The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour -- a bizarre blend of crossover country/pop music, satirical humor and the ubiquitous psychedelia of the '60s and '70s -- was one of television's grandest and most unforgettable experiments. Mr. Campbell has been on the road with a rather uneven reprise of the program -- presented last night as part of the "Meet Us at the Meyerhoff" series.
While the performance lacked the best of the show's original peculiarities, the best of its music endures. Songs such as "Galveston" and "Wichita Lineman" (both by composer Jim Webb) are poignant miniatures of longing and recollection, set in the incongruously cheery but ultimately visionary musical arrangements so characteristic of the '70s.
As sung by Glen Campbell -- with a combination of both glib naivete and heroic verve -- they are haunting and incontrovertible monuments to their era. His performances of them last night were luminous and assured.