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Suspending Disbelief
Jimmy Webb
Suspending Disbelief
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Webb?s 1993 comeback record for Elektra includes a love song to his sports car and memories of meeting Elvis?it?s another personal, endearing work from one of our greatest songwriters. A Collectors? Choice Music exclusive!

      
   
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All Artists: Jimmy Webb
Title: Suspending Disbelief
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Elektra / Wea
Original Release Date: 9/7/1993
Release Date: 9/7/1993
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075596150620

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Webb?s 1993 comeback record for Elektra includes a love song to his sports car and memories of meeting Elvis?it?s another personal, endearing work from one of our greatest songwriters. A Collectors? Choice Music exclusive!

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William O. (williamj) from FOUNTAIN HLS, AZ
Reviewed on 1/2/2010...
Glad to have CD in place of my original cassette. Webb is not a strong singer, but more than compensates for that in composing and arranging. Each track is unique; "Postcards from Paris (Wish You Were Here)" is exceptional. I'm so glad I've acquired a taste for Jimmy Webb
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CD Reviews

Good album, but not his best
P. J. Walstra | 11/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Too Young To Die and Elvis And Me are great songs on this one. The rest is pleasant enough, but not as good as Letters, Words & Music or And So On (which hasn't appeared on CD)."
Great Songwriter Sold Short As A Recording Artist
Erik North | San Gabriel, CA USA | 12/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Since 1967, Jimmy Webb has made a name for himself as one of the great songwriters of our era, with a seemingly endless supply of memorable songs that have been covered by everyone from Glen Campbell (several of whose biggest hits were Webb compositions) to Richard Harris, the Fifth Dimension, and, more recently, Linda Ronstadt. He is admired by his peers to the hilt. And yet, Webb has never fared particularly well as a recording artist; none of his albums have sold much more than 500,000 copies at the most.

As can be gauged by one listen to his 1993 album SUSPENDING DISBELIEF, this is an unfortunate set of circumstances. True, he may not have the kind of voice people may be looking for in one of the genius songwriters of recent times, but he does have a way all the same. On this album, which Linda Ronstadt and George Massenburg produced, Webb's abilities as both a singer and a songwriter are allowed unlimited reign. On some occasions, it is about not worrying about going too far ("Too Young To Die"); other times, it is a love affair that has sadly flamed out ("I Don't Know How To Love You Anymore"); and then it is a savage critique about power corrupting a person's feelings ("Friends To Burn"). Aiding Webb on this album are stellar musicians like Dean Parks, Robbie Buchanan, and longtime Neil Young steel player Ben Keith, as well as close Ronstadt acolytes Don Henley and J.D. Souther, and even Linda herself.

Much like such contemporaries as Randy Newman and Warren Zevon, Webb is considered a top-notch writer, but someone who is also consistently sold short as a recording artist. SUSPENDING DISBELIEF only reinforced that notion in commercial terms by not selling all that well, which is a shame. The man deserves much more credit as a performer from the public than he has gotten."