Essential Neil Diamond CD (2001)

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One Great American Artist

by Herb Thorne on 12/25/2008

This cd encompasses Mr. Diamond"s career from the 60's up until 2000. It brings back memories from my teenage years when I was in junior high school going to the dances at the Lee Recreation Hall, in Portland, Maine. His music seems to touch one's inner feelings about love and life. Neil Diamond is a tremendous influence on myself and my own music. I hope he continues to write and record as I surely will look forward to more from this poet of life. 'The Essential Neil Diamond' cd, a two-disc set, is definitely a deal with thirty-eight compositions that etch themselves in one's mind. Truly enjoyable. Read More

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Specifications

Label Sony
SKU 60512253
UPC 696998568129
UPC 14 00696998568129
Format CD
Release Date 12/4/2001
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Author Neil Diamond
Compilation Appearance Last Waltz (Live)
Compilation Appearance Duets Ii
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Just For The Record
Compilation Appearance Memories
Compilation Appearance Timeless-Live In Concert
Compilation Appearance Essential Barbra Streisand (Bonus Tracks) (Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Duets (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Anchorman
Compilation Appearance Duets & Duets Ii:90th Birthday
Compilation Appearance Forever Neil Diamond / Variou
Compilation Appearance Casey Kasem: Driving In The 70's
Compilation Appearance Essential 3.0(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Highlights From Just For The Record
Compilation Appearance Songbird
Compilation Appearance Modern Bride Presents The Wedding Alb
Compilation Appearance Billboard 1960'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Compilation Appearance Easy 80S
Compilation Appearance Anyone Who Had A Heart
Compilation Appearance Anchorman 2:legend Continues (ost)
Compilation Appearance Jonathan Livingston Seagull (ost)
Compilation Appearance Jazz Singer (ost)
Associated Artist/Work Classic Dream Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Heartlite Band
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Quality Singers (The)
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Bobby Darin
Artist Influence Bobby Fuller
Artist Influence Buddy Holly
Artist Influence Burt Bacharach
Artist Influence Dion
Artist Influence Elvis Presley
Artist Influence Hank Williams
Artist Influence Simon & Garfunkel
Artist Influence The Beatles
Artist Influence Tony Bennett
Artist Contemporary ABBA
Artist Contemporary Air Supply
Artist Contemporary Andy Gibb
Artist Contemporary Anne Murray
Artist Contemporary B.J. Thomas
Artist Contemporary Barbra Streisand
Artist Contemporary Barry Manilow
Artist Contemporary Barry Mann
Artist Contemporary Bee Gees
Artist Contemporary Bert Berns
Artist Contemporary Billy Joel
Artist Contemporary Blood, Sweat & Tears
Artist Contemporary Boyce & Hart
Artist Contemporary Bread
Artist Contemporary Brian Hyland
Artist Contemporary Captain & Tennille
Artist Contemporary Carole King
Artist Contemporary Carpenters
Artist Contemporary Cat Stevens
Artist Contemporary Cher
Artist Contemporary Chris de Burgh
Artist Contemporary Christopher Cross
Artist Contemporary David Hasselhoff
Artist Contemporary Donny Osmond
Artist Contemporary Ellie Greenwich
Artist Contemporary Elton John
Artist Contemporary Engelbert Humperdinck (Vocal)
Artist Contemporary Eric Carmen
Artist Contemporary Gerry Goffin (Lyrics)
Artist Contemporary James Taylor (Soft Rock)
Artist Contemporary Jay & the Americans
Artist Contemporary Jeff Barry (Singer/Songwriter)
Artist Contemporary Jim Croce
Artist Contemporary Joe South
Artist Contemporary John Denver
Artist Contemporary Johnny Mathis
Artist Contemporary Johnny Rivers (Pop)
Artist Contemporary Kenny Rogers
Artist Contemporary Lionel Richie
Artist Contemporary Lou Christie
Artist Contemporary Lulu
Artist Contemporary Marti Pellow
Artist Contemporary Melissa Manchester
Artist Contemporary Neil Sedaka
Artist Contemporary Paul Simon
Artist Contemporary Paul Williams (Singer/Songwriter)
Artist Contemporary Phil Collins
Artist Contemporary Rod Stewart
Artist Contemporary The Four Seasons
Artist Contemporary The Raindrops
Artist Contemporary Tom Jones
Artist Contemporary Tommy Roe
Artist Follower Barry Manilow
Artist Follower Billy Joel
Artist Follower Celine Dion
Artist Follower Chris Isaak
Artist Follower Christopher Cross
Artist Follower Dan Hill
Artist Follower Gino Vannelli
Artist Follower Josh Groban
Artist Follower Leo Sayer
Artist Follower Meat Loaf
Artist Follower Melissa Manchester
Artist Follower Tenacious D
Artist Follower Urge Overkill
Technical Info
CatalogID 85681
Lable Name Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Released 12/04/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00696998568129
Musical Guests
Barbra Streisand
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Neil Diamond (vocals, guitar); Barbara Streisand (vocals).
Producers include: Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwhich, Tommy Cogbill, Tom Catalano,
