- Audio CD (30 May 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony Music Cmg
- ASIN: B004IY1ALM
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Listening to this latest compilation of his early years you become aware of the seed that was to germinate into the extraordinary talent that is Neil Diamond.
This collection from his early "Bang Recording" days is best summed up as his "Pop" period. During the 60s Diamond wrote great 3 minute pop songs that had a great hook and energy that you couldn't help but get carried away with. They had the infectious wave of a young man finding his feet and song craft, which was a breath of fresh air.
Diamond managed to write breezy rock singles that were ultimately driven with a great ear for an acoustic guitar riff. Most of the songs are driven along on classic three or four chord structures that to this day still hit you between the eyes and get your heart pumping.
Cherry, Cherry: Kentucky Woman: The Boat that I Row: I'm a Believer (a huge Monkees hit) and Thank The Lord for The Night Time are all great examples. However, he also wrote great introspective songs like Red Red Wine: Solitary Man: The Long Way Home and Shilo. Considering the time span and his relative youthfulness, his output at this time was very impressive.
His voice is different to that of today, a younger man with a great melodic and untamed voice that perfectly fits the period. Like a fabulous painting, his songs provide the canvass for his voice to frame.
A lot of people have been waiting a long tome for this catalogue of songs to be released and the sound and packaging is certainly no disappointment.Read more ›
Recorded just before Diamond started to enjoy real success, these really do show the strengths of his writing, singing and arranging, and show the birth of the legend that was to come.
Fans have been awaiting this release for a very long time - it is the first time that these two albums have been released in their entirety on CD. Up until now we have had to make do with anthologies that only cover about half the tracks, but here, finally, we have all the tracks in all their glory. And the remastering sounds pretty good as well. So three cheers that this material has finally had the release it deserves. I think it is well worth upgrading if you have some of the earlier 12 track collections, and this is an excellent place for Diamond beginners to start. 5 stars.
Interestingly enough however your Amazon list omits two additional ND penned tracks: Crooked Street, and Shot Down, both of which are not currently available (July 2011) on Amazon UK. Crooked Street is to my ear a very catchy number with a great guitar backing. In fact both are deserving of note in any archive of Neil's great body of work. Wonderful singer and not only that - a great guy with a modest disposition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is very early Neil Diamond and is some of his best work, however there is no such track as Milk And Honey on this set but all the other titles are included. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karl Johansen
This is the real Neil Diamond singing what I feel are his best and most catchiest songs.Published on 2 Aug. 2014 by peter c
GREAT 60S TRACKS PROD BY JEFF AND ELLIE GIANTS OF MUSIC OF THE PERIOD SO U CAN EXPECT TOP NOTCH RECORDINGS.GREAT BOOKLET WITH VG PHOTOS.NEIL IN GREAT VOICE THROUGOUT.RECOMMENDEDPublished on 8 May 2014 by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
As is nearly always the case with singer/songwriters, Neil Diamond at his very best in the early years especially here with the production skills of the legendary Ellie Greenwich... Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I chose this rating because it arrived two days before it was due & well packed
would recommend it to any Neil Diamond fan
As an avid Diamond fan it is quite a shock to find tracks that I have not heard before.Most of this stuff is before he was famous . Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2013 by mr robin tanner