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Initial post: Sep 26, 2009 9:20:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2009 9:20:44 AM PDT
club 7 says:
Tell me the best albums to get.
be it collections etc...
the best concert films.
fave songs.
whatever...
i don't have any so recommend.
let's talk neil!

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 10:11:07 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 10:18:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2009 10:19:02 AM PDT
club 7 says:
yeah amaranth.
i do and it may be a guilty pleasure in some cases but his early stuff is great from the bang records years.
songs like "girl, you'll be a woman soon", "solitary man", "cherry, cherry", "i'm a believer".
good 60's pop rock.
he was a brill building songwriter at the same time carole king was before the schmaltz like "hello again".
but i know i'll still get some heat for liking diamond but i do.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 11:18:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2009 11:23:11 AM PDT
Club 7..............

I'm with you. Neil Diamond had a ton of great songs from the
mid-60s thru the mid-70s & continued to have good songs into the early '80s.

There are a number of good collections, both domestic & import.

From the several I have, I would suggest...........

01) "CLASSICS: THE EARLY YEARS" ~ The only CD solely devoted to his Bang Records years.

02) "GLORY ROAD - 1968 TO 1972" ~ A 2-CD set that's an excellent overview of his Uni/MCA years.

03) "12 GREATEST HITS, Volume II" ~ This is about the best CD available that covers just his
............................................................Columbia Records material. Most others are 2-CD sets
............................................................that divide the material between his Bang Records
............................................................material, his Columbia Records material, & re-recordings
............................................................or live versions of his Uni/MCA material.

"12 GREATEST HITS, Volume II" only leaves off two Top-40 singles on Columbia Records.
.................................................."I've Been This Way Before" & "On the Way to the Sky".
..................................................But it does include his three Top-10's on Capitol Records
..................................................from "THE JAZZ SINGER".

Unfortunately, "12 GREATEST HITS, Volume II" was released before the "HEARTLIGHT" album,
so it's Top-5 title track & it's Top-40 followup, "I'm Alive", are naturally not there.
I would suggest just getting the "HEARTLIGHT" CD for them.

I would also suggest picking up the "ON THE WAY TO THE SKY" CD for it's Top-30 title track
and it's Top-40, but still underrated, third single, "Be Mine Tonight".

Hope this helps.

Ry

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 12:59:59 PM PDT
I love Neil Diamond, call me brave too!
One of his later CDs "Home Before Dark" is really enjoyable. It was produced by Rick Rubin who was so recently well-known for Johnny Cash's latest CD.

But for the classic Diamond, one of the best CDs of all time is "Jonathan Livingston Seagull." So peaceful, and instrumentally, it is superb. My favorite from that is Lonely Looking Sky. I could hear that for hours.

His best live concert is "Live at the Greek Theatre" in Los Angeles. Filmed in the 70s, this concert is about as close to the original sounds that he gets. The DVD show filmed in Australia is excellent.

But out of the double CD Neil Diamond collection is a combination of classics and live versions. I think it came out in early 92, there is a beautiful live version of "Morningside". Another memorable live song is Brooklyn Roads. These two live versions from his concerts are far better than the original.

When the CD came out, I couldn't believe people complained about the "live" versions. Some people get stuck in the mud and can't get out.

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 3:09:03 PM PDT
Angry Monkey says:
I liked Neil's early stuff ... Cherry Cherry, Kentucky Woman, etc. But I got really turned off Neil when he penned what is UNDOUBTEDLY the worst lyrical line in the history of the world.

"I am, I said ... to no one there ... and no one heard at all, not even the chair." NOT EVEN THE CHAIR?!?! WTF?!?! Wasn't there ANYTHING else that would have rhymed with "there"? "Not even a bear ..." "So I rode my mare ..." "So I cut my hair ..." "I sang on a dare ..." "Not even the mayor" "You're shaped like a pear" "My steak is medium rare" "I tripped on the stair" .... ANYTHING would have made more sense than whether or not a piece of inanimate furniture heard his words.

Sorry, my hang up. I just can't listen to ND anymore without thinking about that dang lyric.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 3:40:18 PM PDT
Haven't you ever heard of such lonliness that it is just you and a chair in the room. And the chair didn't even hear you.... the chair did not even hear you in your lonliness.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 4:12:01 PM PDT
stevign says:
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Posted on Sep 26, 2009 4:35:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2009 4:54:17 PM PDT
kevinpm says:
Club 7, Neil Diamond is one of my favorite artists, so I can honestly recommend these albums:

1. The Jazz Singer
2. The Essential Neil Diamond
3. Neil Diamond GOLD
4. 12 greatest hits
5. Forever Neil Diamond - favorite

Now to the songs, here's some of my personal favorites: Hope these help.

