Solitary Man: The Early Songs of Neil Diamond

Solitary Man: The Early Songs of Neil Diamond

     
 

It's no secret that Neil Diamond started his career as a professional songwriter, but his enduring success as a performer tends to overshadow those early years. A Solitary Man: The Early Songs of Neil Diamond, part of Ace's ongoing songwriter series, collects 24 of these early Diamond compositions, all performed by other artists between the years of 1963 andSee more details below

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It's no secret that Neil Diamond started his career as a professional songwriter, but his enduring success as a performer tends to overshadow those early years. A Solitary Man: The Early Songs of Neil Diamond, part of Ace's ongoing songwriter series, collects 24 of these early Diamond compositions, all performed by other artists between the years of 1963 and 1972. Those 1963 and 1972 singles -- the Rocky Fellers' "We Got Love" and Bobby Womack's "Sweet Caroline," respectively -- are ringers, as the rest of the record firmly focuses on the latter half of the '60s, which is when Diamond started having hits and some of those songs are here as performed by others: B.J. Thomas' re-creation of "Solitary Man," Deep Purple's fuzz-rocking "Kentucky Woman," Jackie Edwards' "Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon," the Music Machine turning "Cherry Cherry" into a sickly sweet parfait, Junior Walker & the All-Stars doing a nice slow burn on "Holly Holy." There are a handful of other songs that Diamond recorded on his own -- notably "Glory Road" and "The Boat That I Row," both given great treatments by Arthur Alexander and Lulu, respectively; "Red Red Wine," here in Tony Tribe's hit ska reworking; "I'm a Believer," here performed by the Four Tops (and grandfathered into the category due to its familiarity) -- but the chief attraction of A Solitary Man lies in the songs that Diamond never cut. There's only one hit among these tracks -- the Monkees' "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" -- and some of the songs are so successful in chasing commercial trends they sound too tied to their time, but a good chunk of this remains thoroughly appealing professional pop, particularly Sadina's stately "It Comes and Goes," the Solitaires' "Fool That I Am," the Wanderer's Rest's folk-rocking "You'll Forget," the Box Tops' soulful pop nugget "Ain't No Way," Billie Davis' bright girl group confection "Love to Love," and Billy Fury's "Where Do You Run." Taken together, these eclectic excursions, covers, and handful of hits do paint a portrait of a savvy commercial songwriter, and while it's always been acknowledged that Diamond is exactly that, A Solitary Man does provide the revelation that he had an easy touch in a number of different styles.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667037723
catalogNumber:
1235
Rank:
124553

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Tracks

  1. Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)  -  Monkees
  2. The Boat That I Row  -  Lulu & the Luvvers
  3. Red Red Wine  - Tony Tribe
  4. Kentucky Woman  -  Deep Purple
  5. Just Another Guy  - Cliff Richard
  6. Sunday and Me  -  Jay & the Americans
  7. It Comes and Goes  -  Sadina
  8. That New Boy in Town
  9. My Babe  - Ronnie Dove
  10. I Care Enough (To Give the Very Best)  - Jimmy Clanton
  11. We Got Love  -  Rocky Fellers
  12. Bobby Did  - Marcie Blane
  13. Where Do You Run  - Billy Fury
  14. Fool That I Am  -  Solitaires
  15. Glory Road  - Arthur Alexander
  16. Love to Love  - Billie Davis
  17. You'll Forget
  18. Ain't No Way  -  Box Tops
  19. Solitary Man  - B.J. Thomas
  20. I'm a Believer  -  Four Tops
  21. Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon  - Jackie Edwards
  22. Cherry Cherry  -  Music Machine
  23. Holly Holy
  24. Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)  -  Bobby Womack & Peace

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Ray Stevens   Arranger
Neil Diamond   Composer
Bobby Womack   Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Liner Notes
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Mike Vickers   Arranger
Billy Mure   Producer
Jeff Barry   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Johnny Bristol   Producer
Tommy Cogbill   Producer
Carl Derrico   Composer,Liner Notes
Lamont Dozier   Producer
Richard Gottehrer   Composer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer
Derek Lawrence   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
Bob Morgan   Producer
Mickie Most   Producer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Willie Shorter   Arranger
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Gerry Granahan   Producer
Michael Aldred   Director,Producer
Laurence Cane-Honeysett   Illustrations
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Syd Dale   Arranger
Ian Graham   Illustrations
Ken Wright   Producer

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