On the Way to the Sky

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Neil Diamond, in the opinion of many critics and fans, went into an artistic decline in the mid- to late- '70s. It turns out that he still had a number of good songs left in him, though, and the inconsistency of his later efforts should be viewed in context. That is to say, even Diamond's most respected albums had their share of oddball experiments and misguided moments, and the argument could be made that those peculiar detours make him a more interesting songwriter overall. On the Way to the Sky is typically uneven with a handful of strong songs that were big adult contemporary hits: "Yesterday's Songs," "On the Way to the Sky," and "Be Mine Tonight." The character of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Neil Diamond, in the opinion of many critics and fans, went into an artistic decline in the mid- to late- '70s. It turns out that he still had a number of good songs left in him, though, and the inconsistency of his later efforts should be viewed in context. That is to say, even Diamond's most respected albums had their share of oddball experiments and misguided moments, and the argument could be made that those peculiar detours make him a more interesting songwriter overall. On the Way to the Sky is typically uneven with a handful of strong songs that were big adult contemporary hits: "Yesterday's Songs," "On the Way to the Sky," and "Be Mine Tonight." The character of these songs is no different from his earlier adult pop efforts, but the production may be too slick for many listeners' tastes. Throughout the album Diamond revisits some of his favorite themes -- rambling, traveling minstrelsy, the transcendent power of music -- which he sings about in his dramatic, gravelly style. Dedicated fans will find much to like, but those who take a more conditional approach to Diamond's music will be put off by the ultra-commercial sheen. The album even has its own "Knackelflerg" with the unusual "Fear of the Marketplace."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074643762847
  • Catalog Number: 37628

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yesterday's Songs (2:53)
  2. 2 On The Way To The Sky (3:47)
  3. 3 Right By You (3:37)
  4. 4 Only You (4:41)
  5. 5 Save Me (3:23)
  6. 6 Be Mine Tonight (2:43)
  7. 7 The Drifter (4:56)
  8. 8 Fear Of The Marketplace (4:18)
  9. 9 Rainy Day Song (4:32)
  10. 10 Guitar Heaven (3:38)
  11. 11 Love Burns (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
King Errisson Percussion
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Vince Charles Percussion
Assa Drori Concert Master
Patricia Henderson Background Vocals
Tom Hensley Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Alan Lindgren Synthesizer, Piano, Conductor
Linda Press Vocals, Background Vocals
Reinie Press Bass
Doug Rhone Guitar, Background Vocals
Julia Tillman Waters Background Vocals
Dennis St. John Drums
H.L. Voelker Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Luther Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Producer, Contributor
Joe Gastwirt Remastering
Tom Hensley Arranger
Ron Hitchcock Engineer
Alan Lindgren Arranger
Mike Reese Mastering
Dennis St. John Producer
Jan Weinberg Art Direction
Andy Bloch Engineer
David Kirschner Art Direction
María Teresa Lara Composer
Gilbert Francois L. Silly Composer
Raymond Douglas Rhone Jr. Composer
Richard Winchell Bennett Composer
Carol Bayer Composer
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