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Rather disappointing 3-CD set , containing a mixture of hits and lesser-known tracks.
on April 20, 2013
I bought this 3-CD set primarily to obtain four tracks on the first CD. These are " Hear Them Bells " ( apparently Neil's first composition , and quite a good song ) ; " At Night " , a very catchy recording , typical of what was charting in the U.S. in 1962 , which should have been a hit ; Neil's version of his own composition , " The Boat That I Row " , which was a U.K. hit for Lulu ( dare I say that her recording was superior ? ) ; and an alternative , previously unreleased , take of " Cherry , Cherry " , Neil's first big hit from the autumn of 1966 . The rest of this set comprises a rather uneven selection of well-known hits ( sometimes in alternative versions ) and lesser-known material , some of which , in my opinion , is quite mediocre. If you're just interested in the hits , there are many better , and cheaper , CDs available. However , I know that Neil Diamond has many staunch fans who will no doubt relish the very wide range of material covered in this ( relatively ) inexpensive set.