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Charted: Dec. 30, 1967

Rating: 3.978 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: country

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. By the Time I Get to Phoenix
  2. Homeward Bound
  3. Tomorrow Never Comes
  4. Cold December in Your Heart
  5. My Baby’s Gone
  6. Back in the Race
  7. Hey Little One
  8. Bad Seed
  9. I’ll Be Lucky Someday
  10. You’re Young and You’ll Forget
  11. Love Is a Lonesome River


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 15
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • By the Time I Get to Phoenix (10/28/67) #26 US, #2 CW, #12 AC. Airplay: 5 million
  • Hey Little One (1/20/68) #54 US, #13 CW, #20 AC


Album of the Year Grammy winner. Click to go to awards page.

By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Glen Campbell
“Glen Campbell’s commercial breakthrough came by way of the title track, which was the direct precursor in production terms to ‘Wichita Lineman,’ and by the same writer. The cover of Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound is sincere if a little perfunctory, but Campbell’s rendition of Ernest Tubb’s Tomorrow Never Comes is a bravura performance, rich and soulful, as well as recalling Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as done by Gerry & the Pacemakers. Cold December in Your Heart harks back to Campbell’s country-folk material, a piece of midtempo country-pop. Material like that and the similar Back in the Race, Dorsey Burnette’s Hey Little One, Jerry Reed’s You’re Young and You'll Forget, and Bill Anderson’s Bad Seed hold up better than more pop-focused numbers like My Baby’s Gone, though the string backings on most of these very much date them. The final number here, the touching Love Is a Lonesome River, makes a brilliant coda” (Eder).

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Last updated April 15, 2008.