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Velvet Gloves And Spit Original recording remastered

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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 (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Revola
  • ASIN: B0012NOKHS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Two-Bit Manchild
2. A Modern Day Version Of Love
3. Honey-Drippin' Times
4. Pot Smoker's Song
5. Brooklyn Roads
6. Shilo (Re-Recording)
7. Sunday Sun
8. Holiday Inn Blues
9. Practically Newborn
10. Knackelflerg
11. Merry-Go-Round

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RE-PRESS: CD ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN 2008 Somewhere between his stint as a successful Brill Building songwriter (his songs 'I'm A Believer' and 'A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You' became mega-hits for The Monkees) cum-fledgling solo artist (scoring US hits with 'Solitary Man', 'Kentucky Woman' and 'Cherry, Cherry') and his world-conquering 1970s solo career, Brooklyn-born Neil Diamond released a string of inauspicious, low-selling albums in something more akin to a singer-songwriter/troubadour style. Velvet Gloves And Spit, recorded in New York before Diamond had perfected the Memphis-helmed sound of his subsequent hits, was his first for new label Uni and appeared in 1968 to little acclaim. However, following the single success of 'Shilo' in 1970, the song was tacked onto the album and it was reissued in a new sleeve. Stylistically, the album covers the whole spectrum of contemporary sounds from romantic ballads to tongue-in-cheek social commentary to brash pop gems not unlike his mid-'60s Brill Building output. Re-mastered and re-evaluated for the first time in the UK, this is a timely reissue of one of Diamond's most overlooked and misunderstood albums. First time ever on CD in Europe! Re-mastered in the time-honoured Rev-Ola fashion! Featuring brand new in-depth liner notes! A must for all fans of classic song-writing, Brill Building pop and true late '60s curios!

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Neil Diamond record two albums for Bang Records and then came up with this rather bizarre effort as his first album for MCA, as if the title "Velvet Gloves & Spit" does not give the game away before you even play the album. This is not to say that there are not some catchy little songs on this album, most notably "Honey-Drippin' Times" and "Modern Day Version of Love," as well as one Diamond classic, "Shiloh." But it is going to be hard to remember that after you listen to "The Pot Smoker's Song," which is an anti-drug song that juxtaposes junkies talking about the dangers of drugs with Diamond's catchy little tune and rather insipid little chorus ("Pot, Pot, give us some pot/forget what you are you can be what you're not"). If you did not know that this was a 1968 album then you might think this was some sort of "Saturday Night Live "spoof about "Sesame Street." Then there is that tiny word "Knackelflerg," where I do not have a clue as to what this song could possibly be about except that maybe that it was inspired by "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" because there are some creepy similarities. There were three singles released from this album--"Brooklyn Roads," "Sunday Sun," and the catchy opening track "Two-Bit Manchild"--but none of them cracked the Billboard Top 50. This is an album only of interest to the Neil Diamond fan who needs to have everything ever recorded in their music collection and while there are some decent efforts here, it is the really weird ones that are going to stick with you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Slow-foxy on 22 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Not" polished " yet in the commercial sense, this album still tells you a great deal about where the Neil Diamond "magic" comes from. The whole feel of it is of a young songwriter in New York in the sixties. Enjoy it for what it is. Shilo , Brooklyn Roads , are outstanding and revealing, but there are many other great tracks inc. Modern day version of love,Honey-Drippin` times, Sunday sun etc.. This is a raw, rough Diamond , but isn`t that what he got back to so successfuly in his most recent and deservedly praised 12 Songs ? This is an essential album for anyone who enjoys this great singer -songwriter (all his own compositions ).Take the chance, and trust Neil to make it worthwhile!
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Great to discover some more variations of Neil Diamonds music and I can't help but wonder why some of the tracks were not bigger hits in their day
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