was already imbued with late-life love and loss, but Campbell’s voice is so beautifully unadorned that his new singing partners fit in without too much trouble, and only Brian Wilson’s frail contribution jars. Best in show? Dolly Parton.

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.