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Album Review

Neil Diamond didn't stay long on MCA's Uni label, but it was a time when recording artists were expected to release at least two LPs a year, and he pumped out eight albums between 1969 and 1972, sometimes by covering songs written by others, giving MCA a substantial catalog it has used in years since to create many compilations. In 1981, there was one called Love Songs that never made the charts but achieved perennial sales that eventually resulted in a gold record certification. In time for Valentine's Day 2002, MCA revamped the album as a midline-priced CD. Four tracks have been jettisoned and replaced by two of the singer's biggest Uni hits, "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Sweet Caroline," and live versions of two songs from before the Uni era that achieved renewed success in the '80s and '90s, "Red, Red Wine" (revived for a number one hit by UB40 in 1988) and "Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon" (featured in a recording by Urge Overkill on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack in 1994). And a 14th track, "If I Never Knew Your Name" from the 1969 album Brother Love's Traveling Show, has been added. The revised, expended lineup strengthens the album, giving it greater variety. Diamond is more convincing when he is singing his own compositions than when he is interpreting those of others. His version of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind" sounds like a run-through, and Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" is given an odd string coda. But Diamond really throws himself into a minor song of his own like "Modern Day Version of Love." So, perhaps the collection would be better if it consisted entirely of originals. Still, the album remains a good choice of Valentine's Day present for the Neil Diamond fan.

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Correction Needed

I believe this should be the 1972 version of Love Songs. I think it was rereleased as a CD with the album cover on iTunes. This is what it should be. Artist: Neil Diamond Album: Love Songs [1972] Year: 1972 Tracks 1. Theme 2. If You Go Away 3. Last Thing on My Mind 4. Coldwater Morning 5. Juliet 6. Both Sides Now 7. Play Me 8. Hurtin' You Don't Come Easy 9. Husbands and Wives 10. Until It's Time for You to Go 11. And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind 12. A Modern Day Version of Love 13. Suzanne We need to fix this before some young budding Diamond fan gets confused and misses out on a song like Coldwater Morning in favor of Sweet Caroline. Thanks

neil diamond is a great singer

i think neil diamond is probably like one of the great pop singers of all time .

Neil diamond

I wish he would come back on tour


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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