Jimmy Webb - Ten Easy Pieces (Expanded Edition) (2021)

Jimmy Webb - Ten Easy Pieces (Expanded Edition) (2021)
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The idea of releasing a collection of Jimmy Webb's best known songs sung by the author himself may seem like a no-brainer, but it's taken 20+ years for it to happen, apparently mostly because Webb needed to put some distance between himself and most of these numbers, in order to approach them in a fresh manner that makes this disc more than a mere exploitation effort. The result is the best and most accessible of all Webb's albums, featuring his 1990s' takes on "Galveston," "By The Time I Get to Phoenix," "Didn't We," "MacArthur Park," "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress," "Wichita Lineman," and "All I Know," amongst others. His voice is more expressive than ever, and the performances are generally grittier, with more raw emotion than the better known hit versions display. The arrangements are generally very simple and straightforward, with Webb's piano the primary instrument, and several of the songs are performed in a deeply personal manner, more akin to home recording for Webb's own pleasure than to a commercial release "Wichita Lineman," in particular, sounds here like the most personal and private of performances, filled with wrenching loneliness at which the Glen Campbell version only hints. The notes are very personal and revealing as well.
Tracklist:
01. Jimmy Webb - Galveston
02. Jimmy Webb - Highwayman
03. Jimmy Webb - Wichita Lineman
04. Jimmy Webb - The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
05. Jimmy Webb - By The Time I Get To Phoenix
06. Jimmy Webb - If These Walls Could Speak
07. Jimmy Webb - Didn't We
08. Jimmy Webb - The Worst That Could Happen
09. Jimmy Webb - All I Know
10. Jimmy Webb - MacArthur Park
11. Jimmy Webb - Galveston (Instrumental)
12. Jimmy Webb - Highwayman (Instrumental)
13. Jimmy Webb - Wichita Lineman (Instrumental)
14. Jimmy Webb - The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress (Instrumental)
15. Jimmy Webb - By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Instrumental)
16. Jimmy Webb - If These Walls Could Speak (Instrumental)
17. Jimmy Webb - Didn't We (Instrumental)
18. Jimmy Webb - The Worst That Could Happen (Instrumental)
19. Jimmy Webb - All I Know (Instrumental)
20. Jimmy Webb - MacArthur Park (Instrumental)
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