Release Date: Jun 9, 2017
Record label: Universal
Genre(s): Country, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop
Since he announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis in June 2011, Glen Campbell has released three records. The first, Ghost On The Canvas, followed the revelation by just a few weeks (in fact, Campbell and his wife made the announcement to preemptively explain any onstage confusion during that album's tour). At the time, Ghost made a perfect capstone for a legendary career: full of the swelling strings and reverberating guitar melodies that marked his 1967-75 heyday, yet decisively modern thanks to songs by Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan and even Robert Pollard.
In 2009, while recording Ghost on the Canvas, it became apparent to legendary singer and guitarist extraordinaire Glen Campbell that he was suffering from what would be officially diagnosed as Alzheimer's disease. As a result, that album—a critically acclaimed release that featured songs by the likes of Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan, and Robert Pollard, among others—was intended to be his farewell album. But after a farewell tour—chronicled in the moving 2014 documentary I'll Be Me—he managed to eke out another all-new album (See You There) and his brand new one, Adios, appears to be the real goodbye, as Campbell is in the final stages of the disease.
Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, and since then the legendary singer and guitarist has been saying a long goodbye to his fans, a farewell no one wants to see end. While the 2015 single "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," from the soundtrack to the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, was billed as his farewell performance, Glen's longtime friend and accompanist Carl Jackson subsequently took the bold step of guiding Campbell through one final album of songs he loved but never recorded, with Glen's family assisting him in the studio. Arriving in 2017, Adiós leans to the country side of Campbell's musical personality rather than the pop, and one can hear the toll Alzheimer's has taken on Campbell in his performances.
Since announcing his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2011, Glen Campbell has undergone one of the most prolonged public farewells in popular music. 2011's rock-leaning Ghost on the Canvas, his final album of original material, was followed by 2013's See You There, Campbell's final re-recordings of his Sixties hits. Along the way, the Rhinestone Cowboy completed an extensive worldwide Goodbye Tour with its accompanying documentary film and soundtrack album, the latter of which featured "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," the singer's last moment in a recording studio.