The Essential Neil Diamond
 : The Essential Neil Diamond

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0696998568129
Format: Original recording remastered
Item Dimensions: 4748425559
Label: Columbia
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Columbia
MPN: 770999
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: December 04, 2001
Publisher: Columbia
Region Code: 1
Release Date: December 04, 2001
Studio: Columbia

Disc 1:
  1. Solitary Man
  2. Cherry, Cherry
  3. I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No)
  4. Kentucky Woman
  5. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon
  6. You Got To Me
  7. Red, Red Wine
  8. Thank The Lord For The Night Time
  9. I'm A Believer
  10. Sweet Caroline
  11. Song Sung Blue
  12. Holly Holy
  13. I Am...I Said
  14. Cracklin' Rosie
  15. Play Me - Live
  16. Morningside - Live
  17. Crunchy Granola Suite - Live
  18. Brooklyn Roads - Live
  19. Soolaimon - Live
Disc 2:
  1. America
  2. Hello Again
  3. Love On The Rocks
  4. Captain Sunshine
  5. He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother - Live
  6. Yes I Will/Lady Magdalene - Live
  7. Shilo - Live
  8. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - Live
  9. If You Know What I Mean
  10. Beautiful Noise
  11. You Don't Bring Me Flowers
  12. Desirie
  13. Forever In Blue Jeans
  14. September Morn
  15. I've Been This Way Before
  16. Yesterday's Songs
  17. Heartlight
  18. Headed For The Future
  19. You Are The Best Part Of Me
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Product Description:
30 tracks from all phases of his career, including every Top 10 hit from the Bang, Uni, Columbia and even Capitol labels (which is really unprecedented)! Includes Cherry, Cherry; Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon; Kentucky Woman; Red Red Wine; Holly Holy; Sweet Caroline; Cracklin' Rosie; Song Sung Blue; Love on the Rocks; Hello Again; America; I Am I Said; Longfellow Serenade; You Don't Bring Me Flowers , and more.
Neil Diamond is one of a rare breed. As a songwriter, his music has been covered successfully by artists as diverse as the Monkees, Deep Purple, UB40, and Smash Mouth. But Diamond used that three-chord alchemy to build an unparalleled career as a performer as well. The 38 tracks on these two discs address those interlocking legacies in the most comprehensive manner yet, gathering his material from Bang! Records (including such pop staples as "Solitary Man," "Cherry, Cherry," "Kentucky Woman," "Red, Red Wine," and "I'm a Believer"), Universal (highlighted by "Sweet Caroline," Song Sung Blue," "Holly Holy," and "I Am ... I Said"), and Columbia for the first time. And if Diamond has veered toward the middle of the road on those latter recordings (such as "September Morn," "Heartlight," and the Streisand duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"), there remains a remarkable consistency throughout his work. As if to underscore the point, a number of mid-period hits (including "Shiloh," "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show," and "Soolaimon") are featured as live recordings from fall 2001. These performances show that the sweet roughness of his voice has only grown in power and drama; it's small wonder that Diamond remains one of the top live draws in the business. Even if it overlooks Diamond's unlikely late-'90s hit country album (Tennessee Moon), this set manages to be both concise and thorough, the best introduction yet to an American music legend. --Jerry McCulley

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