His 12 Greatest Hits

December 7, 1993 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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  • Label: Geffen
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  • Total Length: 43:58
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  • ASIN: B000W1WI7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I had this CD years ago, and with all my moving it was lost!
bayourosetx
For a die hard fan of Neil I can only say that you have to hear this album to know the genious of Neil.
abhishek malhotra
I only downloaded two tracks, but they were both live versions.
Will Daniels

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By 10 Dollar Dreamer on December 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There have been many Best-Of Neil Diamond Compilation albums
released by MCA.But this is the first,and by far the best.Every track fits the track before and after it.The studio versions instead of live recordings.All his MCA hits are here,and they still sound great.

Many of MCA's other compilation have lacked the simple focus of this album.These are Neil's big MCA Hits soon after they were hits.The compilations from later years have been more about non-singles that became concert favorites.

The late 60's/early 70's was the best period of Neil's career:Powerful songs with personal lyrics and soaring arrangements.And great rockers with a distinctive honey-and-toast flavour.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Nield on October 28, 2004
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Apparently the genius who wrote the first review doesn't know what a cover is. These songs are all Mr. Diamond's and are all excellent. My old cassette has worn down though, so I'll be purchasing one of the used CDs soon enough.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Brown on November 10, 2004
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To The Previous Reviewer:

There isn't a cover song on this album, professor, Mr. Diamond wrote all of these tunes. Furthermore, many of his originals have been hits for others, such as "Red Red Wine" (UB40), "I'm A Believer" (The Monkees), "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (The Hollies) and "Solitary Man" (Chris Isaak). I'm not one of those people that think Neil Diamond was the greatest artist that ever came down the pike - I believe his musical legacy would have enjoyed much higher critical, and possibly, public acclaim if he had foregone the heavy-handed horns & strings, but his finely-honed melodies from the late 60's & early 70's are among the finest examples of the singer-songwriter genre.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Southern on December 15, 2000
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Why does Neil Diamond, one of the most gifted pop singers/composers of the past four decades, always insist on including live cuts of his most popular songs in Greatest Hits collections?
His 30+-track, Columbia double-disc set, The Greatest Hits 1966-1992, is a prime example: nearly ten of the songs are live versions. The All-Music Guide has a reasonable explanation for this. Columbia, it says, only owns the rights to his studio versions of his *earliest tunes* (Kentucky Woman, Shilo, Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon, etc.) but failed to purchase the rights to studio versions of MCA-label songs during the early 1970s, (such as the wonderful "Sweet Caroline", "Cracklin' Rosie"), and decided to include substandard live cuts.
But this doesn't explain why the original, twelve-track MCA Greatest Hits album, released in the early seventies, contains live versions of "Caroline" and "Soolaimon." I purchased this album, on vinyl, for the original, studio cut of both songs... and didn't get either.
The songs are, of course, masterful -- in *any* version. But while Neil gives a jaw-dropping performance in person -- a spectacle, with lasers, a revolving stage, etc., Neil Live on record is often atrocious, out-of-control, and campy. This isn't a poor album -- just a little deceptive. Just know what you're in for, and if you're looking for the studio cuts of "Sweet Caroline" and/or "Soolaimon," look elsewhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By abhishek malhotra on November 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have heard this album ever since I was a kid and the more I listen the better the songs sound. For a die hard fan of Neil I can only say that you have to hear this album to know the genious of Neil.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Great collection of the UNI hits. The original vinyl version of this release 25 years ago also contained the live versions of Sweet Caroline and Holly Holy from Hot August night and I think that's what "Original Recording Remastered" refers to. It's not misleading if you own the original 12 Greatest Hits on vinyl. I was disappointed to find the early CD releases substituted the studio recordings of those two songs. I'm glad to have the live versions back.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Beware! This CD is a classic example of false advertising as perpetrated by the stellar individuals who run the music industry. While there is no indication whatsoever on the outside or inside packaging, two of these "greatest hits" are in fact live versions: i.e., "Sweet Caroline" and "Holly Holy." This is ridiculous, and both the record company (MCA) and artist (Neil Diamond) should be chastised for such blatant misinformation. Having said that, the rest of the CD is fair. Typically, it features its share of Neil Diamond schlock (e.g., "I Am ... I Said"), while "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Shilo" remain shining examples of his long-forgotten pop-songwriting capabilities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on September 15, 2003
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I own the LP record of this album and i think somebody else who reviewed it doesn't because they said that sweet caroline and soolaimon were live. Right about the former but not the latter. Holly Holy is live and not a bad live version either. Anyway i see the point people have made about Neil's greatest hits albums containing live versions. This was made by MCA and all the versions should be studio as it is not a live album. Since this came out in the age of vinyl i suppose 12 songs was the most they could fit and its a pretty good 12 songs. Although when it was released on CD they should have added bonus tracks like Atlantic did with Rod Stewart best of Vol.1 and 2. Instead MCA just released a separate album called the Neil Diamond Collection which has all these songs plus five more from that era and the Hot August Night version of Cherry Cherry. I give it 3 stars because of the live tracks and because they did not add anything on CD
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