Tunesmith: Songs of Jimmy Webb Import
Featuring Richard Harris, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, REM, Everything but the Girl, Kenny Loggins, Art Garfunkel, Dusty Springfield, Fifth Dimension, Temptations, Four Tops, Glen Campbell, Jennifer Warnes, Highwaymen, Scott Walker and Jackie Deshannon. Includes Rare Singles, Album Tracks and Soundtrack Songs, and Tracks Not Previously Available on CD.
同じ趣向のコンピレーションに「And Someone Left the Cake Out in the Rain... 」がありますが（このアルバムと8曲が重複します）、こちらの特徴は2枚組で全46曲というボリュームと、60年代後半から近年のカバーまで、おおよそ年代順に収録してあることでしょうか。ウェッブの書いた有名曲はほぼ網羅されています。ちなみに1曲目の「Love Years Coming」はウェッブの歌手デビュー曲です。
"Love Years Coming" kicks things off with Jimmy singing lead in a band called Strawberry Children. This is a true collector's piece, one I'd never heard before. Some of the gems are lesser-known work like "I Keep On Keeping On" by the Contessas, an r&b girl group. The Picardy Singers are a tight-knit pop harmony band sounding like they could be cousins of the Mamas & the Papas singing in dated 60s vibe on "How Sweet It Is." If you had asked me to list my favorite artists, Vicki Carr probably wouldn't be on the list; however, here she sings the title tune of this set and does a great job. Scott Walker may be better known down under, but he does a journeyman's job on two of Jimmy's most beautiful and thoughtful songs, "If Ships Were Made to Sail" and "Where Does Brown Begin?" Paul Revere & the Raiders rock out on Webb's "Songseller," cleaning up the lyric from Jimmy's use of the "f" word in his "Words & Music" version. Junior Walker & the All Stars cut a nice soulful groove on "Honey Come Back," "I just can't stand these lonely days." Jennifer Warnes sang a version of "All My Loves Laughter" that was one of my favorite tracks before Jimmy Webb was on my radar screen; its inclusion here makes this collection perfectly exquisite! Neither the song "Parenthesis" nor the singer Kerry Biddell were familiar, but this is a classic Webb construction, slightly off-kilter but perfectly fitting into place. This is one I'd love to hear Webb unearth and record. The Three Degrees do a wacky version of "Everybody Gets to Go to the Moon" that from the live chatter sounds like it must have been included in the film "The French Connection." It pops. Onie J. Holy is another obscure name for me, a male soul singer who belts out a version of a song that was also unfamiliar to me, "Lost Generation."
Some will enjoy this set for the more obvious choices. Yes, the 5th Dimension sound as crisp on "Up, Up & Away." Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park" still has the cake out in the rain. The package has a charm betraying its Australian roots as Judy Collins' picture is listed as belonging to Australian actress Judy Davis --an honest mistake! "Tunesmith" is a great set because it makes available a wide variety of songs and artists who have participated in the Jimmy Webb legacy. The sound is technically crisp. Hearing R.E.M. do "Wichita Lineman" is a great treat as is Kenny Loggins' version of "The Last Unicorn" that is somewhat hard to find. This collection gets five stars for its breadth and depth. Seek it out! Enjoy!
In this compulation you get some of his hits and some of his hidden treasures. You also get a super wide delivery of lyrics os the master.
I have to admit some preformances are close to awful but the lyrics save the day.
Yes, if you believe only Jim Webb can interpret Jim Webb, then stick with the artist's library of fine CDs. If you are open to interpretation of the work of Webb, then don't miss out on the many excellent CDs devoted exclusively to Jim Webb ny artists such as Michael Feinstein, Fifth Dimension, Thelma Houston, etc. plus the sampler CDs with Webb tunes interpreted by artists as diverse as Buddy Greco, Joe Cocker, and Rex Harrison. Hey, can't listening can also be a fun experience?
Lastly, all of you SERIOUS Jim Webb collectors out there, please note that sometime in 2004 Rhino will release a boxed set by Jim Webb.