The Very Best of Neil Diamond – The Original Studio Recordings
Columbia Records/Legacy Records
By: Nevra Azerkan
When you think of legendary singer-songwriters, Neil Diamond will always be on the list. Even though he began in the 60s his music continues to thrive. Fans have been waiting for the day to get a hold of a compilation that includes singles from all of the record labels he has recorded with over the years and that was not possible until now.
There are 23 hit recordings featured on this compilation. The entire track listing includes: 1. Forever In Blue Jeans, 2. Beautiful Noise, 3. Love On The Rocks, 4. Cherry, Cherry, 5. I Am…I Said, 6. Sweet Caroline, 7. Cracklin’ Rosie, 8. Play Me, 9. I’m A Believer, 10. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon, 11. Holly Holy, 12. Solitary Man, 13. Song Sung Blue, 14. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, 15. Hello Again, 16. Red, Red Wine, 17. If You Know What I Mean, 18. Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show, 19. Pretty Amazing Grace, 20. Kentucky Woman, 21. Shilo, 22. America and 23. Hell Yeah.
Keep in mind these are hit singles he has released over a span of nearly five decades. Of course Neil has had a plethora of hits, but the tracks chosen for this compilation covers more than you can ask for. Fans will be happy to see singles from “The Jazz Singer”, unforgettable hits such as “Sweet Caroline” and “Cherry Cherry” and a personal favorite, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, a duet with Barbra Streisand.
The mastering is phenomenal. It is hard to believe that these are tracks that were recorded ages ago and on multiple record labels. The consistency of the sound levels is so impressively crisp that you can feel the songs come alive like they were intended to.
One of the coolest aspects that set this compilation apart from others is the liner notes that Neil wrote. He goes through each track retelling a significant story or inspiration for that song. It is far better than just having the obligatory Thank You’s and lyrics. Clearly this release was very special to Neil and he wanted to make it even more special for his fans.
The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Original Studio Recordings is a needed addition for all the die-hard fans and of course the new fans who have been introduced to a true classic musical artist. Not only is this The Very Best of Neil Diamond, but it will also be the very best compilation in your collection.