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The positives of this CD are:
1. The live recordings only amount to 6 tracks (out of 41 songs). Even better news is that 4 of these live songs are from the brilliant "Hot August Night" 1972 concert, while the other two are from the 1970 concert called "Gold". As most people are aware, the "Hot August Night" concert is one of those rare recordings where many of the songs came across better than their studio versions. And Neil's voice was in its prime, compared to later concerts.
2. There are some interesting tracks on here which aren't found on many of his other compilations such as "Porcupine Pie, "Suzanne" and "Both Sides Now".
3. The price of this CD is excellent when compared to his other brilliant compilation "Play Me: The Complete Uni Recordings".
The negatives of this CD are:
1. While they have picked 4 tracks from the glorious "Hot August Night" CD, they have chosen not to include the live version from that concert of "Crunchy Granola Suite" - which is the better version. This CD contains the original studio recording (which isn't as good IMO). Others will disagree and prefer to have the studio version.
2. A very noticeable omission is "I Am A Believer". If this had been included, I would have been thrilled to call this the definitive collection of the MCA years.
3. Tracks from the later part of the 1970's are not included (eg.Read more ›
In 2002, MCA released Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings...Plus! It's a three-disc set and it includes all six of Diamond's MCA studio albums plus a handful of bonus tracks from Gold (live at the Troubadour) and Hot August Night (live at the Greek). Every track from 2005's Gold is included on 2002's Play Me, including the previously hard to find single edit of Cherry, Cherry (featuring an electric guitar overdub). Amazon's list price for Play Me is identical to the list price for this new 2005 collection so it's hard to understand why someone would purchase this set when the complete collection is available for the same price.
Prior to the release of Play Me, the most comprehensive collection of Neil's MCA material was 1992's excellent Glory Road. That title is now out of print but, given the similarity in song selection, this new compilation is a reasonable substitute.
The sound quality on this set is outstanding but it does have one minor flaw. The first second or two from the track "Stones" has been needlessly excised. This mastering error is a repeat of the same error made by MCA when they released Play Me in 2002.Read more ›
This is by far the most comprehensive collection from a very successful period. If you want the best of Neil Diamond and then some from his MCA years then look no further.
For anyone assembling a digital Neil Diamond collection, there are two obvious choices on the market: "Classics" [Period #1] offers clean original versions of the mid/late-60's hits ("Cherry, Cherry", "Solitary Man", "You Got to Me", ..., from mono pop 45s), and "Greatest Hits Vol 2" [Period #3] covers ~ early 80s with excellent stereo re-masters ("Love on the Rocks", "America", "Longfellow Serenade",...).
In between was another block [Period #2, ~'69 - '72] of big hits ("Sweet Caroline", "Stones", "He Ain't Heavy", ...), and then there are his later works [Period #4] (which tend to more sophisticated, less "pop hits"), to complete your collection. Hits from the "stereo pop" [#2] interval are available on 3 collections: "Collection", "Gold", and "Play Me". "Collection" says "original hits", but it collected later live (and sometimes very poor) remakes: a waste of money. The same block of songs in the original hit versions are available on both "Gold" and "Play Me", plus another block of later hits ("Cold Water Morning", "Canta Libre", ...). "Play Me" adds more songs yet than "Gold", but interleaves hits with duds, so I prefer the distilled repertoire of "Gold" to complete my collection. There are a few live remakes from the other periods at the end of disc 2 which are only a minor annoyance. And I would sell you "Collection" cheap!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it. Love it. Love it. My husband and I listened to it over and over on a recent trip.Published 6 months ago by Mac
It was a good collection of Neil Diamond's music. However, I was disappointed by the live pieces in it, especially, Solitary Man, which is one of his greatest songs. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Frida Brashear
And ...why would they include so many unknown songs that never even nicked the charts on this 2 disc set, but NOT include "You Got To Me" or the studio version of Solitary... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rick
this is a great cd i would recommend it to any ND fan also digitally remastered sounds greatPublished 16 months ago by rollo
A great collection of Neil diamond songs, although there are a few missing.Published 17 months ago by Will J. Gioioso
If you like Neil Diamond music this is a steal.
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They are all here. It's 2+ hours of good music.