42 Songs, 2 Hours 25 Minutes


Mastered for iTunes


Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings
17 Ratings

It’s generous for sure

a song 4u

“I’m Alive” and “Headed For The Future” are a couple tracks missing keeping this set absolutely definitive, both discs clock in at 73 minutes and since there’s only two single edits i think there’s enough room for one more track each, 6 minutes can be a lot of real estate. That said this set is a nice mix of of songs set in order of style than chronology and that keeps the tracks fresh and the sonics blows “The Essential Collection” completely away. There are a lot of comps out there regarding Neil’s body of work but this one comes the closest as featuring a sample of each studio album, excluding Christmas, all the way up to his new release “Melody Road” so this set shouldn’t become obsolete soon.

Thank you

Joseph Morningstar

Thank you, Neil for all your songs.... Your Awesome... Joe

Not the version you remember


If you want Neal Diamond the way you remember from the radio, don't buy this version. This one is full of alternative recordings that are far inferior. Instead buy the version with fewer songs.

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.

New York, NY [Brooklyn]
January 24, 1941




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