Up on the Roof: Songs from the Brill Building

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972474724
  • Catalog Number: 724747
  • Sales rank: 56,435

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
George Marino Mastering
Doc Pomus Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Frank Wolf Engineer
Clifford Adams Composer
Bernie Becker Engineer
David Kirschner Art Direction
Lockie Edwards Jr. Composer
Jerome Doc Pomus Composer
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