May 23, 2013 – 10:10 am

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Green Valley 2013 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Green Valley Recreation, Green Valley, AZ; January 29, 2013. Very good to excellent audience recording.

It does appear that nowadays, when Jimmy Webb does a show, it’s almost like a master class in songwriting - he tells you stories about his background and how his songs came about.

As Ed Masley wrote in the Arizona Republic:

When Glen Campbell brought his farewell tour through Phoenix in early 2012, he told the Comerica Theatre crowd, “If it wasn’t for Jimmy Webb, I wouldn’t be here tonight.” And then, he dusted off the melancholy majesty of “Galveston,” one of three essential Webb songs that had helped establish Campbell as a Grammy-winning force of nature in his ’60s prime, the others being “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman.”

Having Campbell make those records was a dream come true for Webb, the son of an Oklahoma preacher man who says when he was young, “I would get down on my knees beside my bed at night and say, ‘Dear God, please let me be a songwriter like Hal David and let me meet someone like Glen Campbell.’ “…

“My mother put me on the piano bench when I was 6 years old,” Webb recalls. “She insisted on regular practice, which I carried as a bundle of resentment into my teens - that I had this burden of having to master this instrument when all the other guys were playing baseball and goofing around with model airplanes and what have you.

“But she was very strict, and her idea of success for me was that I would someday be the pianist at the First Baptist Church in Laverne, Oklahoma, where my father was a minister. To her, that represented pretty much the pinnacle of artistic achievement. You couldn’t go much higher than that.”

But he did go much higher.

In 1964, the year Webb turned 18, his family moved to Southern California, where he studied music at San Bernardino Valley College. When, after the death of Webb’s mother the following year, his father made plans to return to Oklahoma, Webb told his father he wanted to stay in California to pursue what clearly was a long-shot career as a songwriter.

“He told me all that songwriting was ever gonna do for me was break my heart,” Webb says, “which was true many, many times over. You don’t have success without having failure.”

Thanks to PhxHorn2 who recorded the show and shared it at Dime.

Church Audio CAFS > SP-SPSB-8 battery pack > Zoom H2 (48khz/24-bit) >
Adobe Audition (Normalized, split into tracks, downres to 44/16)) >
TLH level 8, aligned on sector boundaries
Recorded from the 5th row

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Track 01. Introduction (3.0MB)
Track 02. Highwayman (16.7MB)
Track 03. By the Time I Get to Phoenix (14.9MB)
Track 04. Up, Up and Away (6.9MB)
Track 05. Frank Sinatra Story (29.3MB)
Track 06. Didn’t We (13.6MB)
Track 07. Worst That Could Happen (13.6MB)
Track 08. Glen Campbell Story (5.3MB)
Track 09. Wichita Lineman (8.3MB)
Track 10. Richard Harris Story (9.2MB)
Track 11. MacArthur Park (17.6MB)

Time: Approximately 83 minutes. If you overburn, you might just about squeeze the show onto one audio CD.

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  1. 4 Responses to “JIMMY WEBB - GREEN VALLEY, AZ 2013”

  2. This is very cool! I had no idea Jimmy Webb wrote all those songs. Thanks to Big O for my music history lesson for the day. If you grew up listening to the radio in the 60’s and 70’s, you should definately check this out. It will bring back a lot of good memories. Thank you Jimmy Webb, and of course, thank you Big O!

    By Rev Bob on May 23, 2013

  3. Jimmy has played Tilley’s bar in my nearest big smoke, Canberra, Australia. I was at two. I was too ill for the third and had wanted to take my 15 YO budding muso daughter. She went with friends but I asked her to see if she could get my copy of Tunesmith, Jimmy’s excellent book about song writing, signed. My friends report that my daughter stood in line and Jimmy had a long animated conversation with her. Upshot, one of my proudest possessions not for the signature but for a fine man’s estimation of my daughter. Jimmy’s book inscribed “To Peter, what a fine daughter you have, Jimmy Webb.”

    By pierre le cuff on May 23, 2013

  4. This looks intriguing. I only wish he would tell a tale of his ol’ pal Harry…

    By Timmy on May 23, 2013


    By Dingus on May 24, 2013

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