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The Jazz Singer Soundtrack

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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 April 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000024X9L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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It may now be hard to believe but there once was a time when Neil Diamond was considered not only big enough to open a movie but to get Sir Laurence Olivier to co-star in said movie. While the movie itself was less than a rousing success, the soundtrack was a smash--though, contrary to the title, it does not find the Elvis of soft-rock taking up jazz. Playing the part of a young Jewish cantor who follows his heart to play, well, a Neil Diamond-esque blend of R&B and rock, Diamond finds excuses to throw in some soulful singles ("Love on the Rocks" and "Hello Again"), a fluffy, uptempo slice of Stephen Foster-Americana ("On the Robert E Lee") and a topical song ("America"); padding out the soundtrack are the film-specific Jewish hymns "Adon Olam" and "Kol Nidre". Eternally consigned to a limbo between being remembered for his better moments (Live at the Greek, writing some of the Monkees' biggest hits) and for the tawdry ones ("Turn on Your Heartlight", inspired by E.T.), The Jazz Singer remains one of Diamond's best albums. --Randy Silver

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Benacre Broad on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 8 April 2005
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Music Man on 6 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
Not as enduring or magical as the soundtrack for Jonathan Livingston Seagull, but then again this is a completely different type of film that he was composing for. JLS was more of a spiritual journey which was perfectly complimented in the music, whilst Jazz Singer is more of a commercial movie of a "Boy Done Good" scenario.

Personally, I preferred the songs on JLS, or should I say his genre of music, less anthemic, which probably isn't a word, and more beautifully crafted. However you can't argue with success, and there have been enough hits pulled off this album to back up any argument against it. Perhaps it's because I've heard "America" spouted from every radio station ever since that I probably should have written this review when I first heard it and not now that I have become battle weary of it.

It's nevertheless a good soundtrack with only a few weak points. It proved to be a commercial success and one of Diamond's last big sellers, if you don't include 12 Songs. A lot of material was used from "Jazz Singer" in his subsequent live shows, which made a lot of his performances a little less sensitive and more akin to "tub thumping" hysteria.

Should you buy it? If you are just a gatherer of music in general, chances are you've got most of the big songs on a compilation. However, if you're a Diamond fan then it's not really up for debate..............you've probably already got it and are still enjoying it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2000
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 on 4 Aug. 2000
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 By Chris from Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2012
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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