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Format: CD
Sku: 202525769
UPC: 826663100822
UPC 14: 00826663100822
Release Date: 5/23/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, A ~ Neil Diamond
2. Sweet Caroline ~ Neil Diamond
3. Ain't No Way ~ Neil Diamond
4. Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon ~ Neil Diamond
5. Kentucky Woman ~ Neil Diamond
6. And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind ~ Neil Diamond
7. Solitary Man ~ Neil Diamond
8. Cracklin' Rosie ~ Neil Diamond
9. Red Red Wine ~ Neil Diamond
10. Glory Road ~ Neil Diamond
11. I'm a Believer ~ Neil Diamond
12. Boat That I Row, The ~ Neil Diamond
13. Holly Holy ~ Neil Diamond
14. Dry Your Eyes ~ Neil Diamond

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Keith Blake.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Steven Chean.
Muze PNote Recording information: 1967-1969.
Muze PNote Author: Neil Diamond.
Muze PNote Photographer: Richard Cartwright.
Muze PNote Neil Diamond may not be the most varied songwriter to ever put pen to paper but what he did, he did masterfully. In his early days he most memorably wrote sunny, gloriously simple tunes like "Cherry, Cherry" and "Thank the Lord for the Nightime" that instantly get the feet tapping and fingers snapping. In the late '60s and early '70s he branched into introspective ballads, but never left behind his prowess at writing instantly familiar choruses. Many bands have had hits with Diamond compositions, and many of them are featured here on Forever Neil Diamond. The collection does two things very well; it showcases Diamond's knack for huge hooks (everything here but especially the Monkees "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You") and shows how easily his songs spanned different styles. From bubbly reggae (UB40's smash interpretation of "Red Red Wine") to grizzly alt-rock (Crooked Fingers' folksy take on "Solitary Man"), smooth alt-rock (Urge Overkill's "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon") and drunk-rock (Shane MacGowan's woozy "Cracklin' Rosie") to Motown (the Four Tops' powerful run-through "I'm a Believer") and deep soul (Bobby Womack's fevered "Sweet Caroline" and Arthur Alexander's rock solid "Glory Road"). Diamond's songs prove quite elastic and easy to personalize. Just to demonstrate how far his songs traveled, he was smooth enough to write MOR weepers like "And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind," here ably crooned by a very at-home sounding Elvis, and heavy enough to appear backed by the Band on "Dry Your Eyes in the Last Waltz." There are a couple of clinkers (Deep Purple nearly capsize "Kentucky Woman" with truly atrocious guitar and organ solos, and Junior Walker & the All-Stars take "Holly Holy" to church and lay it on a bit too thick), but for the most part, this is a tight little collection that goes a long way toward establishing Diamond as one of the great writers of the era. As with any collection like this, you can argue choices and plump for the inclusion of your own personal favorite Diamond covers (Robert Wyatt's "I'm a Believer," Altered Images' "Song Sung Blue"), but you can't deny that Forever Neil Diamond is a fun listen from beginning to end. ~ Tim Sendra

Producer: Jeff Palo; Derek Dressler (Compilation)

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Duets (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Anchorman
Muze Music Compilations Duets & Duets Ii:90th Birthday
Muze Music Compilations Forever Neil Diamond / Variou
Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem: Driving In The 70's
Muze Music Compilations Memories
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Highlights From Just For The Record
Muze Music Compilations Songbird
Muze Music Compilations Modern Bride Presents The Wedding Alb
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1960'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Anyone Who Had A Heart
Muze Music Compilations Anchorman 2:legend Continues (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Jonathan Livingston Seagull (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Singer (ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Classic Dream Orchestra
Heartlite Band
Original Soundtrack
Quality Singers (The)
Duets II ~ Sinatra, Frank
Forever Neil Diamond ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 10082
Music Label Name Label : Shout! Factory
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00826663100822

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