20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Neil Diamond

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any record company worth their salt, MCA knows a good gimmick when they see it, and when the millennium came around, well, the 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection wasn't too far behind. Supposedly, the millennium is a momentous occasion, but it's hard to feel that way when it's used as another excuse to turn out a budget-line series. But apart from the presumptuous title, 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection turns out to be a very good budget-line series. True, it's impossible for any of these brief collections to be definitive, but they're nevertheless solid samplers that don't feature a bad song in the bunch. For example, take ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any record company worth their salt, MCA knows a good gimmick when they see it, and when the millennium came around, well, the 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection wasn't too far behind. Supposedly, the millennium is a momentous occasion, but it's hard to feel that way when it's used as another excuse to turn out a budget-line series. But apart from the presumptuous title, 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection turns out to be a very good budget-line series. True, it's impossible for any of these brief collections to be definitive, but they're nevertheless solid samplers that don't feature a bad song in the bunch. For example, take Neil Diamond's 20th Century volume -- it's an irresistible summary of his MCA years, rivaling the previous His 12 Greatest Hits. There may be a couple of noteworthy songs missing, but all the big hits of that era are here, including "Sweet Caroline," "Holly Holy," "Song Sung Blue," "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show," "Play Me," "Brooklyn Roads," "Crunchy Granola Suite," "Stone," "Soolaimon," "I Am...I Said" and "Cracklin' Rosie." Serious fans will want something more extensive, but this is an excellent introduction for neophytes and a great sampler for casual fans, considering its length and price. That doesn't erase the ridiculousness of the series title, but the silliness is excusable when the music and the collections are good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811194727
  • Catalog Number: 11947
  • Sales rank: 6,764

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Caroline (3:23)
  2. 2 Holly Holy (4:42)
  3. 3 Song Sung Blue (3:19)
  4. 4 Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (3:30)
  5. 5 Play Me (3:54)
  6. 6 Brooklyn Roads (3:40)
  7. 7 Crunchy Granola Suite (2:56)
  8. 8 Stones (3:07)
  9. 9 Soolaimon (4:25)
  10. 10 I Am...I Said (3:36)
  11. 11 Cracklin' Rosie (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Primary Artist
Lee Holdridge Conductor
Marty Paich Conductor
Larry Muhoberac Conductor
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Producer
Chip Taylor Producer
Tom Catalano Producer
Tommy Cogbill Producer
Lee Holdridge Arranger
Marty Paich Arranger
Andy McKaie Producer
Chips Moman Producer
Larry Muhoberac Arranger
Joseph F. Laredo Liner Notes
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  • Posted September 10, 2013

        One thing I notice is the feeling of LOVE on this great albu

        One thing I notice is the feeling of LOVE on this great album! I recommend it highly!

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Master

    This collection is the epitome of why Neil Diamond has become the master singer/storyteller. Be prepared to listen to thi for hours

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