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Dreams

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On Alone Again, Neil Diamond performs a selection of his all time
favorite pop songs. Neil pays homage to rock, pop, soul, the British
invasion, and a cover of Neil s own composition I m A Believer. The
songs on Alone Again were originally made famous by such legendary
artists as The Beatles, The Eagles, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, The
Monkees and more. On Alone Again, Neil makes these songs his own.

Across a musical career spanning nearly five decades, Neil Diamond has
sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, with his last studio album
Home Before Dark giving Neil the first # 1 album of his career. Neil
has a remarkable track record of 16 Top Ten albums, and 37 Top Ten
singles, plus a Golden Globe Award, Grammy Awards, and Neil was named
2009 MusiCares Person of the Year.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ain't No Sunshine
  2. Blackbird
  3. Alone Again (Naturally)
  4. Feels Like Home
  5. Midnight Train To Georgia
  6. I'm A Believer
  7. Love Song
  8. Losing You
  9. Hallelujah
  10. A Song For You
  11. Yesterday
  12. Let It Be Me
  13. Desperado
  14. Don't Forget Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0041U7RE2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Prime Cuts: Midnight Train to Georgia, Yesterday, Alone Again (Naturally)

Where have all the good songs? In today's music economy of dwindling sales, instead of crafting more new to-be classics, many of the revered artists (including Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, and Barry Manilow) have gone back to revisit the past. Regardless of what that says about the current state of music today, the past is indeed a treasure trove to mine. For his 30th album, this seventy year old crooner has decided to traipse the songs from the rock era that have been touchstones in his own life. Nevertheless, instead of prostituting himself by singing them karaoke style, Diamond has deconstructed them, imbued them with his patented nuances, and skimpily dressed them often with just piano, guitars and strings. Perhaps his sessions with Rick Rubin have rubbed off on him, Diamond has stuck to the adage less is more. Though this is mostly a downbeat stripped down affair, Diamond sings them with a quiet passion that is uplifting and heartfelt. Nevertheless, song choices are somehow safe as Diamond has chosen some of the more well known songs from the rock era including two from the Beatles ("Blackbird" and "Yesterday"), Leonard Cohen ("Hallelujah"), Leon Russell ("A Song for You"), Randy Newman ("Feels Like Home") and even himself ("I'm a Believer"). It would have been even better if Diamond were not just hover around these icons' signature tunes and maybe tackle a few more obscure tunes.

Diamond shows that he is the master of interpretation on Gladys Knights and the Pips' "Midnight Train to Georgia.
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Neil Diamond sings classic tunes on this disc. He gives each song an unique musical arrangement. My favorite track is "Alone Again Naturally". Neil captures the beauty of the song vocally, but he also captures the sad tone of the song well with his acoustic guitar playing. My other favorite song is "A Song For You". Neil's cover of this song is special. What makes this song shine for me is the beautiful saxophone playing by a musician by the name of Don Markese. "I'm A Believer" is typically an upbeat pop song. Neil slows down the tempo and makes it a tender love song. "Aint No Sunshine" is another gem here. Bennmont Tench compliments Neil superbly by playing the piano. His piano playing gives this track an emotional lift. Blackbird is another surprise here. This song is usually not one of my all time favorite tunes, but the fiddle playing by Gabriel Witcher makes this a fun track for me. Neil creates the spirit of wistful longing with the classic tune "Midnight Train To Georgia". I have never heard this song with a harmonica playing on it, but I like it. Tommy Morgan does a good job playing it on the song. "Hallelujah" is a song that sounds very uplifting. There are a few songs that I have never heard of. I do not know the songs "Losing You" or "Love Song". These songs sound okay to me, but they just aren't my favorites. "Don't Forget Me" is another new song for me It sounds like a very peaceful song. I love the flute playing on this song. I enjoyed listening to the music on this disc overall. I grew up listening to most of these songs. A lot of middle age listeners should love this disc. Neil changes the arrangements. He treats these songs with a reverence that I enjoy listening to.
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Neil Diamond's new CD "Dreams" is a covers project and usually, that is enough to send me running. However, once I heard the opening cut, a spare and sensitive reading of Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine", I was won over. The stark piano and acoustic guitar arrangements accompanying his heartfelt weather-beaten vocals makes these songs shine in a new light.

Some highlights (in an album of highlights) are the piano/harmonica "Midnight Train To Georgia", a poignant "I'm A Believer" (an stripped acoustic version of the Monkeys' hit which he actually penned), the lilting Jazzy "Love Song", "Hallelujah" (drawing on the chorus for emphasis), "A Song For You" (just piano and sax accompany him), and "Yesterday".

Sometimes less is more as this CD shows.
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I have always loved Neil Diamond's music. He will always be my favorite. His voice still sounds very good, I think. I am sorry some folks don't like this CD, but I absolutely love it. Since only one song on it was written by Neil, I worried before I actually had it playing that I might not like it as well as some of the others, but since it is comprised of songs he likes, I was certainly anxious to hear it. Excellent job, Neil! It is soothing, relaxing and makes me want to purr like a contented, fat ol' cat! The music and his voice takes me to a mellowed out "happy place" that I am finding harder and harder to reach. I am sorry for those who do not share my enthusiasm, maybe his next one will thrill you...
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Neil Diamond has sold millions, yet why is he considered a guilty pleasure? Lumped in with John Denver and Barry Manilow, two stalwarts of 1970's adult contemporary schmaltz and schmooz, Diamond's music had a place and audience back then. It's sad, really, that music channels and radio stations no longer have a niche for this type of great talent. I've always liked Neil Diamond, particularly 1980's "The Jazz Singer". But something happened after that. Times changed quickly, and Diamond's music was no longer being played to the masses. This seems to happen to all great artists--they have their time, and then they're quickly deemed disposable and irrelevant.

Enter Rick Rubin in 2005 for Diamond's "12 Songs". Rubin knows how to strip Diamond down and play to his strengths, particularly on 2008's "Home Before Dark" which was even better. I have no doubt that Diamond will continue to deliver with Rubin in the future. After all, Rubin worked wonders on Johnny Cash.

So, I normally hate/dread when an artist decides to do an entire album's worth of cover songs. Before I listened to "Dreams" I read Neil's note to his fans inside the cd booklet. I get what Neil Diamond is saying about wanting to cover songs he feels strongly about. So with open mind I gave "Dreams" its fair listen. To my surprise, I liked what Diamond decided to do with the songs--strip them down. In fact, some of the songs I heard in an entirely different light, now hearing clearly what the lyrics were ("Alone Again (Naturally)" for example).

Now I also understand if people don't like this intimate approach to all the songs, but most of these songs were ballads to begin with. I also understand if people think Diamond's vocals have been better.
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