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Neil Diamond -The Very Best of Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond -The Very Best of Neil Diamond


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Neil Diamond -The Very Best of Neil Diamond


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The Original Studio Recordings

1 Forever in Blue Jeans 3:27
2 Beautiful Noise 3:13
3 Love on the Rocks 3:36
4 Cherry, Cherry 2:43
5 I Am...I Said 3:34
6 Sweet Caroline 3:21
7 Cracklin' Rosie 2:59
8 Play Me 3:51
9 I'm a Believer 2:42
10 Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon 2:59
11 Holly Holy 4:41
12 Solitary Man 2:33
13 Song Sung Blue 3:17
14 You Don't Bring Me Flowers 3:15
15 Hello Again 4:02
16 Red, Red Wine 2:41
17 If You Know What I Mean 3:41
18 Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show 3:29
19 Pretty Amazing Grace 3:53
20 Kentucky Woman 2:24

The Very Best of Neil Diamond - The Original Studio Recordings

1. Forever In Blue Jeans recorded November 1978 arranged and conducted by Tom Hensley Produced by Bob Gaudio Columbia single #3-10897, rel. 1/16/79 charted 1/27/79; weeks: 11; peak: #20 from the Columbia album You Don't Bring Me Flowers (FC 35625), rel. 12/78 2. Beautiful Noise recorded 11/5/75 strings and horns arranged by Nick DeCaro Produced by Robbie Robertson Columbia single #3-10452, rel. 11/16/76 from the Columbia album Beautiful Noise (PC 33965), rel. 6/10/76 3. Love On The Rocks recorded October 1980 Produced by Bob Gaudio Capitol single #4939 charted 11/1/80; weeks: 20; peak; #2(3) from the Capitol album The Jazz Singer (SWAV-12120), rel. 11/10/80 4. Cherry, Cherry recorded 1966 Produced by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich Bang single #528 charted 8/20/66; weeks: 12; peak: #6 from the Bang album The Feel Of Neil Diamond (BLP-214), rel. 10/66 5. I Am...I Said Produced by Tom Catalano UNI single #55278 charted 3/27/71; weeks: 10; peak: #4 from the UNI album Stones (93106), rel. 10/71 Originally released in 1971 6. Sweet Caroline Produced by Tommy Cogbill, Tom Catalano & Neil Diamond UNI single #55136 charted 6/28/69; weeks: 14; peak: #4 from the UNI album reissue Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show (73047), rel. 7/69 Originally released in 1969 7. Cracklin' Rosie Produced by Tom Catalano & Neil Diamond UNI single #55250 charted 8/22/70; weeks: 15; peak: #1 from the UNI album Tap Root Manuscript (73092), rel. 10/70 Originally released in 1970 8. Play Me Produced by Tom Catalano & Neil Diamond UNI single #55346 charted 8/12/72; weeks: 11; peak: #11 from the UNI album Moods (93136), rel. 6/72 9. I'm A Believer recorded 1967 Produced by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich Bang single #586 charted 6/26/71; weeks: 8; peak: #51 from the Bang album Just For You (BLP-217), rel. 9/67 10. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon recorded 1967 Produced by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich Bang single #542 charted 4/8/67; weeks: 11; peak: #10 from the Bang album Just For You (BLP-217), rel. 9/67 11. Holly Holy Produced by Tom Catalano & Tommy Cogbill UNI single #55175 charted 11/1/69; weeks: 14; peak: #6 from the UNI album Touching You, Touching Me (73071), rel. 10/69 Originally released in 1969 12. Solitary Man recorded 1966 Produced by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich Bang single #519 charted 5/21/66; weeks: 10; peak: #55 from the Bang album The Feel Of Neil Diamond (BLP-214), rel. 10/66 13. Song Sung Blue Produced by Tom Catalano & Neil Diamond UNI single #55326 charted 5/6/72; weeks: 13; peak: #1 from the UNI album Moods (93136), rel. 6/72 14. You Don't Bring Me Flowers duet with Barbra Streisand arranged by Alan Lindgren recorded November 1978 Produced by Bob Gaudio Columbia single #3-10840, rel. 10/17/78 charted 10/28/78; weeks: 17; peak: #1(2) from the Columbia album You Don't Bring Me Flowers (FC 35625), rel. 12/78 15. Hello Again recorded October 1980 Produced by Bob Gaudio Capitol single #4960 charted 1/31/81; weeks: 16; peak; #6 from the Capitol album The Jazz Singer (SWAV-12120), rel. 11/10/80 16. Red, Red Wine recorded 1967 Produced by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich from the Bang album Just for You (BLP-2170), rel. 9/67 17. If You Know What I Mean recorded 11/5/75 strings and horns arranged by Nick DeCaro Produced by Robbie Robertson Columbia single #3-10366, rel. 6/4/76 charted 6/19/76; weeks: 12; peak: #11 from the Columbia album Beautiful Noise (PC 33965), rel. 6/10/76 18. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show Produced by Tommy Cogbill & Chips Moman UNI single #55109 charted 2/22/69; weeks: 13; peak: #22 from the UNI album Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show (73047), rel. 3/69 Originally released in 1969 19. Pretty Amazing Grace Produced by Rick Rubin from the Columbia album Home Before Dark (88697 15465 2), rel. 5/6/08 20. Kentucky Woman recorded 1967 Produced by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich Bang single #551 charted 10/14/67; weeks: 8; peak: #22 from the Bang album Just For You (BLP-217), rel. 9/67 21. Shilo Produced by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich Bang single #575 charted 2/7/70; weeks: 14; peak: #24 from the Bang album Just For You (BLP-217), rel. 9/67 Originally Recorded 1967. 22. America recorded October 1980 Produced by Bob Gaudio Capitol single #4960 charted 4/25/81; weeks: 17; peak; #8 from the Capitol album The Jazz Singer (SWAV-12120), rel. 11/10/80 23. Hell Yeah Produced by Rick Rubin from the Columbia album 12 Songs (88697 03958 2), rel. 11/8/05

The Very Best of Neil Diamond - The Original Studio Recordings includes "Recollections," a revelatory set of liner notes penned by Neil especially for this collection, providing anecdotal detail and behind-the-scenes point-of-view insight into each of the songs.

In his reflections on "Hell Yeah," the track that closes the album, he writes, "'Hell Yeah' is an affirmation of a lifetime spent devoted to music and my attempt to find a personally satisfying life for myself beyond the music. I have that life now but it was a much harder job than I thought possible. Still, well worth all the years and all the tears."

In closing his "Recollections" for The Very Best of Neil Diamond - The Original Studio Recordings, Neil says, "I wish I could personally thank the hundreds of musicians, arrangers, and engineers who, along with the producers, spent long days and nights in studios around the country to make these recordings vibrate and thrill. As a songwriter I can only humbly bow down and thank them all from the depths of my heart for giving wings to my dreams."

Across a musical career spanning nearly five decades, Neil Diamond has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, with a remarkable track record of 16 Top Ten albums, and 37 Top Ten singles. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Neil Diamond has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. Among Diamond's many other honors, he has received a Golden Globe Award, 12 Grammy nominations and was named the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year.