Then I discovered - to my surprise - that the same composer wrote "Galveston", that anthemic tribute to the Texas gulf made wildly popular by Glen Campbell.
Speaking of Glen Campbell, the same composer wrote "Wichita Lineman".
Then I discovered - to my shock - that the same composer wrote "Macarthur Park". Yes, the 'someone-left-a-cake-out-in-the-rain', seven minute flurry of string climaxes and key changes. Richard Harris. Then Donna Summer. Bad memories, anyone?
That was Jimmy Webb.
Let me say this: put aside your preconceived notions of any of the afore-mentioned songs, and give this collection a try. Jimmy Webb is one of the most profoundly perfect singer-songwriter's I've ever heard, and this cd showcases the strength of the lyrics and melodies under the gentle hands of their creator.
*Interesting note, for those of you old enough to have heard 'Macarthur Park'; that song was originally written as part of a cantata. Hmmm... It has been covered over fifty times, by the likes of Waylon Jennings, Frank Sinatra, The Three Degrees and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corp. When Richard Harris recorded it, he kept singing 'Macarthur's Park' - an incorrect possessive form. Webb tried to correct him through several re-takes and finally just gave up.
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