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Would be five stars for the music, but it,s another questionable "Best Of"
on 27 November 2006
Just what the world needs, another Neil Diamond Greatest Hits/Best Of package. Well actually we could do with one .Unfortunately it's not this one. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with the music. Anyone familiar with Mr Diamond will already know and no doubt love the material on here but any compilation of his best moments that leaves off tracks like "Brooklyn Roads" , "Done Too Soon" , "Love On the Rocks" , "Forever In Blue Jeans " and "Beautiful Noise" to name five songs off the top of my head is seriously deficient .
Doing a bit of research it's actually difficult to find an album that encapsulates all the juicy stuff from the early Bang singles through his classic MCA/ Universal period to the more middle of the road but still very fine indeed Columbia output. There is a Greatest Hits CD covering from 1966-1992 but half the material on that is actually recorded live.
So for my money there is a definite gap to be filled , one that would truly represent all of the sumptuous music this under appreciated performer ( Catching footage of him in his pomp is quite a revelation ).A great singer, a gifted song writer Neil Diamond deserves better than the paucity of vision shown here. A box set maybe? And if it's a case of various record companies getting their mendacious heads together than someone get the cattle prods out and get them round a table.
Like I mentioned earlier the music here is terrific but a true best of ....nahhhh. Twenty one songs, and twenty one songs open to vigorous debate just doesn't do the man justice.