Up on the Roof: Songs from the Brill Building

Up on the Roof: Songs from the Brill Building

by Neil Diamond
     
 

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This is Diamond's equivalent of, say, one of Barbra Streisand's Broadway albums. Come to think of it, it's Broadway that Diamond is returning to as well; specifically, the corner of 49th Street, where he and many others turned out songs for music publishers. Some of these songs were written there; mostSee more details below

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This is Diamond's equivalent of, say, one of Barbra Streisand's Broadway albums. Come to think of it, it's Broadway that Diamond is returning to as well; specifically, the corner of 49th Street, where he and many others turned out songs for music publishers. Some of these songs were written there; most were only in the spirit of that modern Tin Pan Alley. Handling the work of his then-rivals, such as "Spanish Harlem," "A Groovy Kind of Love," and "River Deep -- Mountain High," Diamond adopts his usual hammy style (he always sounds like he thinks he's a much better singer than he is). Peter Asher patented a neo-'60s production style in crafting oldies for Linda Ronstadt in the '70s, and he does the same thing here, which is only to say that the album is not as overproduced as some of Diamond's recent albums, not that Asher's versions are any competition to Phil Spector's originals. Actually, this record sounds exactly like you would expect it to: just call to mind a familiar song like "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and imagine what it would sound like if Neil Diamond sang it. While this is clearly a holding action from the point of view of Diamond's recording career, fans can decide for themselves whether it's valid and, perhaps more problematic, necessary. You pays your money...

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972474724
catalogNumber:
724747

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Diamond   Primary Artist
Dolly Parton   Track Performer
Bill Bergman   Saxophone
Valerie Carter   Background Vocals
Peter Asher   Percussion
James Bradley   Drums
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Rosemary Butler   Background Vocals
David Campbell   Conductor
Jim Cox   Electric Piano
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Mary's Danish   Track Performer
Donna Davidson   Background Vocals
Dennis Farias   Horn
Brandon Fields   Alto Saxophone
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Wendy Fraser   Background Vocals
Roger Freeland   Background Vocals
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Gene Morford   Background Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Portia Griffin   Background Vocals
Louis Gutierrez   Guitar
Jon Hendricks   Background Vocals
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Raven Kane   Background Vocals
Larry Klein   Bass
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Nick Lane   Horn
Doug Livingston   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bob Mann   Guitar
Don Markese   Horn
Kate Markowitz   Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Bill Payne   Piano
Joseph Powell   Background Vocals
Earl Lon Price   Horn
Andrea Robinson   Background Vocals
Laura Satterfield   Background Vocals
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Carlos Vega   Drums
Chris Wagner   Bass
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Jerry Whitman   Background Vocals
Terry Wood   Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Julie Ritter   Background Vocals
Gretchen Seager   Background Vocals
Wayne Bergeron   Horn
David King   Guitar
M.B. Gordy   Timpani

Technical Credits

Neil Diamond   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Mort Shuman   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Larry Weiss   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Peter Asher   Arranger,Producer
David Campbell   Arranger
Mary's Danish   Arranger
Wes Farrell   Composer
Tom Hensley   Contributor
Alan Lindgren   Arranger
Doc Pomus   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Clifford Adams   Composer
Bernie Becker   Engineer
David Kirschner   Art Direction
Lockie Edwards   Composer

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