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The Neil Diamond Collection [Original recording remastered]

Neil DiamondAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Five decades into his career, Neil Diamond has finally made the album of his dreams. Columbia Records is proud to release Dreams, a new 14-song collection of the legendary singer/songwriter's interpretations of his favorite songs of other composers from the rock era.

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  • Audio CD (November 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000030029
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sweet Caroline
2. Cracklin' Rosie
3. Sung Sung Blue
4. Play Me
5. Brooklyn Roads
6. Shilo
7. Crunchy Granola Suite
8. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind
9. Holly Holy
10. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
11. Stones
12. Soolaimon
13. Walk On Water
14. Cherry, Cherry (Live)
15. I Am... I Said
16. Done Too Soon
17. Morningside
18. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

Editorial Reviews

This first-ever extensive collection of Neil's best Uni and MCA material contains 18 songs-17 of 'em hits! Includes the Top 10 smashes Cracklin' Rosie; Song Sung Blue; Sweet Caroline; I Am I Said , and Holly Holy , plus Play Me; Stones; He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother; Walk on Water; Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show; Shilo , and more from Neil's late-'60s/early-'70s prime.

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124 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All of Neil's Uni/MCA Diamonds Are Here April 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Neil Diamond's music since the mid-Sixties when he first released a string of pop hits beginning with "Cherry, Cherry" on the Bang label in 1966. [I strongly recommend his "Classics: The Early Years" which generously covers the Bang years.] However, I've never been a HUGE fan of Diamond's music (ie., I enjoy his singles, but have never felt compelled to buy his albums). So when "His 12 Greatest Hits" came out in 1974, I bought it. When "His 12 Greatest Hits, vol. 2" came out in 1982, I bought it. When "Classics: The Eary Years" came out in 1983, I bought it. When "Glory Road" came out in 1992, I bought it. "Glory Road" made "His 12 Greatest Hits" unnecessary; so now with three CDs I owned all of Neil's hits.
Now, along comes "The Neil Diamond Collection" (less than a year after the now pointless 20th Century Masters collection). Despite the fact that Diamond seems to be competing with The Who as the most anthologized artist on the planet, this latest collection of Diamond's Uni/MCA material is the definitive disc for neophyte Diamond fans. Sure, "Glory Road" covers all these songs, but if you're only looking for the hits this (cheaper) single-disc collection has them all. It not only has classics like "Sweet Caroline," "Holly Holy," "Cracklin' Rose" and "Song Sung Blue," it also includes minor hits like "Walk on Water," "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and "Done Too Soon" (which are not included on the 20th Century Masters release).
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Single Disc Collection of the UNI/MCA Years August 27, 2005
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While Neil has written and recorded a wealth of outstanding material throughout his career, his albums have tended to be a bit uneven. Perhaps that's why there are so many Neil Diamond compilation albums on the shelf these days. This collection culls the best selections from his late 60s and early 70s UNI/MCA albums. In fact, this set is essentially an expanded version of the now out-of-print His 12 Greatest Hits. And while that album supplanted the studio versions of Sweet Caroline and Holly Holy with strong live versions from Hot August Night, this collection restores the original studio recordings. Hot August Night, Neil's last MCA album before leaving for Columbia, is represented with the stellar live version of Cherry, Cherry. But as good as that version is, I would have dropped it (along with the cover of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother) for Cold Water Morning, Glory Road and Two-Bit Manchild. That's a minor quibble though, as this set does contain all of the essential recordings from the period in breathtakingly pristine sound quality.

Several reviewers have complained about the lack of certain songs (Heartlight, Kentucky Woman, Thank the Lord for the Night Time, etc.). For the record, this is a compilation of Neil's best work from his UNI/MCA recording era (1968-1972). The early singles (Thank the Lord for the Night Time, Kentucky Woman, Solitary Man and the original studio version of Cherry, Cherry) were recorded for Bang Records in 1966 and 1967. The best collection of the early Bang Records material is Classics: The Early Years. America and Love on the Rocks were recorded for Capitol while most later era songs like September Morn, If You Know What I Mean and Heartlight were recorded for Columbia (beginning with the Jonathan Livingston Seagull album in 1973).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His best single disc collection. October 18, 2003
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
This just might be the best collection of his, depending on what you want. This is 18 tracks of original excellent "Neil Diamond". It's much better than his "12 Greatest Hits", and way better than "The Millennium Collection". However, only so much fits on one cd, and this is missing alot. There's also the 2-disc "Greatest Hits 1966-1992", and the 2-disc "Essential Neil Diamond", but both of those have numerous live versions of songs, some not so good, and obviously they cost more. Both are great if you don't mind 1/3 live songs. Overall, I would go with this. It's one cd, with only one live song, and the rest are the original classics. Too bad it doesn't have "Heartlight" though.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEIL DIAMOND COLLECTION December 30, 1999
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best February 26, 2001
By krystal
Format:Audio CD
This is my absolute favorite, I can not go a day with out hearing this CD. Mr. Diamond represents in his songs the sentiment and longing that we all look for in our future mates. An excellent,excellent album from an exceptional singer/songwriter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEIL DIAMOND IN GREAT FORM! August 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who loves listening to Neil Diamond sing will love this CD. All his greatest hits (before the Jazz Singer) are on this CD -- "Sweet Caroline", "Cracklin Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Play Me", "Shilo", "Holly Holy", "I Am...I Said", and more! You couldn't find a better CD of Neil Diamond songs!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it but then I'm a senior citizen
I loved it but then I'm a senior citizen.
Published 20 days ago by Ollie Kollmann
5.0 out of 5 stars neil diamond
All my neil diamond faves are here great cd...
Published 23 days ago by curtis nathaniael garber
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published 28 days ago by Gail Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Diamond's Finest - All In One Place
The love of my life!! Neil Diamond Collection is 18 cuts of Diamond's BEST!!! "That's all I got to say about that." This CD was worth every penny it cost.
Published 1 month ago by Bosco
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite folk singer
I was happy to have the opportunity to find this particular Neil Diamond collection on CD. I had everything on vinyl, but so unusable now. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Score!
This is an albumn that I had on vinyl back in the day. I love all of the songs on this cd! Brings back good memories!
Published 2 months ago by Annette Gorski
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Entertainer
Neil has been a favorite of my husband and mine since the early 70's! We even have downloaded his music to be played at our Memorial Services when we die!
Published 3 months ago by Chris Addison
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best!
Very pleased with this purchase. All songs are classic Neil Diamond, very good and beautiful. Highly recommend this selection to anyone who enjoys good music.
Published 3 months ago by MS Pitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time fan
I have been a fan for a very long time. But, never more than what he did for Boston and the Marathon victims of last year. Read more
Published 4 months ago by margeaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Neil was good, not great - but a fine collection
This is an enjoyable collection of Neil Diamond songs. I am not a huge fan, but occasionally have the itch to listen to some Neil. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Prometheus Unbound
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