In the late 1960s apart from perhaps Lennon and McCartney there was no hotter hit songwriter than Jimmy Webb. Between Glen Campbell, The Fifth Dimension, Johnny Rivers, The Brooklyn Bridge, and Richard Harris, Webb had extraordinary chart success with his compositions. Webb's catalogue almost constituted its own sub-genre of pop music at a time when the bar was set very high.
During the following decades his songs would continue to be recorded by A-list vocalists including Linda Ronstadt, Art Garfunkel and Donna Summer, as well as The Chairman of The Board: Frank Sinatra.
IN 2010 Webb released Just Across the River, a collection of his classic tunes reimagined and performed as duets with a number of artists including Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Michael McDonald, Mark Knopfler, and the composer himself.
Webb's new album Still Within the Sound of My Voice is the next installment of the concept. This time around Webb assembled an impressive line-up of guests to duet with on some of his all-time greatest hits, as well as some less well known gems. Lyle Lovett, Carly Simon, Keith Urban, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joe Cocker, Marc Cohn, America, Kris Kristofferson, Amy Grant, Brian Wilson, The Jordanaires, Art Garfunkel and Rumer all join him in song.
The center piece of the collection may well be 'MacArthur Park,' where legendary Beach Boy godfather of harmony Brian Wilson steps up to the mic with Webb.
A personal favorite is the Lyle Lovett duet 'Sleeping in the Daytime' which originally appeared on Webb's first solo album Words and Music in the late '60s.
Joe Cocker revisits the song 'The Moon's a Harsh Mistress' which he first recorded in 1974. Cocker's soulfulness remains intact even if some of the notes are more implied than actually sung.
The undeniable truth that great sets of melodies and lyrics are timeless is demonstrated once again with this collection.
Official release date September 10th.
For more information: http://www.jimmywebb.com/