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The Very Best Of Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond Audio CD
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Biography
by William Ruhlmann

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 (26 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Tv Projects
  • ASIN: B009D8CRJM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (413 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Forever In Blue Jeans
2. Beautiful Noise
3. Love On the Rocks
4. Cherry Cherry
5. I am...I said
6. Sweet Caroline
7. Cracklin' Rosie
8. Play Me
9. I'm A Believer
10. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon
11. Holly, Holy
12. Solitary Man
13. Song Sung Blue
14. You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Barbra Streisand duet with Neil Diamond
15. Hello Again
16. Red, Red Wine
17. If You Know What I Mean
18. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
19. Pretty Amazing Grace
20. Kentucky Woman
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

The Very Best of Neil Diamond - The Original Studio Records includes his first pop chartings as a writer/performer for Bang Records in the mid-1960s; his spectacular career-defining hits for Uni/MCA (1968-1972); music from 1980's The Jazz Singer (his soundtrack album on Capitol Records) and studio essentials from a long-running association with Columbia Records that began in 1973 with the Jonathan Livingston Seagull soundtrack album and runs through a pair of Rick Rubin-produced albums: 12 Songs (2005) and Home Before Dark. The single disc compilation of 23 best-loved hits and signature tracks from America's quintessential singer-songwriter is the first Neil Diamond collection to draw from the artist's complete studio discography.

BBC Review

The title “The Very Best of Neil Diamond” can mean two things. On the one hand, it's a self-explanatory title for one of music's most enduring, hit-encrusted and best-loved figureheads. On the other, it also happens to be the title of one Welsh pop experimenters Super Furry Animals' best songs of recent years. Either way, it's pretty much a winner.

The album itself is certainly more than a whistle-stop tour of the hits. We get early gems, self-penned smashes for others (it's easy to forget that Diamond wrote both The Monkees' I'm a Believer and Red Red Wine) and travel right through the treacle that defined his middle period until his rootsy Rick Rubin-produced efforts from 2005 and beyond. That being the case, you can see Diamond at his very best and his very worst.

Love on the Rocks, taken from the soundtrack of The Jazz Singer (in which Diamond starred, to miserable reviews) emits a very affected melancholy and the Barbra Streisand duet You Don't Bring Me Flowers is wince-inducingly slow and indulgent, but none of that matters. In fact, a whole career packed with cheese, Vegas-style backing bands and incredible suits cannot dim the effect of I Am… I Said from 1971 – it is his pinnacle of integrity and honesty.

Similarly, the bounce of Cherry Cherry and the menace and regret of Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon show just how devastating Diamond can be. It’s those examples that begin to erase the memory of the schmaltzy missteps. When his songs are plagued by self-doubt, naivety and the sense that everything is not okay, they suddenly become urgently listenable, dramatic little works of art.

And despite its awful title, Hell Yeah (from the Rubin-produced album 12 Songs) is one of the very best here – closing the whole collection with a song that doesn’t just ape the Johnny Cash American Recordings, but cements Diamond firmly in the sound of today. His tight-throated grizzle chimes over gentle accordion: “Still I think about myself as a lucky old dreamer.” Just be prepared: The Very Best of Neil Diamond is exactly that, but not all the way through.

--Daniel Ross

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as ever 4 Dec 2012
By wayne
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brilliant album ! like the insert cards and box makes a great gift also ! for all those lady's in my life that like diamonds ,a great track list and well presented !its what the fans have been waiting for and I have grown up with Neil been played all the time on radio as i was a kid and this takes me back to the old days and the good times !
let them roll again !im forever in blue jeans ! ,great to get the Christmas party going !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Disc 6 Jan 2013
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Purchased as a Christmas gift for my wife. Best price on web and very prompt delivery. Wife is delighted with disc; therefore I'm more than happy with this purchase!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sing along 18 Jan 2013
By yvonneg
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This cd is good as long as you don't own another best of Neil Diamond cds. This was a christmas gift as my old 1 was wrecked after I moved. I really like the songs on this and am glad to hear them again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars its only my view 23 Jun 2013
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but it contains all the greats, past and present. If you only want one of Neil's albums then this is the one
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS! 24 Jun 2013
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Fabulous! Brilliant! What else can I say? Absolutely love this album, love this mans voice, i just love Neil Diamond
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie 12 Mar 2013
By Poco
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Just received this today in the post. Its fantastic, I couldn't wait to get it on the CD player and I was not disappointed :D. I was really pleased at how quickly it came as I was expecting to wait a week for it :)

Full of fantastic hits that would appeal to young (like me) and old. Would recommend it to anybody that are fans of neil diamond and people that have eclectic taste in music :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 27 Jun 2013
By JillyB
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Some great tracks, some not so good, but definitely worth getting just for Cracklin Rose, that the track I bought it for!
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoy 26 Jun 2013
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Goty as a Christmas present for hubbhy and he enjoyed the tape plays it often and my friends wee girl loves the song Coming to American
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