Wichita Lineman

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    There's a new book out giving the history of the Jimmy Webb-Glen Campbell song Wichita Lineman. While it might seem a stretch to write a 300 page book about a single song, this review makes the case for the greatness of the song.

    https://www.economist.com/books-and...ry-of-wichita-lineman-an-american-masterpiece

     
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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I'd never heard this version by REM:

     
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  3. G5422T

    G5422T Synchromatic

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    May 24, 2012
    usa
    One of the best songs ever written.

     
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  4. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

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    Jul 23, 2019
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  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    There was a book several years ago about the history of House of a Rising Sun, but that was a much longer story. Very good read.

    Chasing the Rising Sun by Ted Anthony.
     
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  6. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

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    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    And Tony Joe White's version from 1968-- the arrangement is pretty much a straight up take on Campbell's definitive version, with a much smaller orchestra section. Released in the same year as Glen's version, which wasn't really that unusual prior to 1974-- multiple artists covering the same song. Sometimes songwriters, producers and publishers would scattershot a song among several artists, hoping that at least one version would hit the mark and become a hit.

     
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  7. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    It is an iconic song. I love the guitar solo.
     
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  8. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    I love it w Glen and the Stone Temple Pilots. They teared up during the performance. Glen is the warm voice of summers as a kid
     
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  9. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    ^^Absolutely this. This is the song that introduced me to Glen Campbell. I was blown away.
     
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  10. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    The original solo was, allegedly, played on a modified Dano VI that he borrowed from Carole Kaye. I take any of her stories with a grain of salt, but this one does make sense. I’ve seen a video of him playing it on a Bass VI, which is sort of an upscale Fender answer to the Dano.

    Campbell was a rarity, a star whom also played exceptionally well. It took a long time before I came to realize just how good of a player he was. He was a part of the Wrecking Crew and earned his accolades the hard way. In an interview, he once stated that he preferred that life over his singing career.
     
  11. not_man_davo

    not_man_davo Synchromatic

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    Feb 13, 2015
    tejas


    another great rendition
     
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  12. I know I need a small vacation...
     
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  13. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    This is a really great version, too. A little more upbeat and Pete Anderson playing tasty licks.
     
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  14. emitex

    emitex Synchromatic

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  15. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

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    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    The list goes on, but here is another, a unique performance for a good cause and good fun with Roy Clark, who was gracious enough to share his guitar with Glen Campbell for a duet.

     
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  16. Fredo

    Fredo Synchromatic

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    Jan 18, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    It's a great song, but the "small vacation" bit is weak. Short vacation? Rehydration? Sublimation? Okay, I've only written one song. It's about a rooster.
     
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  17. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    When I told Siri to play Wichita Lineman, this was the version she chose first.
     
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  18. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Jimmy Webb is noted for nonsensical lyrics.

    MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
    All the sweet, green icing flowing down
    Someone left the cake out in the rain
    I don't think that I can take it
    'Cause it took so long to bake it
    And I'll never have that recipe again
    Oh, no


    My favorite version of that song:

     
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  19. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish
    I need no convincing of the sublime-ness of this musical David. It is one one of the few mountains I would never chose to climb.
     
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