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12 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

Neil Diamond

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Album Review

Keying off the title of an earlier hits collection on another label, Columbia's 12 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 sums up Neil Diamond's first eight years with the label, 1973-1981, as well as his successful 1980 soundtrack for The Jazz Singer on Capitol Records. Five of the 12, "Longfellow Serenade," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (with Barbra Streisand), "Love on the Rocks," "Hello Again," and "America," were Top Ten hits. Another six, "Be," "If You Know What I Mean," "Desiree," "Forever in Blue Jeans," "September Morn," and "Yesterday's Songs," made the Top 40, and the last, "Beautiful Noise," was the title track of Diamond's best album of the period. The songs share a catchiness that belies Diamond's shallow philosophizing and thinly veiled lust, and they make for a consistent collection out of what had been a series of uneven albums. And, since Diamond only made the Top Ten one more time, the album caps his hit-making days. This is the record to buy instead of investing in the Columbia catalog.

Customer Reviews

Pretty good, And i'm the first to write a review!!!!

I'm the first! that's pretty cool. I can't believe that no one has written a review before. Now, I'm just a kid, but i think the album's pretty good. My favorite songs are: America Forever in Blue Jeans Desiree Beautiful noise. Check out the album, it's pretty good.

Neil Diamond is amazing here, and always!

To the person who claims Neil just sang "whatever" people put in front of him, reality check: he is a singer/songwriter for a reason. He not only sings, he WRITES. His style of songwriting is brilliant - sometimes personal, sometimes cheeky, sometimes intimate, sometimes commercial. You clearly know nothing about his music, so waste your time reviewing music you actually know something about. I wouldn't count this as one of my favorite Neil albums, but it's still amazing nonethless.


Neil Diamond had songwriting skill. (That idiot who wrote the one star review obviously has no taste in good music. It's okay to not like an artist and his style of music, but don't go around saying things that aren't true just because of your immaturity!) Anyway, this is a good collection and Forever in Blue Jeans is one of the best songs I've ever heard. ;)


Born: January 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 out into recording and performing, and by the early '70s was topping the charts with the self-written singles "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Song Sung Blue."...
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