23 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Given the number and scope of Neil Diamond’s hit tunes, the prospect of putting together a representative collection—or even determining which are the “greatest”—is daunting. Happily, this comp is a stellar summary of Diamond’s most prolific period, highlighting jubilant classics from the ’60s (sing-alongs like the horn-drenched “Sweet Caroline” and organ-buoyed “I’m a Believer” are well-represented), as well as epic jams from the singer/songwriter’s rich ’70s catalog, like the plangent “Soolaimón” and “September Morn.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Given the number and scope of Neil Diamond’s hit tunes, the prospect of putting together a representative collection—or even determining which are the “greatest”—is daunting. Happily, this comp is a stellar summary of Diamond’s most prolific period, highlighting jubilant classics from the ’60s (sing-alongs like the horn-drenched “Sweet Caroline” and organ-buoyed “I’m a Believer” are well-represented), as well as epic jams from the singer/songwriter’s rich ’70s catalog, like the plangent “Soolaimón” and “September Morn.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings
Tree44612

One of the Best

Brings back such good memories

Dizzylux

Perfect

His amazing voice with his best songs!

Hazy15

Great ! His concerts never disappoint

Had to download his music to remember how great he is. Went to the concert with my 16yr old granddaughter who was so impressed with the no break 2hr plus concert he gave and has always given

About Neil Diamond

When you consider Neil Diamond’s legacy, you have to specify which Neil Diamond you’re talking about: The professional songwriter who’s penned standards for countless artists? The exemplar of ultra-personal singer/songwriter fare? The glitzy entertainer behind anthems like “Cracklin’ Rosie” and “America”? Born in 1941 and raised in Brooklyn by Jewish immigrant parents who ran a clothing shop, Diamond first made his name as a Brill Building tunesmith (alongside folks like Carole King and Gerry Goffin), providing The Monkees with a jangle-pop gem worthy of their Fab Four forebears: 1966’s “I’m a Believer.” At the same time, his own solo albums teemed with soulful sing-alongs that proved adaptable to any genre: “Kentucky Woman” got rocked up into a breakthrough hit for Deep Purple, while UB40 famously gave “Red Red Wine” a reggae makeover in 1983. (And, of course, there’s not a karaoke bar in the world that hasn’t worn out its backing track of “Sweet Caroline.”) But Diamond’s swinging-’60s pop was undercut by disarming ruminations on loneliness, like “Solitary Man.” And in the ’70s, he reinvented himself as a denim-suited Sinatra on the lavish live set Hot August Night, while ascending to adult-contemporary sainthood with the strings-sweetened Streisand duet “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” But a pair of intimate, Rick Rubin-produced albums in the mid-’00s remind us that behind the big-stage spectacle is an artist who’s always seeking to communicate heartfelt emotions in the simplest terms.

HOMETOWN
New York, NY [Brooklyn]
GENRE
Pop
BORN
January 24, 1941

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