1. America
2. You Baby
3. Amazed and Confused
4. On the Robert E. Lee
5. Hey Louise
6. Songs of Life
7. Jerusalem
8. Longfellow Serenade
9. High Rolling Man
10. Solitary Man
11. Kentucky Woman
12. I'm a Believer
13. Song Sung Blue
14. I am...I said
15. Cracklin' Rosie
16. September Morn
17. You are the Best Part of Me
18. Brooklin Roads
19. Shilo
20. Coldwater Morning
21. Done Too Soon
22. Stones
23. Porcupine Pie
24. Captain Sunshine
25. Play Me
26. Walk on Water
27. Morningside
28. My Name is Yussel
29. Kol Nidre
30. Prelude in E Major

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 4:47:27 PM PDT
ED S. says:
Club 7....Don't let the bastards bring you down.
The 'Solitary Man' rocks.

Stevign is just a "Song Sung Blue".
Amaranth..."Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon."

Hold your head up and say "I Am...I Said."

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 5:03:13 PM PDT
stevign says:
lolololol...........I laughed, I cried, I blew chunks.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 5:12:36 PM PDT
ED S. says:
stevign...I am assuming that 'Chunks' is the name of your pet cocker spaniel.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 5:21:48 PM PDT
stevign says:
LOLOLOL.....excellent!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 7:42:58 PM PDT
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onsenkuma says:
Club 7,
The best way to go is the 3xCD box 'In My Lifetime' (1996) which amazon.com has occasionally marked down to a ridiculously low price. This is easily the best and most comprehensive set to date that I know of.

You'll have to put up with a few excruciating early stabs at attempted teen heartthrob fame - it is a career overview after all - but you'll get ALL the great Bang and UNI singles from the late '60s (original 45s, not live versions or re-treads) and a good selection from his '70s Columbia albums. I personally never cared for anything after that, but if you do then you'll be happy to know the box covers the '80s as well and ends in the early '90s.

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 10:36:03 PM PDT
Actually,

Neil Diamond wrote three songs by The Monkees.

The two big hits, "I'm a Believer" & "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You",
and a popular album track, "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)".

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 7:52:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 27, 2009 8:01:42 AM PDT
club 7 says:
jim nasium:
good suggestions.
i'd consider the early years:classics, the neil dimaond collection which is a single cd collection of his uni/mca years though glory roads 2cd set may be better so undecided here...what ya think.
and greatest hits volume 2.
oh and yes i do like the schmaltz alot from love on the rocks to september morn.
it's just plain good easy listening and well crafted.
i forgot the ultimate neil tune for me and that would be "America"
Some people may not like Neil but i believe would have a hard time not liking America.
You can't help but be proud to sing this song.
it's one of the best patriotic songs ever and i luv my country!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 7:54:45 AM PDT
club 7 says:
Boy:
Every Neil show on his last tour was sold out.
The guys got mega fans.
Saw him in 87 and he was great.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 7:57:14 AM PDT
club 7 says:
ed s.

a Nice Neil way of putting it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 8:00:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 27, 2009 8:24:11 AM PDT
club 7 says:
amaranth:
yeah, i'm a believer is a great tune.
i think neil also penned "he ain't heavy he's my brother" too.
his early stuff is really great stuff.
60's pop rock/folk rock that's really well written and memorable as heck.
one of the tunes that got me was "solitary man".
another great one is "girl,you'll be a woman soon" which urge overkill covered in the great movie pulp fiction.
neil can definately write a tune when he's on.

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 8:05:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 27, 2009 8:10:01 AM PDT
club 7 says:
kevin pm:
my fave neil tunes so far are
forever in blue jeans which is one incredible tune to sing to live.
cherry cherry -one of his best
shilo-such a sweet and tender song with an innocence you don't hear anymore.
america
cracklin' rosie
i am i said
love on the rocks
september morn
thank the lord for the nighttime

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 8:16:42 AM PDT
Club 7....................

No, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" is one his very few hits he did not write.

It was written by the writing team of B. Scott & B. Russell.

Neil's version is a cover of The Hollies' Top-10 original.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 8:22:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 27, 2009 8:22:30 AM PDT
club 7 says:
jim nasium:
how's neil's version compared to the hollies.
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