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Dreams CD

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In a career that began in the 1960s, Neil Diamond became a major recording artist, an internationally successful touring act, and a songwriter whose compositions produced hits for himself and others. His earliest recognition, in fact, came as a songwriter associated with the Brill Building era of Tin Pan Alley in the early '60s. But he soon branched ... Read more in Amazon's Neil Diamond Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0041U7RE2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ain't No Sunshine
2. Blackbird
3. Alone Again (Naturally)
4. Feels Like Home
5. Midnight Train To Georgia
6. I'm A Believer
7. Love Song
8. Losing You
9. Hallelujah
10. A Song For You
11. Yesterday
12. Let It Be Me
13. Desperado
14. Don't Forget Me

Product Description

Dreams is a 14-song collection of the legendary singer/songwriter's interpretations of his favorite songs of other composers from the rock era. The album includes music that deeply influenced Diamond as a young man growing up in Brooklyn, starting with "Let It Be Me," popularized by the Everly Brothers in 1960 and including The Beatles' stunning and spare "Blackbird" and the mournful "Yesterday," Leon Russell's underrated classic "A Song for You," Gilbert O'Sullivan's heart-stopping "Alone Again (Naturally)," Bill Withers soulful "Ain't No Sunshine" and other well-known classics from the '60s and '70s.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2010
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I must confess that before hearing this I knew pretty much nothing about Neil Diamond and his previous recordings. This means that I can review this release without any preconceptions based on his earlier recordings.

I first came across this when a friend of mine played me `Blackbird', an elegant cover of the Beatles classic. After hearing this I just had to buy the album. Diamond has taken a set of well known songs from, as he calls it, the rock era, and re-interpreted them in his own style. When people mess with classics it can all go wrong, but Diamond manages to really pull it off and produce a record of soul stirring gentle and thoughtful tracks.

The tracks are stripped back and feature Diamond's voice and guitar prominently with simple, unobtrusive backing. The pace is generally quite slow and relaxed. With this approach Diamond manages to take well known tracks and add alayer of emotional intensity to them. Standout is the opener `Ain't No Sunshine'. Stripped of Bill Wither's powerful vocals and big musical backing, this is now a simple track in which Diamond puts across the aching pain of separation from his lover beautifully. I love the original, but now I think I prefer this one. Second on the album is `Blackbird', now transformed into a country tinged track with a really elegant tone. The unobtrusive fiddle is an absolute joy and just makes the track for me.

Diamond re-interprets `I'm a believer', which I hadn't realised he wrote. Again there are no fireworks, this is just a man gently singing about the joy that love has brought him. Much more poignant than the electric guitar driven Monkees original. Then Diamond takes on Leonard Cohen's `Hallelujah'. He doesn't mess around with it, staying pretty faithful to Cohen's original recording.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Luc Timperman on 10 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I must admit I was disappointed when I first heard Neil Diamond was releasing an album of covers. After 12 Songs and Home Before Dark, two of my favourite Neil Diamond albums, I expected a third Rubin-Diamond collaboration with self-penned songs.
After hearing the complete album, I can say without hesitation that my initial disappointment and fear were premature. Like its predecessors, this is a beautifully produced, stripped down album, with delicately nuanced interpretations and Diamond's wonderful voice and Sinatresque phrasing. My only criticism would be that there are not enough tempo variations and some of the songs have been covered over and over again by other artists.
Reading some of the reviews on this site, I would urge people to listen to this album in good conditions and not to dismiss it upon first listen because these songs, even the songs that you may not like at first, grow on you and may reveal their beauty only after a few listens.

My favourite songs: Ain't No Sunshine, Blackbird, Feels Like Home, Midnight Train To Georgia, I'm A Believer, Love Song, Hallelujah, A Song For You, Desperado, Don't Forget Me.

A great album from one of the legends of modern music.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 1 Nov. 2010
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In 1974 Neil Diamond released Rainbow, an album of covers which featured songs by Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman amongst others. Now we have Dreams a second album of covers, which also features songs by those two writers amongst others, plus a new arrangement of his own song, I'm A Believer. Thirty six years is a long time to wait for a follow up. (If you ignore The Movie Album As Time Goes By that is, and the cover photo alone of that one is warning that you should.) Was the wait worthwhile? I guess that will depend on the esteem in which you hold the original versions of the songs.

While I admire the writing of the likes of Randy Newman, Bill Withers, and Leon Russell, I have never been a big fan of their singing, so having their songs sung by Neil suits me. He seems to want to put a stamp on the songs by changing the lead instrument on a number of them. For example Desperado and Alone Again Naturally, both piano driven in the original versions, are guitar led here, while the opposite is true of Let It Be Me. The very intimate arrangement of this last named makes it one of the stand out tracks on the album. The other is the aforementioned, I'm A Believer. Diamond has said that after he wrote it, he just didn't think it was right for him and that is why it was given to The Monkees. In recent years he has been doing it in concert, pretty much as they did it, but now he seems to have found an arrangement with which he is more comfortable.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MusicLover on 10 Nov. 2010
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Several media reviewers have panned this selection, calling it self-indulgent. I disagree and am happy to be indulged by these songs. Neil Diamond interprets each song in such a low-key manner, bringing hitherto unseen elements to the fore with clear diction and complementary instrumentals. I never liked "Alone Again Naturally" until I heard it here and found meaning in the song. This is true of many of the tracks, although I believe artists should leave "Hallelulia" to Jeff Buckley. As a Jim Weatherley fan, I love the slower version of "Midnight Train to Georgia" and, again, Diamond tells the story beautifully. Classic songs, tasteful interpretations.
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