The Bang Years
documents the early years of Neil Diamond’s career from 1966 – 69. He was 25 years old when he released his debut album The Feel Of…
on the Bang label. Reminiscent of his most recent Rick Rubin produced albums, The Bang Years
collection is Neil without the production of the 70’s and 80’s. Neil as a raw talent, still learning his craft, navigating his path to the spotlight.
Covering the earliest years of his career in New York, Neil Diamond's recordings for Bert Bern's Bang Records produced some of the most loved songs of his career including "Cherry, Cherry," "Solitary Man," "Kentucky Woman," "Shilo," and "Red, Red Wine." Over the years these songs have been covered by a diverse group of artists from The Monkees, whose version of "I'm A Believer" was the best selling record of 1967, reggae artist UB40 who took "Red Red Wine" to #1 in 1984, to alternative rock band Urge Overkill, who famously covered Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" for Quentin Tarantino's film Pulp Fiction in 1994, to Johnny Cash who recorded his version of "Solitary Man" for his third American Recordings album with Rick Rubin in 2000.The Bang Years
is a timely reminder of how this incredible singer songwriter started out, demonstrating where his importance and cool originated from early on.
About the Artist
'The Bang Years: 1966-1968' is the first comprehensive anthology of Mr. Diamond's earliest work, and this splendid album has indeed been worth the wait. The songs on 'The Bang Years' are the cornerstone of a recording career that endures to the present day, and all are presented in their original mono mixes. A great number are still familiar today; the four tracks 'Solitary Man', 'Cherry, Cherry', 'Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon' and 'Kentucky Woman' merely comprise the opening salvo. In a nearly 50-year career, Diamond has written and recorded 37 songs that have hit the Top 40, and sold 128 million records around the world. If there can be a definitive introduction to Neil Diamond, it's 'The Bang Years 1966-1968'. These 23 examples of raw talent, pop songcraft and rock attitude have stood the test of time easily. This 2LP comes with a beautiful 12-page booklet.