- Audio CD (18 Nov. 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Columbia
- ASIN: B000026AR0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Other Sellers on Amazon
Beautiful Noise CD
|Price:||£6.99 & FREE UK Delivery on orders dispatched by Amazon over £20. Delivery Details|
|Listen Now with Amazon Music|
|Amazon Music Unlimited|
|New from||Used from|
Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) is a service Amazon offers sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's warehouses, and Amazon directly does the picking, packing, shipping and customer service on these items. Something Amazon hopes you'll especially enjoy: FBA items are eligible for and for Amazon Prime just as if they were Amazon items.
If you're a seller, you can increase your sales significantly by using Fulfilment by Amazon. We invite you to learn more about this programme .
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
CD CBS, CBS 450452 2, 11 Track Title Beautiful Noise
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
Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant, as always ! A good,well manufactured and produced album !Published 12 months ago by colyer
very well produced by Robbie Robertson some excellent tracks here from Neil Dry Your Eyes is one of my favourites but the album is a Beautiful Noise from Mr DiamondPublished 18 months ago by Jock
There are lists, albums You must have, Neil Diamond is such an artist that, for a lot of people does not belong on that list ... well they are wrong ! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rik