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Stages: Performances 1970-2002 (w/ Bonus DVD) (Live) CD 1 of 1

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Sku: 60615353
UPC: 827969054024
UPC 14: 00827969054024
Release Date: 9/30/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Overture ~ Neil Diamond
2. America ~ Neil Diamond
3. Mission Of Love, A ~ Neil Diamond
4. Hello Again ~ Neil Diamond
5. Kentucky Woman ~ Neil Diamond
6. Boat That I Row ~ Neil Diamond
7. Cherry, Cherry ~ Neil Diamond
8. Red, Red Wine ~ Neil Diamond
9. I'm A Believer ~ Neil Diamond
10. Play Me ~ Neil Diamond
11. Love On The Rocks ~ Neil Diamond
12. Soolaimon ~ Neil Diamond
13. If You Know What I Mean ~ Neil Diamond
14. Beautiful Noise ~ Neil Diamond
15. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon ~ Neil Diamond
16. I Haven't Played This Song In Years ~ Neil Diamond
17. You Are The Best Part Of Me ~ Neil Diamond
18. Forever In Blue Jeans ~ Neil Diamond
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Starflight ~ Neil Diamond
2. Captain Sunshine ~ Neil Diamond
3. Holly Holy ~ Neil Diamond
4. Sweet Caroline ~ Neil Diamond
5. Sweet Caroline - (reprise) ~ Neil Diamond
6. You Don't Bring Me Flowers ~ Neil Diamond
7. Yes I Will / Lady Magdelene ~ Neil Diamond
8. Shilo ~ Neil Diamond
9. He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother ~ Neil Diamond
10. I Am...I Said ~ Neil Diamond
11. Cracklin' Rosie ~ Neil Diamond
12. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show ~ Neil Diamond
13. America - (walk off) ~ Neil Diamond
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Lordy ~ Neil Diamond
2. Brooklyn Roads ~ Neil Diamond
3. Home Is A Wounded Heart ~ Neil Diamond
4. Last Picasso, The ~ Neil Diamond
5. Last Thing On My Mind, The ~ Neil Diamond
6. You Got Me ~ Neil Diamond
7. God Only Knows ~ Neil Diamond
8. Lay Lady Lay ~ Neil Diamond
9. Glory Road ~ Neil Diamond
10. Rocket Man ~ Neil Diamond
11. Say Maybe ~ Neil Diamond
12. Once In A While ~ Neil Diamond
13. Rainy Day Song ~ Neil Diamond
14. Guitar Heaven ~ Neil Diamond
15. Songs Of Life ~ Neil Diamond
16. Fire On The Tracks ~ Neil Diamond
17. Brooklyn On A Saturday Night ~ Neil Diamond
18. Primitive ~ Neil Diamond
19. Story Of My Life, The ~ Neil Diamond
Disc 4
Song Title
1. This Time ~ Neil Diamond
2. American Popular Song, The ~ Neil Diamond
3. Teach Me Tonight ~ Neil Diamond
4. Dedicated To The One I Love ~ Neil Diamond
5. Spanish Harlem ~ Neil Diamond
6. Beatles Medley:: Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End ~ Neil Diamond
7. Sweet L. A. Days ~ Neil Diamond
8. Fortune Of The Night ~ Neil Diamond
9. Mountains Of Love ~ Neil Diamond
10. If There Were No Dreams ~ Neil Diamond
11. All I Really Need Is You ~ Neil Diamond
12. Yesterday's Songs ~ Neil Diamond
13. Can Anybody Hear Me ~ Neil Diamond
14. Talking Optimist Blues ~ Neil Diamond
15. Everybody ~ Neil Diamond
16. Marry Me ~ Neil Diamond
17. In My Lifetime ~ Neil Diamond
18. I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No) ~ Neil Diamond
19. Longfellow Serenade ~ Neil Diamond
20. Unchained Melody ~ Neil Diamond
21. I Believe In Happy Endings ~ Neil Diamond
Disc 5
Song Title
1. Oh Holy Night ~ Neil Diamond
2. Silent Night ~ Neil Diamond
3. White Christmas ~ Neil Diamond
4. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer ~ Neil Diamond
5. O Come, O Come Emmanuel ~ Neil Diamond
6. Little Drummer Boy ~ Neil Diamond
7. Morning Has Broken ~ Neil Diamond
8. You Make It Feel Like Christmas ~ Neil Diamond
9. Christmas Song, The ~ Neil Diamond
10. Winter Wonderland ~ Neil Diamond
11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town ~ Neil Diamond
12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas ~ Neil Diamond
Celebrating over 30 years in the spotlight, STAGES: PERFORMANCES 1970-2002 is the ultimate Neil Diamond live box set. There are 5 audio CDs containing 83 tracks, all but one of which are previously unreleased. Forty-two of these performances include songs that Neil Diamond has never issued in live versions before, a true boon to collectors. Among those 42 tracks are 5 numbers that Neil Diamond has never recorded or released before on any album. The sixth disc, a DVD, contains highlights (12 songs) from a 2002 concert in Dublin plus a backstage video documentary of "Life On the Road." STAGES is the largest single collection of previously unreleased live material ever commercially/officially issued on one artist in pop music history.

