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Dreams

Neil DiamondAudio CD
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For Neil Diamond, it’s always started with a song. Over the course of his astonishing career, Neil has sold more than 128 million albums worldwide. He’s charted 56 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including 12 top 10 hits, and has released 16 Top 10 albums. He’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2011, he was honored by the ... Read more in Amazon's Neil Diamond Store

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  • Audio CD (November 2, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0041U7RE2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ain't No Sunshine
2. Blackbird
3. Alone Again (Naturally)
4. Feels Like Home
5. Midnight Train To Georgia
6. I'm A Believer
7. Love Song
8. Losing You
9. Hallelujah
10. A Song For You
11. Yesterday
12. Let It Be Me
13. Desperado
14. Don't Forget Me

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On Alone Again, Neil Diamond performs a selection of his all time
favorite pop songs. Neil pays homage to rock, pop, soul, the British
invasion, and a cover of Neil s own composition I m A Believer. The
songs on Alone Again were originally made famous by such legendary
artists as The Beatles, The Eagles, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, The
Monkees and more. On Alone Again, Neil makes these songs his own.

Across a musical career spanning nearly five decades, Neil Diamond has
sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, with his last studio album
Home Before Dark giving Neil the first # 1 album of his career. Neil
has a remarkable track record of 16 Top Ten albums, and 37 Top Ten
singles, plus a Golden Globe Award, Grammy Awards, and Neil was named
2009 MusiCares Person of the Year.

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond's "Home" is Where His Heart Is November 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Prime Cuts: Midnight Train to Georgia, Yesterday, Alone Again (Naturally)

Where have all the good songs? In today's music economy of dwindling sales, instead of crafting more new to-be classics, many of the revered artists (including Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, and Barry Manilow) have gone back to revisit the past. Regardless of what that says about the current state of music today, the past is indeed a treasure trove to mine. For his 30th album, this seventy year old crooner has decided to traipse the songs from the rock era that have been touchstones in his own life. Nevertheless, instead of prostituting himself by singing them karaoke style, Diamond has deconstructed them, imbued them with his patented nuances, and skimpily dressed them often with just piano, guitars and strings. Perhaps his sessions with Rick Rubin have rubbed off on him, Diamond has stuck to the adage less is more. Though this is mostly a downbeat stripped down affair, Diamond sings them with a quiet passion that is uplifting and heartfelt. Nevertheless, song choices are somehow safe as Diamond has chosen some of the more well known songs from the rock era including two from the Beatles ("Blackbird" and "Yesterday"), Leonard Cohen ("Hallelujah"), Leon Russell ("A Song for You"), Randy Newman ("Feels Like Home") and even himself ("I'm a Believer"). It would have been even better if Diamond were not just hover around these icons' signature tunes and maybe tackle a few more obscure tunes.

Diamond shows that he is the master of interpretation on Gladys Knights and the Pips' "Midnight Train to Georgia.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neil Diamond puts his spin on classic tunes. November 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Neil Diamond sings classic tunes on this disc. He gives each song an unique musical arrangement. My favorite track is "Alone Again Naturally". Neil captures the beauty of the song vocally, but he also captures the sad tone of the song well with his acoustic guitar playing. My other favorite song is "A Song For You". Neil's cover of this song is special. What makes this song shine for me is the beautiful saxophone playing by a musician by the name of Don Markese. "I'm A Believer" is typically an upbeat pop song. Neil slows down the tempo and makes it a tender love song. "Aint No Sunshine" is another gem here. Bennmont Tench compliments Neil superbly by playing the piano. His piano playing gives this track an emotional lift. Blackbird is another surprise here. This song is usually not one of my all time favorite tunes, but the fiddle playing by Gabriel Witcher makes this a fun track for me. Neil creates the spirit of wistful longing with the classic tune "Midnight Train To Georgia". I have never heard this song with a harmonica playing on it, but I like it. Tommy Morgan does a good job playing it on the song. "Hallelujah" is a song that sounds very uplifting. There are a few songs that I have never heard of. I do not know the songs "Losing You" or "Love Song". These songs sound okay to me, but they just aren't my favorites. "Don't Forget Me" is another new song for me It sounds like a very peaceful song. I love the flute playing on this song. I enjoyed listening to the music on this disc overall. I grew up listening to most of these songs. A lot of middle age listeners should love this disc. Neil changes the arrangements. He treats these songs with a reverence that I enjoy listening to.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A man and his guitar November 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Neil Diamond's new CD "Dreams" is a covers project and usually, that is enough to send me running. However, once I heard the opening cut, a spare and sensitive reading of Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine", I was won over. The stark piano and acoustic guitar arrangements accompanying his heartfelt weather-beaten vocals makes these songs shine in a new light.

Some highlights (in an album of highlights) are the piano/harmonica "Midnight Train To Georgia", a poignant "I'm A Believer" (an stripped acoustic version of the Monkeys' hit which he actually penned), the lilting Jazzy "Love Song", "Hallelujah" (drawing on the chorus for emphasis), "A Song For You" (just piano and sax accompany him), and "Yesterday".

Sometimes less is more as this CD shows.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing, different November 5, 2010
By Texan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have always loved Neil Diamond's music. He will always be my favorite. His voice still sounds very good, I think. I am sorry some folks don't like this CD, but I absolutely love it. Since only one song on it was written by Neil, I worried before I actually had it playing that I might not like it as well as some of the others, but since it is comprised of songs he likes, I was certainly anxious to hear it. Excellent job, Neil! It is soothing, relaxing and makes me want to purr like a contented, fat ol' cat! The music and his voice takes me to a mellowed out "happy place" that I am finding harder and harder to reach. I am sorry for those who do not share my enthusiasm, maybe his next one will thrill you...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HE STILL GETS TO ME! November 16, 2010
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After all these years, growing up on Neil's music, owning every album when they were just 33 1/3 (!) and now he comes out with "Dreams". "Feels Like Home" made me cry the first time I heard it. It's a beautiful noise Neil makes, even now. He still gets to me and this album is very heart touching, very mellow and you can't help feeling like you've known him all your life. He sings from the heart and that's a quality that most music lacks anymore. GOOD STUFF!
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