Hear Jimmy Webb’s Guest Star-Packed Album Still Within The Sound Of My Voice

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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.

Behind The Song: “Wichita Lineman”

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.

22 COMMENTS

  1. Been looking forward to this CD since the last one. Really nice to see that there is more “deep catalog” among the hits. Still frakking amazing what has come from Jimmy’s creativity. And the renewed freshness to MacArthur Park by toning down the original’s orchestral grandiosity is not unlike hearing the stripped down LONG AND WINDING ROAD, or even Art Garfunkel’s re-do of ALL I KNOW.

    Getting my pre-order in soon. Thanks for the preview!

  2. Fantastic. Jimmy writes songs that say what we feel, in ways we can not express but which also give us a deeper understanding of our own emotions and helps us through the troubled times we face in our own lives. He is my musical therapist.

      • i agree with you, Bruce. Jimmy Webb is a songwriter. The lyrics and vocals are what it’s about. If they get washed out by the music we can’t hear what Jimmy wants us to hear and we have no access to our tears. I am so happy about this record. I feel like i’ve found the needle in the music haystack of 2013.

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