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Glen Campbell Album Coming Soon As Legend's Alzheimer's Progresses

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By Clyde Hughes   |   Friday, 24 May 2013 09:28 AM

Emmy-winning country legend Glen Campbell, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, has a new album coming soon and just finished an international tour as he prepares to wrap up his stellar career on his terms.

His new album “See You There,” due out Aug. 6, was recorded back when he produced the tracks for his 2011 release, “Ghost on the Canvas.” It is described as stripped-down versions of some of Campbell’s biggest hits and some original material.

Along with popular songs such as "Wichita Lineman," "Gentle On My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and "Rhinestone Cowboy," Campbell has added "What I Wouldn’t Give" and "I Wish You Were Here," bonus tracks from "Ghost," "There’s No Me ...Without You," and the unreleased "Waitin' on the Comin' of My Lord."

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In April, Campbell announced he was ending his final tour, which began last year, because of the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. He appeared at a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association and visited Capitol Hill last month.

Alzheimer's has robbed Campbell of many of his best memories, gained over a lifetime as an entertainment icon who was a pop star, a groundbreaking session musician, an actor and TV variety show host.

In a brief interview last month with the Huffington Post, Campbell said of the songs: “Oh, they're great. Those are great.”

His wife, Kim Campbell, says her husband still occasionally lays down vocal tracks in the studio but the disease has progressed too far to allow him to continue touring, something the family and Campbell's management left open.

“Glen still wants to record, but it's just a matter of if he's able to,” Kim Campbell said. “It just gets more and more difficult for him all the time.”

He remains healthy and vigorous and continues to play golf. His family invites musicians over to the house from time to time — songwriter Jimmy Webb, who wrote some of Campbell's most iconic hits, visited with his family over the weekend — and Campbell joins in on jam sessions, playing the guitar as if the progressive, irreversible neurological disorder has yet to touch his muscle memory.

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