The Very Best Of Neil Diamond
 
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The Very Best Of Neil Diamond

December 6, 2011

$12.99
Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
1
Forever In Blue Jeans Neil Diamond
3:27
2
Beautiful Noise Neil Diamond
3:13
3
Love On The Rocks Neil Diamond
3:36
4
Cherry Cherry (2011 Remastered Mono) Neil Diamond
2:43
5
I Am... I Said Neil Diamond
3:34
6
Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
3:20
7
Cracklin' Rosie Neil Diamond
2:59
8
Play Me Neil Diamond
3:51
9
I'm A Believer (2011 Remastered Mono) Neil Diamond
2:42
10
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (2011 Remastered Mono) Neil Diamond
2:59
11
Holly, Holy Neil Diamond
4:41
12
Solitary Man (2011 Remastered Mono) Neil Diamond
2:33
13
Song Sung Blue Neil Diamond
3:16
14
You Don't Bring Me Flowers Barbra Streisand duet with Neil Diamond
3:15
15
Hello Again Neil Diamond
4:02
16
Red, Red Wine Neil Diamond
2:40
17
If You Know What I Mean Neil Diamond
3:41
18
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show Neil Diamond
3:29
19
Pretty Amazing Grace Neil Diamond
3:53
20
Kentucky Woman (2011 Remastered Mono) Neil Diamond
2:24
21
Shilo (2011 Remastered Mono) Neil Diamond
3:22
22
America Neil Diamond
4:20
23
Hell Yeah Neil Diamond
4:32


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 1:18:32
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  • ASIN: B006CDRXNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful
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Between the years 1966 and 1983 Neil Diamond was one of the most consistent hitmakers in American popular music. During this period he placed an impressive total of more than 50 singles on the Billboard Top 100 charts. All the while Neil was selling tons of albums and filling concert halls and arenas all across America. But I have always thought of Neil Diamond as primarily a singles artist. For years I have been waiting for a comprehensive anthology of all of Neil Diamond's biggest hits. The problem was that Neil Diamond recorded for four different labels over the years and contractual obligations prevented this from happening...until now. At long last Sony Legacy has mustered all of Neil Diamond's biggest hits onto one 23 track single disc collection called "The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Original Studio Recordings". As the title indicates these are the original hit recordings you would remember from the radio. This impressive anthology reminds us that that Neil Diamond was not only a terrific recording and performing artist but was also an extremely gifted songwriter as well. As best I can tell Neil Diamond wrote each and every one of the songs included in this collection.

25 year old Neil Diamond burst onto the scene in 1966 with a tune called "Solitary Man". Although it was not a major hit the first time around (it was reissued in 1970) Neil Diamond grabbed the attention of the record-buying public and went on to have a series of hit singles on the Bang label that included "Cherry, Cherry", "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon", "Shilo" and "Kentucky Woman". These are fine examples of Neil Diamond's earliest work which was pretty much just Neil and his guitar. All are included in "The Very Best of Neil Diamond".
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96 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DEAR MUSIC APPRECIATORS November 30, 2011
Format:Audio Cassette
Dear Music Appreciators,

(Regarding the 12/06/11 CD release of THE VERY BEST OF NEIL DIAMOND: THE ORIGINAL STUDIO RECORDINGS)

After some serious soul searching and hand wringing over my feelings for Neil and his discography (HOT AUGUST NIGHT was the first cassette I ever bought with my own money and I played it endlessly throughout elementary school) I've decided to offer a two faced/split personality review of this, his latest musical offering to the world - hopefully Neil will understand - I'm conflicted because I care...

Smiley Face Review = Five Stars

If you're looking a for a single-disc, budget priced, career-spanning compilation that contains a little something from each of the labels Neil Diamond has recorded under, with no pesky live versions, then this is the album to buy.

