Jimmy Webb began writing hit songs in the mid-1960s, back when he was a fresh-faced teenager inspired by everything from church music to Elvis Presley. 50 years later, the guy hasn’t lost his touch. Still Within the Sound Of My Voice takes a fresh look at his catalog, revving up a handful of old classics — including “MacArthur Park,” “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress” and “You Can’t Treat the Wrong Man Right” — with new arrangements and different duet singers.
The guest list is pretty impressive. Lyle Lovett, Carly Simon, Keith Urban, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joe Cocker, Marc Cohn, America, Kris Kristofferson, Amy Grant, Brian Wilson, the Jordanaires and Art Garfunkel all take turns at the mic, while top-shelf pickers like Paul Franklin and Jerry Douglas handle the instrumental parts. It’s an album of heavyweights, in other words, and Webb — still singing pretty at 67 — presides over the whole thing like the godfather of modern-day Tin Pan Alley.
Take this baby for a spin before it officially hits the streets on September 10.