The Essential Neil Diamond 3.0

The Essential Neil Diamond 3.0

by Neil Diamond


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The Essential Neil Diamond 3.0

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2009
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886973404423
catalogNumber: 734044

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
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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