Frowny Face Review = Three Stars

Is this really "The Very Best of Neil Diamond?" The title itself offers some evidence to the contrary, considering there have been other albums previously issued with this same title, which is an excellent way to mislead fans and confuse search engines. Yes, there's the addition of the subtitle "The Original Studio Recordings" but those words seem to be an afterthought, and were we getting something besides the original studio versions on all those other compilations anyway? Maybe so, but I believe the average Neil Diamond fan does not want to have to think too much about which version they're getting - either it's live or it's the one from the album - anything more would be the territory of the Dylanphiles.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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As anyone familiar with Neil Diamond's career knows, he's had more hits than could possibly fit onto a single CD. But drawing across his stints on Bang, Uni, Capitol (for which he recorded the soundtrack to The Jazz Singer) and Columbia, this twenty-three track set shows Diamond's maturation from Brill Building songwriter to hit-making singer to worldwide superstar to reinvented elder statesman. Of course, given the set's non-chronological programming, you'll only hear the actual arc of his artistic development if you reprogram the tracks as 12, 4, 9, 10, 16, 21, 20, 18, 6, 11, 21, 7, 5, 13, 8, 17, 2, 14, 1, 3, 15, 22, 23, 19. If you play the set as-is, you'll start near the end of Diamond's hit-making career with 1978's "Forever in Blue Jeans" and spin through a few other 1970s releases before jumping back to 1966's "Cherry, Cherry."

Given the focus on hits, it's easy to excuse the great album tracks left behind, but the inclusion of lesser sides in place of the hits "Thank the Lord for the Night Time," "Longfellow Serenade" and "Heartlight" is surprising. The mix of Top 10s, Adult Contemporary hits ("Beautiful Noise"), low-charting singles that were hits for other artists ("I'm a Believer" and "Red Red Wine") and latter-day sides with Rick Rubin ("Pretty Amazing Grace" and "Hell Yeah") covers the breadth and depth of his career, but the muddled timeline and interweaving of mono Bang-era tracks with modern stereo productions is without obvious purpose. Segueing from the 1980's "Love on the Rocks" to hard-rocking guitars of "Cherry, Cherry" is awkward, as is the mood shift from 1972's "Play Me" to 1967's bubblegum-soul "I'm a Believer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, I have listen to Neil Diamond for a long time, he is great....
Neil Diamond is one of my top singers / song writers. I wish I coould see him in concert, it would be great, but it sells out before I can get tickets. Cathy
Published 12 hours ago by Catherine Ann Krebs
4.0 out of 5 stars Neil Diamond Review
Liked a lot. I was surprised at how many great songs he has had. A numjber of real classic songs.
Published 1 day ago by Bernadette Lodico
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This album is great! We have been fans and just love the collection on this CD. Would love many more like this one.
Published 3 days ago by Judy Proctorstein
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite artist.
Great compilation of hits by this great artist. If you like Neil Diamond then this is a must have for your collection.
Published 16 days ago by Al Hogue
5.0 out of 5 stars see me on sharingtime.name my web site and prosper.
NEIL DIMOND IS STILL GREAT! CATCH ME ON U - TUBE STATION - nierofrank - OR MY OTHER STATION Frank F. C. Read more
Published 18 days ago by FERRUCCIO FRANK CHARLES NIERO
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like
I enjoy Neil Diamond and have seen him in concert so I had to get this album. I have several others but did not want to leave anything out. They were fast to ship it to me.
Published 19 days ago by New Mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of Neil Diamond
Excellent CD and a good representation of Neil's work. If you are not familiar with Neil Diamond this CD is a good value and a must have for your collection.
Published 20 days ago by Watch Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite
Neil has always been a great performer and I was lucky enough to see him on two occasions at the Inglewood Forum.
Published 29 days ago by Isaac J. Oshana
5.0 out of 5 stars Always great!
Nice selection of old and new. Never get tired of hearing his songs. Would recommend to anyone whose a fan of his music.
Published 1 month ago by Susan M. Schumacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the Best of Neil Diamond
I have always enjoyed Neil Diamond and this selection of his song is wonderful. It is great listening and helps to make my in the car very enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by roy herbst
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