The Essential Neil Diamond 3.0

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Columbia Records' series of limited-edition Essential compilations of its major long-term stars has generally been a winner, so it is a shame to have to report that the Neil Diamond number is not. True, most of the singer/songwriter's best and most popular songs are included, but there are also significant omissions and enough inessential material to prevent this from being the sort of definitive collection it could and should have been. For once, the basic problem in assembling a Diamond best-of has been overcome, since Columbia has licensed the five Top Ten hits he scored for Uni Records in the late '60s and early '70s from Universal. Meanwhile, Columbia parent Sony ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Columbia Records' series of limited-edition Essential compilations of its major long-term stars has generally been a winner, so it is a shame to have to report that the Neil Diamond number is not. True, most of the singer/songwriter's best and most popular songs are included, but there are also significant omissions and enough inessential material to prevent this from being the sort of definitive collection it could and should have been. For once, the basic problem in assembling a Diamond best-of has been overcome, since Columbia has licensed the five Top Ten hits he scored for Uni Records in the late '60s and early '70s from Universal. Meanwhile, Columbia parent Sony controls the Bang Records catalog for which Diamond recorded from 1966 to 1968, and he has been signed to Columbia since 1973, so that puts his biggest hits at the compilers' disposal. But those compilers, Diamond himself and Al Quaglieri, have chosen oddly, shortchanging the Columbia material in favor of using more Bang recordings nine than necessary and employing ten live recordings, six of them newly made, nine of them songs from the Uni era, including versions of obscure album tracks like "Captain Sunshine." This is the kind of idiosyncratic selection typical of a collection chosen by the artist himself, in this case one who is more interested in his new interpretations of half-forgotten songs from 30 years earlier than what a more objective observer might consider the "essential" recordings of his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2009
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886973404423
  • Catalog Number: 734044
  • Sales rank: 15,326

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Barbra Streisand Duet
Neil Diamond Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Robbie Robertson Producer
Brooks Arthur Engineer
Ellie Greenwich Producer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer, Lyricist
Burt Bacharach Composer, Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer, Producer
Peter Asher Producer
Jeff Barry Producer
Richard Bennett Composer, Lyricist
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Neil Brody Engineer
John Calder Engineer
Tom Catalano Producer
Tommy Cogbill Producer
Val Garay Engineer
Bob Gaudio Producer
Tom Hensley Composer, Lyricist
Ron Hitchcock Engineer
Nat Jeffreys Engineer
Alan Lindgren Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Phil Ramone Engineer
Rick Rubin Producer
Rick Ruggieri Engineer
Bob Russell Composer, Lyricist
Bill Schnee Engineer
Jeremy Smith Engineer
Dennis St. John Producer
Armin Steiner Engineer
David Wild Liner Notes
Bernie Becker Engineer
Tim Kramer Engineer
Mick Guzouski Engineer
Neal Preston Back Cover Photo
Humberto Garcia Engineer
Andy Bloch Engineer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
George Hurrell Cover Photo
Bobby Scott Composer
Ed Anderson Engineer
Alan Mason Engineer
Alan Sides Engineer
John Arias Engineer
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