The Very Best of Neil Diamond

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Neil Diamond's five-decade career as a singer, songwriter, and performer has certainly been a successful one by any standard. He's sold well over 115 million records worldwide to date and has had eight number one singles ("Cracklin Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "Desiree," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Love on the Rocks," "America," "Yesterday's Songs," and "Heartlight"), and if he hasn't always generated the kind of critical respect he probably deserves, he's been a steady and dependable artist who has managed to keep his large core audience happy. This 23-track set surveys the whole of Diamond's recording career, collecting his key and signature sides, beginning with his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Neil Diamond's five-decade career as a singer, songwriter, and performer has certainly been a successful one by any standard. He's sold well over 115 million records worldwide to date and has had eight number one singles ("Cracklin Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "Desiree," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Love on the Rocks," "America," "Yesterday's Songs," and "Heartlight"), and if he hasn't always generated the kind of critical respect he probably deserves, he's been a steady and dependable artist who has managed to keep his large core audience happy. This 23-track set surveys the whole of Diamond's recording career, collecting his key and signature sides, beginning with his first hits for Bang Records in the mid-'60s through his commercial peak for Uni/MCA between 1968 and 1972, cuts from 1980's The Jazz Singer (a soundtrack album that went platinum five times over on Capitol Records), and ending with tracks from Diamond's two Rick Rubin-produced albums, 2005's 12 Songs and 2008's Home Before Dark, on Columbia Records. Amazingly, this is the first multi-label single-disc collection of Diamond's signature songs like "Forever in Blue Jeans," "Cherry, Cherry," "I Am...I Said," "Sweet Caroline," "Cracklin' Rosie," "I'm a Believer," "Holly Holy," "Solitary Man," "Song Sung Blue," "Kentucky Woman," "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show," his hit duet with Barbra Streisand "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," and many others. The end result is the perfect career-spanning single-disc introduction to this iconic singer and songwriter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2011
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886919036022
  • Catalog Number: 90360
  • Sales rank: 212

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Forever in Blue Jeans (3:27)
  2. 2 Beautiful Noise (3:13)
  3. 3 Love on the Rocks (3:36)
  4. 4 Cherry, Cherry (2:43)
  5. 5 I Am...I Said (3:34)
  6. 6 Sweet Caroline (3:21)
  7. 7 Cracklin' Rosie (2:59)
  8. 8 Play Me (3:51)
  9. 9 I'm a Believer (2:42)
  10. 10 Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon (2:59)
  11. 11 Holly Holy (4:41)
  12. 12 Solitary Man (2:33)
  13. 13 Song Sung Blue (3:17)
  14. 14 You Don't Bring Me Flowers (3:15)
  15. 15 Hello Again (4:02)
  16. 16 Red, Red Wine (2:41)
  17. 17 If You Know What I Mean (3:41)
  18. 18 Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (3:29)
  19. 19 Pretty Amazing Grace (3:53)
  20. 20 Kentucky Woman (2:24)
  21. 21 Shilo (3:22)
  22. 22 America (4:20)
  23. 23 Hell Yeah (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Primary Artist
Tom Hensley Conductor
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Robbie Robertson Producer
Ellie Greenwich Producer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Irving Azoff Management
Jeff Barry Producer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Tom Catalano Producer
Tommy Cogbill Producer
Nick DeCaro Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bob Gaudio Producer
Tom Hensley Arranger
Alan Lindgren Arranger, Composer
Chips Moman Producer
Rick Rubin Producer
Bernie Becker Mastering
Glen Nakasako Art Direction
Katie McNeil Management
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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    A Great Compilation!

    At first it appears to be the same old thing. However,the superb mastering job has all the cuts from Neils's entire career sounding superb and even.Sounds like they were recorded today. Definitely worth buying. Very highly recommended!!

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