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The Jazz Singer

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Neil Diamond's 1980 screen turn as a charismatic singer torn between Jewish tradition and pop music stardom spawned this phenomenally successful soundtrack album -- six million copies and counting. Diamond's 21st century resurgence as a walking item of kitsch has sparked renewed interest in the bombastic melting-pot jam "America," as well as his signature late-career ballad "Hello Again." In addition, the lite FM favorite "Love on the Rocks" is classic, raw-throated Neil. But beyond these notables, The Jazz Singer is an album of passable pop songs that stand on the edge of disco and in the grip of melodrama. The hyper "You Baby" is dressed up with an audio clip marking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Neil Diamond's 1980 screen turn as a charismatic singer torn between Jewish tradition and pop music stardom spawned this phenomenally successful soundtrack album -- six million copies and counting. Diamond's 21st century resurgence as a walking item of kitsch has sparked renewed interest in the bombastic melting-pot jam "America," as well as his signature late-career ballad "Hello Again." In addition, the lite FM favorite "Love on the Rocks" is classic, raw-throated Neil. But beyond these notables, The Jazz Singer is an album of passable pop songs that stand on the edge of disco and in the grip of melodrama. The hyper "You Baby" is dressed up with an audio clip marking the film's embarrassing black face sequence, while the album's midsection sags with songs that shine like Sunset Strip billboards, yet lack any real substance. Swelling strings and lovely lyrics abound, but it all seems directionless, as if Diamond's just going through the motions. Similarly, Jewish traditionals like "Kol Nidre/My Name is Yussel" are important as thematic elements. But removed from the film and in the context of open-collared, glitzy numbers like "Hey Louise," their reverence is off-putting. As it's aged, The Jazz Singer has come to mark the moment when Diamond fully embraced his soft rock audience and completely turned his back on the ambition and spine-tingling vocal presence of his early career. That decision certainly proved to be an economic winner, but it ignored the fact that his most resonant performances really tear into a song with true mirth. The Jazz Singer's big hits have this quality -- a fact not lost on a new generation of listeners who revel in Diamond's powerful voice and showmanship. But the album's bulk is as wooden as Neil's acting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5099748392725
  • Catalog Number: 1044184
  • Sales rank: 75,979

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 America (4:18)
  2. 2 Adon Olom (0:32)
  3. 3 You Baby (3:01)
  4. 4 Love on the Rocks (3:40)
  5. 5 Amazed and Confused (2:53)
  6. 6 On the Robert E. Lee (2:03)
  7. 7 Summerlove (3:17)
  8. 8 Hello Again (4:04)
  9. 9 Acapulco (2:48)
  10. 10 Hey Louise (3:00)
  11. 11 Songs of Life (3:32)
  12. 12 Jerusalem (3:03)
  13. 13 Kol Nidre/My Name Is Yussel (1:38)
  14. 14 America (Reprise) (2:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Primary Artist
King Errisson Percussion
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Vince Charles Percussion
Assa Drori Concert Master
Donny Gerrard Background Vocals
Jimmy Getsoff Concert Master
James Getzoff Concert Master
Tom Hensley Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Alan Lindgren Synthesizer, Piano, Conductor
Marilyn O'Brien Background Vocals
Linda Press Vocals, Background Vocals
Reinie Press Bass
Doug Rhone Guitar, Background Vocals
Sid Sharp Concert Master
Dennis St. John Drums
H.L. Voelker Background Vocals
Luther Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Timothy Allan Bullara Choir, Chorus
Jeremy C. Lipton Choir, Chorus
Dale D. Morich Choir, Chorus
Yoav Steven Paskowitz Choir, Chorus
Boyd H. Schlaefer Choir, Chorus
Mark H. Stevens Choir, Chorus
David Teisher Choir, Chorus
James Gregory Wilburn Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Contributor
Andrew Bloch Engineer
Michael Donaldson Artwork
Bob Gaudio Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Linda Press Vocal Arrangements
Mike Reese Mastering
Leonard Rosenman Additional Music
Doug Sax Mastering
Dennis St. John Director, Musical Director
Jan Weinberg Artwork
Andy Bloch Engineer
David Kirschner Artwork, Art Direction
Lois Walker Mastering
Ron Larson Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have For Neil Diamond FAns

    This CD is great! The movie is a must-see too! I highly recommend it for all ages. I'm only 17, and i love Neil Diamond, he's a classic!

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