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Jazz Singer [Soundtrack, Import]

Neil Diamond Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (8 Sep 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Emi
  • ASIN: B000008F16
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. America
2. Adon Olom
3. You Baby
4. Love On The Rocks
5. Amazed And Confused
6. On The Robert E. Lee
7. Summerlove
8. Hello Again
9. Acapulco
10. Hey Louise
11. Songs Of Life
12. Jerusalem
13. Kol Nidre
14. My Name Is Yussel
15. America (Reprise)

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Jazz Singer ~ Jazz Singer

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little Jazz goes a long way 17 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
How can put into words how this soundtrack album has affected me. It introduced me to the fabulous Neil Diamond after watching the flim of the same name. Agreed it has some rather silly tracks like " On the Robert E Lee"which although works in the film does not have the same feel good factor on audio.Kol Nidre is a very powerful track & no doubt very emotional to sing as well.
Buy it & play it loud "Hey Louise" is great I wish they had left the "Get on with it Fool" bit during the mouth organ at the beginning of the track " Summer Love" on the album.
I have watched the film countless times & heard the soundtrack just as much. One never gets board of either,
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album 7 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mini-Disc
This is the very first Neil Diamond album my dad bought.It is the soundtrack to the film "The Jazz Singer".A very relaxing album with a few nice ballads such as "Hello" and "Love On The Rocks".A definate purchase for Neil Diamond fans!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the soundtrack to the EMI movie The Jazz Singer. This soundtrack does not deserve to be associated with the movie, which has a plot so thin that a two year old could have written it. It's best therefore to ignore the travesty of a movie, but simply enjoy some of the best music to flow from Diamond's pen. The 4 set piece tracks, America, Love On The Rocks, Hello Again and Songs of Life are all expertly written and orchestrated, which is really what one demands from a Neil Diamond offering. America is a great opening track for this album, and instantly tells the listener that this soundtrack will be one of varying styles, from disco to slow orchestral smoochers and utilises any instrument and musician who happened to be walking down the recording studio's corridor. If you like your music to be organic, and straight from the heart, then this Neil Diamond offering is one to get.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pure Delight! 26 Jan 2012
By Mrs C TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"The Jazz Singer" CD is simply a collection of the original songs from the film of the same name, starring Neil Diamond and Laurence Olivier. If you have seen the film then this CD needs no introduction.
If you haven't then it will not matter - if you like Neil Diamond you will love the collection of songs that tell the story of the Jewish family settling in America. Of the young cantor in the synagogue, trying to do what is expected of a Jewish boy, but also wanting to follow his dream to be a singer. Of falling in love, being cast out by his strict Jewish father and of it all being all right in the end.
It is beautiful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The decision to make a modern version of Al Jolson's "Jazz Singer" in 1980 is one of the more dubious ideas to come out of Hollywood. Putting singer Neil Diamond in the Jolson role opposite Laurence Olivier as his cantor father and Lucy Arnaz as the woman he loves had only one sure upside in that Diamond also did the music for the film. If your choice is between watching the film or listening to the soundtrack, then listen to the soundtrack.
Diamond was inspired by the immigrant element of the story to honor the national melting pot in the opening song "America," along with one of his better ballads from that part of his career "Hello Again." The songs also play to Diamond's strength in that several of them would be done "live" in the context of the film, and anyone who has listened to "Hot August Night" or any other concert album by Diamond knows he is a lot better live than he is in the studio. In retrospect that is clearly the point in Diamond's career where the hard rock and gospel influences went away and he began a soft rock/pop artist where songs like "Love on the Rocks" and "Summerlove" became the norm. His early songs are arguably his best, but it was not until his 1976 album "Beautiful Noise" that Diamond ever had an album go platinum.
To his credit Diamond does come up with songs that meet the narrative needs of the film, not that this is a reason to watch the movie, so do not accuse me of advocating you do that. There is no reason for you to see that "You Baby" is part of an awkward homage, for lack of a better word, to Jolson in black face. Also worked into the mix are some traditional Jewish songs, "Adon Olom" and "Kol Nidre/My Name Is Yussel," and Diamond makes an earnest attempt to do them right. The resulting mix might be uneven, but there are enough solid songs here to make this an above average Neil Diamond album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The decision to make a modern version of Al Jolson's "Jazz Singer" in 1980is one of the more dubious ideas to come out of Hollywood. Putting singerNeil Diamond in the Jolson role opposite Laurence Olivier as his cantorfather and Lucy Arnaz as the woman he loves had only one sure upside inthat Diamond also did the music for the film. If your choice is betweenwatching the film or listening to the soundtrack, then listen to thesoundtrack.
Diamond was inspired by the immigrant element of the story to honor thenational melting pot in the opening song "America," along with one of hisbetter ballads from that part of his career "Hello Again." The songs alsoplay to Diamond's strength in that several of them would be done "live" inthe context of the film, and anyone who has listened to "Hot August Night"or any other concert album by Diamond knows he is a lot better live thanhe is in the studio. In retrospect that is clearly the point in Diamond'scareer where the hard rock and gospel influences went away and he began asoft rock/pop artist where songs like "Love on the Rocks" and "Summerlove"became the norm. His early songs are arguably his best, but it was notuntil his 1976 album "Beautiful Noise" that Diamond ever had an album goplatinum.
To his credit Diamond does come up with songs that meet the narrativeneeds of the film, not that this is a reason to watch the movie, so do notaccuse me of advocating you do that. There is no reason for you to seethat "You Baby" is part of an awkward homage, for lack of a better word,to Jolson in black face. Also worked into the mix are some traditionalJewish songs, "Adon Olom" and "Kol Nidre/My Name Is Yussel," and Diamondmakes an earnest attempt to do them right. The resulting mix might beuneven, but there are enough solid songs here to make this an aboveaverage Neil Diamond album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars some music lost in house moves - wonderful to listen to again
Bought to replace lost items. Been a fan for years, some music lost in house moves - wonderful to listen to again!
Published 7 days ago by Maggie Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Fab ,love it
Published 13 days ago by sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Singer
Brilliant music and a very good story make this a movie I can watch on a fairly regular basis - love it.
Published 22 days ago by Eric the Half Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Fantastic, memory lane as I remembered, always a favourite, great CD fantastic quality not listened to enough or heard on the media
Published 2 months ago by Lynda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really like this cd because I think there are some great songs to enjoy. Corny story I know but great songs
Published 3 months ago by David Atkin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Singer
This MP3 download of Neil Diamond's The Jazz Singer is very crisp and clear. it brings back memories of the film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. T. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Diamond-The Jazz Singer
If you like Neil Diamond then this a film that you will enjoy. The story is old but the singing is new.
Published 5 months ago by Boris28
3.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Singer
Neil Diamond does another great job on this sound track. It probably need to be in the collection of anyone who loves Jazz
Published 5 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic Album and brings back happy memories. Good feel good factor and songs to enjoy and sing along to. Excellent
Published 6 months ago by Ron Qua
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Memory.
I purchased the LP after being taken by my then "new" husband to see the film. Once again a great reproduction.
Published 6 months ago by Pauline Johnson
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