Beautiful Noise

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Beautiful Noise, Neil Diamond's 11th studio album in the ten years since he emerged with his first chart single "Solitary Man," announces its ambitions on its cover, which displays the skyline of Manhattan under a red horizon and a black sky, overlaid with the words "Produced by Robbie Robertson." Most albums, of course, do not announce the name of the producer on the front cover, but Diamond wants to let people know that Beautiful Noise is an event. That he had convinced his Malibu, CA, neighbor, the Band's guitarist and songwriter, to produce him was a surprise not only because he had worked with longtime producer Tom Catalano off and on dating back to his first solo...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Beautiful Noise, Neil Diamond's 11th studio album in the ten years since he emerged with his first chart single "Solitary Man," announces its ambitions on its cover, which displays the skyline of Manhattan under a red horizon and a black sky, overlaid with the words "Produced by Robbie Robertson." Most albums, of course, do not announce the name of the producer on the front cover, but Diamond wants to let people know that Beautiful Noise is an event. That he had convinced his Malibu, CA, neighbor, the Band's guitarist and songwriter, to produce him was a surprise not only because he had worked with longtime producer Tom Catalano off and on dating back to his first solo singles session in 1963, but also because Robertson possesses the kind of rock credentials Diamond had never been granted. Further, as that ominous cover and Diamond's record sleeve epitaph ."..tin pan alley died hard, but there was always the music to keep you going" indicate, Beautiful Noise was intended as something of a concept album, the songwriter's look back at his days as a scuffling denizen of the Brill Building in the early '60s. This theme comes out immediately in the rousing title song, in which he sings of the inspiration that the city's sounds bring to him. Thereafter, the story line seems to get lost, at least in lyrical terms, but Diamond and Robertson give each track its own musical identity: "Stargazer" employs a Dixieland arrangement, complete with wailing horns; "Lady-Oh" is the disc's romantic ballad; "Don't Think … Feel" has a Caribbean rhythm; "Surviving the Life" is in gospel style; "Street Life" has a jazz/R&B feel with a vocalese melody; "Home Is a Wounded Heart" is the torch song; and "Jungletime" is the rock & roll number. The heart of the album and its leadoff single is "If You Know What I Mean," in which Diamond looks back with regret and a sense of loss on his youth, "when we gave it away for the sake of a dream/In a penny arcade, if you know what I mean." What he seems to mean, among other things, is that his idealism was betrayed by greedy people, perhaps not a surprising sentiment for a man who, as this album was made, was still in litigation over his early recording and publishing contracts. With Robertson's help and that of a lot of other musicians, Beautiful Noise is certainly the best-sounding and most consistently engaging album of Diamond's career up to 1976.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972445021
  • Catalog Number: 724450
  • Sales rank: 8,220

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beautiful Noise (3:24)
  2. 2 Stargazer (2:41)
  3. 3 Lady Oh (3:51)
  4. 4 Don't Think...Feel (3:26)
  5. 5 Surviving the Life (3:42)
  6. 6 If You Know What I Mean (3:30)
  7. 7 Street Life (3:00)
  8. 8 Home Is a Wounded Heart (2:40)
  9. 9 Jungletime (3:10)
  10. 10 Signs (4:17)
  11. 11 Dry Your Eyes (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar
Ray Kelley Strings
Robbie Robertson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
James Newton Howard Synthesizer
Bob James Keyboards, fender rhodes
Don Menza Horn
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Horn
Tom Scott Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Ed Davis Electric Guitar
Clydie King Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Conga, Drums, Vocal Harmony
Murray Adler Strings
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele
Norman Benno Horn
Harry Bluestone Strings
Samuel Boghossian Strings
Bob Boucher Synthesizer, Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Oscar Brashear Horn
Robert Bryant Horn
Gene Cipriano Horn
Isabelle Daskoff Strings
Nick DeCaro Accordion
Harold Dicterow Strings
Oma Drake Background Vocals
Jesse Ehrlich Strings
Henry Ferber Strings
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Bob Findley Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn, Bugle
Robert Findley Horn
Elliott Fisher Strings
Bernard Fleischer Horn
Ronald Folsom Strings
Gerald Garrett Background Vocals
Harold Garrett Horn
James Getzoff Strings
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Gary Grant Horn
Joseph Greene Background Vocals
Monalisa Harrington Background Vocals
Paul Hubinon Horn
Garth Hudson Organ, Hammond Organ
David Hungate Strings
Selene Hurford Strings
Yukiko Kamei Strings
Armand Karpoff Strings
Dennis Karmazyn Strings
Jesse Kirkland Background Vocals
Larry Knechtel Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Bernard Kundell Strings
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Drums
William Kurash Strings
Joe Lala Conga, Tambourine
Mildred Lane Background Vocals
Ralph Lee Horn
Alan Lindgren Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, Moog Synthesizer
Joy Lyle Strings
Steve Madaio Horn
Arthur Maybe Horn
Lew McCreary Horn
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Jack Nimitz Horn
Michael Nowak Strings
David Paich Keyboards, fender rhodes
Stanley Plummer Strings
Linda Press Background Vocals
Hugo Raimondi Horn
Jack Redmond Horn
Verlene Rogers Background Vocals
Jay Rosen Strings
Sid Sharp Strings
Harry Shlutz Strings
Paul Shure Strings
Maurice Spears Horn
Dennis St. John Percussion, Drums
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Horn
Carolyn Willis Background Vocals
Hershel Wise Strings
Snooky Young Horn
Tibor Zelig Strings
William Perkins Horn
Mac Rebennack Hammond Organ
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Glenn Dicterow Strings
David Duke Horn
Donald Waldrop Horn
Technical Credits
Robbie Robertson Producer
Bob James Arranger
Robert Maxwell Composer
Hank Altman Sound Effects
Neil Brody Engineer
John Calder Engineer
Nick DeCaro Arranger
Nat Jeffreys Engineer
Sue Roberts Sound Effects
Freddy DeMann Sound Effects
Tim Kramer Engineer
Ed Anderson Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diamond's &quot Rock Album&quot

    I first heard a lot these tracks 30 years ago as a kid on &quot Love at The Greek&quot and I thought the music is great. I had bought the album on vinyl when I was a teenager and I thought this album was his best of the 1970's. I just recently bought the CD after not hearing it for almost 20 years now. The sound is a little dated but it is still great after 30 years after its initial release on Columbia, and amazingly Columbia still has faith in him after all these years.

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