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12 Songs CD (2005)

Artist: Neil Diamond

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Personnel: Neil Diamond (guitar); Neil Diamond (vocals, acoustic guitar); Brian Wilson (vocals); David Campbell (strings, horns); Roger Manning (piano); Billy Preston (organ, Hammond b-3 organ); Jonny Polonsky (guitar, upright bass); Mike Campbell , Pat McLaughlin, Smokey Hormel, Jason Sinay (guitar); Benmont Tench (piano, organ); Larry Knechtel (piano); Patrick Warren (chamberlin); Lenny Castro (percussion). Audio Mixer: Greg Fidelman. Recording information: Akademie Mathematique Of Philosophical Sound Research,; ArchAngel Recording Studio, LA, CA; Oceanway Recording Studio, LA, CA; Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA; Te Sound Factory, Los Angeles, CA; The Sound Factory, LA, CA. Photographer: Martin Atkins. Arranger: Jimmie Haskell. In the 1990s, producer Rick Rubin (renowned for his work with acts ranging from Run-DMC to Slayer) helped to reinvigorate the career of country legend Johnny Cash by bringing him back to the basics of his sound. On 2005's 12 SONGS, Rubin facilitates a similar streamlining with pop crooner Neil Diamond, a not entirely surprising move, as Rubin steered Cash toward covering Diamond on AMERICAN III: SOLITARY MAN. The Brooklyn-born performer returns to his singer/songwriter roots, leaving the glitzy bombast of past outings behind, in favor of a warm, organic atmosphere that often highlights Diamond's own acoustic-guitar playing. This setting allows his emotive voice and distinctive phrasing to carry the tunes, whether he's pining away on "Oh Mary" or reveling in unrestrained affirmation on "Hell Yeah." Although many of the tunes are strikingly spare, there is room for contributions by stellar backing musicians, including Billy Preston (organ) and Heartbreakers Mike Campbell (guitar) and Benmont Tench (piano and organ). An assured album that features Diamond playing to his strengths, 12 SONGS is a welcome return to form for a beloved American pop artist.

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Label Sony
SKU 202109638
UPC 828767750828
UPC 14 00828767750828
Format CD
Release Date 11/8/2005
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Author Neil Diamond
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Artist Diamond,Neil
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
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