Neil Diamond.
Compilation producers: Neil Diamond, Al Quaglieri.
Engineers include: Phil Ramone, Brooks Arthur, Armin Steiner.
Recorded between February 1966 and October 2001. Includes liner notes by David Wild.
Digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
Audio Mixers: Ron Hitchcock; Bernie Becker.
Liner Note Author: David Wild.
Recording information: Centroplex, Baton Rouge, LA (02/??/1966-10/28/2001); Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA (02/??/1966-10/28/2001); The Forum, Los Angeles, CA (02/??/1966-10/28/2001); The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (02/??/1966-10/28/2001); Van Adel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI (02/??/1966-10/28/2001).
Photographers: Tom Bert; Neal Preston.
2001 gave Neil Diamond fans plenty to cheer about. A new album of all-original studio material (THREE CHORD OPERA), a speaking and singing cameo in the bawdy film SAVING SILVERMAN, and the hit-packed anthology THE ESSENTIAL NEIL DIAMOND. This two-disc set chronologically traces the Brooklyn native's career path over the span of four decades. Packed with mono versions of classic '60s hits, Disc One alone would be a considerable canon for the average musician, thanks to songs like "Solitary Man," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "Kentucky Woman," "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon," "Sweet Caroline," and "I'm A Believer." For Diamond, this was just a start, as he leapt to MOR god-like status via his duet with fellow Erasmus High alumnus Barbra Streisand ("You Don't Bring Me Flowers") and other sentimental sides including "Heartlight," "Love On The Rocks," "September Morn," and the patriotic anthem "America".
A number of in-concert cuts quickly dispel any doubts that Diamond's skills are equally as impressive on stage as they are in the studio. One listen to live favorites like "He Aint' Heavy He's My Brother," "Shilo," and "Brooklyn Roads" cinches Diamond's legacy as an American musical treasure.
Artist Overview
With a career as a hitmaker stretching across the decades, Neil Diamond has purveyed catchy, three-chord pop/rock, progressive singer/songwriter material, middle-of-the-road balladry, and even traditional country. He started out as a Brill Building hitmaker; a songwriter for hire, he worked alongside the likes of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and penned hits for the Monkees and Jay & the Americans. His solo career took off in the mid 1960s and made him one of America's most successful recording artists and concert attractions for a long time to come. Even decades down the road, younger groups such as UB40 in the '80s, Urge Overkill in the '90s, and Smash Mouth in the 2000's were still scoring hits with Diamond's evergreen compositions.
Disc 1
1 Solitary Man - (mono),America
2 Cherry, Cherry - (mono),Hello Again
3 I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No) - (mono),Love On The Rocks
4 Kentucky Woman - (mono),Captain Sunshine - (previously unreleased)
5 Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon - (mono),He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - (previously unreleased)
6 You Got To Me - (mono),Medley: Yes I Will/Lady Magdalene: Yes I Will / Lady Magdelene - (previously unreleased)
7 Red, Red Wine - (mono),Shilo - (previously unreleased)
8 Thank The Lord For The Night Time - (mono),Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - (previously unreleased)
9 I'm A Believer - (mono),If You Know What I Mean
10 Sweet Caroline,Beautiful Noise
11 Song Sung Blue,You Don't Bring Me Flowers
12 Holly Holy,Desir?e
13 I Am...I Said,Forever In Blue Jeans
14 Cracklin' Rosie,September Morn
15 Play Me,I've Been This Way Before
16 Morningside,Yesterday's Songs
17 Crunchy Granola Suite,Heartlight
18 Brooklyn Roads,Headed For The Future
19 Soolaimon - (previously unreleased),You Are The Best Part Of Me
Disc 2
1 Solitary Man - (mono),America
2 Cherry, Cherry - (mono),Hello Again
3 I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No) - (mono),Love On The Rocks
4 Kentucky Woman - (mono),Captain Sunshine - (previously unreleased)
5 Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon - (mono),He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - (previously unreleased)
6 You Got To Me - (mono),Medley: Yes I Will/Lady Magdalene: Yes I Will / Lady Magdelene - (previously unreleased)
7 Red, Red Wine - (mono),Shilo - (previously unreleased)
8 Thank The Lord For The Night Time - (mono),Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - (previously unreleased)
9 I'm A Believer - (mono),If You Know What I Mean
10 Sweet Caroline,Beautiful Noise
11 Song Sung Blue,You Don't Bring Me Flowers
12 Holly Holy,Desir?e
13 I Am...I Said,Forever In Blue Jeans
14 Cracklin' Rosie,September Morn
15 Play Me,I've Been This Way Before
16 Morningside,Yesterday's Songs
17 Crunchy Granola Suite,Heartlight
18 Brooklyn Roads,Headed For The Future
19 Soolaimon - (previously unreleased),You Are The Best Part Of Me
Product Attributes
Artist Diamond,Neil
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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