The ultra-deluxe, book-style package includes a 52-page booklet with liner notes written by Neil Diamond, comprehensive track-by-track annotations and band personnel, and more than 40 pages of previously uncirculated photography.

Neil Diamond's liner note essay entitled "An Unexpected Journey," goes right back to his early days as he reflects upon his career. "This is all a long way from 1966," he writes, "when I played that high school gym in Tampa and stayed in a Motel 6. But there's one thing that hasn't changed, and that is the excitement I feel about performing live. Taking the stage is as palpable and seductive for me today as it was back then. The thrill of the unknown, the new, and the unpredictable is still as inspiring and welcome to me after all these years as it was when I first took the stage and made that fool's leap of faith."

STAGES: PERFORMANCES 1970-2002 is truly extraordinary in its scope. The first two CDs, "A Night In Las Vegas, 12/27/02," comprise an entire uncut Neil Diamond concert recording, from the most successful tour of his career. The next two CDs, "Many Stages," comprise performances recorded between 1970 and 2001, in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and Germany - a total of 40 numbers, more than half of which are making their live version debuts here for the first time. The fifth CD, "Live Christmas," comprises live versions of 12 yuletide favorites recorded in the U.S. and Ireland between 1978 and 1999, all but one of which are songs that that Neil Diamond has never issued in live versions before.

The sixth disc in the package is a 2-part DVD. Part 1, "On Stage Highlights: Filmed Live In Dublin, 7/6/02, Lansdowne Road," is comprised of 12 songs, two of which, "September Morn" and "Solitary Man," are not heard elsewhere on the audio CDs. Part 2 of the DVD is titled "Backstage: Welcome To Diamondville 2001-2002," and is sub-titled "A Documentary Of Life On The Road."

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Includes a DVD disc.
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Neil Diamond (vocals, guitar); Eddie Rubin, Randy Sterling, Carol Hunter, Mark Kapner, Dennis St. John, Alan Lindgren, Richard Bennett, Emory Gordy Jr., Reinie Press, Danny Nicholson, Jeffrey Kewley, Jesse Diamond, Doug Rhone, Julia Waters, Ron Tutt, Oren Waters, Art Velasco, Ralf Rickert, Larry Klimas, Don Markese.
Muze PNote Compilation producers: Neil Diamond, Sam Cole.
Muze PNote Recorded between 1970-2002. Includes liner notes by Laurie Viera Rigler.
Muze PNote Few singers are as connected with sing-alongs as the New York City born and raised Neil Diamond. From rousing renditions at pubs to interpretations at karaoke clubs, his songs are vigorously sung from sea to shining sea. The incomparable Mr. Diamond's songs are made to be sung lustily, feverishly, with reckless abandon, and as one would predict, Neil himself sings them that way, making his live shows, concert events in the full-bodied, Tom Jones sense of the word. His shows are the ultimate in fan friendly entertainment, interspersed with wandering tales and sudden, direct connections with the crowd. This distinctly Diamond behavior was even the subject of a Saturday Night Live sketch that played in part off his stage digressions and in part off the passion in his songs, songs which sometimes wear arcane, wonderfully obtuse, and even pleadingly earnest lyrics on their sleeve.
Muze PNote The box set STAGES gathers all the live Diamond any fan might desire in five audio discs and a DVD. The performances span his formative years in the early 1970s, when he channeled raw yet sweet Stax-style soul, through his ballads of the '80s and his famous Christmas caroling to two concerts from 2002. All of these performances capture the flavor, the passion, the sound bites, and the sweat of a Neil Diamond concert experience.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Last Waltz (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Muze Music Compilations Duets Ii
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Just For The Record
Muze Music Compilations Timeless-Live In Concert
Muze Music Compilations Essential Barbra Streisand (Bonus Tracks) (Limited Edition)
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 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 Easy 80S
Muze Music Compilations Anyone Who Had A Heart
Muze Music Compilations Jonathan Livingston Seagull (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Singer (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Memories

Associated Artists and Works

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

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/30/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 90540
Music Label Name Label : Legacy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 5
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00827969054024

Professional Reviews

Q (1/04, p.132)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[H]is sonorous vocal power and masterful phrasing have remained intact..."


