The Bang Years: 1966-1968

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Neil Diamond transitioned from professional songwriter to performer when he signed with Bang Records in 1966. There, he cut two albums -- his 1966 debut The Feel of Neil Diamond and its 1967 sequel Just for You -- that contained his greatest songs: "Solitary Man," "Cherry, Cherry," "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," "Kentucky Woman," "Thank the Lord for the Night Time," "I'm a Believer," "Red, Red Wine," "The Boat That I Row," "You Got to Me," and "Shilo." All these, along with the rest of the two Bang albums all presented out of LP order, are on Columbia/Legacy's 2011 The Bang Years: 1966-1968, by far the best overview ever assembled of this crucial era for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Neil Diamond transitioned from professional songwriter to performer when he signed with Bang Records in 1966. There, he cut two albums -- his 1966 debut The Feel of Neil Diamond and its 1967 sequel Just for You -- that contained his greatest songs: "Solitary Man," "Cherry, Cherry," "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," "Kentucky Woman," "Thank the Lord for the Night Time," "I'm a Believer," "Red, Red Wine," "The Boat That I Row," "You Got to Me," and "Shilo." All these, along with the rest of the two Bang albums all presented out of LP order, are on Columbia/Legacy's 2011 The Bang Years: 1966-1968, by far the best overview ever assembled of this crucial era for Diamond. It's not just that these are Diamond's best songs but these are his best records: crisp, lively, colorful pop tunes balanced by luxurious moody brooding ballads. Once he turned into a superstar Diamond tended to rely on his innate showmanship, but here at the beginning of his career he sounded hungry and knew how to have fun, giving these records a snap that still stings decades later. And Diamond knows just how good these recordings are, as indicated by the terrific autobiographical liner notes he's penned for this collection, notes that give this music context, but they're not necessary to appreciate The Bang Years: this is pop music that's so pure it needs no explanation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886978533128
  • Catalog Number: 785331
  • Sales rank: 35,929

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Solitary Man (2:35)
  2. 2 Cherry, Cherry (2:45)
  3. 3 Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon (3:01)
  4. 4 Kentucky Woman (2:26)
  5. 5 Thank the Lord For the Night Time (3:03)
  6. 6 You Got To Me (2:51)
  7. 7 I'm a Believer (2:44)
  8. 8 Red, Red Wine (2:42)
  9. 9 The Boat That I Row (2:40)
  10. 10 Do It (1:54)
  11. 11 New Orleans (2:26)
  12. 12 Monday, Monday (3:03)
  13. 13 Red Rubber Ball (2:23)
  14. 14 I'll Come Running (3:02)
  15. 15 La Bamba (2:10)
  16. 16 The Long Way Home (2:33)
  17. 17 I've Got the Feeling (Oh No No) (2:20)
  18. 18 You'll Forget (2:50)
  19. 19 Love To Love (2:22)
  20. 20 Someday Baby (2:19)
  21. 21 Hanky Panky (2:50)
  22. 22 The Time is Now (3:04)
  23. 23 Shilo (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bert Trombone
Ellie Greenwich Tambourine, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Gary Chester Drums
Jeff Barry Tambourine, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Artie Butler Organ, Piano
George Devens Percussion
Sal DiTroia Guitar
Al Gorgoni Guitar
Herb Lavelle Drums
Charlie Macy Guitar
Benny Powell Trombone
Buddy Saltzman Drums
Bill Suyker Guitar
Artie Kaplan Saxophone
Dick Romoff Bass
Hugh McCrackin Guitar, Harmonica
Eric Gayle Electric Guitar
Russ Savakis Bass
Nicky Gravine Trombone
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Composer, Liner Notes
Paul Simon Composer, Lyricist
Brooks Arthur Engineer
Ellie Greenwich Composer, Lyricist, Producer
John Phillips Composer, Lyricist
Jeff Barry Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Artie Butler Arranger
Tom Dowd Engineer
Phil Ramone Engineer
Ritchie Valens Composer, Lyricist
Bernie Becker Mastering
Frank Guida Composer, Lyricist
Glen Nakasako Art Direction
Leonard Rapoport Cover Photo
Steve Baltin Liner Notes
Joseph Roster Composer, Lyricist
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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    I zm buying it to day. if Neil Diamond is in it it is the very best and most interesting. I was very with life from 1966 - 1968 to know
    Neilo and his music. when things slowed down for me I found his music and fell in love with him. The men I meet in real life turn funny after a few months.

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