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  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000026AR0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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CD CBS, CBS 450452 2, 11 Track Title Beautiful Noise

BBC Review

Time never knows what to do with Neil Diamond. He’s been the subject of mockery (see Will Ferrell’s terrifying Diamond sketch on Saturday Night Live) and of serious fandom (comic Rob Brydon is a big fan), possibly because he’s not quite rock and he’s not quite easy listening. His album sleeves look like greetings cards, but his songs are powerful and emotional. His career is hard to pigeonhole.

After writing songs for The Monkees and others in the 1960s (most notably I’m a Believer), he turned his un-sweet croak into a vocal advantage on songs like Sweet Caroline and Crackling Rosie in the 1970s, and in the 21st century has worked with both Brian Wilson and Rick Rubin. (His songs continue to lead an independent existence, from Red Red Wine, revived by UB40, to I’m a Believer, brilliantly remade by Robert Wyatt.)

In the 70s, Diamond was at his peak as a solo performer: middle of the road but with a gravely edge to his work. This 1976 album contains not only the great title-track, a tribute to city sound as music, but also Dry Your Eyes, his collaboration with The Band’s Robbie Robertson, the splendid If You Know What I Mean, and a lot of guitar-light pop-rockers in what would soon be known as the Billy Joel mode. In fact, there’s a highly pleasant lightness to nearly all of this album, which is always good news in Diamond’s case, as he can be a little portentous (he once wrote a song called Be for the soundtrack of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull). Here the instructional tendency is kept to a minimum, with only one song – Don’t Think… Feel – tending towards the instructional.

--David Quantick

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Another marvelous album from the talented Neil Diamond. Great vocals, music and lyrics. A must for any fan. I am very pleased with my purchase and would buy again.
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A great album
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 May 2009
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Neil describes this album as a series of recollections of New York in the early sixties. At that time, he was a struggling songwriter struggling to make a living. Of course, he eventually succeed as a songwriter, following up with success as a singer. By the time that this album appeared, he was an international megastar. As if to prove that he was no longer struggling, he wrote all but one of the songs here and co-wrote the other (Dry your eyes).

The outstanding song here is the title track, which might well sum up the music coming out of New York in the early sixties, although some might argue that the music coming out of Liverpool (led by the Beatles) and Detroit (headquarters of Motown) was an even more beautiful noise. Let's not argue about that but just agree that a lot of great music was made in the sixties.

There are many other great songs here, especially If you know what I mean, Signs, Surviving the life and Don't think - feel. This is a brilliant album by a master at the peak of his craft.
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Less of a concept album and more a series of poignant and nostalgic reflections on a songwriter's life in the NYC of the early sixties, `Beautiful Noise' is one of those albums you should ensure you have with you if anyone offers you a trip to a desert island (take along '12 Songs' as well). What it shares with '12 Songs' is an unlikely collaborator - in this case, producer Robbie Robertson. Neither Rick Rubin (who produced '12 Songs') nor Robbie Robertson would seem at first glance to have much affinity with Neil Diamond, yet these unlikely collaborators helped produce two barnstormingly brilliant albums. There may be a message in this: is you want to produce your best work, choose the least likely partner to help you do it.

Neil Diamond writes in the liner notes to the album that the 1960s was `a period which some have called a renaissance of the American spirit, others, the beginnings of a new age of decadence'. Perhaps the song which best reflects this is the evocative `Dry Your Eyes' (co-written with Robertson). I could be wrong here, but I take it as being a hymn to all the things we lost in the 1960s (JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King - to name but three). The opening drum beat and the concluding bugle call give the song the feel of some great military marching song and lend the song an anthemic quality. It's the perfect way to conclude the album. The opening track, `Beautiful Noise' is a stroke of genius (although I have to confess it's not my own personal favourite). Composers are well known for writing lyrically (and at length) about everything from fields to fjords, but not many take as their inspiration the sounds of the city. There are numerous songs about New York, but few celebrate the way the city actually sounds as well as this one.
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During the early to mid 70s, Diamond was at a peak when it came to writing and performing in concert. He had so many creative juices flowing through him at this time that some of his best original work began to pour out of him in an almost effortless stream.

He had stunned everybody with his "Hot August Night" concerts, already written an award winning soundtrack "JLS" and was about to have another stunning series of concerts filmed and recorded on "Love at the Greek".

Much of the new material for this show was to be taken from this CD...........an excellent package of songs that covers a wide range of musical areas.

The title track became a hit single and although not as successful in the charts, "If You Know What I Mean" was a massive radio hit.............still is.

The quality of the songs, voice, arrangements and production are Diamond at his best, with a great directional assist from Robbie Robertson of The Band.

He covers strong ballads, pure pop, gospel and even a stab at trad. jazz on "Stargazer". There's a genuine thread running through the whole album, covering his early days in "Tin Pan Alley". Having lived it he conveys the feeling of the era superbly.

It's testament to this release that there are a number of tracks on it that are still regarded as "Diamond Standards" even today. Personally, I have a very soft spot for "Signs". A great track that just like "Stones" on a previous album of the same name, hardly ever gets a mention or a play when he is in concert, but is one of my favourites nevertheless.

This is one of the albums that portray Diamond at his best. He was almost reaching a peak at this time and later there was to be a lot of below par work released by the man. However, buy this in the safe knowledge it's a classic.
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This album as always is some of the most wonderful songs and par excellent of the wonderful mind of neil Diamond
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'Beautiful Noise' is the first Neil Diamond LP I bought when it first came out in the seventies and I am re-enjoying it all over again. It has been quite refreshing to hear all the lyrics to 'Stargazer' without the needle jumping. 'Home is a Wounded Heart' is both haunting and well-written and 'Surviving the Life' carries a spiritual message that is unlikely to exceed its shelf-life.

All the songs are sufficient to get even the laziest of big toes tapping along. I would recommend this cd from the faint-hearted to the songbird because it has a lively appeal bordering on deliciously hypnotic ...if you know what I mean.
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