Over the course of a career that kicked in with the adolescent rush of Cherry Cherry in 1966 and crescendoed thirty years later with the 3-CD retrospective In My Lifetime, Neil Diamond has never failed to delight and surprise his fans with fresh approaches to the music that moves him the most deeply. The happy saga of Neil Diamond, one of the most creatively bold and prolific singer-songwriters to emerge in the rock era, is one American tale well worth repeating. At age 16, he received a guitar as a birthday present, and soon he focused on lessons and, later, songwriting. He later attended NYU as a pre-med student on a fencing scholarship, but songwriting remained his first love. He left college six months before graduating to accept a songwriting position with a publishing company for $50 a week, and has never regretted the decision. Diamond eventually leased an office on Broadway for $35 a month where he could devote all his time to writing.

After several lean years, he was approached by producers Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. This meeting led to his eventual signing with Bang Records. At his first Bang session in 1966, Neil recorded what would become his first three hit singles: Solitary Man,Cherry, Cherry,and I Got The Feeling (Oh No, No). He also scored his first #1 record as a writer with the Monkees I'm A Believer. Diamond's Bang Records catalog included the albums The Feel of Neil Diamond (his 1966 debut), Just For You (1967), Neil Diamond's Greatest Hits (1968) and Shilo (1970). 1969 brought him his biggest record of the early years, Sweet Caroline, from the album Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show/Sweet Caroline, an album that combined gospel themes with pop formats. The following year, he released the albums Touching You Touching Me, which included the hit single "Holly Holy," and "Tap Root Manuscript (1970)," which experimented with African-inspired arrangements. At the height of his touring popularity, Diamond announced a sabbatical from the stage to devote more time to his family, but in 1976, he resumed performing with record-breaking tours of Australia and New Zealand. In 1973, Neil signed with Columbia, with which he has enjoyed his greatest successes. His first release for the label, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, became his #2 all-time best-seller and earned him Grammy and Golden Globe awards. In 1974 he released Serenade, which yielded the hit, "Longfellow Serenade." In 1976 he recorded the platinum Beautiful Noise with producer Robbie Robertson. The late 70s found Diamond on both the radio and TV airwaves. In 1976, he returned to the Greek Theater for eight SRO shows, resulting in his first TV special and his second live LP, 1977's platinum Love At The Greek. On the singles charts, his 1978 duet ballad with Barbra Streisand, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," reached #1.

In 1994, Diamond released Live In America, which documented his record-breaking two-year "Love In The Round" world tour, in which he performed on a 360-degree stage built in the middle of every arena he played. The Tennessee Moon project, which Diamond recorded in Nashville with the help of such stellar country artists as Waylon Jennings and the Mavericks' Raul Malo, followed in 1996, and included a companion TV special and home video. Also in 1996 came the extraordinary 70-song In My Lifetime boxed-set containing 37 hit singles, 16 previously unissued early demos, alternative versions of well known classics, the newly written and recorded title track, and a full-color 72-page booklet with extensive liner notes including an interview with Diamond, scores of rare photos, a complete discography, and song-by-song annotations by Diamond. It was a fitting package for the enduring artist who had already sold 110 million records and set box office records at major venues all over the world. Neil Diamond won a Grammy in 1973 as composer of the Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture (Jonathan Livingston Seagull) and achieved one of his biggest successes with the soundtrack to the movie The Jazz Singer, in which he starred opposite Sir Laurence Olivier. In 1998 Neil Diamond, the interpretive vocalist, returned to the movies as the inspiration for The Movie Album As Time Goes By, a two-disc collection of 20 classic songs from the treasure trove of motion picture music. True to the spirit and magic of Hollywood at its best, The Movie Album As Time Goes By was recorded live on 20th Century Fox's Newman Scoring Stage and conducted by the legendary film composer/conductor Elmer Bernstein. The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. Unchallenged as one of the rock era's greatest live solo performers, Diamond's latest world tour began in October, 1998 and continued through 1999, performing 117 SRO shows in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia/ New Zealand. His spectacular New Year's Eve concert appearance in Denver was broadcast worldwide during ABC-TV's Millennium coverage. Amusement Business named Diamond the #5 touring performer of the 90's. On June 15, 2000, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Diamond the coveted Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, making him one of a select few composers to be honored twice by the organization. Most recently, Diamond appeared in a cameo role in the motion picture Saving Silverman.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Diamond,Neil
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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